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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Over-mentoring founders, how to exit your business - Stephen Forte, Fresco Capital

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Stephen Forte, managing partner at Fresco Capital talks about everything you need to pay attention to when selling your company, dangers of having too many mentors, why you might now want to be a VC and more.

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- How to prepare your company for an exit
- When is the right time to exit your business
- If you’re being acquired how not to sell your business too low
- VC role may not be a good fit to you - reasons why

About Stephen

Stephen is a managing partner at Fresco Capital. He was Chief Strategy Officer of Telerik, a leading vendor of developer and team productivity tools which got acquired in 2014. And he’s also an avid mountain climber, and leads an annual charity fundraising trek in the Mt. Everest region.

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