In the old days, every entrepreneur dreamed of easily taking their startup public, and making it big. Today the rate of startups going public (IPO – Initial Public Offering) is up from the dead zone, but is still half the rate of 15 years ago. Smart entrepreneurs are just now starting to look at this […]
Yeah, I said it. Reading all of the media and press about startups, their capital raises and sky-high valuations, just scratches the surface of how this game really works. If I wasn’t in the industry and investing in companies, I would probably be a hater too. So, let’s start by getting the basics out of […]
How many times have you asked a startup how they’re doing, just to hear “Doing great, killin’ it!”?
The first quarter of 2014 has experienced the largest number of IPOs in the past decade, compared to first-quarter data from previous years. With the JOBS Act in place and an improved economy, the accelerated pace is not expected to slow down. If you are building a company today, you may want to consider whether […]
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. “If Facebook, Yelp and Twitter can do it, then why not me?” […]
Regardless of the strategy you choose – IPO, sell or stay private – the best possible outcome for your company is to “make a dent in the Universe,” as Steve Jobs would say. While Apple was changing the way the world consumes entertainment, it was also changing the net worth of the founding team. The […]
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 offer of $1.5 billion from eBay later that year, Coupons.com made the decision to […]
At Boxworks 2013, Box CFO Dylan Smith led a lively discussion with a panel of Silicon Valley investors from newcomers The Social+Capital Partnership to blue chip General Atlantic. The Future of Venture Capital: With so many VCs entering the full-service arena, the question was poised: is VC now a platform offering a multitude of services […]
Following last week’s piece on the Largest Series A Rounds of all time, we take a look at the largest Series B rounds this week. Armed with some publicly available data from our friends at CrunchBase, I broke down the 10 largest Series B rounds of all time in the US. I have included some additional information […]
Recently, there has much chatter about the juiced and jumbo Series A rounds. Inspired by these discussions and armed with some publicly available data from our friends at CrunchBase, I broke down the 10 largest series A rounds of all time.
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, usually dilutes your equity to a tiny fraction, and takes away all your entrepreneurial control. Consider the recent […]