When you've built a promising business, chances are good that potential acquirers will eventually come calling. As the nine entrepreneurs quoted in this article show, deciding whether to sell can be a tense, emotional process. One entrepreneur who chose not to sell was Yelp's co-founder Jeremy Stoppelman, who quickly learned that staying independent can be challenging. "When we chose that independent path, for me that was like, 'All right, it's go time, I'm going to have to be a real CEO," he said.

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