• How to Sell a Startup Wednesday, May 04, 2005 - 07:00PM to 08:30PM
    PARC-George E. Pake Auditorium
    3333 Coyote Hill Road
    Palo Alto, CA
    Start-Up Advantage

How to Sell a Startup



  • Join us between from 6:00-7:00pm for light snacks and a networking reception.

    Pre-registration is now unavailable.
    Please register at the door.



    Paul Graham, Founder, Viaweb (acquired by Yahoo!); Author, Hackers & Painters

    Co-hosted by CSPA

    Most people who start startups do it to get rich, and the most common way to get rich from a startup is to sell it. Investors call this an "exit strategy," and they won't even consider a company that doesn't have a fairly clear one. In this case the founders and investors' interests are aligned: you should be thinking about exit strategies before you even start a company. In this talk I'll describe the kinds of ideas that yield buyable startups, the different stages at which you can sell a startup, and what you should do (and not do) to make it happen at each stage.

    Speaker Bio: Paul Graham

    Paul Graham is an essayist, programmer, and programming language designer. In 1995 he developed with Robert Morris the first web-based application, Viaweb, which was acquired by Yahoo in 1998. In 2002 he described a simple Bayesian spam filter that inspired most current filters. He is currently working on a new programming language called Arc.

    Paul is the author of On Lisp (Prentice Hall, 1993), ANSI Common Lisp (Prentice Hall, 1995), and Hackers & Painters (O'Reilly, 2004). He has an AB from Cornell and a PhD in Computer Science from Harvard, and studied painting at RISD and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence.

    His web site paulgraham.com got 3.7 million page views in 2004.

    Event Logistics


    PARC-George E. Pake Auditorium

    3333 Coyote Hill Road

    Palo Alto, CA


    6:00-7:00pm Registration/Networking & Light Snacks

    7:00-8:30pm Program




    $15 SDForum and Co-Hosting Organization

    $25 Non-members

    $10 Students - to register call SDForum 408-494-8378

    You must provide a vaild student ID

    *at the door add $5 to member and non-member prices

    Pre-Registration Closes at 2:00pm, the day of the event.

    Pre-registration unavailable. Please register at the door.