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Think Tank M&A

Corporate Venturing

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Yves Zieba

I currently bootstrap @Hackyourstyle, @Syntezia and @Agilenetup. I also help @panglosslabs1 @lepole.education and @yoursoftweb. My passion is to help scale ups and corporates stay creative, innovative and up to date with new business models. I specialise in rapid prototyping, competitive intelligence, open innovation and strategic agility. We follow the latest developments in social media, cloud computing, in 3D (printing, scan, manufacturing) in mobile apps and games, as well as in big data. semantics, text analytics and HR analytics technologies. We have developed a special interest the Open Education trends and what happens with the MOOCs. As a Corporate Responsability Ambassador, I regurlarly talk about ethics as a conference speaker, or as a moderator, and I have recently been awarded as "Equal Salary Ambassador". I am active on Twitter, Facebook, Github, Google+, Pinterest, Quora, Instagram, Persiscope and LinkedIN, you can find all the links in the Contact section. Very keen to interact with you.

Happy 2018 !!!

The Think Tank M&A team would like to thank you for the confidence you have shown us throughout the past 8 years and wishes you all the best for 2018 !!!

2018

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How our Cash Culture can help you ?

How to Build a Cash Culture for M&A Optimal Execution

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Cash is king, once everyone in the new company understands that the newly formed company will be focused on cash, the other workstreams will collaborate to identify synergies and better manage interdependencies. It is key to instill a “cash culture”early in the process.

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Change management is amplified when you’ve done the work to build the “cash culture”. Leaders who coach their team members with a growth-oriented system are able to ignite, align and involve a team that is fully committed to executing a strategic plan.

As you’re preparing for a new year of post acquisition plan execution, trade sales or carvouts, you may be wondering what comes next? You have your plan. It’s structured so all of your initiatives and workstreams are aligned to your organization’s goals, mission and vision. Now, how can you ensure your team is optimized to execute your plan for the greatest results?

Coaching systems that prime professionals for effective execution combine enhanced employee engagement with a relentless focus on goals to drive high performance.

With a deliberate choice to particularly focus on maximising treasury actions and sales massive actions from Day 1, we have developped a unique approach, that works.

We will outline the steps to take when implementing a coaching system to guide your employees through post acquisition or post carve-out plan execution, and boost employee engagement for better results.

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You will learn:

  • The characteristics of the cash culture, constraints and opportunities
  • How to overcome major obstacles managers face in driving brilliant post acquisition execution
  • Steps to build your cash culture for better results, increase controls, and set up the right KPIs

Ready2Grid proof of concept

We are offering a unique opportunity for financing a very promising ready2grid project. It is an early stage concept with strong growth potential for the power market in Europe, mainly France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and the Nordics. Should you have an interest in the smart home and smart energy vertical, please get in touch ! (yveszieba@gmail.com)

Innovation For African Art

Very pleased to have prepared this interview with Mrs Audrey Humbert about her new venture fostering innovation for african art. The interview was recorded in the Geneva studios in partnership with Dukascopy TV.

9 incredible tips to sell your startup early

You have enjoyed the ride, maybe you have had enough or maybe you feel it is the right moment to exit at the highest possible price point.

So now is the time for you to sell your startup and move on.

What do you need to know before getting started ?

Here are some hands-on tips and tricks to prepare and execute the sale of your startup and start a new one, an even cooler startup !

Tip #1: Why making an investment in a Startup is only the beginning of the journey ?

  • What types of investments, exits and returns have you made so far ?
  • How to decorelate between exit of the investors, exit of your startups and the priorities of the different entrepreneurs ?

Tip #2: What is the right exit path for my startup ?

  • How to review and chose the various types of exit paths ?
  • What are the triggers, prerequisites and timings for each exit path ?

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Tip #3: Why, how and when should you exit ? What might happen when you choose to exit ?

  • What difference does it make whether I exit to an Angel Investor, a Venture Capitalist, to a Private Equity or on a Secondary Market ? Why should I care ?
  • IPO, is it possible for your startup ? Is it really a jackpot for you ?
  • Share repurchase by entrepreneurs, is it really a win-win alternative everyone is talking about
  • 9 distinct areas in a Due Diligence process. Sellers do their Due Diligence. Buyers also do Due Diligence! Then we talk ! It is important to understand this process and its consequences.
  • What are the risks in these transactions ?
  • What are the personal liabilities for investors & entrepreneurs ? How to limit them ?

