Selling Out vs Scaling Up

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  • Selling Out vs Scaling Up
     September 26, 2018
     8:30 am - 10:15 am

This Seminar is for Tech Entrepreneurs leading a growing business faced with the decision to either keep going or to consider an exit. Our speakers will explore the pro’s and con’s of each path, drawing heavily on their own experiences as well as citing the latest trends , together with touching upon do’s and don’ts of either avenue.

The seminar is not designed for Financial Institutions nor Advisers/Intermediaries.


David Richards, Founder, Chairman and CEO of AIM listed WANdisco which has a £300 million+ valuation, has over 20 years of executive experience in the software industry and sits on a number of advisory and executive boards of Silicon Valley start-up ventures. A passionate advocate of entrepreneurship, he has established and successfully exited several highly successful silicon valley technology companies. David was the founder & CEO of Librados, an application integration software provider, and led the company’s acquisition by NASDAQ listed NetManage, Inc. in 2005.

David is a frequent commentator on a range of business and technology issues, appearing regularly on Bloomberg and CNBC. David holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Huddersfield.

In 2017 David was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University in recognition of him being a champion of British technology and a passionate advocate of entrepreneurship.


Tola Sargeant has been a Director at influential UK IT analyst firm TechMarketView since 2009, and took on the role of Managing Director in May 2017. An analyst at heart, Tola has responsibility for TechMarketView’s strategic direction, overseeing Client Services and Sales and Marketing activity, as well as TechMarketView’s groundbreaking research and analysis.




Paddy MccGwire is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Silverpeak, the technology sector focused independent investment bank providing advice on Exits and larger financing transactions across Europe. He has extensive experience of creating value and an outstanding track record of successful deal making over 30 years.




The session will be chaired by John O’Connell who founded, floated and sold for $200+ million Staffware plc, one of the UK’s most successful software companies and he has subsequently invested in and chaired 10+ software companies.

John is Founder and Chairman of ScaleUp Group,  which he formed with experienced entrepreneurs, offering their unrivalled knowledge, insights and connections from 80+ private and public exits of £4 billion plus, to help create Global Champions in the UK.

ScaleUp Group is an originating partner of the Great British ScaleUp programme and has developed the ScaleUp Growth Index® to quantify the potential of technology ScaleUps.


If you wish to discuss your ScaleUp options before the 26th September, please visit and/or contact :-

John O’Connell –
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