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Cocktails & Conversations: Why Companies No Longer Need To Go Public
Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)
Why Companies No Longer Need To Go Public
The path to providing shareholder liquidity is a major consideration for every startup. Historically, companies seeking to provide liquidity (while remaining independent) have opted to pursue an initial public offering. Today, however, many of the most exciting venture-backed startups are staying private for a longer period of time, or are choosing not to go public at all – creating major liquidity challenges for their shareholders.
Please join SecondMarket for an evening of Cocktails & Conversations, and a discussion on alternative paths for shareholder liquidity. Our panel of experts will explore how private companies are now using the secondary markets to provide liquidity to their shareholders, without going public. Additionally, our panel will provide insights on best practices for maximizing employee retention, while minimizing the effects of common pitfalls such as impacting option pricing.
- Rand Fishkin, CEO, SEOmoz
- Greg Gottesman, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
- Jeff Thomas, Senior Vice President, SecondMarket
Moderator: Craig E. Sherman, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Should you have any questions, please contact SecondMarket at email@example.com.