We identified 137 companies acquired in 2011, whose founders still remain with their respective parent companies and whose lockups may be expiring soon or may have already expired.
After an acquisition, the executives and the team of the acquired company may often leave after their lock-ups or earn outs are achieved. If the acquisition price paid consisted of an upfront purchase price and additional payments for the achievement of certain objectives or just after certain time milestones are hit, many of those executives and the team may choose to leave.
The post-exit acquisition may be to take an executive role at another emerging company or to found another company. So identifying the people who are likely to be hitting the end of their acquisition lockups means potential dealflow (for those starting their next venture) or potential hires (for those looking to join an emerging firm).
So we compiled a list of over 130 companies acquired by the likes of Electronic Arts, Oracle and VMWare, whose founding executives still remain with their parent companies and may be looking for their next adventure after their lock-up contracts expire. Whether you’re seeking dealflow or talented hires for an emerging company, this is a great place to hunt.