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The Sub $1bn Revenues IPO Act

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

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.    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?

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. Revenue Composition. Revenue Growth.

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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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Successful marketplaces evolve away from transaction revenue

The Equity Kicker

Hand crafted goods marketplace Etsy  recently filed for IPO and Techcrunch has a great analysis of it’s S1. Startup general interest

Why Facebook Clearly Belongs in the 10X Revenue Club

Facebook Internet IPO Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/TechAttached are my thoughts on the Facebook S-1 along with some quick stabs at valuation. 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.

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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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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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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Revenue exceptionalism vs margin exceptionalism

Chris Dixon

Three years ago, Fred Wilson wrote a great blog post called  When Talking About Business Models, Remember that Profits Equal Revenues Minus Costs. Most recent successful tech companies seem to have chosen the former: growing revenues at the expense of margins. Fast revenue growth seems to be the best way to justify your valuation.

All Revenue is Not Created Equal: The Keys to the 10X Revenue Club

[Follow Me on Twitter] “ Don’t you know that you are a shooting star, And all the world will love you just as long, As long as you are.”  – Paul Rodgers, Shooting Star With the IPO market now blown wide-open, and the media completely infatuated with frothy trades in the bubbly late stage private market, [.].

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. With a lot of revenue. The five companies I mentioned at the top of this post will have close to $5bn in revenue this year. revenues.

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Alibaba's Revenue Growth Surges Before IPO

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

With what could be one of the largest IPO''s ever on the horizon, Alibaba''s revenue growth continued to climb rapidly last quarter

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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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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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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Twitter Unveils IPO Papers; Includes $317 Million in 2012 Revenue

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Weeks after posting a Tweet that said it had secretly submitted documents to the SEC for a planned IPO, Twitter reveals them to the world.


How We Got Funded: Visual Revenue

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

When bootstrapping didn''t cut it, the founders of Visual Revenue went out and raised $2.2 million. Here''s how it happened. million.

Why Hasn’t NYC Produced More IPOs (While Boston Has)?

Seeing Both Sides

Meanwhile, not a single New York technology IPO has taken place. 9-0 in IPOs and 3-1 in big M&A in favor of Boston?

21 Weird Things In Facebook's IPO Filing

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

billion in 2011, saw yearly revenue growth of 88 percent, has 845 million users (about 12 percent of the world's population), blah, blah, blah.

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A Pinterest Investor Just Gave Us This Perspective on the Site's Pre-IPO Revenue

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Naturally I asked him about Pinterest, which everyone expects will file for a huge IPO in the coming months. That suggests Pinterest''s traffic is much more valuable--and that revenues will be much higher per user--than Facebook''s is, in some scenarios. A look behind the scenes of the social media platform as it prepares to go public.

Drive your recurring revenues.


have a positive fetish for recurring revenue. With the right recurring revenue model, top line growth can really shoot the lights out.

Facebook Pulls Off Largest Tech IPO Ever

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

billion revenue last year, today enters a new phase in its trajectory. The American Dream is alive and well in Menlo Park. Probably not.

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Getting to Know Alibaba and Its Giant IPO

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Alibaba, the Chinese ecommerce conglomerate, is planning to file its IPO papers this week. And following the IPO, Alibaba will rank fourth behind Apple, Google, and Microsoft, with an estimated value of $245 billion. For all its heft, though, Alibaba has annual revenues of less than $10 billion.

Twitter's IPO: What Marketers Need to Know

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Better grab a copy of the company''s S-1 IPO filing and read the fine print. Thinking of advertising on Twitter? Do your people use Twitter?

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Looking for Love on Wall Street, Match Files for IPO

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The parent company of online dating sites Tinder,, and OkCupid, says it has more than $1 billion in revenue

Taking Your Startup Public Is Fraught With Negatives

Startup Professionals Musings

Today the rate of startups going public (IPO – Initial Public Offering) is up from the dead zone, but is still less than half the rate of 15 years ago.

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All Signs Point to 2014 Twitter IPO

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

With 2014 revenue projects nearing $1 billion, analysts expect a public offering. But we expect an IPO in mid-2014." billion.

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Facebook shares upon IPO March 2012

Scalable Startup

Here’s the stock ownership of principals at Facebook at IPO time earlier this year, interesting to see Mark Zukerberg’s amount vs. others.

Unshackle the Middle Class

Marc Andreessen

From IPO, a single share of Microsoft stock has appreciated close to 500x. Up until the last decade, about 300 start-up companies went public each year, with more than half of those companies raising less than $50 million in proceeds (small IPOs.) The average age of the companies at the time of IPO was just under five years old.

Facebook IPO: 6 Smart Takeaways

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Few IPOs will be of the size of Facebook's. Facebook plans to file its IPO paperwork with the SEC today, according to reports.

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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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On the Road to Recap:

The pressures of lofty paper valuations, massive burn rates (and the subsequent need for more cash), and unprecedented low levels of IPOs and M&A, have created a complex and unique circumstance which many Unicorn CEOs and investors are ill-prepared to navigate. In Q1 of 2016 there were zero VC-backed technology IPOs. Employees.

The five roles of a startup CEO from founder to leading an IPO

The Equity Kicker

Builder -  as revenues start to grow the CEO has to build a team and processes so sales can be repeated and the business can grow. It’s well understood now that at many of the best startups the founder remains at the helm until the company is very large – Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Oracle are four great examples.

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. Entrepreneurs.

Angry Birds 2011 Revenue Around $100 Million, Looking To IPO In Hong Kong In 2013


In the interview, he also said Rovio is looking to IPO in Hong Kong in 2013. In 2010 Rovio's revenue was around $10 million.

Why You Shouldn't Care About Facebook's IPO

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Look at some recent industry IPOs. Negative before the IPO, though it's moved into profit since. What gave Zuckerberg the edge? Groupon?

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Facebook Revenue: $1.18 Billion

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

billion in revenue, slightly above analysts' expectation of $1.15 The company brought in $1.18 billion.