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Is there a marketplace to sell a start-up?

I have a start-up that is 3 years old and I have taken it as far as I can and would like to find a either a person or company that would like to acquire the IP, website, and mobile apps. How do I do this?

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Jessica Alter
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Jessica Alter Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Exitround.com does this
Paul Travis
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Paul Travis Entrepreneur
Multifaceted Online Executor: Product Marketing to Program Mgmt. to Business Development
www.flippa.com
Chris Seline
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Search Engineer / Data Architect
Check out Flippa, Axial and Exitround to see if they are a good fit. Exitround doesn't really "sell" your company, it just gives you some exposure to connections so you can try to sell it yourself. And then you have to pay Exitround to reach out to them. In my opinion it sucks. Flippa is good if you have a simple website with cashflow, but not good for a tech acquisition. I have not really used Axial.

If the deal is big enough shop for an M&A advisor. You will need to pony up a monthly cash retainer for a good one, or go with someone hungry that will only take a percentage.

But none of those worked for me. Really the best approach is to find partners that are interested in your business and then convince them to buy you because it's in their best interest.
Josiah Johnson
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Josiah Johnson Entrepreneur
Director of Software Engineering at PayLock IPT
There's also FEInternational.com which handles website and SaaS.
Mats Samuelsson
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Mats Samuelsson Entrepreneur
IoT Executive > GM, VP Product Management, Business Dev, Marketing | IoT Business Definition, Creation & Growth
Is there a marketplace to sell a start-up?I am in a similar situation with a business based on extensive granted patents (that we own) for a navigational user interface for mobile devices and applications. The user experience and technology is revolutionary enough that the big players should be interested but I have had a tough time to reach the right person. Would be interested in suggestions.
Ashish Desai
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Ashish Desai Advisor
VP Product at 99designs
+1 for flippa.com
Michael X. Heiligenstein
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Flippa is a good place to start, especially for web businesses. BizBuySell is another great option that hosts a broad variety of business listings. The best option will vary depending on your business. Here's a guide to a few of the directories you might check out:http://fitsmallbusiness.com/small-businesses-for-sale/
Tim Scott
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Tim Scott Entrepreneur • Advisor
President, Lunaverse Software
I looked into this a while back. Please share your experiences as you go forward.

One I found that no one mentioned yet is Empire Flippers.
Andrew Lockley
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Andrew Lockley Advisor
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What does it do? For offline UK biz try Daltons
Matt Harrigan
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Matt Harrigan Advisor
President & CEO at PacketSled
I would identify the top 3 companies that you feel you have technology synergy with, and reach out to either them or their investors to talk about licensing or an outright purchase. If you don't have people or customers behind your tech, expect a low purchase price. You likely don't need an online service to help you with this.
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