Exit Strategies for Acquisition: Startup Grind feat. David Steinberger (DSTLRY)

Jun 13, 10:00 PM – Jun 14, 1:00 AM

The Yard: Herald Square, 106 West 32nd Street, New York, 10001

Join us on Thursday, June 13 to hear directly from David Steinberger on how he navigated a corporate acquisition and went on to start DSTLRY, a next-generation comics publisher that redefines creator-owned comic books and collectibles.

In-person event

About this event

Most founders start their businesses to solve a problem. If successful, they eventually start asking, "what's next?"

And if they don't, their investors sure do.

For many entrepreneurs, the journey leads to an exit by way of acquisition -- sometimes by a larger startup, or by a corporation with startup ambitions.

This is where David Steinberger found himself with his first venture -- ComiXology -- when Amazon came knocking. 

How does a founder maintain vision and company culture during such a huge transition? And how can these lessons influence a successful new venture?

Join us on Thursday, June 13 to hear directly from David on how he navigated a corporate acquisition and went on to start DSTLRY, a next-generation comics publisher that redefines creator-owned comic books and collectibles

Learn how you can prepare for acquisition, make strategic decisions, and envision what comes after "what's next."

Tickets for this event include food and drinks, as well as exclusive access to this founder who will open up about navigating the complexities of a corporate acquisition, maintaining a strong company culture through transitions, and leveraging these experiences to launch a successful new venture in the comic book industry.

You'll also meet dozens of other high-performing entrepreneurs who are creating their next big thing. Seriously, it's some of the best founder networking in the city.

We're meeting LIVE AND IN-PERSON at The Yard, a coworking space at the intersection of innovation, creativity, design, & play -- with locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Philly, and DC -- with a variety of shared and private workspace options. If you are interested in learning more or scheduling a visit, you can do so here.

Getting a ticket guarantees admission. No long lines outside. No waitlist. No wondering if you'll even get in.

And don't miss our recurring founder social events over coffee or cocktails. It's a great opportunity for operators to network with each other to share best practices and find new resources to build your startup the right way. See the full event lineup here.


  • David Steinberger


    Co-founder and CEO



June 13 – 14, 2024
10:00 PM – 1:00 AM UTC


Networking with food and drinks
Conversation with David Steinberger
Community shoutouts
More networking


  • Joshua Ness


    Director, Startup Grind NYC

  • Tova Feldheim



  • Adrian Plesca



  • Jenny Sumeragi

    CEO & Founder, JS Global Investment

  • Ami Berger

    Startup Grind

    VP of Happy Hours

  • Valencia Tong

    Columbia Venture Community

    Global Board Member and Marketing Lead

  • Alex Koshykov


    Events Team

Global sponsor

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Dell Technologies


The Yard logo

The Yard

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