Case Study – Lessons Learned From Selling Multiple Tech Companies

About the Episode

In this episode of M&A Talk, we discuss how a serial entrepreneur started and exited multiple tech companies. Ryan Buckley is the former CEO of MightySignal, a mobile app data company based in Lafayette, CA, which he sold to AirNow in 2021. Ryan was also the co-founder and CEO of Scripted, a marketplace for content marketers, and is the author of The Parallel Entrepreneur. He is an associate professor at Diablo Valley College, where he also sits on the board of the DVC Foundation.

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In this Episode

6:20 What was your first startup?
9:45 How difficult was it to raise venture capital?
11:00 How much equity did you have to give up?
12:15 Would you have been able to get it off the ground if you couldn’t raise money?
22:00 Why would a private equity firm acquire a small tech firm?
23:45 What was the most difficult thing about getting the deal done?
26:30 Would you raise money from a venture capital firm again?
28:50 What did you do after you sold Scripted?
31:30 How long did it take for your next venture to get in the black?
35:00 Do you need to know about coding to start a tech company?
36:40 Do you believe in outsourcing?
40:00 Should you go solo or get a co-founder?
40:50 What’s the most difficult thing in starting tech companies?

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Meet Our Guest

Ryan Buckley

Ryan Buckley

CEO of MightySignal

Ryan Buckley was CEO of MightySignal, a mobile app data company, which he sold to AirNow in 2021. Prior to leading MightySignal, Ryan was co-founder and CEO of Scripted, a marketplace for content marketers. He is the author of The Parallel Entrepreneur and an associate professor at Diablo Valley College where he also sits on the board of the DVC Foundation. Ryan holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and environmental sciences from UC Berkeley, a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Location Location: Lafayette, California

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