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May 17, 2005

The Art of Non-IPO IPO

I didn't think of the latest $200M investment in Vonage as a non-IPO IPO, but with SarbOx regulations costing so much in time, money and reporting infrastructure, it makes sense. Unfortunately, it moves the "IPO" market even further out of the reach of small investors.

Vonage is just the latest company to participate in a “private IPO,” a way for a startup to raise capital for operations and for founders and executives to cash out of the startup without having to trade shares publicly. Internet advertising firm Fastclick and online poster merchant Art.com, two small but profitable companies, also went this route recently because their founders were eager to get paid without the time, expense, and uncertainty of going to the public markets. Michael Copeland writes in Business 2.0!

 

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Posted on May 17, 2005 04:33 PM by vonage431.
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