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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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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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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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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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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.

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

Seeing Both Sides

On the heels of the successful Kayak IPO, I thought I would do a retrospective look back. In doing so, I realize I was dead wrong.

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.

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.


New York Stock Exchange Will Hold Trial Run for Snap IPO

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The NYSE is hoping to avoid technological snafus similar to Facebook's IPO in 2012

Yeti Holdings, Inc. Consumer IPO


equity going public Investment Banking IPO IPOs q3 2016 ipo q4 2016 ipo rants Yeti HoldingsThey call this a premium.

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. The Facebook IPO has revealed the fundamental bubble in Startupland. "A

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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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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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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. billion.

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

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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Founder Dilution

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I saw a blog post this weekend that looked at the IPO filings of 79 tech companies and calculated the ownerships of the founders and the VCs at IPO. The result of that analysis is that the average founder ownership at IPO was 17% and the average VC ownership at IPO was 56%. entrepreneurship VC & Technology

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)?

What Is Going To Happen In 2017

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The IPO market, led by Snapchat, will be white hot. Look for entrepreneurs and the VCs that back them to have IPO fever in 2017. I expect we will see more tech IPOs in 2017 than we have since 2000. blockchain crypto economics enterprise entrepreneurship genetics machine learning policy Politics stocks VC & Technology

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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.

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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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. A rebounding IPO market In total, venture-backed IPOs raised $11.2

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


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. I 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.). Calendaring. 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.

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. 12.5%

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. I couldn’t ask Alex specifically about the IPO or future plans but wanted to get some more info on a company that gets less press than your typical social app but is poised for an amazing run.

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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. I 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

A Look Back At The Billion Dollar Leveraged Loans To Uber and Airbnb


Uber Technologies Inc. billion, has watched Uber Technologies Inc. Leveraged Loan Pre-IPO Startup High Risk Lending startups Uber Uber 2017That is America. That is capital markets. God bless it so long as it does not explode and effect anyone. has raised $1.15 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. participating, according to the person.


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.

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.

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.