Never be left without alternatives. That’s a lesson learned time and again by entrepreneurs, needlessly, given that there are always alternatives. Did this have to be a “deal or no company” scenario? That’s how it seems it played out. Would you ever intentionally pick that as a strategy? Until the deal is done, there is no deal. We learned this in 2000 at CDNOW when Sony and Time Warner pulled out of our acquisition on the last day of the deal. I’m saddened to see history keep repeating itself.