If you truly believe in the potential of your company
to change the world for the better, there's no excuse for settling for an acquisition. An acquisition is the end
of a dream. Today's titans push the ideal of acquisition
because they're afraid of future competitors. Google knows that its biggest threat could come from two grad students, the Larry and Sergey of 2013. If you're an entrepreneur who's been seduced by the dream of acquisition, you're basically giving up before you even try. It's OK to sell your
company if you're honest about it: 'This didn't work out, so we're selling.'
But there's a dishonesty among many entrepreneurs. They say, 'Our mission
will continue' or 'Nothing will change.' In fact, the mission was lost, and
everything will change.