Sometimes the best love stories are those that you only catch a glimpse of from afar.
I had the pleasure of meeting Ryan Smith, the co-founder and CEO of Qualtrics, in 2013 at Founders (thanks, Paddy!). And I met Ryan Sweeney briefly when I worked at Accel in 2012. Exceptional people.
Now Qualtrics has been acquired by SAP for $8 billion (21x LTM revs!) and it has defined a new category: experience management.
But what struck the deepest chord in me is Sweeney's poetic post about the acquisition. It's unlike anything I've seen a VC write about an exit. A founder relationship with soul indeed.