Traditionally, companies have acquired other companies that are similar to their own organization to drive synergies. However, this has changed; today, technology is the number one driver for merger & acquisition (M&A) deals. Companies are acquiring others to pursue technology assets or digital strategies they do not possess themselves and to keep them away from competitors. For startups, this provides a unique opportunity since being acquired is one of the most favorable exit strategies.

But how to find the right partner? How to look attractive as a start-up to be considered as a target? What comes after Day 1? How to make an integration culturally successful?

This MIT forum will shed light on tech acquisitions. It brings together M&A experts and experienced buyers and sellers to explore success factors in the M&A space and how to manage successfully through an acquisition.

Join us on Wednesday February 20th, 2019. We will be accompanied by Kevin O’Connor, a Santa Barbara serial entrepreneur. Kevin founded DoubleClick, which was sold to Google for $3.1 Billion. He also brought Amazon to the central coast when selling the Santa Barbara based research engine “Graphiq” to the tech giant in May 2017.

Event Registration

When:  Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: 670 Mission Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105


  • Student: $15.00
  • General-Early-Bird (online only): $30.00
    Sign up now & save $10 off general walk-in rate. Offer ends Monday, February 18 at 10 p.m.
  • General-Walk-in: $40.00
  • Parking: FREE


  • 5:00 – 6:00 Networking Hour, Online Check-in & Registration for Walk-ins
  • 6:00 – 7:30 Presentation/Panelist Discussion
  • 7:30 – 8:00 Q&A

Tickets include appetizers and refreshments for both online and walk-in registrants. (Beer or wine separate– cash or pre-paid online or at check-in table.)

If you miss the Online Early-Bird Offer, we welcome guests on the day of the event at the Walk-in rate. (Online rate not applicable.) 

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