In technology, mergers and acquisitions are a regular occurrence and can be a path to growth. Every tech company needs to be “M&A Ready”. Learn from the biggest exit success stories, the multiple exit stories, and connect with the players that made them happen.


The Series B That Wasn’t: How Lane’s “Reverse Due Diligence” Led To a Sale Instead of a Raise

When real estate software company VTS announced its acquisition of Toronto-based proptech startup Lane for $200 million in October 2021, the Canadian tech community celebrated. But what many didn’t know is that Lane was just two days away from announcing a significant Series B round and continuing on its meteoric growth trajectory. Speaking with TechExit.io ahead of his keynote panel appearance at the in-person conference on October 19th, 2022 in Toronto, Lane co-founder Clinton Robinson explained how conducting “reverse due diligence” ultimately led to acquisition rather than a raise.

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Why Latif Nanji Sold Roadmunk Despite Huge Growth Potential

When Roadmunk sold to Tempo.io in November 2021, it was another celebrated exit in a thriving Canadian tech market. Before the sale, though, founder Latif Nanji wasn’t sure he even wanted to sell the company. Speaking with TechExit.io ahead of his conference talk in the Toronto Edition on October 19th, 2022, Latif explained the three factors that led to him selling the business he founded nearly a decade earlier.

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After a $770 Million USD Exit, Stuart Lombard Shares His Keys for a Successful Acquisition

Stuart Lombard didn’t want to sell his company, ecobee. But in the process of exploring an IPO, he found the perfect acquirer in Generac—the deal was announced in November 2021 with a reported $770 million USD price tag. Post-acquisition, Stuart is still the CEO of ecobee with no plans to sail off into the sunset. Looking back on the acquisition ahead of his live talk at TechExit.io Toronto Edition on October 19th, 2022, Stuart shared what he felt were the keys to his successful acquisition.

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3 Ways Founders Can Structure A Transition After Selling Their Company

Someone wants to buy your company! Now what? Paul Yancich is familiar with this problem. As Managing Director and Co-Founder of Arcadea Group, a growth-oriented, long-hold majority investor, Paul and the Arcadea team have collectively been involved with  over a hundred investments. Speaking with TechExit.io, Paul shared the three most common pathways founders take when they sell their company and what you need in place to make that transition successful.

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The 3 Questions Every Founder Should Ask Before Pursuing Growth Via M&A in a Downturn

Let’s agree that economic conditions are shifting. Our ecosystem is facing new potential headwinds while at the same time uncovering upside opportunities as we hunker down into this bear market. If you’re still considering getting into the ring of M&A right now, then you’re not alone. There are certainly interesting opportunities out there that have likely experienced a dip in deal premiums if the acquirer is prepared, strategic, and can stomach the risk. Speaking with TechExit, Devon Thompson, the Director for Western Canada at RBCx, shared the three questions every founder should ask before pursuing growth via M&A in a downturn.

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3 Ways to Source Deals for Acquisition-Fueled Growth

Acquisition-fueled growth can be huge for a startup. A successful acquisition will generate more customers, revenue and potentially an increased valuation. But finding the right company to acquire is a difficult task with a lot of nuances. It’s something Randeep Janjua, Director, Growth & Transition Capital, in BDC Capital’s Vancouver office understands well from his years of assisting companies with capital to acquire. Randeep shared his insights on three ways to find potential companies to acquire as part of your growth strategy.

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Allen Lau’s Four Pillars of a Successful Exit

When Wattpad exited for $750 CAD million to South Korean tech company Naver, the Canadian tech community celebrated the new wealth and opportunity. For founder Allen Lau, though, the exit wasn’t about the money. At the time, he was focused solely on Wattpad’s growth and was considering an exit, an IPO, or a larger growth round to become an active acquirer. Speaking with TechExit.io ahead of his conference keynote, Allen looked back on the acquisition and shared why selling made the most sense and his four pieces of advice for founders considering an exit.

