Secrets of Getting Acquired Workshop

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Join us for our first California event in San Francisco! We’re bringing our one of a kind event to the West Coast to share how to exit your company. Whether you’re in the middle of an acquisition, been approached or just creating your master plan, you don’t want to miss this.


Breakfast and Registration


Bringing the team together


How to start preparing your Board of Directors, key investors and any
other principal stakeholders for your potential acquisition. Learn how to assemble your deal team and set your valuation.

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Finding the right buyer


Learn from tech acquirers and investors what the role of the investment banker is, the difference between strategic and financial buyers and how to test the market before you make a deal.

Speakers to be announced!

The Process


Learn what an acquisition looks like from start to finish. You’ll know how to get set up for diligence, maintain confidentiality internally, tell the difference between an LOI and final agreement, negotiate terms that work for you, close the deal and transition smoothly.

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Lunch & Founder Success Stories


Get real insights and watchouts from incredible founders who have successfully been through an acquisition.

Cheryl Contee

Cheryl is the CEO and co-founder of Fission Strategy, co-founder of and co-founder of #YesWeCode., a social listening and marketing automation tool for nonprofits, is the first tech startup with a black female founder on board to be acquired by a
NASDAQ company, Blackbaud, in June 2017. Fission contributed to building early source code for Crowdtangle, a social media analytics software to help publishers around the world measure their performance on social media and identify great stories. Facebook acquired Crowdtangle in Jan 2017. Fission is the rare social enterprise that has participated in two successful startup exits.
Cheryl Contee

Juanita Lott

Juanita Lott is the founder and former chair and CEO of Bridgestream Software, an enterprise software company that was sold to Oracle in 2007. Gartner recognized Bridgestream as one of the ‘cool vendors in security and privacy’, and Burton Group recognized Ms. Lott as ‘a pioneer’ in role based access management solutions.
Juanita Lott

Sian Morson

Sian Morson is the ultimate multi-hyphenate: Entrepreneur-Author-Investor-Producer. In 2014 started working on what would be Cast Beauty, a data-driven beauty recommendation platform. At launch, Cast Beauty won L’Oreal’s prestigious Women in Digital award and received global attention and write-ups in MarieClaire, Blavity, Ebony, Redbook, PopSugar and AdAge among others. After a successful exit of Cast Beauty, Sian set her sights on investing. She became an LP (limited partner) with Backstage Capital and an EIR at Cross Culture Ventures. Sian has authored 2 books; “Learn Design for iOS” and “Design for iOS with Sketch.”
Sian Morson

Office Hours


Sit with the experts at Davis Wright Tremaine to get one on one consulting about potential deals or how to best prepare your company for a future exit.

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