B2C Startup Exit: Average Time

Goals

To identify the average exit time of B2C startups as compared to B2B startups in order to support an idea related to b2c startups' success.

Early Findings

We found a pre-compiled list of the exit times of various companies. We've presented the findings in the research below.

B2C AVERAGE EXIT TIME

  • According to a research report, it was found that B2C focused startups exit faster as compared to other startups.

B2C SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS

  • B2C social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Snap Inc, and Twitter took 7, 8, 6, and 6 years respectively to exit.
  • And as a result, the average time for an exit of B2C social media startups was 6.75 years.

B2C MARKETPLACES

  • The number of years B2C marketplace startups took to exit are as follows:
1. Priceline - 1 year
2. eBay - 3 years
3. Expedia - 3 years
4. Etsy - 9 years
5. Elevate Credit - 2 years
6. Angie's List - 16 years
7. Zillow - 4 years
8. Groupon - 2 years
9. Grubhub - 9 years
10. Redfin - 14 years
11. Care.com - 6 years
12. Opentable - 10 years
  • And as a result, the average time for an exit of B2C marketplace startups was 6.58 years.

We found a list of exit dates of the top companies in the world at CB Insights. This source would help find more companies for various categories.

Proposed next steps:

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Since we have found information on B2C startups catering to the social media and marketplace businesses, we recommend finding 7-10 company examples, its founding year, exit year, the calculated/compiled number of years it took to exit, and the calculated average time of each category conclusively. The research would include a study of the following categories: (1) content distributors (for example, Google and Yelp), (2) e-commerce companies (for example, Amazon and Wayfair), (3) gaming companies (for example, Zynga), (4) payment companies (for example, Paypal), and (5) hardware companies (for example, Apple). Note: This would only focus on B2C companies.
Alternatively, we can find the same information as mentioned in the above step but only for 3 selected categories instead of all. If this step is selected, please choose the categories from content distributors, e-commerce companies, gaming companies, payment companies, and hardware companies to proceed. Note: This would only focus on B2C companies.
Since the information on B2B companies is limited, we recommend identifying 5-7 B2B company examples in general. This would include the founding year, exit year, the calculated/compiled number of years they took to exit, and the calculated average exit time of B2B companies conclusively. Note: This would only focus on B2B companies.