Category Archives: The liquidity event and beyond

Will you be happy at your finish line?

Have you figured out what you want to have, or to be, when you reach the end of your personal run in this business life? It is a fair question.  Most of us work in our businesses, either as managers … Continue reading

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Avoid the race to zero…

When do you sell your company?  Obviously we all want to sell at the top.  And there is the problem.  How do you know when you are at or near that right point to sell for maximum value?  Those of … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurs: Take the time to celebrate your exit.

We come to the end of this cycle of insights with a thought about how you might view your successful exit from the company you have spent so much effort to build. You’ve worked hard for years to reach the … Continue reading

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Angels and VCs: Don’t be greedy even if you can.

Sometimes the end game or sale of the company is not a happy event for the early investors, including the entrepreneur or the founders.  Especially when outside investors, venture capitalists or angels have put in substantial money, and the sales … Continue reading

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Sell when growth is high, even if cash flow is low.

Dave’s note:  Our guest author this week is John Huston,  founder of the 300+ member Ohio TechAngel Funds and a past Chairman of both the Angel Capital Association and the Angel Resource Institute.    By John Huston There are only two types … Continue reading

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Turning out the lights is a type of exit.

In my life as an early stage investor, I’ve been closely involved with so many businesses, there were bound to be numerous stories of failures, hopefully from which to learn lessons for all of us as we go forward. Several … Continue reading

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Timing your exit – Don’t ride it over the top.

Dave’s note:  For the second time, we invite Basil Peters, author of “Early Exits,” back as our guest – to provide more of his insight into the “when” to exit by selling your business. In future weeks, we’ll add the … Continue reading

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Exit timing and price: WHEN to sell? How long does it take?

We are pleased to host Basil Peters, perhaps the best known name in the world of early stage company exits.  His groundbreaking book, “Early Exits” has become a textbook for angel groups and entrepreneurs throughout the world.  His Strategic Exits Corporation … Continue reading

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Flippers vs Keepers–At times earnings don’t matter

Dave’s note:  We are privileged this week to host a post by Arthur Lipper, a well-respected member of the international financial community since 1954. He has served as advisor to and member of numerous financial exchanges, and was the founder and … Continue reading

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Nothing commands a higher multiple than hope!

Dave’s note:  Guest author, David Steakley returns to explain his theory of exit valuations.  It’s a short but excellent read… By David Steakley You may recall that earlier in this series, I explained the definition of an inciting incident, using … Continue reading

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