Talking M&A at SXSW 2015

By on August 13, 2014

Exitround is talking M&A at South By Southwest 2015. Here’s more information on the panel proposal:

The tech startup world has changed dramatically in recent years with the rise of crowdfunding, a changing venture capital industry, and changes in the M&A market. Venture capital has seen the growth of many angels and smaller funds, new corporate venture firms, as well as the concentration of a small number of large funds.

We’ll talk about how entrepreneurs can best build their companies, raise funding and prepare (optimize) for a massive exit in this new environment. To build successful companies, entrepreneurs need to think about these larger strategic issues and how they affect each other. We’ll also talk about the mechanics of how to develop relationships with potential acquirers and how to negotiate with acquirers.

The panel includes experts in startups, venture capital, corporate development and M&A. They are at the forefront of new ways of investing in startups and conducting M&A transactions.

Questions Answered

  1. How should entrepreneurs evaluate fundraising options in this new venture capital and angel funding environment?
  2. How does receiving investment from crowdfunding, angel and/or venture capital sources affect the exit options available for entrepreneurs?
  3. How can entrepreneurs get to know potential strategic acquirers while building their businesses? And when is the right time?
  4. How should entrepreneurs assess their options when considering selling their companies?
  5. What should entrepreneurs know in negotiations for M&A in terms of deal structures and optimal “fit” with a potential buyer?


  • Hunter Walk, cofounder, Homebrew: Before Homebrew, I led consumer product management at YouTube, starting when it was acquired by Google. I originally joined Google in 2003, managing product and sales efforts for AdSense, Google‘s contextual advertising business. My first job in Silicon Valley was as the founding product and marketing guy at Linden Lab. Before graduate school, I was a management consultant and also spent a year at Late Night with Conan O‘ Brien.
  • Jessica Verrilli – director of corporate development and strategy, Twitter: Jessica works on Corporate Development, New Business Development, and Special Projects at Twitter. She has played an influential role in the company’s search partnerships, Series E financing, and acquisitions. She is currently working on new commercial programs and ongoing M&A. Jessica joined Twitter from Venrock, a venture capital firm, where she focused on technology and healthcare investment opportunities.
  • MG Siegler, general partner, Google Ventures: MG Siegler is a general partner at Google Ventures, where he primarily focuses on seed and early-stage investments. He has been deeply involved in the startup space since 2005, first as a web developer, then as a writer, and most recently as an investor and advisor. Before joining Google Ventures, MG was a founding partner of CrunchFund, an early-stage investment fund. Prior to that, he reported on the startup world as a writer for both TechCrunch and VentureBeat. MG still writes a weekly column for TechCrunch on top of writing on his own sites and from time-to-time doing movie reviews in haiku.
  • Jacob Mullins – CEO/cofounder, Exitround: Jacob is an entrepreneur and a former venture capital investor. Previously, at Shasta Ventures, he spent his time looking at consumer and mobile businesses. Prior to that, he built a dietary supplement company out of South Africa, was the first business guy at, and launched the Microsoft BizSpark program.

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