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SXSW 2020

Behind the Scenes of a Major Tech Merger

The tech industry saw an influx of mergers and acquisitions in 2019, and while headlines may focus on dollar signs and industry trends, an M&A’s biggest impact is on the people and cultures of each organization. Not only are there financial, legal and operational matters to sort out, the success of the combined business often hinges on maintaining a strong culture and overall team mentality. So what does it take to successfully execute an M&A? Harry Glaser of Periscope Data and Amir Orad of Sisense—the CEOs of two business intelligence & analytics companies who joined forces in May—can share key learnings of a major tech acquisition. From going global overnight to merging two people-centric cultures, they will share their pitfalls, challenges, and more importantly, how they overcame them.

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  1. How do you merge two people-centric cultures and keep core values aligned?
  2. What next steps should be taken after a major merger to ensure a smooth and positive transition for the company and its employees?
  3. How can a startup or small to midsize company best prepare for a future acquisition or merger?

Speakers

  • Harry Glaser, President, Data Business & GM, San Francisco, Sisense
  • Amir Orad, CEO, Sisense

Organizer

Abrisham Khosravyani, Associate, cred.

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Tech Industry & Enterprise
  • Level: Intermediate
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