At Corum, weve been saying for years that M&A is the only real liquidity event for software company entrepreneurs. Over the past two decades, transaction proceeds from M&A far outweigh the dollar volume of IPOs. VC money, IPOs and strategic investments are all good tools to help grow a company, but when it comes to realizing the value of years of work and putting that in the bank, M&A rules. This is still true today as 2010 draws to a close and we begin to look out at 2011. Despite the ups and downs of the global economy, tech M&A has continued at a comparatively brisk pace. This was underscored for me again by a recent post on Om Maliks blog. You can read the whole article at GigaOm: For Tech Companies, M&A Provides Quick Exits.