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Enterprise Roundtable: Startup Acquisition and Exits

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Price: $15.00 /per person
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*Meetup has been rescheduled for September 11th*

This Month's Enterprise Tech Meetup will be moderated by Bloomberg Anchor Deirdre Bolton, and feature a notable roundtable panel of executives from a cross-section of verticals to speak on the practical side, of what founder's and employees at startups work hard for, the acquisition and exit.

Discussion points include:

How should founders and startup employees today think about exit options like acquisition, IPO or the sale of equity ownership on private markets? What criteria do large corporations look at when evaluating the acquisition of a startup? How do private acquirers approach due diligence? What macro, industry and enterprise specific factors are influencing startup valuations today and how will this play out in the near future?


Deirdre Bolton, Anchor, Bloomberg (

Deirdre Bolton is an anchor on Bloomberg Television and host of the alternative assets show "MoneyMoves," airing weekdays at 1pm ET, across Bloomberg's digital platforms including Bloomberg Television and Bolton provides a daily look at global money flows into alternative assets, including hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, angel investing, real estate and natural resources, and shows where the world's savviest global investors are placing their bets outside of traditional investing.

Since joining Bloomberg Television in 1999, Bolton has co-anchored Bloomberg Television's morning programming and analyzed trading across U.S., European and Asian markets. She has also interviewed numerous business leaders, heads of state and high-profile investors including hedge fund CEO Bill Ackman of Pershing Square Capital Management, Sullivan & Cromwell Senior Chairman H. Rodgin Cohen, Lazard Vice Chairman Gary Parr, billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, Carlyle Group co-founder and managing director David Rubenstein and Fred Wilson, managing partner at Union Square Ventures. Bolton has also participated in gatherings for some of the world's top business minds including the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, Korea.

Bolton began her career in institutional equity sales at CDC North America and Société Générale. She holds a degree in English and French literature from the University of Iowa and a master's degree from New York University. Bolton has lived in Paris, London, and Singapore, in addition to her current home in New York City.

Roundtable Panel

Anand Sanwal, CEO at CB Insights (

Anand Sanwal is the CEO/co-founder of CB Insights, a big data firm that tracks, scores and ranks emerging industries, startup companies and the VC investors behind them. Using predictive algorithms, CB Insights helps Fortune 500 companies sense disruptive trends, understand competitor strategy and make smarter acquisitions. The firm's technology also helps LPs with VC fund selection and monitoring.

Anand formerly led the $50 million innovation fund at American Express and worked at infamous NYC startup He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a degree from Wharton in Finance and Accounting.

Barry Silbert, CEO SecondMarket (

Barry Silbert is the Founder and CEO of SecondMarket. Prior to founding SecondMarket in 2004, Barry was an investment banker at Houlihan Lokey. Barry graduated with honors from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University, and holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses. Barry is a frequent speaker at conferences on the topic of trading alternative assets and has appeared in many leading publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, USA Today and Forbes. Barry has been featured on CNBC, CNN Money, Bloomberg News and Fox Business News.

Ben Boissevain, Founder at Bois Capital (

Ben founded Bois Capital, a leading independent investment bank focused on providing financial advice on significant mergers, acquisitions, spinoffs, as well as financings for public and private companies. The team has extensive international corporate finance experience and international, senior level connections in the technology sector, including cloud, software, IT services, digital media, wireless, wireline, big data, analytics and healthcare. Ben also co-founded Agile Equity, an investment bank focused on Telecommunications, Media and Technology and has a broad background in technology acquisitions. Agile Equity has advised public companies in Japan, India and France on acquisitions of private companies in the United States.

Prior to founding Agile in 1996, Mr. Boissevain was an Assistant Director in the M&A department at Barclays Bank in New York from 1994 to 1996 where he executed numerous cross-border transactions. Prior to Barclays, he was Senior Manager at Erste Bank in Vienna from 1990 to 1994 where he executed the first IPO in the former Soviet Union. He began his career as a corporate attorney in White & Case in New York in 1987 where he negotiated, structured and documented significant M&A and IPO transactions.

Ed Zimmerman, Tech Chair at Lowenstein Sandler (

Ed is a venture lawyer. He represents start-ups and growth companies in raising money, selling the company or cashing out the founders, and depending on market conditions, public offerings. He puts his money where his mouth is (he’s angel invested in more than 30 companies and invested as an LP in several venture funds). One of his VC clients called the companies Ed likes to help “tinkertoy internet companies” (as opposed to heavy core tech and drug discovery companies) and that suits Ed fine. Digital media, e-commerce, social media, fin tech, SaaS, cloud/virtualization, enterprise software and adtech are, apparently, all tinkertoys.

Ed also founded First Growth Venture Network ( for startups which doesn't charge or take equity, GrabArborVC, AngelVine VC, and the charity HoopAPaluza ( He teaches VC & Angel Investing to MBA candidates at Columbia Business School.

Wiley Cerilli, VP at Constant Contact (Previously CEO at SinglePlatform which was acquired for $100M in 2012. See Forbes article here (

Wiley Cerilli founded SinglePlatform, Corp. in 2010 and has been its Chief Executive Officer since January 2010. Mr. Cerilli served as Vice President and General Manager of Singleplatform at Constant Contact, Inc.

Prior to SinglePlatform, Mr. Cerilli served as a Founding Partner and Executive Vice President of SeamlessWeb for ten years. He lead sales, marketing, and business development for the #4 fastest growing private company in the US by Inc., and the #1 fastest in NYC for three years by Deloitte. He serves as a Director of SinglePlatform.

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6:30 - 7:00 PM Networking

7:00 - 8:30 PM Panel including Q&A

8:30 - 9:00 PM Additional Networking


The event is located 1251 Avenue of the Americas on the 17th Floor. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be provided courtesy of Lowenstein Sandler.

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