Recent Posts by Tara Naughter

Startup Transitions: Signs It’s Time to Move On

Creating a business is an incredible process. Founders, CEOs, executives and even staff who get in on the ground floor of a startup put their heart and soul into businesses, which is usually a good thing. However, this means that there are lots of emotions involved. Many founders refer to their startups as their babies and feel a strong tie to the businesses. This feeling is helpful. It is what keeps other team members fired up and it fuels the long days and nights spent at the office fixing problems and making it all happen. However, this emotional connection to the company can also keep CEOs and founders involved in the business past the optimal point to get out. How do you know when it's time to move on and sell the business?

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Is the Venture Capital Bubble About to Burst

Over the past decade, the venture-capital industry has seen tremendous growth. Last year alone, over $160 billion was spent on investments in startup companies worldwide. The interest from investors in early-stage companies has nearly tripled over the years and deal counts have continued to climb. But is it possible for this momentum to last?

Below we'll review the current state of affairs in the venture-capital sector, what has led to its rapid growth in recent years, and how the industry's financial bubble may soon be ready to burst.

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The Role of Cybersecurity in Due Diligence

Need proof of the importance of cybersecurity in the M&A process? You only need to look at the case of Yahoo.

In July 2016, Verizon announced that it would acquire Yahoo for $4.8 billion. Soon after the deal was publicized, however, Yahoo revealed that it had previously suffered two major data breaches affecting more than 1 billion users, the biggest cyber attack in history. The fallout from this declaration forced Yahoo to knock $350 million off the deal’s original price.

Hacks, breaches, and other cyber attacks can seriously damage a company’s reputation and even cause it to go out of business. In order to mitigate the risks that you face as a business, it’s essential to assess your potential M&A partner’s cybersecurity practices during the due diligence stage.

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The Balancing Act: Perfecting Due Diligence

When planning a merger or acquisition, due diligence on part of the buyer is of critical importance. Not only does due diligence help to identify potential red flags during financial transactions, but it can also be beneficial to both buyers and sellers when revealing fair market values for businesses and assets.

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How Technology Will Transform M&A in 2019 and Beyond

Mergers and acquisitions are becoming larger, more complex, and more valuable than ever before. Recent years have seen a rise in “mega-mergers” such as Disney-Fox, AT&T-Time Warner, CVS Health-Aetna, and Heinz-Kraft—each one worth tens of billions of dollars.

What’s more, it’s not just giant corporations that are merging. According to Accenture Research, 87 percent of firms have acquired another company in the past two years.

As this growth in M&A activity continues, businesses will need cutting-edge technological solutions in order to successfully execute the transaction. In this article, we’ll discuss 3 ways that technology will transform M&A in the short and medium term.

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Assessing Cybersecurity During M&A Due Diligence

When sizing up a potential M&A partner, most organizations focus on practical concerns such as their customer base or new product line.

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Start with the Exit Webinar Recap

On Wednesday, March 27th, we hosted a live webinar,  Start with the Exit in Mind, Building M&A value from startup to exit. The webinar focused primarily on M&A strategies and how to drive high valuation in the tech sector in the shortest amount of time.

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Introducing SecureDocs Virtual Data Room Now With Q&A

Complex deals can involve thousands of questions, which must be tracked and answered quickly and securely. If you’re using spreadsheets, emails or another outside method to handle your inquiries, you already understand the stress and frustration involved. Who sees your documents? Who is authorized to answer? How do you track it all? 

Ready for a simple, straightforward and secure Q&A process? Introducing SecureDocs new Q&A tool designed to make the Q&A process fast, easy, and manageable.

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Mid-Year Update for the Middle Market - 2018

Overall, the middle market is experiencing strong performance in 2018. According to the National Center for the Middle Market, companies in this sector reported employment growth rates of 6.3 percent and revenue growth rates of 8.4 percent -- both at the highest level within the past year. The center also notes that confidence in both the global and local economy is at an all time high in this sector, which is likely encouraging M&A activity and growth.

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8 Best Practices for Acquiring a Company

There are a lot of potential advantages to acquiring another entity, and this is true for both fledgling startups and well-established enterprises. Joining forces with an existing business by virtue of a merger or acquisition can help a company increase its market share, tap into new geographical areas, expand product and service lines, eliminate a competitor, or cut costs through economies of scale. It does not necessarily matter why a company pursues an acquisition, so long as there is ample preparation beforehand and a carefully crafted, well-executed plan. Here are eight best practices for acquiring a company:

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