Inspiration and useful advice for other b-corps and mission-aligned organizations
Lindsay Stevens, Nfluence Partners
Balancing social good with corporate growth: It is possible to raise capital and engineer an exit without giving up your values Balancing M&A, investment decision-making with conscious capitalism and mission-aligned values: How the Meetup-Wework deal illustrates the possibility of finding values-aligned capital to grow a business without losing your culture/mission. Can a socially conscious, social impact-oriented company successfully raise growth capital and/or navigate the M&A waters in order to grow without abandoning its values and culture? According to Meetup CEO and Co-Founder Scott Heiferman and Nfluence Partners Managing Partner Gary Moon, the investment banker who engineered Meetup's record-breaking acquisition by Wework this fall – the answer is “yes.” Gary can share how Meetup was able to emerge from the WeWork sale unscathed, independent and still pursuing its mission to drive live, (offline) social interaction among humankind is a testament to the power of finding mission-aligned partners and capital sources. He’ll highlight key learnings for other entrepreneurs of mission-based companies seeking to grow and expand without losing their roots.
Conscious Capitalism, M&A, meetup, mission-aligned, nfluence partners, wework
Interview / Debate
Gary Moon, Founding Parter, Nfluence Partners Scott Heiferman, Meetup CEO and Co-Founder
Chad Dickerson, former CEO of Etsy