Hear Cloudflare and PlanGrid’s amazing journey from founding to exit at Disrupt 2020

How and when should startup founders think about the “exit”? It’s the perennial question in tech entrepreneurialism, but the hows and whens are questions to which there are a multitude of answers. For one thing, new founders often forget that the terms of the exit may not eventually be entirely in their control. There’s the board to think of, the strategic direction of the company, the first-in investors, the last-in. You name it. We’ll be chatting about this at Disrupt 2020.

Exits normally happen in only one of two ways: Either the startup gets acquired for enough money to give the investors a return or it grows big enough to list on the public markets. And it just so happens we have two perfect founders who will be able to unpack their own journeys on those two roads.

When Cloudflare went public last year it certainly wasn’t the end of its 10-year journey, and nor was it PlanGrid’s when it was acquired by Autodesk in 2018.

Cloudflare’s Michelle Zatlyn saw every nook and cranny of the company’s journey toward its IPO, which received a warm reception, even if there were a few bumps along the road leading up to it. What comes after an IPO and how do you even get there in the first place? Zatlyn will be laying it all out for us.

PlanGrid’s journey to acquisition by Autodesk was equally fascinating, and Tracy Young — who, as CEO and co-founder, shepherded the company to an $ 875 million exit — will be able to give us insight into what it’s like to dance with a potential acquirer, go through that (often fraught) process and come out the other side.

We’re excited to host this conversation at Disrupt 2020 and expect it to fill up quickly. Grab your pass before this Friday to save up to $ 300 on this session and more.

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Do you already plan/have a strategy for your startup’s exit?

We often talk about starting and growing business but it seems as if the exit planning strategy is never provided for founders looking at exiting or selling their companies within X years. Considering you are all business/startup founders.

  1. Do you have any insight on how to effectively plan for an exit and avoid the stress that comes with rushed sales and disappointing valuations?
  2. Is there a Saas tool out there to plan ahead accordingly and tie up all different business facets for monitoring or getting readiness feedback/valuations?

I personally have been finding it extremely cumbersome and while clean financial records are doable, the remainder of the process is exhausting beyond measures.

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Exit strategy and sparking competition

This is definitely an optimistic pov for anyone but bear with me for the hypothetical. If my exit strategy is to be acquired by a large company that could benefit from my product, is it typical to target many companies within that industry to spark competition? Is it common for startups to have multiple offers on the table to use as leverage when negotiating a deal? Or is it too unrealistic for many companies to all become interested in something all at once even when they are targeted simultaneously. I understand it highly depends on the product, but are there any real-world cases that come to mind where this is applicable?

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