Tip# 4 – What are the most successful exit path in Switzerland ? Why is the Trade Sale so popular ?

Is it the right deal type for you ?

  • Buy-Sell Agreement
  • Share Purchase Agreement, what is its timing, intention and what are main clauses

Fiscal optimisation for all parties involved: this plays a key role in many transactions.

Tip #5 – Would hiring a professional negotiator make a big difference ?

There are many advanced negotiations tactics, to chose from, which ones have you used ? which ones have worked ? Which ones have you seen being used ?

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Tip #6 – Who will be around the negotiating table ?

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Who will not be there but will be influential in other ways ? Always useful to keep in mind your list of stakeholders and to manage your counterparties proactively: shareholders, investment banker, lawyer office and buyer. They are usually somehow in the game.

Tip #7 – Valuation of your startup – No one else knows your startup better than you. So roll your own and be well prepared.

rollyourownHave your own way to do the startup valuation. Get some advise of course.

bridesWe all know that all brides look sexy. The seller is always looking good. We will find it difficult to know all the hidden problems and to be 100% sure about the intention of buyers and sellers. It is part of the pocker game and the negotiation preparation.

  • I know how much money I can get but what will they gain?
  • How do you chose your lawyers ? They are probably your most expensive friends. What can you prepare without them ? Where can you save a couple of hours of their time ? Where do they truly add value ?
  • Does the company need a CFO, a CEO, or some kind of CxO ad interim for managing the transition and the acquisition integration ?

Getting paid in cash vs shares. What can you exercise?

 

Tip #8: Are you really really ready ?

  • How to know if I am ready to sell and exit?

Here is a Free Exit readiness assessment tool.

Tip #9 : Secret booster

  • How to accelerate if you have to ? The buyer is ready and wants to move fast. You are half ready to sell but unsure you are not missing a unique exit opportunity. How do you deal with that.

CONCLUSION

Better safe than sorry, it is super important to have the right team around you to manage your exit and to be well prepared before you reach the negotiation tables. Startups need to build a growth plan and exit path early in their life cycle to unlock the value created and to maximize the chances of their founders and investors making financial returns.

We would like to hear from you, how did it go for you ?

If any of this is useful, please comment, we would like to hear from you.

If you are asking yourself some of these questions, let us know.

 

L’innovation numérique en Afrique, telle qu’elle se vit au Ouagalab

A l’occasion du passage à Genève de Gildas Guiella, le fondateur de Ouagalab, nous avons pu échanger sur les perspectives de développement durable et d’innovation en Afrique, notamment en Afrique francophone, et prendre date pour les prochaines grandes dates pendant lesquelles il sera possible d’aller à la rencontre des ces acteurs de l’innovation qui bouillonnent d’idées.

Pour retrouver notre interview, en collaboration avec Dukascopy TV, veuillez cliquer ici.

Opportunités d’investissement dans le gaming

Nous aidons deux jeunes startups de gaming à développer leur prochain jeu. Les sommes levées permettront de recruter un 3D modeller, pour compléter l’équipe, et de réaliser et de lancer le jeu sur Steam Green Light. Pour toute information, merci de nous contacter.

 

Will Paypal share price explode ?

Following persistent rumours about Paypal Holdings Inc, being a potential acquisition target, its share price is expected to jump from 37,07 $ to 50 $ in the next 30-60 days.

Paypal has split from eBay and can now be acquired.

MasterCard could make a move in the coming weeks and is said to be in advanced negotiation stage to offer 50 dollars per share. (Paypal valuation would therefore be 61 billion $). With 1.3 billion cards in circulation, MasterCard remains confronted with very strong competitor (VISA), who have made lots of strong investment recently.

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Such an acquisition would enable MasterCard to make a big jump in the payment services, e-commerce services (Alibaba, Amazon and the likes) and to operate some of the largest sharing economy unicorns (AirBnB, Uber…). Merchant services, one of Paypal’s strenghts, would also be a way for MasterCard to acquire a dominant position in a strategic market, where Paypal dominates the world. As this is probably the quickest and easiest way for MasterCard to enter in this highly lucrative market, MasterCard is prepared to pay a substantial premium.

Investment opportunities in education (open source robotics)

We are looking for investors to support an open source educational robot.

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