As luck would have it... Friday the 13th is our 15th Anniversary!
To celebrate this day, I want to acknowledge and thank the great leaders, ideas, associates, and companies we've had the good fortune of associating with in the tech industry these 15 years.
First, the great leaders.
While we are advisors to companies, it is actually watching and learning from the great leaders that gave us the expertise to be called "advisors." Over the years, we have been lucky to work with you and experience first-hand what has made companies great.
It turned out to be an intangible: great leadership. We know there is no formula for greatness. The people who have the vision to build a company that creates the future don't learn it from a book. And the people who risk everything to will an organization to achieve the impossible are not groomed in a prep school to do so. Leaders have a calling and are a special breed. We have been honored to be part of your stories.
Next, the great ideas.
By the time we arrive on the scene to advise companies on how to get sold, the ideas are already fully baked. From the great Internet infrastructure companies, to the breakthrough software companies, to today's leaders in SaaS - they all seem like such obvious solutions to business and commerce.
But what about five - sometime even ten - years before we, as M&A advisors, are on the scene? Then, the ideas were not as obvious - except to the technicians and business leaders who manifested them. Taking an idea and turning it into a business is something we marvel at everyday. Even after 15 years, it is never taken for granted.
Third, our associates.
We have all had quite a ride. Learning from each other. But, especially learning from you. Seeing how to get a deal done and getting it done are two different stories. Together we get it done - over and over. We get it done by insisting on great work and pushing each other to exceed expectations. As a result, we continue delivering results to clients today across the globe with active engagements in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, South America, Israel, India, and China.
We all know that we are only as successful as our last transaction. For us, the ultimate reward is not just closing a deal - rather it is the happy client who refers us to the next one. Through each deal, we have learned through continuous improvement, and we have become stronger and more competent than ever. For those of you who have been here for years, I humbly thank you. For those who joined more recently - like a fine wine, you will get better with each deal.
Finally, the great companies.
We've learned in working with you that great ideas, led by great leaders, do become great companies. But great companies are not bought; they are sold. They are sold to others who can take that asset and make it flourish in perpetuity.
So here's to 15 years. Thanks to everyone who has been part of this journey.
As always, happy selling.
P.S. And yes, on our 15th anniversary, there isn't a date on the calendar, nor any number luckier than 13.