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Selling Your Startup


Selling Your Startup

Crafting the Perfect Exit, Selling Your Business, and Everything Else Entrepreneurs Need to Know
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von: Alejandro Cremades

19,99 €

Verlag: Wiley
Format: EPUB
Veröffentl.: 26.07.2021
ISBN/EAN: 9781119798040
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 288

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<p><b>Learn how to sell your startup from an acquisition expert</b></p> <p>Many entrepreneurs dream of the day their company is acquired and they secure a perfect exit. But information about the process of getting your business acquired usually comes from expensive investment bankers who typically advise late-stage startups.</p> <p>In <i>Selling Your Startup</i>, serial entrepreneur Alejandro Cremades delivers an accessible guide on how to sell your startup. With first-hand experience as a fully exited entrepreneur, investment banker, and lawyer, Cremades describes the tips and tricks startup founders need to sell their early-stage to growth-stage business.</p> <p>In this book, you’ll discover:</p> <ul> <li>The role that investment bankers play in the acquisition process, how they add value, and how to break down their fees</li> <li>Preparing your company for sale, including compiling a pitch book, putting its finances in order, and building a target list of potential acquirers</li> <li>How to get to a Letter of Intent, perform due diligence, and reach a purchase agreement</li> </ul> <p>Perfect for entrepreneurs of all kinds, <i>Selling Your Startup</i> is a must-have roadmap to the practical realities of company acquisition and contains proven guidance on crafting your perfect exit.</p>
<p>Acknowledgments xvii</p> <p>Foreword by <i>Bhavin Turakhia</i> xix</p> <p><b>1 Seeding What Would Grow into Panthera Advisors 1</b></p> <p>Accelerated Growth through Acquisitions 1</p> <p>Inbound Interest and a Path Forward 2</p> <p>Choosing My Wingman 4</p> <p>Our M&A Journey 5</p> <p>Launching Panthera Advisors 6</p> <p>My Unwavering Commitment to Entrepreneurs 7</p> <p><b>2 Getting Your Company Acquired 9</b></p> <p>M&A Is Harder Than Fundraising 10</p> <p>The Acquisition Process 11</p> <p>Media versus Your Business: What You See in the Press versus Reality 14</p> <p>Acquirer Expectations 15</p> <p>Why Most Acquisitions Fail 18</p> <p><b>3 The Role of Investment Bankers 21</b></p> <p>What Is an Investment Banker? 21</p> <p>Good Cop, Bad Cop 22</p> <p>Why Bankers Add Value 23</p> <p>Getting the Right Advice 25</p> <p>Breaking Down the Fees 26</p> <p><b>4 How to Plan Ahead 31</b></p> <p>Consider the Reasons Why You Want to Sell 33</p> <p>Tying Up Loose Ends 36</p> <p>The Importance of Making Yourself Expendable 37</p> <p>How to Make Yourself Expendable 39</p> <p><b>5 Preparing the Company’s Pitchbook 41</b></p> <p>Packaging the Message 41</p> <p>What Makes Your Company Unique? 42</p> <p>Nailing the Value Proposition for Potential Acquirers 43</p> <p>Defining Transition Plans for Potential Buyers 45</p> <p>Crafting the Marketing Plan 46</p> <p>Identifying a Powerful Flow and Structure 47</p> <p>Acquisition Memorandum Template 48</p> <p><b>6 Putting Your Finances in Order 53</b></p> <p>Understanding Financials 54</p> <p>The Importance of Key Metrics 55</p> <p>Why Growth and Operating Assumptions Are Critical 58</p> <p>Modeling Out a Powerful Five-Year Projection 60</p> <p>Anticipating Questions on Numbers 61</p> <p><b>7 Understanding Your Valuation 63</b></p> <p>Variables Affecting Your Startup’s Value 64</p> <p>Common Methods of Business Valuation 64</p> <p>How to Value Pre-revenue Startups 67</p> <p>How to Increase Your Valuation Faster 69</p> <p>Valuation versus Terms 71</p> <p>Why You Never Want to Disclose Your Valuation 71</p> <p>Avoiding High Valuations with No Rationale 72</p> <p><b>8 Building the Target List 73</b></p> <p>The Importance of Building the Target List 74</p> <p>Ways to Identify Potential Buyers 76</p> <p>Vetting Buyers for the Right Fit 77</p> <p>Using Partnerships to Trigger Acquisitions 80</p> <p>How to Make Contact with Interested Parties 81</p> <p><b>9 The Communication