Much of the tech startup media is obsessed with big exits, which make for fun-to-read stories. In a blog post today Jason Cohen writes about his new WordPress startup and provides a good answer as to his exit strategy in the comments:
Success for me is defined as: Creating a company that generates at least $30k/month in profit after paying everyone reasonable salaries, while it’s still growing.
Jason is building his company to last, as most entrepreneurs do, and will likely sell his business if the right offer comes along. The key is that he defines success as getting to a certain level of profitability while still growing. Today I brought up that blog post with three entrepreneurs and asked about their exit strategy. Every single one said they don’t have an exit strategy and want to build up their company to a point where they can hand it over to someone else to run it while still growing. That sounds like a great plan.