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Here’s What Startup CMOs Need to Know about Post-Acquisition Marketing

After building Wild Apricot’s revenue with inbound digital marketing, Shiv Narayanan was instrumental in selling the company to a PE firm in 2017. He stayed on post-acquisition and learned firsthand how different things are in marketing a startup pre- versus post-sale. He now runs How to SaaS, a consultancy that helps SaaS companies create enterprise value after acquisitions. Speaking with TechExit.io, Shiv shared the key mindset evolution all CMOs must go through in order to thrive in marketing after an acquisition.

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After a $1B Exit, Galvanize CEO Laurie Schultz Shared Her Framework for Finding the Right Buyer

Courting with buyers – whether inbound or outbound – is an exciting but delicate time in a business leader’s career. In particular, how do you know when you’ve found the right one? It’s a question Laurie Schultz knows well. As CEO of Galvanize, she spoke with multiple potential acquirers and capital partners before ultimately selling to Diligent for $1 billion. Speaking with TechExit.io, Laurie shared her three step decision-making framework for founders courting a buyer.

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Why a Merger Made More Sense for Allocadia Than Growing Independently

Kristine Steuart had specific growth goals in mind for her company Allocadia and determined the way to reach them was to bring on an investment partner with expertise and investment to continue to scale the business as a stand-alone company. Yet the process to bring on a growth partner resulted in the unexpected outcome of selling the company to a private equity firm and merging with German SaaS company BrandMaker. Speaking with TechExit.io, Kristine shared why a merger made sense and the lessons she learned about successfully exiting the company you founded.

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The 3 Scenarios Where It Makes Sense to Sell Your Mid-Stage Startup

Knowing when to sell your startup is a controversial topic. Internally, you have stakeholders to think about. Externally, there will always be detractors who say you sold too early. Brent Holliday, co-founder of Garibaldi Capital Advisors, knows about this dilemma all too well. Starting his career as a tech founder, he sold his company and went first into venture capital before settling into tech mergers and acquisitions. Now, Brent advises mid-market tech company founders looking to sell for a price between $15 million and $100 million on average.

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5 Things Founders Should Pay Attention To When Potential Acquirers Come Knocking

Whenever a company gets acquired, employees celebrate. But the real winners are the investors who took a big bet and won. In Canada, few have successfully made as many big bets as JMI Equity (‘JMI’), investing in successful companies like Eloqua, Intelex, Benevity, and PointClickCare. Dave Greenberg, a General Partner at JMI, has seen all of these exits and many more in his 15 years of experience. Over the years, he’s also seen trends emerge about what founders need to think about when a potential acquirer comes knocking on their door.

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Why This Founder Turned Down 3 Acquisition Offers and Asked Lightspeed to Buy His Startup Instead

We’re lucky in Canada today that the phrase “IPO” is increasingly common. When JD St. Martin took on venture funding for his Montreal-based startup Chronogolf in 2014, selling the company was considered an inevitable outcome. Still, he managed to make the best of it, selling to Lightspeed and joining the team, where he still works today as Chief Revenue and Chief Customer Officer. Speaking with TechExit.io, JD explained why he turned down three other acquisition offers then asked Lightspeed to acquire his startup instead.

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Why Thinkific Chose IPO Over Acquisition or Private Funding

Thinkific recently closed its massive IPO, joining the ranks of only a few Canadian tech companies on the public markets. However, an IPO was one of three options that Thinkific’s founding team was considering in 2020. Thinkific co-founder Miranda Lievers explained the options on the table and the process the team went through to eventually choose IPO.

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The 3 Questions FreshBooks Uses to Assess Potential Acquisitions

Don Epperson, the CEO of FreshBooks, likes acquiring companies if it makes sense. But that doesn’t mean he sees it as anything more than a tool in a CEO’s tool shed. Speaking with TechExit.io, Don shared his insights on what acquisitions mean to FreshBooks and the three questions he uses to assess potential acquisitions.

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Five acquisitions later, Tarique Al-Ansari explains Paystone’s M&A growth strategy

Paystone CEO Tarique Al-Ansari shares things he’s learned after years of closing acquisitions. His advice to entrepreneurs: while acquisitions should help you serve your customers better, they should not be the only thing driving growth. And, don’t expect to try to take on due diligence without some very experienced help from lawyers who know the ins and outs of closing a deal.

