Acquisitions

What Should I Do When Someone Expresses Interest In Acquiring My Company?

I get asked this question many times in many different ways. Sometimes people are coy about it (“someone is expressing strategic interest – what should I do?”) other times people are clear and direct (“someone wants to acquire my company – help!”). David Cohen, the CEO of TechStars, has encountered this many times. Before starting…

Pondering Your Exit Strategy

Ah – the joys of having super smart entrepreneurs to do our writing for us.  Dick Costolo has today’s post of the day up titled No Exit.  In this post, he ponders the answer to the age old question “What is your exit strategy?”  I hope this – and the appropriate discussion – gets cross-posted…

Merger and Acquisition Due Diligence – What To Expect

David Shanberg – a colleague of mine from PeoplePC (David was VP Corporate Development) – started an M&A / corp dev consultancy called Baker Pacific.  He also writes a good blog on M&A and corp dev stuff.  He recently sent me a short article on M&A Due Diligence which I’ve broken up into a four part…

What Should I Consider With Management Carve Out Plans?

Question: We are considering selling our VC-backed company. It may not be the optimum time so valuation is a question. My board has asked me to proposed a management carve out plan as a retention tool. What do I need to consider in formulating this proposal? While management carve out plans were rarely used before the…

How Do You Plan for M&A?

Once again we have a guest blog from Will Price at Hummer Winblad.  We appreciate Will’s efforts in both writing a post on planning for M&A as well as introducing some MBA-speak into AsktheVC (hint: BATNA). Question: How do you plan for M&A? Trying to build our company, thus far we went the regular path…

Is This Offer a Good One for My Company?

We’ve gotten a slew of questions like the one below.  It’s impossible to give a precise answer to “is this offer a good one for my company?” when all we have is a paragraph or two to go on.  So – like all good Aesop wanna-be’s – we’ll try to pull out one or two…