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Feel that draft? Someone left the IPO window open!


I am fascinated by the creation of venture-backed technology and social networking companies. No point in their life cycle is more interesting or attention grabbing than the exit event. For the vast majority of companies that means an M&A event of some variety. If you’ve ever had occasion to listen to Ben Howe from America’s Growth Capital present, you’ll know the sobering historical statistic that most successful M&A events have been in the $60 to $80 million range for a very long time. That range is what makes recent and pending IPO valuations such staggering outliers. Let’s flash forward a few years. How do you think the following companies will perform post IPO? I probably should have included a ‘none of the above option’ for those of you who believe this is all irrational exuberance. Feel free to leave a comment below.

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Tim O’Loughlin

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