Process with Buyers 85</b></p> <p>Liabilities and Responsibilities 85</p> <p>How to Handle Communications 86</p> <p>Gauging Initial Interest 87</p> <p>Nailing the Follow-Up 88</p> <p>Finding the Decision-Maker 92</p> <p><b>10 Preparing for a Successful First Meeting 95</b></p> <p>Finding Out the Strategic Road Map of the Buyer 96</p> <p>Agreeing On the Meeting Location 99</p> <p>Setting Up the Agenda for the Meeting 102</p> <p>Follow Up with Emails to Keep Them Warm 103</p> <p>Understanding How to Address Concerns 103</p> <p>Questions Potential Acquirers May Ask You 104</p> <p><b>11 Getting to a Letter of Intent (LOI) 109</b></p> <p>Why an LOI Is So Important 110</p> <p>Breaking Down the LOI 111</p> <p>Comparing Valuations 113</p> <p>Measuring Suitability of the Potential Buyer 113</p> <p>Hostile versus Friendly Buyers 115</p> <p>Considerations before Signing 116</p> <p>The LOI Template 117</p> <p><b>12 Communication with Stakeholders 121</b></p> <p>The Role of the Board of Directors 121</p> <p>Keeping Investors Updated in the M&A Process 125</p> <p>The Dos and Don’ts with Employees 126</p> <p><b>13 Negotiating the Price Tag 129</b></p> <p>Price versus Terms 129</p> <p>Communicating Outcomes 130</p> <p>Pushing for a Deadline 131</p> <p>Increasing Price with a Bidding War 133</p> <p>Maximizing Value on the Buyer and Seller Sides 133</p> <p>Thinking Like a Buyer 135</p> <p><b>14 The Due Diligence Stage 139</b></p> <p>Putting Together the Deal Room 140</p> <p>Validating Your Claims 153</p> <p>The Dos and Don’ts During Meetings 154</p> <p>Managing the Flow of Information 155</p> <p>What to Look for in the Potential Buyer 156</p> <p><b>15 The Purchase Agreement 159</b></p> <p>How to Review the Purchase Agreement 160</p> <p>Terms and Clauses to Watch 164</p> <p>Typical Purchase Agreement Outline 166</p> <p>Lawyers and the Purchase Agreement 168</p> <p>Choosing the Right M&A Lawyer 169</p> <p>Dealing with Legal Counsel 171</p> <p><b>16 Strategic versus Financial Acquisitions 173</b></p> <p>Different Types of Acquisitions 173</p> <p>Reasons for Strategic Acquisitions 174</p> <p>How to Know What Drives the Buyer’s Motivation 177</p> <p>Why Revenues Take a Back Seat on Strategic Deals 180</p> <p><b>17 Ways to Kill a Deal 183</b></p> <p>Not Respecting the Buyer 183</p> <p>Making Changes and New Demands 184</p> <p>Lack of Commitment from the Team 185</p> <p>How You Communicate with Employees and Customers 186</p> <p>Withholding Information 189</p> <p><b>18 Legal Considerations 193</b></p> <p>Regulations and Regulators 193</p> <p>Due Diligence and Assumed Liability 194</p> <p>Intellectual Property 194</p> <p>Working Capital 194</p> <p>Escrows 194</p> <p>Contracts 195</p> <p>Warranties and Indemnifications 195</p> <p>Stockholder Approval 195</p> <p>Noncompete and Non-solicitation Agreements 195</p> <p>Stock versus Asset Sales 196</p> <p>Buying Companies That Are Not Incorporated 199</p> <p>Liens and Encumbrances 201</p> <p><b>19 Closing the Deal 203</b></p> <p>The Anatomy of an M&A Deal Closing 203</p> <p>Closing Preparations 204</p> <p>Closing Times and Locations 204</p> <p>Speed to Closing 205</p> <p>Accounting and Taxes 206</p> <p>Closing Checklist 208</p> <p>Wrapping Things Up 209</p> <p><b>20 Transitioning to a New Phase 211</b></p> <p>Vesting and Revesting 212</p> <p>Post-acquisition Integration 216</p> <p>Looking Forward 219</p> <p><b>21 The Emotional Roller Coaster during Acquisitions 221</b></p> <p>Anxiety 222</p> <p>Understanding the Process 223</p> <p>Depression 226</p> <p>Acceptance 227</p> <p>Happiness 228</p> <p>Glossary 231</p> <p>About the Author 237</p> <p>Index 241</p>
<p><b>ALEJANDRO CREMADES</b> is a serial entrepreneur and currently a Founding Partner of Panthera Advisors, a premier investment banking and financial consulting firm. His professional focus is on small- and medium-sized companies seeking M&A advice and fundraising support. He has guest lectured at NYU Stern School of Business, Columbia Business School, and The Wharton Business School. Furthermore, he is the host of the popular DealMakers podcast where some of the most successful entrepreneurs share how they did it.</p><p><b>Contact him at alejandro@pantheraadvisors.com, follow him @acremades, and connect with him at www.alejandrocremades.com</b></p>
