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Featured in Techmeme's list of nationally & internationally significant tech events, TechFire has hosted 13+ events featuring titans of tech, from high-profile founders to leading VCs and executives from tech giants.

After attracting 3000+ registrants across our L.A. events, we're thrilled to bring our next conference to San Francisco!

 

Plus:  TechFire's Los Angeles Fireside Chat Series Continues:

We have three more fireside chats events coming up in L.A. the rest of 2016.

Invites will be going out to our mailing list, so make sure you're on it!

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor for these fireside chats, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

TechFire's Exit Strategy Conference • July 20, 2016 • San Francisco
Join us as TechFire convenes an exclusive gathering founders with successful exits, corporate development executives from the major acquiring tech giants, and M&A and IPO experts to discuss strategies for surviving, thriving, & planning for an acquisition or IPO in today's market reality. 

In this new era of valuation markdowns, IPO slowdowns, and VC belt-tightening, it’s more important than ever to step back and strategize. TechFire’s Exit Strategy conference will bring together experts to help private tech companies learn from past M&A deals and IPOs, and to hear from experts providing advice on navigating the new realities in 2016, to not just survive, but to thrive on the road to growth and a successful liquidity event. 

WHO WE ARE: TechFire is a leading producer of tech conferences and events featuring titans of tech. Our 2015 conference in Santa Monica was standing room only, just one of a full range of 14 past events in L.A. spanning ten fireside chatsTechFire Ignite Summit 2014 at UCLA Anderson School of Management, TechFire Ignite Summit 2015 in Santa Monica, and two private label events including a Wharton SF/WSGR event, and the Burbank Tech Summit. TechFire thanks all of our sponsors since 2014, especially Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Deloitte, EY, & CBRE. Follow TechFire CEO David C. Murphy at @DavidCMurphy


SPEAKERS

Featuring founders, CEOs & CFOs that have steered their companies through successful exits, corporate development executives from Silicon Valley's top acquirers, high-profile experts & opinion-makers on the future of the IPO & M&A marketplace and valuations and more.  A full range of speakers will be announced shortly.

Mike Ghaffary CEO, Yelp Eat24 As Yelp's VP of Business and Corporate Development, Mike oversaw their $134M acquisition of Eat24

Mike Ghaffary
CEO, Yelp Eat24

As Yelp's VP of Business and Corporate Development, Mike oversaw their $134M acquisition of Eat24

Villi Iltchev Partner, August Capital A VC with M&A deep experience, Villi is a former corporate development executive at Box, Lifelock, and Salesforce.com

Villi Iltchev
Partner,
August Capital

A VC with M&A deep experience, Villi is a former corporate development executive at Box, Lifelock, and Salesforce.com

Anton Hanebrink Head of Corporate Development, Square Anton is a veteran of the M&A teams at Square, Intuit, and Hewlett-Packard.

Anton Hanebrink
Head of Corporate Development, Square

Anton is a veteran of the M&A teams at Square, Intuit, and Hewlett-Packard.

Sean Dempsey Managing Director, Merus Capital As a former Google & Microsoft corp dev exec, Sean is a veteran of 100+ M&A deals

Sean Dempsey
Managing Director, Merus Capital

As a former Google & Microsoft corp dev exec, Sean is a veteran of 100+ M&A deals

Chris Hecht VP of Corporate Development Salesforce.com Chris leads Salesforce's M&A initiatives and works with Salesforce Ventures.

Chris Hecht
VP of Corporate Development
Salesforce.com

Chris leads Salesforce's M&A initiatives and works with Salesforce Ventures.

PLUS Many More Speakers TBA SOON!

