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4 Signs Your Start-Up Needs an Exit Plan

4 Signs Your Start-Up Needs an Exit Plan | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Ready to kiss your start-up goodbye? VC principal Geoff Lewis offers four ways to tell if you're prime for the picking.

Exit strategies are rarely mentioned by start-ups, yet they are something every business owner needs if they hope to be acquired, said Geoff Lewis, principal at Founders Fund, a venture capital firm.

Speaking Tuesday at Internet Week in New York, he explained, "entrepreneurs and VCs don't often talk too candidly about how to think about getting acquired, because the best start-ups don't actually sell. The truth of the matter is that the vast majority of start-ups will not IPO, and most start-ups are also not suicidal. They do not want to die. Start-ups do not want to go off into the night with no exit whatsoever." 

There might not be an incentive to plan, as there's nothing to gain for investors, but entrepreneurs don't want to risk running their company into the ground before the deal has been finalized. 

Here are four ways to tell if your company needs a makeover before you try to offload it: Read more: click image or title.


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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Ready to quit? Time to look at #exit strategies.

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Why Startup Founders Happily Give Up 90% Of Their Companies

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These days, by the time a tech company goes public, the founders tend to own very little of it. We asked two founders: what gives?

Many people in the tech industry dream of building a startup, making it grow, taking it public, and growing rich along the way.

All of that is perfectly possible, but one thing these dreamers don't always realize is that these days, by the time a tech company goes public, the founders tend to own very little of it.

Often they own less than 10% of their own companies. For instance, among the tech industry's most recent S1 forms, Aaron Levie, founder of Box, will own about 6% after the IPO. Zendesk co-founder and CEO Mikkel Svane will own about 8% after the IPO.

We asked two founders of two hot startups, "What gives?"

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Still significant stakes, and key people in the organization get them also.

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How Funding Works - Splitting The Equity With Investors - Infographic

How Funding Works - Splitting The Equity With Investors - Infographic | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
This infographic shows how funding works for a hypothetical startup splitting equity with angel investors, venture capitalists and IPO.
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Great chart, says it all. Thanks Anna Vital.





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5 founder-friendly financing terms that give power to entrepreneurs

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In the first half of this year, the level of venture-capital investment hit its highest quarterly mark since Q2 2001. Big M&A deals like WhatsApp, Oculus and Zillow have become prolific. And more and more companies are getting financing at eye-popping valuations.

For many startups, the hot venture-capital and exit markets mean an increase in deal leverage when negotiating with venture investors. [Editor’s note: Venture capitalists have noticed, and are trying to differentiate themselves.] As a result, founder-favorable terms are increasingly a part of formation and financing documents where they wouldn’t have been just a year or two ago.

The are several founder-favorable terms we’re seeing more frequently today. Not many companies or deals have all, or even most, of them. And choosing among them is usually linked to founders’ specific hot buttons. Regardless, all are worth considering, and often worth considering early.


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Creating a company structure and knowing what to do is extremely important right from the start. Excellent information.

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Commentary: The year that was in tech, and what's ahead

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SAN FRANCISCO – Was it the beginning or the end? As 2013 hurdled to its conclusion, the debate on 2014 had just begun: Is the tech industry on the verge of a renaissance or is the bubble about to burst?

 The glass-half-full types point to Twitter's titillating IPO; the other half insist that's when investors cashed in on social media's hype.

The truth, as always, is somewhere in the middle. It's indisputable Twitter's public offering will usher in a wave of IPOs. But the payoffs may not match the froth of the microblogging service, forcing would-be IPO candidates to seek corporate suitors. Indeed, Twitter shares are hovering near $65, up 44% from its opening day of trading Nov. 6.

The social media storm comes against a backdrop of wrenching changes. Tech's old guard — Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Cisco Systems — continues to wrestle with the slowly dying PC market; smartphone sales, meanwhile, are expected to top 1 billion in 2014 — roughly three times the population of the USA. (By early October, there were more than 1.5 billion smartphones in use worldwide.)

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Tech is creating a revolution. Hardware, software, and just about every aspect of our life. Startups are taking advantage of this situation. Funding is soaring. Startups are taking off!

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sand0z's curator insight, December 27, 2013 3:55 AM

A look back at 2013 and some hints for what's coming in 2014.