Exit defined: An “exit” is the term entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, private equity firms and other owners of private companies typically use to refer to an event that let’s them cash out the value of their investment, ideally at a profit. An exit usually takes the form of either an IPO (during which the investor or owner can sell some or all of his securities) or in an acquisition by a larger company or by yet another private equity firm at (they hope) a higher price than they paid.

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