How To Sell Your Company Without A Buyer


Editor’s note: Eric Paley is a Managing partner at Founder Collective, a seed-stage venture capital fund that has invested in Uber, BuzzFeed and MakerBot.

Conventional wisdom is that startups are bought, not sold. The logic follows that no matter how much an entrepreneur wants to sell a company, there needs to be an eager buyer and no amount of seller desire can manufacture one. Some people interpret this wisdom to mean that they should spend no time getting to know buyers and when a large company is ready to buy their startup, they’ll come knocking.

I understand this advice, but had very different experience selling Brontes Technologies, a company I co-founded with Micah Rosenbloom that brought mass-customization to the dental industry. The process started without a buyer and ended with five.

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