Exits Strategy

Exits Strategy

Strategic Exits Partner Emeritus, Dr. J. Basil Peters, developed and implemented several new concepts in selling technology companies. His seminal publication: Early Exits demonstrated that entrepreneurs and their angel investors could earn better returns by selling their technology companies earlier in their business development. He also promoted the concept that the company exit was a key business process and should drive the company’s strategic a...

Exits Strategy

This post is number 2 in a five-part series of posts on Exits Strategies. In this post Basil Peters explains how rapid changes in technology and business have created a unique opportunity for acquisitions of early stage and growth stage technology companies. The boom started in the early 2010s and has continued for more than a decade, the longest bull run in history, despite a volatile economy and financial markets upset by the COVID pandemic. This...

Exits Strategy

In this third episode of the five-part series on Exits Strategies, Basil Peters explains why every company should have an exit strategy. Far from being the last item an entrepreneur considers, in fact, the exit strategy should be the first item on the agenda at startup. The exit strategy drives the business strategy and is a tool to ensure that all the stakeholders are working towards the same goal. Innovative equity vesting plans can also drive align...

Exits Strategy

I'm convinced that only about 25% of saleable businesses end up having successful exits. Yes. I believe that about 75% of the time, when a company could have been successfully sold, the result was either a transaction at prices or terms below market - or even worse - no sale at all. Most of the time, it was preventable. The biggest reason this happens is simply due to a lack of knowledge. The Frustrating Lack of Data on Exits One of the ...

Exits Strategy

The effect of strategy on exit valuation is one of the most challenging concepts for investors and entrepreneurs to intuitively understand. I didn’t ‘get it’ until I was fifty. It’s not that I am slow to learn, it’s just that, like a lot of things in life, it takes a few dozen experiences before the lessons really sink in. When those experiences are about selling a business and each data point can take a year, it can take decades to accumula...