May 22, 2024: Making a massive exit come together 💰

And everything in between


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How to: Make a Massive Exit Come Together (and everything in between)

We love and share this type of content because it’s important to not only showcase the highs but also the challenges Founders embark on getting to this point.

In this latest content episode, Kirk Simpson, CEO and Co-Founder of goConfirm (formerly Qui) shared an honest recounting of a big exit (but also the hardships and challenges that come along with it).

Who is Kirk?

He is a lifelong Founder, helping to build a company called Wave, which specializes in liberating brave entrepreneurs from the pain of back-office tasks so they can focus on what they do best. He is now the active CEO of goConfirm (formerly Qui), which is working to bring the value of decentralized identity to consumers.

Kirk got candid with us about his experience as an entrepreneur and founder, the ups and downs of a massive exit, and more of the important lessons and takeaways he brings with him today.

In this episode, we also discuss:

  • Kirk’s early years

  • The ups and downs of selling

  • His honest take on entrepreneurship (no sugarcoating)

  • The most formative experience of his career

  • His best advice for starting a company in today’s market

  • What is goConfirm (at the time referred to as Qui)?

  • Tips for a great pitch

  • Using his idea for B2B and B2C (and how you can too)

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