<p>Many entrepreneurs dream of the day they can finally sell their company and reap the rewards of their work and sacrifice. But there is little information on the acquisition process currently available to founders and executives at startups. Much of what can be learned comes from investment bankers who typically work with late-stage companies and charge a fortune for their services.</p><p>In <i>Selling Your Startup</i>, expert investment banker and veteran entrepreneur Alejandro Cremades delivers an engaging and easy-to-follow roadmap to the startup acquisition process. From the role played by bankers and financiers to preparing your company for sale, compiling a pitch book, building a target list, drafting a letter of intent, performing due diligence, and much more, you’ll become familiar with the practical realities of what “selling your company” means in the real world.</p><p>Perfect for founders, startup executives, managers, and other business leaders, <i>Selling Your Startup</i> is a must-have resource for anyone involved in setting strategy, encouraging growth, or engineering an exit at a startup. Even if you’re not yet at the stage where you’re contemplating an exit, <i>Selling Your Startup</i> shows you how to lay the foundation of a fruitful and successful endgame.</p>
<p><b>Praise for SELLING YOUR STARTUP</b></p><p>“Don’t sell your business until you’ve read this book. <i>Selling Your Startup</i> is an essential resource founders have needed for a long time. The world is awash with advice on how to start a business, but Cremades shares practical wisdom on how to play the end game.”<BR><b> —WILL GLASER,</b> Co-Founder, Sold Pandora to SiriusXM for $3.5 Billion</p><p>“If you thought product market fit, fundraising, and scaling your startup were challenging, M&A will make those efforts look simple. Alejandro perfectly balances both the science and art of M&A from the sell side for entrepreneurs in this book, bringing clarity to what can feel like an extremely complex process. If you’re a founder or entrepreneur, add this to your must-read list.”<BR><b> —REGGIE AGGARWAL,</b> Co-Founder, Sold Cvent to Vista Equity Partners for $1.65 Billion</p><p>“Securing the right acquirer for your business, on the right terms, makes all of the difference in your vision being realized, or it being stolen and crushed. Use this resource to get clarity on your ideal target buyers and optimize the terms for lasting success.”<BR> <b>—KEVIN O‘CONNOR,</b> Co-Founder, Sold DoubleClick to Hellman & Friedman for $1.1 Billion</p><p>“The multiples your investment in reading this book can deliver are off the charts. Beyond the difference in financial outcome it may have, it could make all the difference in what happens to your company and customers next, and the opportunities you will have as an exiting founder.”<BR><b> —DUKE ROHLEN,</b> Co-Founder, Sold FoxHollow Technologies to Ev3 for $780 Million</p><p>“I know of countless startups who could have benefited from the advice that Alejandro has collated here. I’m happy that this book now exists, so I can recommend it in the future to companies going through the stressful and often uncertain M&A process.”<BR><b> —JACK SMITH,</b> Co-Founder, Sold Vungle to Blackstone for $750 Million</p><p>“This is an essential guide for all founders. From surviving due diligence to maximizing price and terms, to getting through the emotional roller coaster, not killing your own deal and setting up a great new chapter in your life, put this book on top of your reading list.”<BR> <b>—SANDEEP AKKARAJU,</b> CEO, Sold IntelliSense to Corning for $750 Million</p><p>“I’ve co-founded and sold a number of companies in my career in the tech industry. It’s always important to have great advice and counsel as you make these key transformative decisions. Alejandro’s insight will help you develop better strategy and tactics to ace this pivotal part of the journey and get the most out of the opportunities and companies you create.”<BR><b> —DREW PERKINS,</b> Co-Founder, Sold Lightera Networks to Ciena for $550 Million</p>

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