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Angels, Dragons and Vultures: How to Tame Your Investors And Not Lose Your Company by Simon Acland

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IPOS

This section on IPOs has been a long time coming. So it’s a bit like an IPO itself. The IPO – the initial public offering, or in European terminology the stock exchange flotation – is often perceived as the pinnacle of success for a venture capital investment.

Why is an IPO better than a trade sale? Indeed, is it?

The perception that an IPO is the ultimate goal is based on a number of things. First of all, the biggest venture-backed successes have culminated in IPOs: Microsoft, Cisco, Apple, Oracle, Intel, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Google, and so on. These examples come to mind partly because the names of those companies continue in the public arena, whereas a company that is bought loses its name and its separate identity and gets obscured ...

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