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6 Reasons Smart Entrepreneurs Think Twice Before IPO

Startup Professionals Musings

For financial reasons alone, an IPO is a statistically rare phenomenon, happening just 275 times in 2014 , out of almost 500,000 startups.

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Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

More often than not the results of these acquisitions are disappointing. Is the Potential Acquisition Searching or Executing? So what?

Square IPO: Is Square A Good Payments Business?

Agile VC

Square filed its  S-1  several weeks ago and is now in the middle of its IPO road show process. What are customer acquisition costs like?

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Is Your Startup Ready For The Challenges Of An IPO?

Startup Professionals Musings

" Current IPO activity feedback seems to support their excitement. business entrepreneur initial public offering IPO startup

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Startup, IPO, Acquisition, Phenomenal Growth: the Inside Story of the Salesforce Marketing Cloud

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How many startups go public, then get acquired, and then grow at a phenomenal rate?

A New Dawn for Consumer Internet Acquisitions

Genuine VC

And last week’s $200M OMGPOP acquisition by Zynga is the starting-gun fire for deals that aren’t just “acquihires,” but real meaningful ones. 

Second-Class Investor Citizens: Facebook’s IPO and Dual-Class Equity Structures

Gust

Industry Experts deal terms dual class equity dual class stock Facebook Facebook IPO IPO structure terms

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When A Startup Chooses IPO Most Founders Are Out

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though the Initial Public Offering (IPO) alternative for a successful startup seems to be coming back, it is relatively rare.

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An IPO Exit Strategy Puts the Entrepreneur at Risk

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though the Initial Public Offering (IPO) alternative for a successful startup seems to be coming back into vogue, it is relatively rare.

Why Hasn't NYC Produced Many Tech IPOs?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

He suggests that the lack of NYC tech IPOs compared to Boston is a result of: The IPO culture hasn’t fully permeated NYC?   Perhaps Boston CEOs, CFOs and boards feel more pressure to go public sooner and/or are comfortable with the IPO process because they community has done it so many times.  NYC is a trader town.

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Twitter Files for Secret IPO

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Naturally, the news came by tweet: We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. To date, Twitter has taken $1.16

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Planning for the Future: Your Exit Strategy

Up and Running

We will cover them in more depth below: Acquisition. Initial Public Offering (IPO). What is an exit strategy? Who needs an exit strategy?

From Founder to Employee: The Surprisingly Smooth Post-Acquisition Transition

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Some (even after a successful IPO ) are acquired by other companies and their founders stay on to help continue what they started. talked to Michael and Marcel about the journey from startup to acquisition and beyond. When you considered various exit strategies, was an acquisition part of the mix? Many startups die on the vine.

Lessons Learned from Bill Gross' 35 IPOs/Exits and 40 Failures

Redeye VC

billion and 35 successful IPOs/acquisitions – and that’s just since 1996.

Startup Acquisitions: Exit Strategy

Seed Stage Capital

Also, it is an evolving work in progress.please send along your feedback or tips from your own experience with startup acquisitions. Thanks!

Facebook Pulls Off Largest Tech IPO Ever

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

With its IPO, Facebook seals its status as a legendary tech company in Silicon Valley, rivaling industry stalwarts like Intel and Apple.

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Journey From Start-up to IPO

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The public aspects of a start-up's path to IPO are often well documented. So when did you start thinking about an IPO as a realistic goal?

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After Facebook's IPO flub, value of tech startups falls back to earth

www.theverge.com

After Facebooks IPO flub, value of tech startups falls back to earth. Things have really picked up in terms of mergers and acquisitions.

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How founders get paid: non-strategic acquisitions, dividends, and private islands

The Startup Toolkit

The company becomes valuable and someone buys the whole thing (acquisition). It gets very big and very valuable and you go public (IPO).

Who's Next on Twitter's Acquisition List: 4 Predictions

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

With more than $2 billion in its post-IPO coffers, Twitter may go shopping for start-ups. billion in its IPO a few weeks ago.

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7 Painful Surprises When Taking Your Company Public

Startup Professionals Musings

In fact, IPOs are down again this year, with just 31 companies going public in the U.S. Everyone dreams of becoming a billionaire overnight.

