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Anatomy of an IPO
Advice - On Jan. 31, 2014, the 16 year-old dot-com darling Coupons.com filed for an IPO. To put this event in perspective, PayPal was founded in the same year. While PayPal filed for their $70 million IPO in 2002 and received an acquisition...
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AlleyTalk - These days, the Zuck seems to be doling out cash and making it rain even better than the most eccentric Russian millionaires. But Facebook’s monstrous buyout of WhatsApp also proves a few things: Zuckerberg is swimming in...
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AlleyTalk - Tech start-ups may be attracting more money than ever, but that doesn't mean a billion dollar payday is easy to come by. Of all start-ups that were sold or went public in 2013, only about 1 percent garnered a billion dollars or more,...
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AlleyTalk - Sprinklr, the leading provider of native, fully integrated Social Relationship Infrastructure, announced that it has acquired Austin, Texas-based Dachis Group, the leader in social and brand analytics, creating the world’s largest...
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AlleyTalk - Facebook made the largest purchase ever of a venture-capital-backed startup when it announced that it would be buying WhatsApp, a popular messaging service. The $19 billion purchase (yes, that's billion with a 'B') dwarfs Facebook's...
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AlleyTalk - The duo behind WhatsApp were once rejected by Facebook for jobs. Reed Albergotti has more inside details on the $19 billion deal. Video not...
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Advice - I was recently asked by an entrepreneur, “What happens to the leftover option pool after an acquisition?” In short, the shares get a disappearing act. Not so fast, though! Where those shares magically disappear to is the key...
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Exits - Many entrepreneurs still dream of “going public,” making billions of dollars, and playing with the big boys. They don’t realize that this option would likely be their worst nightmare since it costs millions for the road show,...
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AlleyTalk - OK, I get it - Snapchat is popular. Apparently people loving sending others self- aggrandizing pictures of themselves. It’s hard to doubt the success of an app that caters to the generation of trendy, short attention span 20...
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AlleyTalk - After the debacle that ensued when Facebook first went public, the NYSE took every precaution to ensure that the Twitter (TWTR) IPO went smoothly. That may well be where the similarities end. Twitter enjoyed a rather spectacular first...
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Advice - “Participating” preferred stock increases the returns to investors on a sale of the company. If the liquidation preference is non-participating, it means that it is capped at the “up front” amount, so the investors holding...
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Advice - In the old days, every entrepreneur dreamed of someday taking their startup public, and making it a multi-national powerhouse. Today the rate of startups going public (IPO – Initial Public Offering) is at an all-time low, and most...
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Business - For years after the dot-com bust, many stock investors wanted to see a company turn a profit before buying shares. The hype surrounding Twitter's...
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Advice - Thinking about exiting? Grant Thornton's Andy Morgan explains the three key things you need to know when preparing your startup for exit.  Make...
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Advice - Most entrepreneurs simply approach venture capitalists asking for money "hat in hand,” without educating the investor on how they will get a 10x return on their investment. They need to see this return for your idea to break...
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Exits - In the excitement of setting up a new business, many entrepreneurs overlook one of the most vital details – their exit strategy.   When you’re no longer interested or capable of running the business yourself, or if the...

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