Get Acquired: Learn From The Head Of Acquisitions For eBay
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The insider secrets to sell your startup to a Fortune 500 buyer from eBay's former head of M&A
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Created by Ian Bednowitz
Last updated 5/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand how Fortune 500 companies look at startups
  • Understand how Heads of M&A, business development and CEOs consider when buying a company
  • Pitch your company effectively to a Fortune 500 company
  • Understand how you’ll be evaluated when walking into a boardroom
  • Build relationships with Fortune 500 companies
  • Recognize the key things that will separate you from other entrepreneurs
  • Understand how your mission can help other companies
  • Network effectively and get a foot in the door at Fortune 500 companies
  • Create a custom presentation that will communicate that you’ve spent days thinking about how you can work with the other company
  • Incorporate an exit strategy in your business plan from day 0
  • Feel more motivated working on your business now that you understand how to sell it
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Learn the strategies and tools that you will need to sell your tech or internet business to a Fortune 500 company

Learn how to form strategic partnerships with major companies that will benefit your business tremendously

  • Have a leg up to all other entrepreneurs who just hope that they’ll be bought sometime
  • Know exactly how to get to the finish line  
  • Learn how to incorporate an exit plan in your initial business plan 
  • Get a foot into the door at Fortune 500 companies by networking effectively 
  • Sell your company for the highest price 

Understand how you’ll be evaluated when you walk into that boardroom

Building relationships with Fortune 500 companies early on is essential to build credibility for your business. Imagine how many doors will open when you can say that you partner with Amazon, eBay or Google. 

Learn exactly how the CEOs, heads of Mergers and Acquisitions and heads of business development companies of Fortune 500 companies evaluate companies to buy, understand what it is that they are looking for. 

This course teaches you from my experience running the M&A team at eBay for five years. I met with hundreds of entrepreneurs and invested over a billion dollars of capital. You’ll learn from real life examples and I’ll share exactly what I was looking for in companies and how I evaluated teams. 

To illustrate the principles of this course, we’ll look at different type of acquisitions and different ways that entrepreneurs were successful in selling their companies. I’ll also share specific case studies of companies that failed to be bought and explain what went wrong and what the mistakes were so that you can avoid these. 

These are all going to be pragmatic case studies, I’m not going to teach you any theory, nothing academic, this is a practical course, I teach the same that I would teach someone who I’d bring on my team at eBay.

Course content

I’ll start by teaching you everything you need to know before you’ve even started a company or if you have a small startup already.

I’ll then explain why your leadership will determine the destiny of your company by studying top entrepreneurs who have sold their companies or raised billions of dollars like Kunal Bahl, CEO of Snapdeal, the largest eCommerce marketplace in India. 

Next I’ll dive into why companies get acquired. We’ll look at why eBay bought Paypal and why Google bought Youtube. We’ll look at the synergies and how you can find these for your company. 

I’ll also teach you how WhatsApp managed to get bought by Facebook for $19B and what that can teach you about getting the most money for your company, stuff that you won’t find in any finance books. 

Finally, I’ll tell you exactly what not to do, how not to pitch your company and the most common mistakes I see entrepreneurs make.  We’ll look at why acquisitions fail, what can we learn from eBay’s unfortunate foray into telephony with Skype and eBay’s almost purchase of…well that’s a secret but I can still share the pitfalls with you.

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Who is the target audience?
  • Entrepreneurs who own a tech or internet business
  • People who want to work as an M&A professional
  • Anyone who aspires to start a tech or internet business in the future
  • People who are already working in M&A
  • People who are interested in the world of mergers and acquisitions
  • People who are curious to know how eBay made $39B dollars on acquiring and selling Paypal
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
I've spent $1B investing in and buying startups and will teach you all about M&A
1 Lecture 03:05
Think like a Fortune 500 CEO or head of M&A when evaluating startups
8 Lectures 43:04

In this lecture I will discuss the importance of strategic fit, the key fundamental of M&A for Fortune 500 companies.  Fortune 500 and other large companies care most about how a startup can help their business succeed and achieve its strategy.  Through my eBay/PayPal  case example you will learn how to find strategic fit between a Fortune 500 company and another company.

PayPal was a perfect fit for eBay.  eBay ran a marketplace where buyers and sellers were trading goods, but there was no way to make payment on the platform.  This was a barrier to eBay’s growth.  eBay had developed a payment mechanism of its own but it wasn’t doing well with customers.  PayPal was a company with a payment solution that worked and customers were using, so eBay bought it to help accelerate the growth of the marketplace business – and it worked! 

Preview 05:15

This lecture will discuss the key characteristic that make entrepreneurs attractive to Fortune 500 companies : having a vision supported by passion and unyielding commitment.  I bring this to life with an example of Kunal Bahl, CEO of Snapdeal, the leading marketplace in India I invested in while at eBay.

You will learn what to look for in entrepreneurs and what traits you should develop as an entrepreneur to be successful and attractive to Fortune 500 companies.

Preview 05:03

In this lecture I will share the incredible importance of relationships with Fortune 500 companies in making deals happen. 60-70% of the companies I acquired came to my desk because someone within eBay was championing that company or I knew the CEO myself.  Aspiring M&A professionals will learn how to use these relationships in your company to find attractive companies to invest in and buy.  Entrepreneurs will learn multiple approaches for building these relationships effectively. 

