M&A Advice from Time's Top 100 Most Influential | Jay Adelson

Jay Adelson is a serial entrepreneur, having built companies such as Equinix, Digg, Revision3, SimpleGeo, Opsmatic and Scorbit. Jay currently serves as Chairman and Co-founder at Scorbit, a connected gaming company, as well as Co-founder and General Partner of Center Electric, LLC, a venture firm he Co-founded in 2014.
E9: Today I have a special guest, friend and prolific entrepreneur, Jay Adelson.

Jay is a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded and built countless significant companies over the last 20+ years: 
  • Founded Equinix (EQIX) in 1998, eventually helping drive to a successful IPO 
  • Helped launch Digg, Inc. and providing initial business strategy, taking the role of CEO beginning in 2005
  • Co-founded Revision3, holding roles of CEO and then as Chairman until their sale to Discovery Communications
  • CEO of SimpleGeo, and led the sale to Urban Airship in November, 2011
  • Co-founded Opsmatic, serving as Chairman and led the sale to New Relic in October, 2015
  • Currently serves as Chairman and Co-founder at Scorbit, a connected gaming company
  • Currently a Co-founder and General Partner of venture firm Center Electric, LLC

Jay's incredible entrepreneurial talents are second to none, so it comes as no surprise that in 2008, Time Magazine named Jay one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Jay shares some of the lessons he's learned so we can all be a little smarter when it comes time to sell our businesses someday.

I hope you enjoy my conversation with Jay Adelson.


This episode is brought to you by Exitwise:  https://www.exitwise.com

Exitwise helps business owners create the exits they deserve by assembling the best teams of industry specific, M&A experts, who will help maximize the sale of each business.

How Does It Work:

1. Schedule A Call:  Schedule a call with one of our M&A Advisors and we'll walk you through the entire process of selling your business, from market valuations to M&A expert fees and from due diligence to the signing of your purchase agreement. We're here to answer any questions you may have.

On this call, we'll want to learn about the history of the business, your financial performance, your management team and listen to your thoughts and requirements for selling the business so we can make sure to find the best M&A experts to help maximize your exit.

2. Review Top Experts:  Once we've had a chance to process all your business information, we'll share with you, our top choices for investment bankers, M&A attorneys, and tax accountants to help maximize the sale of your business.

We’ll present each M&A expert’s transaction history, estimated valuation range for your business and their fee structures. Then we’ll talk through the pros and cons of each choice to help you prioritize and make the best decisions.

3. Negotiate & Hire:  Finally, when we've narrowed it down to your top choices, we'll negotiate your engagement letter with each M&A expert to make sure fees and terms are fair for everyone. We know what to look for and we know how to keep everyone incentivized for your optimal outcome.

Once your M&A experts have been selected and you’re ready to move forward, we’ll collect signatures and get everyone to work.
M&A Advice from Time's Top 100 Most Influential | Jay Adelson
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