Almost every founder we talk to is thinking about their “exit” from nearly the beginning. Angel investors frequently ask “what’s your exit strategy?” And at the seed and Series A stages, often founders talk about their exit strategy unprompted. We think that’s a mistake.
Early on you should be focused on building a big and impactful company and dominating your market. Do that and the right monetization event will come along. But from the beginning, it’s important to understand how exits work and what possible outcomes may look like.
Most first-time founders don’t realize how, when, and why common exit scenarios unfold. So let’s cover the primary ways an exit can occur, why and when they occur, and how to maximize exit opportunity value for you, your investors, and your team.
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0:00 – Intro
1:17 Acquiring a Company
2:40 Where buyers come from
3:52 What investors want
4:54 Another type of exit: Soft landing
5:54 Getting acquired: what to do next?
6:45 A Public Company