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How to craft an exit strategy

When investors in California and throughout the country put money into a tech company, they generally don't see any return on capital until the business is acquired or goes public. However, many tech companies wait so long to be purchased that they run out of money. Therefore, it can be difficult for many investors to see their money back after they part with it.

What many entrepreneurs choose to do is wait until an offer is made that meets their desired valuation for the entire company. In many cases, a prospective buyer is only interested in one aspect of the business, and that party will only make an offer that reflects the value of that one aspect. Entrepreneurs can take advantage of this by developing multiple sectors of their companies that can be sold as separate units. By taking this approach, it can be easier to get maximum value for each component, which may help bring maximum value to investors.

Startup business owners can also look to franchise certain aspects of their company, which can increase cash flow. By increasing cash flow, companies can make themselves more attractive to buyers as well as more valuable on the open market. This helps startup companies maximize their revenues while also helping to offer larger returns for investors.

When a company is in its beginning stages, investors may play an important role in helping it meet its financial obligations. However, they will generally expect a return on their capital, which may mean that they want to have a level of control over the business. Before signing an investment agreement, it may be worthwhile to have an attorney look it over. This may increase the odds that all parties understand what they are agreeing to before it becomes binding.

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