M&A activity bounced back from Q2 lows faster than analysts or investors anticipated in 2009. The NASDAQ was up 50% from March, new IPOs were lining up, and the $400 billion private equity overhang was available for immediate investment.
Valuable insights to build our startup for the exit and beyond; I'm energized with the valuable insights I learned at the Exit Strategies symposium. Extraordinary!Noe Foster, Co-Founder - HealthTechApps Inc.
Good conference on a useful topic.Joe Esposito, CFO & Treasurer - SolidWorks Corp.
The quality was outstanding. The speakers are all masters of their material- they spoke with conviction based on passion and experience.Doug Deardorf, CEO - NiSoft
I would be remiss not to add that I enjoyed the conference. Typically, by the middle of the first day, most conferences are confirmed as a waste of time and money. I felt the conference had no weak spots and I would have stayed for yet a third day!Lou MacDonald, CFO - InfoMedics, Inc.
The conference was awesome. It was very informative and I learned a lot.Steven Arsenault, CEO - WebStager
Well-organized, professional yet friendly, and educational.Karla Thurber - BevTap Inc.
Insightful event! Practical advice and professional guidance, very much in context and relevant to all Tech based businesses.Lorraine Nichols, CFO - REPL Group
The Angel Investment Panel was the one that resonated most closely with my heart strings because that’s the closest to where the entrepreneurs are. What was particularly important was the discussion about the role of Angel Investors as advisors first and financial investors second.Fraser Mendel, Partner - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
There was a great balance between breadth and depth of topics covered. I found it informative and very practical.Kameron Hadavi, VP Global Marketing & Alliances - ADEXA, Inc.
I thought it was a great conference, it really made me think. It got some ideas stirring in my head, and I appreciated the opportunity to hear this stuff.Peter Hussey, Partner - LabKey Software
Very interesting topics, I especially enjoyed hearing the story’s told by Mark Pearson and Teddie Wardi. Bruce Milne’s talk on “top 10” was extremely insightful, great work!Rene Morency, Director - Browser London
Valuable and good networking opportunities.Carl Allen, Director - Forester Research
Good program – with excellent speakers.Vinay Bansal, Business Manager, MidWest - Blue Star Infotech America, Inc.
Having spent a decade or so in major corporations, Microsoft etc. it’s fabulous to be back with such a dynamic, vibrant community that I did not know really existed here in Seattle.Mark Corley, CEO - CWR Mobility
I really enjoyed the conference. It was nice to switch from startup events and get more into something like this where you have really high quality VC panels and an understanding from the exit, mergers and acquisitions side.Neil Bergquist, Director - SURF Incubator
A very efficient way to learn about the SaaS model.Tom Krueger, Managing Partner - Ad Astra
I learned what to focus on to build value in our company and what to expect in the M&A process.Paul Bunn, CTO - UltraBac Software
The conference was very good for me. It was very insightful and useful.Lev Bolotin, Founder & President - ClevX, LLC
Overall good speakers and panel discussions. Good insight from company participants who shared their experiences.Jeff Burk - Agfa Monotype
This conference was fantastic, particularly for startups who are looking at figuring out their exit strategies, the M&A process, what their resources are, and what process they need to go through in order to be successful.Fraser Mendel, Partner - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Innovative discussions.Peter Scarth, Director - WebStager
Perfectly done! I know what to do now to prepare for my exit. Thanks for showing us different ways of executing exit strategies.Marini Ballard, CEO - The Ballard Group
It was an excellent conference!Eilish McCaffrey, Founder & CEO - Velocitop Technologies
I think it’s really important that entrepreneurs reach out and find what’s available for knowledge and this is a great opportunity. On top of that, this is an opportunity for people to meet each other and network which is invaluable.Seaton Gras, Founder - SURF Incubator
The presentations and panel discussions throughout the day were valuable and any entrepreneur would have gotten a lot of great information to use in their business planning.May McCarthy, Director - PHACTS Products at CareFusion
I am a tired entrepreneur after many years, but attending this conference was rejuvenating and got me excited about where we can go with our company and the opportunities that are out there for us to make an impact both for our employees and the market we serve but also for some exciting potentiaKim Webley, CEO - FileOnQ
Good overview in particular on the valuations.Greg Chudiak, CEO - Panell Technology
Much appreciated! This will inform our future!David Alpert, Engagement Manager - Mindesk
The quality of the speakers is really high and the size of the conference is perfect for people to have valuable interactions. This conference is going to help rejuvenate and ignite the startup ecosystem in the Seattle area.Shalendra Chhabra, Product Manager - Clipboard Inc.
It is a very high quality conference, I learned a lot today.Robert Mao, Entrepreneur
One of the most informative events I have attended in a very long time.Paul Collins, CEO - SkillsTX
Very worthwhile. Really on target! I am very pleased.Richard Good, CEO - NetWorld Alliance, LLC
Very informative and useful.Vikram Chalana, CTO & Co-Founder - Winshuttle
There was a great range of folks- local and from other regions.David Hostetter, Managing Partner - Competency Culture Consulting
This is an incredibly valuable conference. I think it’s important for entrepreneurs to understand the various mechanics that are in front of them, especially the need to prepare and plan.Seaton Gras, Founder - SURF Incubator
As a two-time attendee, I'm happy to report that this was unquestionably the most powerful conference of its kind that I have ever attended. The caliber of speakers, depth of agenda, and relevance of content was unparalleled.Kevin Kinsey, CEO - Netreo
It has been very easy to relate to the presenters which made it simple to apply what was being said to my own organization.Jon Ayres, COO - Solcorp
All of the presentations were terrific. The panels were great and the moderators were strong.Mark Corley, CEO - CWR Mobility
It was among the better conferences I have seen. Very good content.Jerry Kennelly, CEO & Co-Founder - NBT Technology
I found the conference to be really great. I didn’t know much about selling a company and I think I have a lot more insight now and I will know where to go when somebody approaches me to buy my company!Ruchit Garg, President & CEO - 9Slides
Well organized – good diversity of topics: Nice balance of presentation and real case examples. Excellent stimulus of ideas with practical application.Thor Bendickson, CEO - Go Solutions, Inc.
Time very well spent!Giles Nelson, COO/CFO - Cyntient Inc.
A good group of presenters covering the range of players in the technology arena.Russ Johnson, President - Fuse Networks, LLC
Valuable information and insight. Great to know the desired and required items to prepare for a successful transaction in the future.Paul Dundas, CEO - Emersion Software Systems
Worthwhile investment of one's time.Fred Daveiga, CFO - Labvantage Solutions
This conference has been very helpful for me. The panels were all very, very pragmatic. These people are associated with each of their areas very specifically and they know what they are talking about.Doug Deardorf, CEO - NiSoft
I thought the conference was extremely helpful. Each speaker was very interesting and I learned a lot. I had a great time.Bryan Leeds, Co-Founder - Xsync