If you’re starting a company with an end game in mind, you’re probably doing yourself a disservice focusing on becoming a target for acquisition.
More often than not, a startup is founded with dreams of eventually becoming acquired. It’s a natural thought — most entrepreneurs fall asleep dreaming of a big payday. But according to Rod Favaron, President and CEO of enterprise social media software company Spredfast (an OpenView portfolio company), setting out specifically to make yourself a target for acquisition not only has a tendency of not leading to that result — it can also be a critical mistake.
Learn the common mistakes made during the M&A process and how to get around them.
John Warrillow, founder and CEO of The Sellability Score, knows that the M&A process can lead to many pitfalls. In a post at Inc., Warrillow lists the four most common problems when it comes to growing by acquisition and provides the best ways around them.
Learn what to focus on for your IPO strategy: pricing, profitability, and market.
Glenn Solomon of GGV Capital writes in TechCrunch that the successful IPO strategy of Workday “was breathtaking,” as the company’s stock closed “up 74 percent from the IPO price.” Solomon points to three “relevant lessons” from Workday’s IPO “for all aspiring entrepreneurs.”
More than ever, it’s important for companies to lay the foundation and properly prepare for the IPO process at an early stage of their development.
Facebook’s IPO fiasco may have taken some of the air out of many founders and CEOs’ dreams of monumental IPO success, but that doesn’t mean tech companies should be abandoning their own plans and preparations for going public.