0404 | Do IPOs Hurt Innovation?


Interesting new research from Shai Bernstein at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business suggests that companies that go public experience a significant decline in innovation post-IPO. Innovation innovation IPO LDRLB Podcast

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Research Identifies Green Ceiling for Women Seeking IPO Investors

Women on Business

In a study conducted by the David Eccles School of Business , a male and female research team found that investors are less likely to back an IPO from a company led by a woman than a company led by a male.

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Executive Compensation in a Pre-IPO Company

CEO Insider

The startup you work for is gaining acceptance in the market and with remarkable growth, you are now eyeing the prospects of an IPO. The fruits of your team’s labor are at hand.

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Lessons from Facebook IPO that Startups Can Use

Rajesh Setty

The profound lessons that startups can learn from Facebook IPO. Tomorrow is the Facebook IPO and I am not expert enough to predict what is going to happen. Main Page facebook facebook IPO lessons startups Time ManagementWarning : This is blog post #1762 on this blog.

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The Strategy Question at the Center of Lyft’s IPO

Harvard Business Review

IPO Competitive strategy Internet Digital ArticleWhy are some networks so much more profitable than others?

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How startups can use reverse mergers to go public

Strategy Driven

When it comes to fulfilling this end, the usual route to going public involves an initial public offering , also known as an IPO. IPOs can confer great benefits on companies that are able to go through them. But IPOs also come with some steep costs and excessive risks.

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IPO Fever, and Do Bullies Make Good Bosses?

Harvard Business Review

IPO Economics & Society Leadership & Managing people AudioYoungme, Felix, and Mihir discuss why so many high-profile companies (Uber, Lyft, Pinterest, Airbnb, Slack, Postmates, Casper, Peloton, etc.) are planning to go public this year. They also debate whether it’s acceptable for bosses to throw temper tantrums at work.


How Google Has Changed Management, 10 Years After its IPO

Harvard Business Review

Schmidt himself recounted part of his experience at Google in a 2010 article , which describes at length the company’s “quirky” Dutch auction IPO. Google went public 10 years ago today, and since then has dramatically changed the way the world accesses information.

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If Snap’s Strategy Is Building New Products, It Won’t Live Up to Its IPO Price

Harvard Business Review

In light of Snap’s IPO , there has been an immense amount of speculation about the long-term viability of the company’s strategy. IPO Disruptive innovation Business models Social platforms Digital Article

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The Five Proofs of Facebook's IPO

Harvard Business Review

The record-breaking Facebook IPO proves a number of things. Now back to the IPO. He will be a mega-billionaire after the IPO. But one thing it won't prove is that investors who buy now will get wealthy. Facebook's success confirms these ideas: The value of networks. Networks become more valuable as the number of users increases. As the largest undifferentiated network that anyone can join, Facebook's value comes from the fact that anyone can join.

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What the Lending Club IPO Means for Business

Harvard Business Review

Lending Club, a San Francisco-based peer-to-peer lending start-up, filed for an IPO yesterday, hoping to raise half a billion dollars at a $5 billion valuation.

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The Right Way to Run an IPO Road Show

Harvard Business Review

— from private equity to hedge funds to IPOs. In today's see-saw economy, just as important as the timing of your IPO is being prepared and spot-on with your messaging. Over the past 17 years I've worked with hundreds of executives to raise billions of dollars.

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No, WeWork Isn’t a Tech Company. Here’s Why That Matters

Harvard Business Review

IPO Financial analysis Business models Digital ArticleThe kind of company it is influences investors and its valuation.

The Flawed Premise Behind the Candy Crush IPO

Harvard Business Review

As you may know, King Digital, the company behind the blockbuster game Candy Crush Saga , is about to IPO. Jim Surowiecki in the New Yorker and Felix Salmon at Reuters (and many, many others) have analyzed the IPO. Salmon thinks that the market is so frothy that companies have to have a credible plan to IPO just to seem viable as an acquisition. The company is seeking a valuation of up to $7.6 billion.

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Yelp's IPO Will Test the Flaws in Its Business Model

Harvard Business Review

Yelp's IPO filing comes hot on the heels of successful IPOs and high valuations for Angie's List and Groupon. Yelp's timing reflects both a tech-friendly market and the company's current position as the dominant consumer-review web site. Yelp has 22 million reviews, and the supposedly imminent onslaught of competing review sites has yet to materialize. But is Yelp really poised for long-run success?

