Dr. Basil Peters
There are some dangerous misperceptions, myths, and outright lies that are commonly told in the industry that lead boards and startup management teams completely down the wrong path, Dr. Basil Peters, an exit strategist, technology angel investor, and angel fund manager for Fundamental Technologies II, tells Venture Hype.
I’m dismayed by how often I see good boards make very bad decisions about the exits, primarily, in my opinion, because the information isn’t readily available. There’s not enough investor and entrepreneur education available about the things to watch out for when you’re thinking about designing and executing an exit.
Investing is easy; exiting is hard, adds Peters. That’s why he devotes most of his work time writing, talking about, and executing exits, with the goal of educating angel investors and entrepreneurs about the importance of designing a clear exit strategy. His motto: Exit Early, Exit Often.
His first book, Early Exits, challenges angels and entrepreneurs to take a serious look at exit planning. What the CEO of Cisco has started saying today is exactly what Peters had written two years earlier in Early Exits. When Peters talk exits, you better sit up and listen.
What You’ll Learn in This Interview
* Fit for beginners
- Why companies should have either angels or VCs as their funding source, but not both, and how the company’s decision would affect its angel investors.
- Why the multi-hundred million dollar traditional VC funds don’t work in the 21st century.
- Differences between venture capitalists and angel investors – some investors are calling themselves VCs but they really are angels.
- What are capital efficient companies and in which sectors do these companies exist.
- Why having a clear, written exit strategy almost from the earliest days is the most important goal for every externally financed company.
- Some of the important elements that make up a good exit strategy – it’s much simpler than you think.
- Myths, misperceptions, and outright lies about exits and mergers and acquisitions that often led boards and management teams completely down the wrong path.
- What companies really need to do today to have a successful exit.
- Why receiving an unsolicited acquisition offer is almost never good news.
- The type of exits current economy favors.
- New dynamics of the exit environment and the urgent requirement of having an exit coach.
- Pressing challenges for entrepreneurs in today’s economy.
- Whether angel investors should be optimistic or cautious about backing startups in the current economic climate.
- And more…
More About Basil Peters
While working on his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Canada, Peters started Nexus Engineering and went on to take home the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Entrepreneurship Silver Award, BC Science and Engineering Gold Medal, and Business Leader of the Year Award.
A decade later, he sold the Nexus Group to its biggest competitor and is now part of Cisco. Through the process, he went from being a starving entrepreneur to actually having some nice coins in the pocket. Like many successful, cashed-out entrepreneurs, Peters started angel investing. He’s been investing in startups since the mid ’90s and has founded three technology investment funds. He now belongs to three angel groups and dedicates most of his time on exit transactions.
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