 

 

AGENDA

  • 9:00 AM: Registration, Networking, Breakfast, and Exhibitor Tables
  • 10:00 AM: Welcoming Remarks & Recognition of Sponsors
  • 10:15 AM: Morning Keynote: a prominent entrepreneur shares stories & advice from their M&A / IPO
  • 10:55 AM: News from the Street — State of the IPO Market & Forecast 
  • 11:25 AM: IPO Panel: Key Lessons from Past IPOs; the IPO Market’s Recovery; Public vs. Private Valuations
  • 11:55 AM: Networking Break / Exhibitor tables
  • 12:15 AM: Fireside Chat with an acquiring executive
  • 12:45 PM: Lunch (exhibitor tables open) & Networking
  • 2:15 PM: The State of M&A Today
  • 2:45 PM: The Acquisition Dance (Panel): founders & acquirers speak on the path towards closing a deal
  • 3:15 PM: Presentation: M&A / IPO lessons learned & pitfalls to avoid
  • 3:45 PM: Networking Break  / Exhibitor Tables
  • 4:05 PM: Closing Keynote / Fireside Chat with a titan of tech with a successful exit
  • 4:45 PM: Special Remarks / Closing Remarks
  • 5:00 PM: Reception / Exhibitor Tables
  • 6:30 PM: Reception Concludes
    (Draft agenda--subject to change.)

 

THEMES

  • strategies for enhancing exit value and mitigating deal risks: what you need to do now and as you grow to position your company for a successful exit, especially in this economic environment
  • private & public valuations: after the markdown of many unicorns’ private valuations,  what’s next for private & public valuations?
  • how deals really happen: war stories from founders who successfully led their company through an exit
  • the M&A dance: advice from corporate development officers from major acquirers
  • staying private vs. selling early: holding out for that billion dollar exit vs. taking a smaller offer
  • lessons learned: best practices — and what to avoid. Takeaways from past IPOs.
  • pitfalls to avoid: regulatory issues, compliance, and other areas to consider
  • surviving the long road towards IPO / acquisition, in this era of VC belt-tightening
  • forecasting what’s next for the the IPO market
  • will the M&A boom continue, or are hungry acquirers getting their fill?
  • emergency exits: backup plans, acquihires, and avoiding a crash when the runway runs out
  • and more!

Who Should ATTEND

  • founders / CEOs of funded startups
  • early stage entrepreneurs
  • executives from large & growing tech companies
  • CFOs & finance executives
  • corporate development executives
  • attorneys (GCs & outside counsel)
  • investment bankers
  • CPAs / professional services firms
  • strategy and M&A / IPO consultants
  • VCs and PE/buyout funds
  • Wall Street analysts
  • press
  • you!

Value Proposition: Reasons TO ATTEND

  • dealmaker networking: meet your acquirer -- or a company you might acquire!
  • strengthen your liquidity strategy — whether you expect an exit in the short term, or the long term
  • hear behind-the-scenes stories of past IPOs & M&A deals — hear first-hand stories of how things really happen
  • learn best practices & pitfalls to avoid
  • meet experts who can advise you on your path to exit
  • strategize on how to maximize the chances of a sizable, successful exit
  • hear from top thinkers on the latest on public & private markets, valuations, and what's needed to reinvigorate the IPO market

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PHOTOS OF PAST EVENTS

 

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VENUE: The Herbst Theatre • SAN FRANCISCO

The Herbst Theatre at the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center,
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

We’re thrilled that TechFire’s Exit Strategy Conference will be at the Herbst Theatre (and the Green Room reception ballroom) -- a beautiful, newly renovated, historic, cornerstone of San Francisco. The former home to TechCrunch’s Crunchies Awards, the Herbst Theatre recently hosted Y Combinator's latest confrence, after completing a major renovation, restoring this beautiful venue, which is distinguished as the historic site of the United Nations Charter signing in 1945. The building is part of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, located adjacent to the War Memorial Opera House and Davies Symphony Hall.


WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

“Truly impressed…  Excellent job”

    — Blake Mirkin, Executive Vice President, CBRE (the world’s biggest commercial real estate services firm, and a TechFire sponsor for 5 events)
 

"Thanks for making the event a big success! 
Great work attracting high-caliber speakers from Silicon Valley and SoCal, and drawing in a big crowd”

    — Mark Scott, City Manager, City of Burbank (the City hired TechFire to organize & host the Burbank Tech Summit)

 

 

PRESS 


PARTNERS

Learn how you can join our past sponsors like Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Deloitte, EY, and CBRE -- for sponsorship inquiries, email david@techfire.co.