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Why sell a startup instead of continuing to grow it ?

Selling "early" can enable the founding team to take some future risk off the table, as well as give some money back to the entire team, propelling each individual employee forward.

In the best acquisition, 1+1=3, meaning that both the acquirer and the company being acquired benefit from being with each other.

For example, a startup might gain immediate access to global scale, while an incumbent gains a leg up in technology.

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