“Selling your startup is one of the most momentous occasions in a CEO’s career. The stakes are high; for most chief executives, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and you’ve only got one shot to get it right. But getting acquired is a complex process. A successful sale takes a lot of work and many months of preparation, all on top of the normal work required to keep your business running smoothly. Without adequate preparation and resources, you can risk losing valuable employees, missing deals, ending up with the wrong buyer, and leaving a lot of money on the table.