Here's Why More Initial Public Offerings Will Look Like Square's

Inc Startups

Fenwick & West tracks an increase in so-called down rounds, and with them, protections for private investors

Rusty Tweed Explains How to Structure a Business

The Startup Magazine

The reason why it is the best business structure for people who need a lot of capital is that it offers an “Initial Public Offering” where outsiders can give money by purchasing stocks.

Is Your Startup Ready For The Challenges Of An IPO?

Startup Professionals Musings

With the recent apparent successes of several startups in taking their company public (initial public offering) and raising billions of dollars, I’m hearing a groundswell of enthusiasm from new entrepreneurs to follow in their footsteps to fund their companies and become billionaires overnight.

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"Even though the Initial Public Offering (IPO) alternative for a successful startup seems to be."

Mark Birch

“Even though the Initial Public Offering (IPO) alternative for a successful startup seems to be coming back, it is relatively rare. After a record low of 39 U.S. IPOs in 2008, the market was up to a still trivial 128 in 2012 (compared to 675 in 1996). Even in most of these cases, the original startup founders were pushed out, or heavily supplemented, with “experienced” executives.” - “ When A Startup Chooses IPO Most Founders Are Out " via Gust blog.

Please respect outstanding entrepreneurial achievements

Version One Ventures

Blue Apron went public today. Zulily suffered from a similar negative narrative: when it got sold to QVC for $2.4b, some people called the exit disappointing given that the company was once valued at over $7b in the public markets. News Blue Apron Initial public offering IPO ZulilyIt was not the easiest road for them as they had to cut the originally proposed price range of $15-17 to $10 and closed the first day just around that at $10.01.

How we determine valuations for marketplaces

Version One Ventures

Bessemer offers a good overview of current valuations for different business models: SaaS, marketplaces, consumer, and ecommerce. News eBay Etsy gross merchandise value Gross merchandise volume Initial public offering marketplaces Online marketplace Valuations

Insuring Directors And Officers Through M&A And IPO Events

YoungUpstarts

Corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and initial public offerings (IPO) bring necessary capital and resources to a growing company. by Jeff Van Gulick , Senior Vice President, Commercial Lines Practice Leader, HUB International.

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Limiting the Number of Shareholders in Private Companies

Gust

The assumption has been that companies with 500 investors are quasi-public anyway, and for disclosure and other reasons should be forced to go public when the shareholder number approaches this limit. This shareholder limitation has made it difficult for companies like Facebook to stay private, even if the shareholders and management team were not inclined to go public. The U.S.

Entrepreneurs: Due Diligence on Investors is Smart

Gust

Invested Interests advisors angel investment angel investors board board of advisors due diligence entrepreneurs entrepreneurship equity exit strategy fundraising initial public offering shareholders startups terms venture capitalDue diligence should always be a two-way street. A while back, I published an article on “ Startup Due Diligence Is Not a Mysterious Black Art ,” describing what investors do to validate your startup before they invest.

Go Big or Go Home: It’s a binary outcome for marketplace start-ups

Version One Ventures

But, marketplaces can face a binary outcome at the other end too: either you scale your marketplace into a large, stand-alone company that can go public, or you find yourself with few other exit options. News Amazon.com eBay Etsy Exit Initial public offering Marketplace marketplaces StubHubIt’s typically a binary outcome for marketplace start-ups at the beginning: either you figure out the chicken-and-egg problem or you don’t.

A long time ago in an economy far, far away.

Gust

Their miniscule floats are tightly managed to artificially inflate the offering price and maintain it briefly; then, a slow (or sometimes fast) descent to earth begins. Make no mistake: even if Facebook goes out near its absurd $100 billion target, the odd exception cannot possibly justify a rationale expectation that your new startup will eventually make its way public. Listen my children and you shall hear. Of IPO dreams once held so dear.

Comparing Two SaaS Models: Hubspot and Moz

Version One Ventures

Since investors (whether private or public) like to see growth, Hubspot’s story is more impressive from that standpoint. News Hubspot Initial public offering IPO Moz Software as a service Unbounce Rick Perreault of my portfolio company Unbounce recently called my attention to an interesting comparison between two SaaS models: Hubspot & Moz – A Tale of Two (Very Different) SaaS Business Models.

