Hear about how to exit from Jess Lee, Justin Kan and Michael Marquez at Disrupt SF – TechCrunch

Hear about how to exit from Jess Lee, Justin Kan and Michael Marquez at Disrupt SF – TechCrunch

Marissa Mayer
All startup founders want to steer to a successful outcome the business they started. Sometimes the goal is an initial public offering. Sometimes it’s an acquisition.Though acquisitions often represent a kind of finish line for entrepreneurs, they aren’t easy to line up, and even when an offer is on the table, it often comes with difficult decisions. To better understand how to field interest, what’s involved once an acquirer comes knocking and who can be impacted when a company decides to sell, we’ll hear from Sequoia Capital’s Jess Lee, serial founder Justin Kan and Code Advisor’s Michael Marquez at Disrupt SF 2019.Each has something to contribute to this fascinating topic of conversation.Justin Kan is today the founder and CEO of the legal tech startup Atrium, but it’s hardly his first project. The godfather of “lifecasting, ” Kan first became known in the startup world for founding Justin.tv, which spun out Socialcam, an app that Autodesk later acquired for a tidy $60 million, and itself later evolved into the game-streaming powerhouse Twitch, which was eventually acquired by an even bigger giant, Amazon, for $970 million.
Kan, who went on to spend three years as a partner with Y Combinator, hasn’t succeeded ....

(Few remember his brief stint as founder and CEO of Exec.) But his perspective as a serial founder and investor has made him a trusted source of wisdom in startup-land, and when it comes to exiting, he knows the drill.Jess Lee currently serves as a partner at Sequoia Capital, one of the most successful and well-respected VC firms in Silicon Valley. Her portfolio includes companies like The Wing, Dia & Co. and Maven Clinic. But Lee has been through the acquisition process from the other side of the fence, too.
A Google product manager for several years, she joined the fashion site Polyvore in March 2008 (she’d fallen in love with the product and was quickly asked to become its first product manager). .

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