I had the privilege of meeting Arye Schreiber, an Israeli entrepreneur and founder of a new startup Merjerz.
Optimizing the M&A experience
Merjerz is an online “dating” site for prospective acquirers and targets to meet and enhance the M&A experience. It works by users of the site proposing M&A deals, and then other users commenting on the specific deal. For example, Jon Smith puts up a link that says “Cisco should acquire OurCrowd.”
Merjerz’s users then can add their insights, creating a stream of up-to-date data, opinion, and crowdsourced sentiment. Now the acquirers are far better informed on specific companies and can make a better and more optimal choice and decision. This information is extremely hard to obtain, and the plan of the Merjerz is to charge large businesses and corporations yearly membership fees.
The site also has a Corporate Review page, where the pros and cons of any hi-tech company can be discussed. Everyone can use this information for current, credible, and professional perspectives on a hi-tech corporation.
One of the best traits to have when starting a company is experience in the field. Arye has represented hi-tech and medical technology corporations in over $1B of M&A, and led corporate development for Lightech, a startup sold to GE in 2011.
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