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Doing an IPO is just one of eight ways to harvest.

How do I sell my equity in my business?

The world:  Most of us small business owners do OK competing with the big businesses in our industries or we don't survive. But when it comes to our exit strategy and succession planning, most of us fall on our face.

This episode is to explore business valuation and exit strategies.

An exit strategy is just like doing a will, but here you try to maximize the dollars you get out of your life's work.   Nobody wants to see you liquidate. That's getting pennies on your dollars. Tangible assets get sold (fire sales) and the intangibles are lost forever. Liquidation is the worst kind of liquidity.  

Most of us will sell our business through merger or acquisition. But, if we get much over two-to-three times sales or six times earnings, we all think we've done very well. Yet, when big business sells, they usually begin at six times earnings. Then we see 40 times and even 300 times earnings on the open markets. Why should we be satisfied with so little?

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We could have.  We should have. So, why didn't we?

Five years ago Google went public. We knew the company. We knew about the founders (pictured).  We had been using their product since 1998. We knew its power. We knew it was a new paradigm for epistemology. So what held us back from buying in on those first days? It opened at $85 and hovered around $100 all day. Today it is hovering around $500.

Of course, we all coulda-woulda-shoulda. But you'll have another chance.  With similar  risk factors, know this,  the biggest IPOs are yet to come. Real revolutions are still ahead.   More...

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Videos about doing business the right way. Over 250 about selling, all best practices of small business owners selected by local business advocates.   This is a place to reflect about business and the meaning of life.   And to increase sales...

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All these people sold equity in their business.

Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergy Brin

Larry & Sergey

The Ethical Dilemma of Business

This television show has a rather simple starting point that begins with a vision that has foundations based deep within the essence of integrity. Learn more...

Teach the foundations of democracy and capitalism.

Teach to imbue them within yourself.   Use this episode with Michael Novak as a starting point. Have everyone watch and study each of these key ideas. Learn more...

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