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

These large, high-priced private financings are the defining characteristic of this particular technology cycle. Consider the case of

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There Aren't Many Venture Backed IPOs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

To recap, 1-3% get to an IPO and 5-10% get to an M&A exit over $100mm. Venture Capital and Technology

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

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It’s increasingly rare to find a privately held, family-controlled business with a household name--especially in the technology sector.

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Technology Leverage

Rob Go

Here’s what Kayak looked like when it went public: Kayak: IPO Market Cap: $1B, Revenue: $225M (2011), Employees: 185 (July 2012), Rev / Employee: $1.2M (Paul has quoted $1.5M, which makes sense given growth of the business in 2012). Lending Club: IPO Market Cap: $8.4B, Revenue: $98M (2013), Employees: 628 (2014), Rev / Employee: $156K.


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.

Some Quick Thoughts on Exits for Technology Startups

Both Sides of the Table

There simply aren’t a lot of exits above $100m or even IPOs. Startup Exits: A Primer from msuster. ” That’s b t.

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.

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?

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

After Facebooks IPO flub, value of tech startups falls back to earth. Is not the purpose of an IPO to raise capital? Login. Report.

The Tech Industry's First Big IPO of 2015

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A successful debut by Box in the technology industry''s first big IPO of the new year could encourage other hot startups to go public, even if they aren''t profitable yet

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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Inside ExactTarget's Journey: From IPO to $2.5 Billion Acquisition

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

CEO Scott Dorsey has guided his company along a path few others reach--from start-up to IPO to getting acquired by a giant. billion. Absolutely.

Why Alibaba's Giant IPO Could Launch U.S. Businesses

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

IPO market. King will offer shares at a value between $21 and $24, double the price of competitor Zynga, whose IPO in 2011 crashed and burned.

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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. dirty)?

After Facebook: 6 IPOs to Put on Your Radar

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Has Facebook reinvigorated the IPO market? The question, of course, is whether the IPOs will live up to their hype.

Best Seed Pitch Ever

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I read yesterday evening that our portfolio company Twilio , which priced its IPO last night, is going to live code from the NYSE this morning. VC & TechnologyThat brought a powerful flashback to the first time I met Jeff Lawson , founder and CEO of Twilio. He asked me if I would meet with him and so I did.

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A New Era For Entrepreneurs And Startups Has Begun

Startup Professionals Musings

Initial Public Offerings (IPO) are back as an exit strategy. Most now routinely buy startups for new technology and new products.

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.

Kayak Set for IPO

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

More than a year and a half after filing for an IPO estimated at $50 million, Kayak is finally preparing to go public. The company will sell 3.5

SEC 6 IPO and the Upromise Mafia

Seeing Both Sides

I was excited to see''s successful IPO yesterday for multiple reasons.  . Second, it is another nice win for Boston.

B is for BUBBLE: Venture Capital in 2013

VC Cafe

last year, more than any other major index), and the IPO market is booming. Last year, the VC industry partied like its 1999.  million.

How to Miss By a Mile: An Alternative Look at Uber’s Potential Market Size

We have simply taken a structured look at how traditional human car transportation can change as a result of today’s technology. by 2000.

The IPO Market: Is Larry Bird Walking Through that Door?

Growthink Blog

Because golly, when it comes to the IPO market and public market returns in general, help is needed in a big way. Since the Internet bubble burst in 2001, the number of IPOs hasn’t recovered to even 1980s levels. Hopefully, it will help. How bad is it? That's 30 years ago, folks. By 2010, that percentage had declined to a mere 3%.

Day Before Opower IPO, SVP Product Alex Kinnier Reflects on Journey

Hunter Walker

In advance of the IPO I reconnected with their SVP Product & User Experience Alex Kinnier, whom I know from our days together at Google. Energy efficiency company Opower is ready for its public debut this Friday. We help utility customers take control of their energy use. We make software incorporating behavioral and data science.

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Second Time's a Charm? GoDaddy Strikes While the IPO Iron Is Hot

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Many technology companies, such as social media star Twitter, have experienced extraordinary success going public. That''s a far cry from now.

Some Perspective

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I don't disagree with PG when he says that Facebook's IPO performance (or lack thereof) has the potential to impact valuations in startup land. think it will be particularly impactful on the late stage and secondary markets where most of the IPO valuation speculation is happening. stocks Venture Capital and Technology

Technology Trends: 10 Areas of Innovation to Watch for 2012

This is going to be BIG.

Election years tend to be good for technology diffusion. hope they can get there, because it would be a major boon to the rest of the market for them to justify their lofty valuations and hopefully the valuations of exits and IPOs. Tweet. What areas are going to change? What areas need to be disrupted? Reader beware.). Open Government.

Why the Once-Hot IPO Market Suddenly Went Cold

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

That the air has come out of the tech market and tech IPOs seem to be stalling comes as no surprise to experts who follow such things.

Facebook IPO Got You Eyeing Entrepreneurship?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Facebook's IPO will likely spawn a new generation of entrepreneurs. But first you have to ask yourself: Do I have what it takes? Passion.


Trulia's Amazing +41% Jump On IPO Day


There was clearly demand for a new technology company to go public on NYSE, as Trulia's stocks jumped over 40% on the first day of trading.

Does the JOBS Act Help These IPOs?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

And most filed confidential IPOs, courtesy of the JOBS Act. Some 200 companies are expected to go public this year, the most since 2007. Timing.

From Brink Of Bankruptcy Towards An IPO - The Evernote Story


Together with that announcement, the company has stated it will aim for an IPO in a couple of years, based on a recent TechCrunch article.

Maybe They Do Understand Your Business

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

stocks VC & TechnologyThere is an unfortunate quote in Farhad’s post which suggests that the public markets are clueless: If you can get $200 million from private sources, then yeah, I don’t want my company under the scrutiny of the unwashed masses who don’t understand my business.

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Why an IPO Can Kill Your Innovation

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

And that's precisely why a company goes for an IPO--to get the money it needs to grow and mature. It is the opposite of what you might expect.