EXIT: SUCCESS AND FAILURE

November 24, 2015

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After building the organization most founders are faced with the critical decision on how to exit. In some cases, the company has succeeded in realizing value for investors and for its founder and employees. In most cases, the company has failed to earn a return. Often the company is balancing on the knife’s edge between success and failure. Small decisions tilt the balance. What are the factors that determine if a company is likely to exit successfully? If it is on a path to failure, how can the founder ensure that it ‘fails well’? What is a good failure?

Responses (51)

Founders: Beware of the IPO exit?
RookieBlogger
Last modified on November 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm
Successfully IPO’ing your company brings great rewards to the Founders including a sizable economic payoff by having the ability to monetize their equity stakes, prestige, press, added transparency and liquidity to the company. However, companies are now taking much longer [...]
The Unicorpses
Kaitlyn
Last modified on November 20, 2015 at 5:39 pm
Failing after achieving that billion dollar valuation
#1 rule of successful failure: Fail early
Helena
Posted on November 20, 2015 at 4:46 pm
The sad truth is that 9 out of 10 startups fail. Although you may think otherwise, your fledgling venture may become one of the nine. Good news is that you can fail successfully – and reap benefits from doing so. [...]