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Q: What is the typical timeline for selling a company?< p class="ui_qtext_para u-ltr u-text-align--start">For both my start-ups as a founder, the timeline was 5 years. And also 60 days.
What I mean is, in both cases, we “met” the acquirer (public companies) about 5 years before we were acquired. That gave them a chance to meet up, learn about us, and see us grow into the valuations.
And when the timing was right (for different reasons) — the actual transactions took about 60 days from “We’d interested in build / buy / partner” to a signed purchase agreement. (Note: closing takes longer because you need government approvals, etc.).
And the very first time I went through it as a start-up exec, it was 3 years (from when we knew each other) and 30 days (from Let’s Buy You to Signed Deal). So a bit faster, but same chronology.
If it doesn’t happen 60 days from “We’re Really Interested” to Signed Acquisition Docs, there’s usually an issue. It’s usually not actually time.View original question on quora The post What is the typical timeline for selling a company? appeared first on SaaStr.