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Who’s Next in Tech’s Merger Wave

As the recent sales of LinkedIn, ARM Holdings, Dollar Shave Club and Yahoo suggest, acquisitions are once again in vogue for bigger companies looking for growth. And venture capitalists are increasingly recommending to founders that they consider selling.

At the same time, mutual fund investors in private tech firms are signaling higher expectations that some startups will be sold. BlackRock, for instance, disclosed in securities filings this past spring it estimated there was a 75% probability that consumer electronics firm Jawbone would be sold in the next three years, up from the 50% probability BlackRock had put in January.

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“I kind of wonder whether that sense of sobriety over the last nine months will quickly exit, and we’ll be back to the same aggressive old markets we had before, where people believe in an innovation economy premium and capital will be fairly fluid again,” said Amish Jani, managing director at FirstMark Capital.

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Historically, startup founders and VCs prefer to take companies public, where there’s the chance of continued ownership and control, rather than selling. But attitudes are changing as merger volume increases.