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There are 472 venture capital- and private equity-backed technology companies in the United States today with valuations, real or rumored, of greater than $100 million. The Tech IPO Pipeline sheds light on what industries the most promising private companies are targeting, where they are based, who has invested in them and more. Before we dive in to the data, it should be clearly noted that not all 472 of these firms will make it to an IPO. Some have just crossed the $100 million valuation threshold and still have a lot of work to do before they are deemed public market worthy. Others among this 472 will be acquired along the way or will never actually breakthrough to the level needed to be considered IPO-worthy. And some will just falter and get out-executed and will never see a liquidity event.
In today's economy, it's easier than ever to start a company: with the rise of angel investors and crowdfunding, raising money has never been easier -- while technological changes mean startups need only a fraction as much cash as they used to. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean there's less risk. In fact, the risk equation has simply moved from the startup phase to the endgame. As IPOs become increasingly rare, more and more emerging companies are looking to be acquired - but there can't possibly be buyers for them all. So we asked 6 of the most prominent venture capitalists what today's startups and high-growth companies can do to manage risk and boost their odds for eventual success -- and to back up those insights with real-world examples from their portfolio companies. Download "Growing Your Business In The Modern Economy: 6 VCs Weigh In"
'Rich Man's Crowd Funding' Private Equity, funds, angel networks and broker dealers are embracing the technology underpinning crowdfunding with its standards of deal presentation and distribution channels to potential investors. According to Jouko Ahvenainen, Chairman and co-founder of Grow VC, “At Grow VC Group we work with many broker dealers to offer our platform as a service for their use. How To Go Public Without Middlemen: Top 2 Options Direct Public Offerings (DPO) come in various formats that entrepreneurs can utilize to go public without broker dealers or costly compliance costs.