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Prepping for Exit - a Founder’s Perspective on M&A - Issue #31

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Prepping for Exit - a Founder’s Perspective on M&A
Is it time to consider selling your startup? Looking for a founder’s perspective? Dave Parker is a five-time founder with >10 exits. This reading list is practical advice on prepping for exit, pricing and the process.
Who’d of thought a year ago that EdTech would be sexy?

What a Difference a Year Makes (in EdTech)
Education technologies have always been a challenging vertical market for funding. It’s not because the problem space is small, quite the opposite. EdTech companies try to bring innovation to students and teachers from K-12 to college and college alternatives. There’s never been much investment cash sloshing around that market because of the lack of upmarket buyers.
Blackboard has made 21 acquisitions between 2009-2016, according to Crunchbase. They went private in 2011 with a deal with Providence Equity Partners. Maybe this is the year they will be back shopping for startup innovations.
One result we will see for years is the impact of dropout rates expected to spike from the pandemic at a high school level. Axios outlines the economic cost.
Edtech valuations aren’t skyrocketing, but investors see more exit opportunities – TechCrunch
K-12 School Closures and the Sudden Shift to Remote Learning Exposes Existing Inequities in Education
A Record Year Amid a Pandemic: US Edtech Raises $2.2 Billion in 2020 | EdSurge News
Is 2020 bringing more edtech rounds than ever, or does it simply feel that way? – TechCrunch
1 big thing: Missed school will cost U.S. trillions
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