Oldies but goodies.

Open IPO Window

Yesterday, the NVCA and Thomson Reuters released data showing the number of venture-backed companies going public in 2014 posted the best full year for new listings since 2000.  While an IPO exit is typically the most lucrative for investors, a strategic acquisition (M&A) can result in a very positive outcome IPO WindowIPOwindow_1

The Exit Window Is Open

In the third quarter of 2014, twenty-three venture-backed companies went public (IPO) and raised $2.6 billion, marking the sixth consecutive quarter to see 20 or more venture-backed IPOs, according to the Exit Poll report by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).  Also reported for the third quarter Exit Window Is Opennasdaq_1

Who Are The Top Tech Acquirers?

So far this year, 2014 has been the year of the tech startup acquisition — with WhatsApp, Nest and Oculus alone being acquired for more than $24B in aggregate exit value.  Who are the top tech companies innovating via acquisition?  CB Insights published a ranking of the top acquirers, by Are The Top Tech Acquirers?M&A_1

Innovation Via Acquisition

If we build it, will they come?  This phrase seems to be present in the tech world these days.  Are some of the largest tech companies innovating themselves or are they acquiring startups to do it for them? CB Insights took a look at the top 10 most highly-valued U.S. Via AcquisitionM&A3.0

Startup Exit Opportunity

As an investor, working with entrepreneurs to grow companies, typically a goal for the company is to take it public (IPO) or be acquired by a larger company (M&A).  The timing for these exits is constantly being watched by investors and management alike. Yesterday, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) Exit Opportunitystockexchangeimage_1

The Small Business Sell-Off?

Here’s a possible entrepreneurial conundrum: If a business owner sees potential for growth, why would she sell? And if she doesn’t see any, why would a potential buyer purchase the business from her? It’s not just an academic question. Thousands of business owners struggle with finding the answer ever year. Small Business Sell-Off?ForSale_1