Investor Connect Podcast

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

Startup investors look for an exit in the 5-7 year range.

As a startup, you need to consider the exit from the beginning as the exit strategy can inform your decisions around funding, hiring, and more.

Here are several exit options to consider:

  • Mergers and acquisitions - most companies exit by being bought by a bigger company
  • Going public - some companies still use an IPO for an exit. It can be expensive due to compliance, so fewer companies take it
  • Private equity firm - more companies are staying private longer and often use PE firms to give the early investors an exit
  • Revenue sharing - some investors exit by taking a revenue share for their return
  • Liquidation - some companies can be sold for the assets to provide a return to the investors
  • Share buyout - some investors will accept a buyout of their shares from the company to provide an exit in the event there is no other option
  • If your investors are family members or others who do not expect to be paid back, then you can skip the exit and just maintain the business

As you launch and grow your business, keep a list of potential exit options and consider what you would need to do to achieve it.

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In this episode, Hall welcomes Professor Ariel Evans, CEO and Founder of Cyber Innovative Technologies.

Cyber Innovative Technologies is a technology innovator that provides an integrated cyber risk management platform that allows organizations, governments, regulators and their third-parties to become more cyber resilient.

85% of a business is a digital asset. The VRisk platform quantifies digital asset cyber exposures and scores the risk of the digital assets on-premise and in cloud environments. The core technology is a digital asset risk engine that is surrounded by an ecosystem of role-based modules that allow communication, reporting, analysis, and workflows between all the stakeholders in cybersecurity, cyber risk, compliance, and privacy. 

Ariel is a serial entrepreneur with two successful exits in technology. She is a cybersecurity expert, an educator, and author of ‘Managing Cyber Risk’ and ‘Enterprise Cybersecurity in Digital Business’. Cyber Innovative’s technology is based on the digital asset approach which Ariel pioneered. Ariel lives in Israel and the U.S.  She has her M.B.A. from NYU Stern.

Ariel discusses the recent cybersecurity breach at SolarWinds, the primary trend in cybersecurity risk, what changes we should expect to see in the coming 12 months, and more.

You can visit Cyber Innovative Technologies at, via LinkedIn at, and via Twitter at    

Ariel can be contacted at, and via LinkedIn at  

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