Startup Exit Masterclass - San Francisco


At HAX, the hardware branch of the global seed fund SOSV (700+ investments) we realized many of our 200+ startups had no idea about how to prepare for exits, so we decided to bridge the gap.

Just like fundraising, startups need to prepare. As soon as you have raised a round of fundraising, you need to be ready anytime. Startups dedicate lots of time to product, sales and fundraising, but remarkably little to exits. Yet, they are the result of market forces, timing and often years of preparation. The vast majority of exits are M&As and happen at series B or before (80%). This means only one thing: prepare early, and especially for M&As!

To help you understand how to prepare for this process, we've got speakers from various industries that represent billions of dollars worth of exits: investment bankers, venture capitalists, founders of acquired startups, corporates and more.

Full details are at


  • Funded Startups

  • Investors

  • Corporate development / M&A executives

  • Investment Bankers


  • $50/person in order to cover basic expenses

  • This includes a light breakfast, lunch, and networking snacks


09:00-09:30 - Registration & Breakfast

09:30-10:00 - The Exit Landscape

10:00-11:00 - The Buyer's View (Panel)

  • Natasha Ligai, VP Strategy & Corporate Development, Logitech

  • Matt Cutler, Chair, Founders Forum (in-house group of M&A startup founders) and Design Thinking Transformation Lead at Cisco. Founder & CEO, Collaborate (acq. by Cisco in 2013)

11:00-12:00 - The Banker's View

12:00-13:00 - The M&A Journey (Panel)

  • Ryan Rzepecki, founder and CEO of JUMP Bikes, acquired by Uber for $200 million in April 2018

  • Charles Huang, Cofounder of Guitar Hero (acquired by Activision) and several other companies

13:00-14:00 - Lunch

14:00-15:00 - Life as a Public Company

  • Jeff Thomas, Vice President, Head of Western Region Listings, Nasdaq; Former President, Liquidity Solutions, NASDAQ Private Market; Senior VP, Second Market

15:00-16:00 - The VC View (Panel) 

16:00-17:00 - Why Real Boards Really Matter

17:00-18:00 - The IPO Journey

  • Nathan Harding, CEO and Cofounder at Foxeye Robotics (formerly Wink Robotics), Former CEO & Cofounder of EKSO Bionics (IPO)

18:00-19:00 - Networking