Category Archives: The liquidity event and beyond

Will your company’s sale be celebration or silence?

First, there are at least three types of exits I’ve been involved with well over twenty successful exits and four initial public offerings over the years, some of them with monstrous gains, some more modest.  Then in addition, there are … Continue reading

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Can you list ten buyers for your business?

Most entrepreneurs and certainly all investors would like to see “a positive liquidity event”  (a good sale of the business) someday.  Boards of directors should be aware that one of their duties could be to evaluate offers from potential buyers, … Continue reading

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Selling your business? Find the emotional buyer

This is one of my favorite insights, since I lived this one in a positive exit from my computer business. Types of business buyers expanded Most people will tell you that there are two kinds of eventual buyers for your … Continue reading

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Everything you do adds or reduces company value

Each decision you make to commit resources – your money or your use of corporate or personal time – affects the future value of your business. Minor decisions, such as replacing employees who have left the company or replacing equipment … Continue reading

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Are you thinking of the end game when managing your business?

Ever think about growing your business with the plan to sell it someday, cashing in on your hard-earned work over the years?  Or if you’re an employee with stock options, are you aware of the increases in value you can … Continue reading

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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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