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Magic Box Paradigm: A Framework for Startup Acquisitions Paperback – September 29, 2016
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At the start of my career I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to cofound two technology companies. One ended up being quite successful and was acquired. The other had a good run but was unable to survive the burst of the first internet bubble. As an entrepreneur I’ve been part of teams that have created innovative products and services. I’ve seen how swiftly success can come, and go. Since the early 2000s I’ve largely worked as an advisor to startups. Today my professional activities leverage three platforms: Advsr, a growing network of entrepreneurs; Ackrell Capital, a boutique investment bank; and Vator, an online community for startups and investors. I earned an MBA from a joint program of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Columbia’s Graduate School of Business. Prior to that, I earned a BA in Philosophy from UC Davis with minors in both History and English.
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I've spent most my career helping inventors, technology companies, and investors figure out how to monetize their intellectual property. And, unless their technology is in the unicorn quadrant, it's hard - really hard - to find and close the right deal.
But the 'Magic Box' book nails it. "It's not about selling your company; it's about creating opportunities for your startup." "You are usually the casualty in a bidding war." Some of the advice may sound counter-intuitive, but rings true.
The money shot is the Magic Box Paradigm itself. I can't describe it without totally ripping off the book, but suggest you check it out yourself.
I wish I had read this book 15 years ago - before I sold my first company.
The book is written by a practitioner, which makes it a lot more interesting and relevant. I look forward to recommending this read to my friends and colleagues.