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If you are thinking to modernize your legacy application, to write a new application for cloud native deployment, or just learn about containers - this is a session for you.
In this session you will learn:
1) how to containerize an application and deploy it to the cloud;
2) create container images with help of Docker;
3) how to deliver container management with Kubernetes;
4) discover Istio based cloud monitoring and load balancing. The session is great for those who want to do hands-on. Feel free to bring your laptop and we will do all the steps together. In order to participate please install Docker Community Edition on your laptop (available for Mac, and for Windows).
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At what point should founders be thinking about selling?
There’s an old adage which is probably more true today than ever before: “Good companies are bought, not sold.” In other words, you need buyer interest to come to you. The best way to attract interest is by having a stand-alone plan. If you don’t have one, then you’re not ready for M&A discussions. A stand-alone plan simply means that your company has enough runway to survive for the foreseeable future. The ability to say “no” gives you necessary negotiating power.
What about M&A catches founders off guard?
Founders believe so deeply in their companies that they’ll run through walls to get anything accomplished. They build great companies by shear force of will. M&A is the opposite. You can’t force somebody to acquire your company. You need to make yourself as attractive as possible so they come to you. Then you can hand-check them a couple times until they feel like they’re forcing you to engage in conversation.
What happens if you are too aggressive in trying to find buyers?
Most technology companies are very experienced in M&A — Google, Amazon, Facebook, etc. They’ve all seen more deals than most investment bankers. So they can sniff out when someone is coming to them from a position of weakness. When this happens, they put their guard up. They’ll say, “Wait a minute, if this company is so great, why don’t they want to keep building by themselves? Why are they trying to force interaction with us?” When suspicions like this are raised, you lose leverage.
Join us for final session with Morrison & Foersted in this 8 part series when we talk about Selling your startup.
Pizza and drinks will be provided.