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Uncategorized Having a Plan for an Exit – Hint, you don’t have to sell.

Having a Plan for an Exit – Hint, you don’t have to sell.

Originally published on Startup Digest – Prepping for Exit – a Founder’s Perspective on M&A This may be your year to think about exiting – or it may be the year you raise a big round of funding. Let me contrast the options that you will often hear called by the name “Dual Track.”  You …

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Uncategorized 2019 M&A Rankings – Unicorn Recovery?

2019 M&A Rankings – Unicorn Recovery?

With Unicorn’s like WeWork in the news, it may be tough to get past the battered unicorn storyline! Overall Tech M&A, especially internet/e-commerce and business software continue to be strong. Though Slack’s Direct listing didn’t have the hype of an IPO it did maximize the capital gained to the company (vs the late-stage investors). The …

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Uncategorized Having a Plan to Exit Doesn’t Mean You Have To Sell

Having a Plan to Exit Doesn’t Mean You Have To Sell

This article originally posted via Startup Digest Reading List – Prepping for Exit – a Startup Digest Reading List  You don’t have to be actively preparing to sell your company – but you should have the groundwork in place if and when you want to sell.  Last week I had the chance to spend time …

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Uncategorized Sales Price – Matching Expectations and Reality

Sales Price – Matching Expectations and Reality

Selling your company can be like selling a rare or vintage car. It’s hard to pin a value because it really depends on who you are selling it to!  Sadly, there is no “standard formula” for exit price. Your earliest rounds of funding are based on a combination of the market size (TAM), your team, …

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#startuplife Product Market Fit and your Exit

Product Market Fit and your Exit

How you value your company will be greatly impacted by your current momentum – especially in sales and revenue growth. Is product-market fit a mystical thing? Not really, though it can be defined that way at times (mostly as something you don’t yet have). For some B2C companies, it’s a radical point of customer adoption. …

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#startuplife Prepping for Exit

Prepping for Exit

Is it time to sell your company? Preparing to exit your startup can be an emotional process, filled with ups and downs – and that’s even before you hire a banker! This post has been promoted to a page That’s why I’ve joined my former teammate at Techstars, Jessica Ford, the Director and publisher of …

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Startup Fundraising Seattle Startup Week #SSW2019 – Funding Readiness

Seattle Startup Week #SSW2019 – Funding Readiness

Is your startup Venture Ready? This presentation was made at Seattle Startup Week 2019, October 25, 2019. It includes an overview of: Venture Ready Score Business and Revenue Models for Startups Fundraising 101 – what’s the process 13 Slides for your slide deck

Entrepreneurship Well, that was unexpected! #LebanonProtest

Well, that was unexpected! #LebanonProtest

I have been fortunate to travel to some amazing places in my life. I never take it for granted. I grew up in a small town and didn’t get on a plane until I was 20. (Edited to correct the hashtag) What I love about working with founders is that the defy amazing odds and …

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Go To Market The Only 10 Slides You Need in Your Pitch – Refreshed (it’s 13)

The Only 10 Slides You Need in Your Pitch – Refreshed (it’s 13)

For years I’ve been directing founders to the Guy Kawasaki ten, twenty, thirty, (10 20 30) PowerPoint Slides blog post. It’s a great post about decks and very relevant if you have an idea vs. a product and business you want to communicate, or if you’re early in the pitching process or preparing for an …

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Venture Ready Venture Ready Checklist – Bahrain Oct 2019

Venture Ready Checklist – Bahrain Oct 2019

Take the Survey I’m excited to join you in Bahrain with Flat6 Labs starting in October 2019! We’ll use this survey to evaluate your startup both before and after the program – it will help identify areas of strengths and weaknesses in your startup. Dave Parker How do investors evaluate your startup company? Let me …

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