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How Companies and VCs Think About Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), With Cloudflare Startup Experts

Published on May 18, 2021 · Updated on July 9, 2021
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By Jade Wang
Cloudflare for Startups
How Companies and VCs Think About Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), With Cloudflare Startup Experts

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About the Talk

Join us for a fireside chat with Mia Wang, who worked in venture capital and investment banking after starting her career in cyber security, and Jade Wang, who runs the Cloudflare for Startups program and is a recovering startup founder.

Most startup founders don’t start a company with the intention of ending it in an M&A, but it happens every day to companies large and small. We will discuss how acquiring companies think about talent acquisitions vs. product acquisitions, identifying product synergies, how value is created with M&A, and how founders can interact with Corporate Development teams.

Armed with these learnings in your back pocket can make the process less overwhelming and opaque in the future, whether you are on the acquiring side or the acquired side.

What You’ll Learn

  • How acquiring companies think about M&A and potential M&A targets
  • How VCs typically think about M&A
  • How some startup founders think about M&A
  • How the motivations of each party plays out in practical scenarios

About the Presenters

Mia Wang leads M&A at Cloudflare. She previously worked in venture capital and investment banking after starting her career in cyber security.

Jade Wang runs the Cloudflare for Startups program. She previously co-founded Sandstorm.io, ran a network of hacker houses, and grew the community of Meteor, an open source project.

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Jade Wang

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Cloudflare for Startups

Jade Wang runs the Cloudflare for Startups program. Previously co-founded Sandstorm.io, ran a network of hacker houses, and grew the Meteor community.

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