'Game-Changer' Startups Should Consider M&A to Gain Credibility and ‘Disrupt' From Within

Reluctance by firms to take risks on unknown entities means being acquired is the most viable route for startups to enter the information space and be a "game changer."

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While new market entrants offer unique content and tools, "Because there's so much money at risk within our industry, there has to be some credibility behind it," said Douglas B. Taylor, founder and managing partner of Burton Taylor International Consulting. "That's one of the reasons why small companies may not be able to get a foothold in the industry.... I see all these great companies popping up... but the industry won't accept them because it has money at risk."

Stephen Veasey, chief

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