Exit is somet­hing that foun­ders “pro­mi­se” for exter­nal inves­tors. To get to exit takes both time and loads of work.

To “pre­pa­re and posi­tion” for exit takes typical­ly 3-5 years. All­rea­dy in day-1, you should have TBD. “exit dri­ven actions”-list.

Here is a article that have some advices for “exit dri­ven actions”

https://medium.com/the-mission/how-startup-founders-can-prepare-for-an-acquisition-524dc8fbafea