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IPO or M&A? Here’s exactly how large companies exit

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

Venture Economics company exits IPO M&A venture exits venture IPOs find data like these fascinating.

Exits in Israel 2011: IPOs Pool is Dry, Buy M&A Activity up 134%

VC Cafe

At the same time, only $126 million was raised in five IPOs, down five percent from $133 million raised in 11 IPOs in 2010.

6 Challenges In Going Public Through The Backdoor

Startup Professionals Musings

Some people believe that reverse shell mergers may soon become the preferred IPO approach for emerging high-growth companies. Marty Zwilling.

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All Signs Point to 2014 Twitter IPO

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Turns out, Twitter is putting all the right wheels in motion to IPO in a year. But we expect an IPO in mid-2014." billion.

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Smart Entrepreneurs Plan Ahead For A Startup Exit

Startup Professionals Musings

IPO – public company initial public stock offering. entrepreneur exit IPO lifestyle m&a startup You can kick-off your next startup.

Is the IPO Party Over?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

By all rights, Curt Richardson should at least be thinking about an IPO by now. The poor showing by the Facebook IPO didn't help either.

What the Facebook IPO means: 10 things

This is going to be BIG.

This will be a huge boon for companies like 33Across that monetize social data without being creepy. 3) It will get much harder for Facebook to recruit talent, since the promise of the pre-IPO stock pop is gone. 4) You'll likely see Facebook make a move to diversify revenue by breaking ground on a big new area. Bigger acquisitions?

Is A Reverse Merger The Way To Fund Your Startup?

Startup Professionals Musings

Some people believe that reverse shell mergers may soon become the preferred IPO approach for emerging high-growth companies. Marty Zwilling.

IPOs Shine, But Entrepreneurs Turn Down Mergers

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

By contrast, the IPO market was the best it''s been since 2007. Without that one IPO, the 2013 numbers are a marked improvement over 2012.

Why Facebook Clearly Belongs in the 10X Revenue Club

abovethecrowd.com

Brief disclosure, Benchmark Capital has a minority position in Facebook as a result of the acquisition of FriendFeed, a company that was incubated in our offices. Facebook Internet IPO Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/TechAttached are my thoughts on the Facebook S-1 along with some quick stabs at valuation.

Steve Blank: Why Corporate Acquisitions of Startups Fail

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

More often than not the results of these acquisitions are disappointing. Is the Potential Acquisition Searching or Executing?

For Equity Investors, A Startup Has To End To Win

Startup Professionals Musings

IPO – public company initial public stock offering. entrepreneur equity investors IPO startup exitYou can kick-off your next startup.

Forget IPO. The New Goal? Get Acquired

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Economists might explain the decline in IPOs through market conditions. Since then, the average has been 102 initial IPOs per year.

Rally Software Acquired By CA Technologies for $480 Million

Feld Thoughts

Million To The Boulder Community  after their IPO. Investments acquisition agile Boulder ca EFCO lejeal m&a martens miller pledge1% rally software saasCongrats to my friends at Rally Software on the announcement that they’ve signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by CA Technologies for $480 million.

How Yahoo May Spend Its $8 Billion Alibaba IPO Windfall

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Yahoo''s $8 billion windfall from Alibaba''s IPO is likely to be a boon for startups as the Internet media company acquires talent and new audiences.

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Zendesk files for IPO on NYSE, Acquires Zopim

ArcticStartup

With the acquisition, Zendesk says the acquisition will provide both companies with "new options for purchasing and using Zendesk and Zopim together."

Facebook S-1: The Most Anticipated IPO in a Decade ? AGILEVC

Agile VC

Facebook S-1: The Most Anticipated IPO in a Decade. How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC. How To Think About The Future. About Me. Facebook, Inc.

Why Great Ideas Take Time

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Don''t let the quick path to IPOs or acquisitions fool you. Slow growth is usually smart growth

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Entrepreneurs: What's Your Exit Strategy? - allensblog - Typepad

Allen's Blog

In the old days of Silicon Valley, there were two possible ways for startups to "exit":  (1) an IPO and (2) and acquisition.    One couldn't (and still can't) really build a valuable startup in a way that maximized the chances of an IPO vs. an acquisition.  allensblog. Archives.