Before the IPO: 5 Items CEOs Should Have in Order

Going public doesn't always go well, and even the biggest brands can stumble when leaping this hurdle. In 2013, for example, Twitter scored huge with the fourth biggest IPO of the year, while social giant Facebook floundered with unexpectedly poor performance on the first day. Even IPOs that break records on day one aren't necessarily success stories, though (it works the other way, too, as the eventual Facebook success shows). CEOs can take action to help hedge bets leading into an IPO. Here are five areas that should be in order before going public.

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Going Public vs. Staying Private

The lure of initial public offerings (IPOs) can be tempting and an exciting time. Businesses can benefit from the increased capital, market exposure, and growth potential, but there are risks. Companies lose their privacy when they go "public". On the other hand, taking businesses private can save money but can decrease the capital that a business needs. Before going public or private, businesses should weigh the pros and cons thoroughly.

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4 Ways to Prepare for an IPO

For most entrepreneurs, the ultimate goal and often a clear sign of success is taking a private company public by virtue of an initial public offering, usually referred to by its acronym IPO. This seemingly simple transition, which involves the public sale of the company’s stock on an open exchange, has gotten increasingly complicated over the years due to frequently changing regulations. These days, public companies must pass stricter scrutiny given that the sale of stock on the public exchange allows a company to increase its access to capital as well as its liquidity, but does so at the potential risk and expense of what are generally conceived of as more average investors. With venture capital and private equity, there are less onerous expectations given that the firms and individuals involved in those types of investments tend to be of higher net worths and able to take on more risk. In light of the complexity and expense associated with taking a company public, here are four ways to prepare:

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Reverse Merger

Thanks to their speed and cost-efficiency, reverse mergers are often the method of choice for private companies to start being traded publicly without performing an initial public offering (IPO). Whether you're considering a reverse merger for your own organization or you just want to learn more about the process, here's an overview of everything you need to know.

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Biggest IPO’s of 2017

For most startups, one of the main goals is to take the company public when the time is right. This year, it seems that the startups that went public and were expected to knock it out of the park failed to do so, whereas some of the lesser known names ended up killing it. Here is a brief look at the notable IPO activity that occurred this year:

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How Frequently Does a Business Valuation Need to be Performed?

A business valuation may be performed at some point in a company’s existence for various reasons. In some cases, a business may simply wish to understand its value, but for the most part, there will be a specific reason that the valuation analysis is sought. It often relates to investment decisions, exit planning strategy, a potential sale or buyout, or because of an impending IPO.

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5 Tips for a Successful IPO

Deciding to take a company public is a huge decision, and executing a successful IPO requires a tremendous amount of dedication and hard work. Of course, the reasons a company seeks to go public as well as the timing of the launch will have a significant effect on how things turn out in the end. It is obviously incredibly important to create a solid strategy well in advance and to ensure that all existing and potential problems are identified and rectified as early as possible. Here are five tips to consider to ensure a successful IPO:

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6 Questions to Ask Before Taking your Company Public

Deciding to take your company public is a huge decision and cannot be taken lightly or executed impulsively. In general, a company will have been around for awhile and gone through a lot of ups and downs before it reaches the point that it makes sense to go public. There are clearly a lot of different factors at play when considering whether to make this transition, and it is important to remember that what is good for one company may not work for another. With that in mind, here are 6 questions to ask before taking your company public:

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The Top 5 Most Valuable Startups of the World

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the U.S. and abroad. And, with the continued success of many well-known and plenty of other not as well-known startups reaching valuations worth billions or tens of billions of dollars, that eager drive to innovate surely will not dissipate any time soon. Granted, for every startup that manages to do well, there are countless others that do not have such luck. But, this should not deter anyone with a good idea, solid financial backing, and a willingness to work hard. Here are 5 of the most valuable and unstoppable startups currently making headlines:

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5 Big Biotech IPOs of 2016

This year has not exactly been the year of the IPO. In addition to fewer overall offerings, the total value of the IPO market is far less than last year. Nonetheless, certain industries are continuing to see a fair amount of activity, and biotech in particular has done relatively well. Here are some of the big biotech IPOs of 2016:

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