Comparing Two SaaS Models: Hubspot and Moz

Version One Ventures

Since investors (whether private or public) like to see growth, Hubspot’s story is more impressive from that standpoint. News Hubspot Initial public offering IPO Moz Software as a service Unbounce Rick Perreault of my portfolio company Unbounce recently called my attention to an interesting comparison between two SaaS models: Hubspot & Moz – A Tale of Two (Very Different) SaaS Business Models.

Jim Armstrong’s Take on LA Tech–It’s Past and It’s Future

Wired Wired West

Uncategorized Who Angel investor Clearstone Venture Partners Coworking Entrepreneur Initial public offering Jim Armstrong Jim Jonassen Los Angeles Silicon Beach Silicon Valley SnapChat Tech Startups ThursdayNights Venture capital This is far from an old school locker room. No wooden benches; no metal lockers. No chalkboard. The event space above Gjelina, a high-end Venice restaurant, is hardly the place where you’d expect a locker room styled chalk talk.

Update on America’s Slipping Global Competitiveness– Implications for Intellectual Property Development of Senate Bill 515

Pascal's View

Some excerpts follow, and you can download the entire speech and slides by clicking at the bottom of this post: “The absence of cohesion in American public policy can be seen in many areas—with cybersecurity coming immediately to mind.

Barron’s Article on Tech IPO’s Misses the Importance of the Extinct Sub-$50 million IPO

Pascal's View

Such market power allows bankers to shapes the profile of those companies worthy of going public to favor the natural demand from their largest clients: short-term trading focused hedge funds and large institutional investors that demand highly liquid public securities.

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VC Governance FAQ: (2) Especially now, when transparency is so important, why is limited financial information available from a private company?

Pascal's View

To conclude on this question, I’d like to emphasize that, in my view, for early stage companies with little or no revenue, valuation models driven by public equity or option inspired equity models simply make no sense.

Bazaarvoice Stock Opens Trading Today

Austin Startup

It’s the first Austin tech company to go public this year, with the most recent Austin tech IPO being HomeAway. The company initially looked an a $8 – $10 price for the stock, but it priced last night at $12 with initial trading this morning at around $16. Enterprise austin Bazaarvoice Initial public offeringAfter filing their registration statement in August, Bazaarvoice began trading on the NASDAQ today.

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Yext Is Set to Raise More Than $115 Million in Its IPO

Inc Startups

The knowledge engine priced its initial public offering at $11 on Wednesday.

Chicken Soup for the Soul, Backed by Ashton Kutcher, Goes Public

Inc Startups

The media company, known for the book series of the same name, launched an initial public offering on Nasdaq. Media

Wearables Maker Fitbit Files for IPO

Inc Startups

The initial public offering would be worth up to $100 million

How Snapchat Became a $20 Billion Business In 5 Years

Inc Startups

The image messaging app filed for an initial public offering that could value the company at $25 billion. Here's how it got there

Etsy Expects IPO to Raise as Much as $267 Million

Inc Startups

The initial public offering could value the crafts marketplace at up to $1.78 billion

5 Steps to Launching a Successful ICO

Inc Startups

Launching a successful Initial Coin Offering (ICO) has become just as important as a business launching its Initial Public Offering (IPO).

IPOs Take a Breather in Q1, But the Year Is Young

Inc Startups

A report on initial public offerings shows a substantial decrease in the first quarter, although other indicators remain strong

Xeris Pharmaceuticals Files to Raise $75 Million in an IPO

SiliconHills

Xeris Pharmaceuticals, founded in 2005 in Austin, filed on Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission to go public on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange with an initial public offering valued at $75 million.

