Using Acquisition to Supplement Business Growth

The vast majority of companies would like to grow and become more profitable—but achieving that goal is much easier said than done.

Even the most effective sales and marketing campaigns can take years to pay off. Meanwhile, expanding into a new area or offering a new product can be a highly risky endeavor, particularly if there are already competitors present in that space.

In the face of these problems and questions, more and more organizations are choosing to acquire other companies in order to drive business growth.

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When to Sell Your Business - Part 2: Timing Considerations

Wondering when to sell your business? You’re not alone. A variety of factors, both in and out of your control, play into the decision of selling your business at a particular time.

Although it’s impossible to predict the future, you can make smarter decisions about when to sell your business, based on the information available to you and the trends that you observe.

In our previous article, we discussed the different factors that buyers are looking for at each stage of your startup: early, middle, and late. This article will continue the discussion by going over the different timing considerations for when to sell your business: the larger M&A market, your company’s industry or sector, and finally your company itself.

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When to Sell Your Business - Part 1: What Buyers Are Looking For

Knowing when to sell your business is a delicate art. Not only does selling your business depend on the health and internal workings of your company, it also depends on external factors over which you have little to no control—macroeconomic trends, buyers’ attitudes toward M&A, and more.

Despite these challenges, the good news is that you can take steps to position yourself optimally for a future acquisition. By knowing what buyers are looking for at each stage, you’ll have a better understanding of the right time to sell your business.

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M&A, IPOs, and Startups: 2019 Recap and 2020 Projections

A few months ago, we took a look at the M&A highlights from the first half of 2019. Now that the year is drawing to a close, it’s time to see what the second half of 2019 has brought while casting an eye toward the future. In this article, we’ll take a look at M&A activity, IPOs, and startups, wrapping up 2019 and making predictions for 2020.

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The Top Books, Blogs, and Resources for Startup Success

Startup founders know that they have to work hard and do their research in order to stand a chance at success. We know you’re busy growing your company—that’s why we’ve compiled this list of valuable information for you to peruse.

In this article, we’ll go over some of the best books, blogs, and other resources (in no particular order) that we’ve found to be highly useful for startups. Whether you’ve just made your first sale or you’re about to be acquired, the insights you find in the materials below are sure to be of use for startups big and small.

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3 Reasons Every Startup Needs a Virtual Data Room

In the past 20 years, outmoded paper-based processes have been digitized and brought online, significantly improving business workflows. To facilitate the sharing of sensitive business documents, many companies are making use of a virtual data room: an online database for storing confidential and sensitive information and sharing it with third parties. 

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How Blue Chips Respond to Threats from the New Generation of Startups

Established markets such as healthcare are looking increasingly vulnerable to disruption, with blue chips like CVS facing fresh challenges from smaller, more agile startups. These startup organizations disrupt the value chain by focusing in on one part of the chain, either excluding or outsourcing other parts to established businesses.

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4 Tips for Productive Startup Board of Directors Meetings

Every company, from small businesses to massive corporations, should have a board of directors. For many startups still in the growth phase, however, the board of directors is all too often an afterthought. As a result, startups can move so fast that non-executive board members fall out of the loop between meetings.

It’s easy for startups to fall victim to a number of common traps that prevent them from running productive board meetings. In this article, we’ll discuss 4 best practices for avoiding these pitfalls and getting the most out of your startup board of directors.

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What Startups Need to Know About Fundraising in Latin America in 2019

As we enter into the second half of 2019, there's never been a better time for tech investments in Latin America.

In November 2018, for example, Brazilian food delivery startup company iFood announced that it had raised $500 million in capital--the largest funding round for any Latin American startup. This came after another record-breaking year in 2017, when venture capital investments in Latin America surpassed $1 billion for the first time.

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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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