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In the investment world, an exit refers to the process by which an investor, often a venture capital or private equity firm, realizes returns on their investment. This usually occurs when a liquidity event happens, such as the sale of the company, a merger or acquisition, or an initial public offering (IPO).

Exit strategies can vary and might involve selling the company to a larger entity, merging with another company, going public through an IPO, or a secondary sale of shares to another private investor. The timing of an exit can range widely and can significantly impact the returns that an investor realizes. Exits are important in the private investment world as they provide liquidity that allows investors to realize returns on their investments.

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