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Navigating deals in challenging times

Uncertainty is seemingly part of the “new normal” as businesses learn to navigate through uncharted waters in the wake of the global pandemic and economic recession. When it comes to acquisitions, what are buyers looking for? What, if anything, has changed as a result of the pandemic? How do sellers prepare for a sale, and… Read More

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Deal Killers: Preparing for Transaction Challenges

Gordon Raman, a partner at Fasken in Toronto, practises in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and corporate finance. We recently chatted with Gordon, who is  part of the TechExit East Deal Killers: Preparing for Transaction Challenges expert panel, about the challenges that can cause a deal to go sideways, or worse!

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A leading expert talks finding the right opportunities to grow, optimize and evolve your business

As Managing Director, Technology Sector, for PwC Canada, Cameron Burke knows a thing or two about scaling technology companies. He has his finger on the pulse of the tech market, specifically the opportunities and trends within the changing and expanding liquidity landscape. Here’s a preview of his insights and thoughts he will be sharing at the upcoming TechExit.io session M&A & The Changing Landscape of Liquidity for Technology Companies.

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Talking Reverse Takeovers with Miriam Tuerk

Join Miriam Tuerk, Co-Founder and CEO of Clear Blue Technologies, as she weighs in with her insights during the TechExit East and West panel discussions, “Going Public as an Option for Liquidity.”  In the meantime, Miriam previews that discussion by sharing some of her expertise with us here.

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Be M&A ready and achieve the best valuation

“Businesses should always be ready for an exit. You can’t plan exactly when a sale will take place so you need to be ready at any time. In my first business, we ran it as if it was going to be sold from the first year. This may sound simple, but it’s easy to get pulled into the daily operation of the business and then not dedicate the time required to prepare for an exit,” she says.

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Who might acquire your company?

As a tech entrepreneur, you need to anticipate what type of potential future buyer may be interested in your company early on – even if you have no immediate acquisition on the horizon. While a target acquirer may change as the company matures, identifying acquirers early will help your leadership team determine how to best position themselves to increase shareholder and company value.  There are two extremely common 3rd-party buyer types in the Canadian tech ecosystem: 

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Insights from TechExit 2019

On April 10, 2019, Vancouver Startup Week attended TechExit.io 2019 at the Vancouver Convention Centre with over two hundred delegates. Throughout the conference, delegates learned how entrepreneurs can develop successful exit strategies and form connections with key investors, venture capitalists, and accelerators who can make it happen.

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[Daily Hive] The second annual TechExit.io returns to Vancouver this April

It’s time to learn about the ins and outs of buying and selling technology companies – and there’s no better place to do that than TechExit.io TechExit.io, entering its second annual year, educates technology entrepreneurs and investors on how to navigate through acquisitions, mergers, and exits. It’s not just for companies who are looking to make an exit – it’s about being reactive and “exit ready” from day one.

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[BIV] Your tech company is hot, happening, high-growth – but is it exit-ready?

In tech, as in theatre, there are good exits and bad exits. In both cases, planning ahead will prevent disastrous fumbles on your way out. In describing how to get exit-ready, Lisa Shields, CEO of the Vancouver business-process-management software firm Fi.Span, uses the analogy of selling a house. Maybe you aren’t ready to sell yet. Still, it’s good to have everything in order. “You might leave the bathroom unpainted. The new owner can take care of that. But you know they will want a solid roof in place,” says Shields, a speaker at the TechExit conference being held April 10 at the Vancouver Convention Centre (East).

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[Betakit] What Carol Leaman Learned from Scaling a Company and Selling it to Google

When Carol Leaman was 17, she told her aunt she was going to be CEO of her own company one day. Fast forward two decades and Leaman has been a CEO of four different companies, with one, PostRank, exiting to Google. Speaking to BetaKit ahead of her appearance at TechExit.io on April 10th in Vancouver, the serial CEO shared her lessons learned from leading multiple companies, and reflected on starting, growing, and eventually exiting PostRank.

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