Dear SaaStr: How Long Does It Take the Average SaaS Startup to “Exit”?
I took a look a little while back at how long it took the average SaaS company that was sold for $1B+ to get that acquisition.
The answer? 11.7 years on average, with a median of 10.0 years (maybe the better metric):
The fastest of the bunch was Divvy’s $2b+ acquisition by Bill 5 years after funding. But so many took decades. Even Mailchimp’s incredible $12B acquisition by Intuit took … 20 years.
Of course, many smaller acquisitions happen even faster. But perhaps not as often as folks might think. It just takes time to create true value in B2B and SaaS.