Sacha Labourey’s startup has raised at least $100M to help developers go full cycle fast, and have a real impact.
He has enjoyed being a part of the full cycle of successful startups himself. He sees a future where we are even more reliant on the cloud and where developers can better measure and demonstrate the meaningful business impact they are delivering.
Sacha and I recently got together to record an episode of the DealMakers Podcast. We talked M&A deals, integrating companies, fundraising, the future of tech and business, and what he’s learned on his journey.
From The Commodore 64 To Companies That Scale
Sacha Labourey is a founder from Europe. A scene where the startup ecosystem has certainly developed rapidly over the past few years.
Born and raised in a small town in Switzerland, Labourey got an early taste for computers. While his friends played computer games, he was more interested in figuring out computer languages and creating things.
He started out on a Commodore 64 and VIC 20. He read all he could. Even if the only magazines and books he could get his hands on were for BASIC on mainframes and Amstrad or Thompsons.
He attended business school and pursued his computer science degree. As well as going to engineering school École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
He interned at his father’s company, where he was surrounded by physicists and engineers. He fell in love with that cross-section of business and tech.
Wanting to be independent and to pay for his own education he started his first company with four friends during his second year. They developed software, did networking and built firewalls.
On graduating he began doing his own consulting. He quickly found out there was a lot to juggling both the sales side and delivering on the work. Consulting was a business that didn’t scale.
Sacha says he then took the last money he had in the bank to fly to London for some training. There he met Marc Fleury. He joined JBoss, where he says he got his real MBA in running a business. They went on a mission to figure out how to make money by developing free software.
Acquisitions & Integrations
Sacha became the CTO of JBoss and stayed through the $350M acquisition by Red Hat. He learned a lot about M&A and integrated companies in the process.
At one point they had received a term sheet for even more money. They went through the entire due diligence process. They had negotiated and renegotiated everything. They had done all the late-night phone calls and weekends. They briefed the press. Then three days before the closing it blew up. They pulled off the exit, but it was immense learning.
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