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Beyond Meat, and Facebook’s Pivot to Privacy

Harvard Business Review

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir talk about the Beyond Meat IPO and whether plant-based meat alternatives like Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger will become mass-market products. Growth strategy Social platforms Economics & Society IPO AudioThey then discuss Facebook’s announcement that it is pivoting to put greater emphasis on user privacy.

To Be a Fly on the Wall at Facebook on IPO Day

Harvard Business Review

I had a front row seat to one of the most successful IPO's of the dot-com boom. On day one, because we did not yet have a general counsel, the company told me — the only ex-lawyer then on staff — to manage the IPO. Because of the phenomenal technology, timing and team, the Akamai IPO became one of the most successful IPOs of that era. So what actually happens inside a company on IPO day? Facebook "goes public" tomorrow.

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Why Investors Who Bought Groupon's IPO May Be Disappointed

Harvard Business Review

After a barrage of Hollywood-worthy hype, shares of Groupon started trading last Friday. Priced at $20 per share, the stock ended the day at $26.10, resulting in a $15.7 billion market valuation. The crux of Groupon's business model involves offering highly-discounted deals to subscribers by email. Consumers, of course, love big discounts. But for Groupon to prosper, participating businesses must find these deals rewarding too.

Uber Prepares to Go Public, and China’s Social Credit System

Harvard Business Review

IPO International business AudioYoungme Moon, Mihir Desai, and Felix Oberholzer-Gee discuss how much Uber is worth as it prepares to go public, before debating China’s controversial Social Credit system. They also share their After Hours picks for the week. Download this podcast. You can email your comments and ideas for future episodes to: harvardafterhours@gmail.com.

Preview Thursday: Benefit Corporation Law and Governance: Pursuing Profit with Purpose

Lead Change Blog

I spent almost 30 years as a lawyer in private practice, advising business leaders on Delaware corporate law issues – addressing matters like preferred stock financings, IPOs, mergers, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, corporate governance and fiduciary issues.

0801 | How To Work With Millennials with Brad Szollose


Brad is a former C-level executive of a publicly traded company that he co-founded which went from entrepreneurial start-up to IPO in less than three years.

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2012 Women in Business and the Gender Gap Research and Statistics

Women on Business

Research Identifies “Green Ceiling” for Women Seeking IPO Investors. The year is almost over, and as we prepare to enter 2013, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the data that quantifies the gender gap that women in business face.

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No One Asked My Opinion…But $100 Billion for What?

Management Excellence

As of this writing, the world is abuzz with the expected Facebook IPO. The number $100 billion is being floated and passed around (probably by those who stand to benefit from a big IPO), and whether real or wild speculation, that’s a number that gives one cause to pause.

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Why Good-Better-Best Prices Are So Effective

Harvard Business Review

operator of theme parks including SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, recently filed for an initial public offering (IPO). Marketing IPOSeaWorld Entertainment Inc.,

Peter J. Boni: Part 2 of an interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

During his career, he added nearly $5 billion of value as a science and technology CEO (public, private, IPO), consultant, director, and private equity/venture capital investor. Peter J. Boni has advanced by taking on the tough assignments of repositioning organizations that had run aground. His firms were recognized on the Inc. 500, Software 100, Fast […].

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Peter J. Boni: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

During his career, he added nearly $5 billion of value as a science and technology CEO (public, private, IPO), consultant, director, and private equity/venture capital investor. Peter J. Boni has advanced by taking on the tough assignments of repositioning organizations that had run aground. His firms were recognized on the Inc. 500, Software 100, Fast […].

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Why We Must Find Our Distinctive Strengths

Lead Change Blog

She is Vivienne Harr , an 11-year-old who has raised more than $100,000 to fight human trafficking, rang the starting bell at the New York Stock Exchange for the Twitter IPO, and developed an app called Stand which allows people to find and help various causes.

Exit and Succession Planning


All the details of their sale of the company through an IPO (Initial Public Offering) and how it changed their lives. by Gary Cohen. The Business Forum Show Jeff Johnson (L), Rick Diamond (M) and Gary Cohen (R).

