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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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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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Investors Beware: Today’s $100M+ Late-stage Private Rounds Are Very Different from an IPO

Lost in this conversation are the dramatic differences between a high priced private round and an IPO. Consider the case of

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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. How good or bad is it as a payments business?

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European venture backed IPOs triple

The Equity Kicker

With IPOs like this European venture funds must be performing better, and that will bring more money into the market. Exits

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From idea to IPO in 12 months

The Next Web

Earlier this year, I released the book Progressive Partnerships – The Future of Business. Entrepreneur How-To's

The Secret to Atlassian's Successful $460 Million IPO

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Collaborative software maker Atlassian had one of the strongest IPOs of 2015. Here's why the company outperforms in spite of its competitors

These 9 IPOs Changed America

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Wall Street marks historic IPOs by whose was biggest, but there's another yardstick for success

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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Some Thoughts On The IPO Market For Web Companies

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We have an IPO market for web companies again. I don't have all the names in front of me, but this year has brought IPOs for Pandora, LinkedIn, Groupon, Zynga, and TripAdvisor. The IPO market for web companies we have right now is rationale. Tech IPOs Just Ain't What They Used To Be ( revenues.

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Some IPO speculation

Startup Lessons Learned

The fact that IPO’s are disappearing makes intuitive sense to me. Will that cohort of companies need an IPO? Expo SF (May. for H.

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Will Your Startup Get Venture Capital or IPO in 2013?

Startup Professionals Musings

billion from 49 listings, and represented the strongest annual period for IPOs since 2000. funding startups IPO exit NVCA venture capital

The TripAdvisor IPO

Chris Dixon

Hopefully as online ad attribution improves this will no longer be necessary. - It’s weird how little coverage this IPO got and how the financial press missed  the interesting stories. - Great startup story. was just a showcase that accidentally became a destination site. Great for Boston. startups

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


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

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The Sub $1bn Revenues IPO Act

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

  The name is too long so I call it the "sub $1bn IPO bill." This is a good bill. Will Sarbanes-Oxley Changes Help The IPO Market? There's a bill in Congress to reduce the regulatory burdens for public companies that have less than $1bn in revenues and/or have been public for less than five years.  hope it will.

10 Reasons Why IPO Is No Longer A Good Startup Exit

Startup Professionals Musings

In addition, most ordinary investors are convinced that all the IPO rewards today somehow only go to insiders. Marty Zwilling.

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Groupon's IPO Missteps

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here's a quick timeline of Groupon's IPO history that shows just why investors and analysts are giving Groupon's IPO such a tepid reception.

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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.

IPOs, M&As, Liquidity, & You. (the entrepreneur)


If the company was successful, this quickly led to an IPO – a very happy ending for the entrepreneur, the angels, and the venture capitalists. The two major differences in the exit environment in the past decade are (1) the disappearance of the IPO market and (2) the rapidly increasing size of the average VC fund.

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Putting Twitter’s IPO in Perspective

Agile VC

Twitter’s IPO has garnered a ton of attention in the tech and popular press. Growth IPOs Are Back. Twitter Is A Media Business.

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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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The Day I Had To Wear Pants To Ring The IPO Bell


Earlier this year, HubSpot decided to publicly file our S1 document as part of the IPO process. It''s #TBT. The biggest "holy crap!" Cheers.

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LearnVest Proves Why IPOs Aren't Your Only Exit Strategy

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Online financial planning service company LearnVest sells itself to Northwestern Mutual, confirming that IPOs are not the only successful exits

Andreessen Horowitz: No bubble but rebalancing from IPO to late stage venture

The Equity Kicker

But second there has been a big shift from IPOs to late stage private rounds. So definite signs of a bubble in late stage private rounds.

How payments startups could win big from PayPal's latest IPO

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

PayPal went public again on Monday, in a sign of the growing strength of the online payments market. Here's how startups might benefit from the newly independent company

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The 10 Biggest IPOs of 2015

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The IPO market for 2015 was pretty straightforward, and most of the really big companies that debuted you've probably never heard of

The 10 Biggest IPOs of 2014

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

5000 companies, as well as Alibaba, the biggest IPO in history This year''s biggest public offerings include a number of Inc.

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The Case for Staying Private (and Why IPOs Are Overrated)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It''s certainly easy to get caught up in the allure of going public. There are plenty of compelling reasons to stay private.

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Twitter's Road to IPO

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It all started with a little tool called Twittr and a 140-character rule. Here''s a brief history of how the start-up became a $317 million business

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Hiring for Fit Gets You to IPO, but Over Time, Hiring for Potential Wins

Hunter Walker

BUT what happens post IPO? “Adam, what was the research you were referring to?” This is too much for us to know! What happens?

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On IPOs: If You Are Going To File, Make Sure You Price

As you likely know, I am a big believer that the IPO can play a key role in the development of a company’s life. Lastly, I have argued that the IPO window is wide [.]. Internet IPO UncategorizedMoreover, I have argued that many in our ecosystem have an unhealthy anxiety regarding the dangers and consequences of being public.

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How Lending Club's Founder Weathered a Rough Post-IPO Year

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Renaud Laplanche says he has no regrets about going public, and defends the online lending industry against mounting scrutiny

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Square Reportedly Files for an IPO

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The process is reportedly being led by Goldman Sachs

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What This Fast-Growing Company Learned From Surviving an IPO Disaster

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Founded in 2000, software makerMindbodyreached$101 million in sales in 2015--the same year it had an IPO.

Facebook IPO Lessons

Venture Chronicles

Like most people, I had the opportunity to review Facebook’s IPO filing yesterday and admit that, like Apple’s recent earnings announcement, this is pretty damn impressive. Entrepreneurship Facebook IPO Silicon Valley VChate it when people say things which fall into the stating of the obvious category.

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The Big Problem with Square's IPO

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It's not that bum Starbucks deal, the rough IPO markets or Jack Dorsey's other CEO job. It's that Square has to spend so much to make a dollar

The Long Road to Etsy's IPO

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

After 10 years, the crafts marketplace is poised to unveil one of the biggest public offerings of 2015

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Shooting for an IPO? Take These Steps Now Before It's Too Late

Redeye VC

The media went wild, and the company’s subsequent public market success helped pave the way for the Facebook and Twitter IPOs. billion IPO, and he’s helped steer others like SuccessFactors and Nimble Storage to successful offerings too. It was a plan well executed.

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Why a Month With No IPOs Isn't All Bad News

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

January surprised more than a few venture capital investors with its complete absence of initial pubic offerings.