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04:01 Why large companies are focusing on acquiring startups
10:36 Why startups don't thrive in a larger company
13:15 Factors to consider when acquiring a startup
17:28 Factors that make startups unacquirable
21:35 Preserving startups in the larger company
24:41 Joint planning approach
26:35 Keys to a strong relationship
29:44 How can large companies protect the acquired small company
38:49 How startups can protect themselves
40:48 When to walk away
46:29 How to mitigate the risk of destroying a small company
48:06 Craziest thing in M&A