Sound Bites and Statistic from Women Business Leaders

Women on Business

According to the infographic the University of North Carolina researchers put together to visually communicate the data and quotes they collected, “Companies with more equalized gender distribution have 30 percent better IPOs.”

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063: How to Make an Impact on a Corporate Board of Directors | with Betsy Atkins

Engaging Leader

and International companies, experiencing 11 IPO’s, three bankruptcies, many CEO changes, acquisitions, divestitures, “go private’s” and mergers of equals.

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When the Leader Needs Help

Great Leadership By Dan

If you’ve got outside funders, they’re demanding more and better financial reporting from you, and your board is starting to breathe down your neck about preparing for an IPO.

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Top Online Jobs for Freelancers Revealed

Women on Business

Facebook jobs saw 11% growth, which is a big change from the 14% drop in Facebook jobs experienced during the second quarter or 2012 following the company’s poor IPO. A new report from Freelancer.com reveals the top online jobs for freelance workers based on findings from an analysis of over a quarter million jobs completed during the third quarter of 2012 on the site. Key Findings for Top Online Jobs for Freelancers.

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View from the 40th Floor: Change at the Top and Bottom

Decker Communication

It means being an excellent communicator in every facet of business life, from short rides on the elevator to IPO roadshows, from team meetings to industry events, and everything in between. (Part 4 of a series by Bert Decker ). “If we don’t change our model, we are going to crash.”

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10 (+1) Dumb Leadership Mistakes from Recent Headlines

Great Leadership By Dan

Don’t launch an IPO and get married in the same week. Come on now, how hard can it be to be a great leader? It seems the bar keeps getting lower and lower every day. All you need to do is browse the headlines and you’ll easily come up with examples of what not to do as a leader. Just follow these hopefully easy to adhere to rules, do a reasonable good job, and you’ll be running your organization in no time: 1. Don’t drop too many F-bombs at work.

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Why the Rules of the Entrepreneurial Game Are Changing

Leading Blog

Internet traffic and was the first Internet IPO. T HERE WAS A TIME when AOL was how most Americans got online. Co-founded by Steve Case, American Online at its peak handled nearly half of U.S. From his unique vantage point, Case shares his playbook for the future in The Third Wave.

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Hackers and Hummingbirds: Leadership Lessons from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Terry Starbucker

In his IPO letter Mark Zuckerberg wrote: “I started off by writing the first version of Facebook myself because it was something I wanted to exist.

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Geoffrey Moore: A third interview, by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Geoffrey Moore is Managing Director, Geoffrey Moore Consulting; a venture partner with Mohr Davidow Ventures, Chairman Emeritus, TCG Advisors, The Chasm Institute and The Chasm Group; and a member of the Board of Directors, Akamai Technologies and several pre-IPO Companies.

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Making the Turn: 10 Warning Signs You aren’t Shifting from Founder to Leader

N2Growth Blog

Maybe you’re prepping for the IPO. By Thomas Brattle Gannett and Dr. Greg Giuliano. You came up with an awesome idea. Your singular focus has been to make it real. You started a company. You got funding. Maybe you’re looking for Series B or C funding now. Congratulations!

How Bad Leadership Helped Launch Intel, the Silicon Valley and Venture Capital

Modern Servant Leader

or returns massive investments (look at Intel Stock since IPO), what do you do? We spend a lot of time here at MSL covering great leadership – servant leadership.

Transformational Growth and Disruptive Change: 4 Principles to Guide You

Marshall Goldsmith

Pinterest today engages more than 200 million users and this fall reached a pre-IPO market value of over $12 billion. Dear readers!

One blind spot to avoid in your quest to be true to yourself

Rajesh Setty

You are a serial entrepreneur that has taken a couple of companies to IPO and you have your tongue pierced. You would have heard (generally from motivational speakers) about the need to be true to yourself. Common terms used are: Be yourself. Be true to yourself.

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Early Exits - CEO Blog - Time Leadership

CEO Blog

His thesis is that most businesses sell in the $10-30M range so it is best for angel investors to push for a sale at that point which can provide a great return for the angels and for the entrepreneurs rather than holding on, raising VC funds and trying for the big IPO or $100M+ sale. CEO Blog - Time Leadership Monday, November 15, 2010 Early Exits Angel investors and VCs all like to sell one of their portfolio companies. This is called the exit.

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm … on “Good Company”

The Practical Leader

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