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GoDaddy Is Going Public

Inc Startups

The Web hosting company is planning its second attempt at an initial public offering

Lotte To Shelve $4.5B IPO

Chaganomics

billion initial public offering for its hotel unit, the world’s biggest so far this year, after widening investigations pushed the South Korean conglomerate deeper into crisis. Lotte Group indicated it will shelve what may have been a $4.5 BBERG

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Why Tech IPOs Are Stalling After Snap and Blue Apron Tumble

Inc Startups

editors and writers discuss how Snap and Blue Apron are now worth less after their initial public offerings andhow going public isn't as enticing as it once wasfor Silicon Valley's tech startups. This week, Inc.

Why Hands-Off Leadership Can Be the Most Effective Management Style

Inc Startups

Tobias Ltke, founder of Shopify, explains how he let his chief financial officer take control of the company's initial public offering process

Fitbit shows off its pipes in NYSE debut as shares soar

Inc Startups

Fitbit's initial public offering priced at $20 per share, bringing in more than $730 million and valuing Fitbit at about $4.1 billion in total

Shake Shack Celebrates IPO With Free Burgers

Inc Startups

In honor of its initial public offering, the fast-food chain handed out thousands of ''Shack'' burgers at the steps of the New York Stock Exchange

What You Need to Know About Going Public

Inc Startups

Randy Komisar, partner at venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, explains why most entrepreneurs are caught off guard when they go through an initial public offering

Dell Technologies Considers a Public Offering or Merger with VMware

SiliconHills

Today, Dell Technologies filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission disclosing that the company’s board is considering taking the company public again with an initial public offering or by merging with VMWare. The post Dell Technologies Considers a Public Offering or Merger with VMware appeared first on SiliconHills. In 2013, Dell went private in a $24 billion buyout deal backed by Silver Lake and Michael Dell.

Fitbit says it now expects its IPO to raise about $450M

Inc Startups

Wearable fitness tracking device maker Fitbit, which filed for an initial public offering last month, said Tuesday that it now expects the offering to raise about $450 million

Luxury Retailer Neiman Marcus Files for IPO Valued at $100M

Inc Startups

Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus has filed for an initial public offering for the second time in a little more than two years

SailPoint Files to Raise $100 Million in a Public Offering

SiliconHills

SailPoint Technologies, founded in 2005, filed papers with federal regulators on Friday to raise $100 million in an initial public offering. The company plans to use the proceeds of its offering to expand operations and add additional customers. […]. The post SailPoint Files to Raise $100 Million in a Public Offering appeared first on SiliconHills.

Why an IPO Should Probably Not Be Your Exit Strategy

Inc Startups

demystifies the initial public offering and why it may not be your best option Basil Peters, CEO of Exit Strategies Corp.,

The U.S. IPO Market is Seeing a Slowdown in 2016

SiliconHills

The good news is there is an Initial Public Offering or IPO market, said Daniel Klausner, managing director of PricewaterhouseCoopers based in New York. “At At times, I think it’s been dormant or hidden,” he said. September has been a great month.” But overall the IPO market in the U.S. is on track to have the […] The post The U.S. IPO Market is Seeing a Slowdown in 2016 appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

First Data Debut, Albertsons Delay Show Cooling IPO Market

Inc Startups

The largest initial public offering of the year fell short of expectations and the proposed second-largest was postponed in a sign that IPOs are struggling while investors worry about the health of the global markets

3 Ways to Beat the Cooling Market for Tech

Inc Startups

A new report shows that nearly a dozen newly public tech companies have seen their stock price drop below their initial public offering prices. Here are three things you can do to head off a similar fate

Austin-based Aeglea BioTherapeutics Goes Public and Raises $50 Million

SiliconHills

Aeglea BioTherapeutics went public on the NASDAQ Stock Market Thursday at $10 a share with an Initial Public Offering bringing in $50 million. a share. […] The post Austin-based Aeglea BioTherapeutics Goes Public and Raises $50 Million appeared first on SiliconHills.

Mirna Therapeutics is Austin’s Newest Public Company

SiliconHills

Mirna Therapeutics became Austin’s newest publicly traded company last week. Securities Exchange Commission to offer 6.2 million shares at $7 a share to raise $44 million during its initial public offering last Thursday. […] The post Mirna Therapeutics is Austin’s Newest Public Company appeared first on SiliconHills.