Preview 08:13

This lecture is primarily targeted at entrepreneurs.  You will learn the importance of tailoring your message to each Fortune 500 company you talk to and how to tailor your message.  

As the head of M&A for eBay, the companies that I was most likely to invest in came to meetings with me already prepared to tell me the strategic fit between our companies and why eBay would benefit greatly from buying their company.  Some of them would have already run data tests on eBay data and could show results of the two companies working together, and, even better, a few had already worked with eBay.  Those were the ones that increased theirs chances the most of me choosing to acquire them.  I will make this clear through a case study of The Gifts Project, a deal I led at eBay.

Tailor your message: Fortune 500 CEOs just want to be loved

In this lecture you will learn what level of success a company needs to reach to be acquired.  The great news is you don't need to find the next eBay, Facebook or Amazon to make a deal happen.  In fact, by the time a company is that size your company is likely too big to be acquired.  The companies I would choose and that my CEO would approve eBay buying are often quite small and excel in a niche of great value to eBay.  

The example of eBay and will bring this to life and teach aspiring M&A professionals what to look for and entrepreneurs what to strive for 

Startups don't need to rule the world; they need to excel in one critical area

In this lecture we will learn about the value of defensive acquisitions through the case of Facebook's acquisition of Instagram.  Large companies often have a challenge innovating because all of their attention and money comes from their core business.  There is example after example out there of large companies being disrupted by smaller, more nimble competitors.  This is the worst nightmare of Fortune 500 CEOs, and now that it’s a well-known phenomenon, it is often a driver of acquisitions – innovation through M&A. 

Entrepreneurs want to find ways to be the David and M&A professionals want to catch these David's early.

David & Goliath: How Instagram struck $1B of fear into the heart of Facebook

Corporate buyers often don’t care too much about the financials of a company, especially if it is small.  This makes them different from venture capitalists.  Strategic fit of the business or technology is most important.  Most of the small companies I bought lost money, but this applies to larger transactions too if they are strategic.

That means if you work in M&A you can evaluate companies at all maturity levels and gives you a much wider range of companies to select from.  As an entrepreneur, if you know why the company is evaluating you and how you fit together, you know the importance of your financials.  

It's not all about the money

Acqui-hires: Hiring talent through M&A
Learn to find synergies, the reason eBay bought PayPal and Google bought YouTube
6 Lectures 32:33

In this lecture I will briefly define what synergies are and the different types and lay out the case examples we will go through to illustrate each synergy. I will provide an overview of the step-by-step process you will learn to identify synergies yourself between Fortune 500 companies and startups

Preview 03:36

You will learn how to identify different types of customer synergies by examining the eBay/PayPal deal

Why eBay bought Paypal: two peas in a pod

You will learn how to find synergies related to advertising, content and data from the Google and YouTube deal

Google plus YouTube: a wide array of synergies

In this lecture I will share with you how to identify business segments that are likely to have startups that will have synergies with the Fortune 500 company you work for and share case examples of each. The method also can be used in reverse for entrepreneurs.

Find synergies for your own company. Step 1: Define your business segment

Step 3: Learn to find customer synergies with Amazon/Audible, eBay/StubHub deals

Step 4: How to find tech & operational synergies with eBay/Hunch & Amazon/Kiva
Practical Valuation: Get the best price for your deal with the power of options
7 Lectures 25:20

Options trump discounted cash flow analysis

Example of the power of options: Yahoo's $1B bid for Facebook

Explosive growth creates tremendous options: why Facebook paid $19B for Whatsapp

Groupon's failed IPO teaches us to avoid overplaying our hand

Playing too hard to get: one of the biggest mistakes in Yahoo!'s history

Practical valuation demystified: How exactly to get the best price for YOUR deal
When the honeymoon ends and acquisitions fail
7 Lectures 34:36

eBay’s unfortunate foray into internet telephony with Skype

Why eBay lost China to TaoBao

How Google lost billions of dollars on its acquisition of Motorola

eBay and the almost purchase of... that's a secret but I can share the pitfalls

Two Final Pitfalls

Summary: The pitfalls of M&A
About the Instructor
Ian Bednowitz
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Former Head of Mergers & Acqusitions, eBay; Bain consultant

Ian Bednowitz established and led the Mergers & Acquisitions team for eBay's largest business unit for five years. During that time, he and his team invested over $1B in capital in dozens of startups across the world after evaluating and meeting with hundreds of entrepreneurs. He has a deep understanding of entrepreneurs and the challenges they face, as he not only invested money in their companies, but he would also coach them on challenges ranging from growing their business, raising funds and staying healthy while living an incredibly busy lifestyle.

Prior to his role at eBay, Ian worked for over seven years at Bain & Company, a leading strategy consulting firm, where he helped work on strategy, marketing and operational issues in a broad range of Fortune 500 technology, financial services and consumer products companies. Bain sponsored Ian to attend the Kellogg School of Management, where he earned his MBA, focusing on strategy and entrepreneurship. Ian graduated with B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.

Ian realized his greatest passion at eBay was working with and coaching the entrepreneurs. As a result, in 2015 he stepped away from his role at eBay to focus exclusively on coaching entrepreneurs both one-on-one and through his Udemy courses which reach thousands of students worldwide.