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what about having a 5 million/yr revenue run rate. With "valuation" multiples of 20s, you can get to a value of $100 million.

In my experience of being part of the acquiree, you can get acquired for a gross earnings multiple of between 30 and 40. So as long you're only spending 2.5m per year to get your 5 mil run rate then yep, find the right acquirer and you can get that 100m valuation but there's a lot luck involved.

Valuation multiples are not against revenue, they're against earnings.

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