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This is a meeting that no entrepreneur can afford to miss. The exit strategy is one of the essential elements of a successful business.
Investors need to get their money back with a significant return. Someday you need to exit your company. Your strategy must consider these long-term plans. They will have a major impact on how you operate your company. Exits through an IPO or by handing the business over to your children have very different implications.
Panel:Andres Rodriguez, Serial Entrepreneur, Nasuni, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andres Rodriguez is a serial software-industry entrepreneur. He founded Abuzz, a social networking site,which was acquired by the New York Times. He became CTO of the Times, involved in archiving. His next start-up, Archivas, built a distributed software system to preserve massive amounts of digital information. Archivas was acquired by Hitachi Data Systems in 2007. He then founded Nasuni, which is creating a storage appliance to connect businesses to the emerging storage cloud infrastructure.
Giri Sekhar, Managing Partner of FA Technology Ventures,Giri@fatechventures.com
Giri joined FATV in 2001. He is on the Board of Directors of Autotask and OnePin. He led FATV investments in Softricity (acquired by Microsoft), Concentrix (acquired by Tech Data), and Groople (acquired by Shorts Travel). Giri is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs and is on the Advisory Board of the Boston Chapter of the Association of Latin American Professionals in Finance and Accounting. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and has a Masters in Management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
Daniel A. Guglielmo, J.D., Private Wealth Planner, Trust Design,email@example.com
For 25 years Dan has served as a trusted adviser to successful families and business owners. Dan began his professional career at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a Finance Attorney in the Division of Enforcement. He received a Bachelor of Art degree from Colorado College, a Jurist Doctorate degree from Arizona State College of Law and studied for his LLM in Taxation at Boston University.
William Kolb, Co-Managing Partner, Foley Hoag LLP firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Kolb is the Chair of Foley Hoag’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice and the Co-Managing Partner of the firm. He represents both buyers and sellers (including special board committees) of public and private companies in a variety of M&A transactions. In addition, his transactional work includes representation of high-growth and emerging companies seeking venture capital and strategic investments. Bill is nationally recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and The Legal 500, is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Moderator:Robert Weisman, The Boston Globe, email@example.com
Robert Weisman is a business and technology writer for the Boston Globe, covering high-tech startups, venture capital, defense, research and development, and business. He joined the Globe in 2000 and served as the newspaper's technology editor until 2003. From 1995 to 2000, Rob was business editor at the Seattle Times. There he was part of the editing team working on Boeing 737 safety stories that won a 1997 Pulitzer Prize.