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. Hitting an Innovation wall doesn’t have to be the fate of all companies post-IPO, you just have to train your investors properly. Hitting an Innovation wall doesn't have to be the fate of all companies post-IPO, you just have to train your investors properly.

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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. In Skirting the Issues: Evidence of Gender Bias in IPO Prospectus Evaluator s, the report authors concluded that the “lack of female-led IPOs suggests a potentially larger problem — a gender-based capital gap for new ventures.”

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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. But do you know how your executive compensation package will change as a result of becoming an employee of a public company? […]. CEO Insider

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The Strategy Question at the Center of Lyft’s IPO

Harvard Business

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

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3 Tips to Elevate Your Brand

CEO Insider

CEO Insider Influence Insider Informal Leadership Insider Innovation Insider Intellectual Property Insider International Business Insider Internet Insider IPO Insider IT Insider Job Search Insider Joint Ventures InsiderThe best way to make your product high end is to price it at a premium.

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3 Ways You Can Be as Innovative as Steve Jobs

CEO Insider

CEO Insider Influence Insider Informal Leadership Insider Innovation Insider Intellectual Property Insider International Business Insider Internet Insider IPO Insider IT Insider Job Search Insider Joint Ventures InsiderInnovation can transform your business, but it won’t just happen randomly.

IPO Fever, and Do Bullies Make Good Bosses?

Harvard Business

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.

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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. There are several people out there who are vying for your attention and stories like Facebook IPO is a great way to DEMAND that attention. Main Page facebook facebook IPO lessons startups Time ManagementWarning : This is blog post #1762 on this blog. This blog post falls into the 0.1%

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The SPAC Bubble Is About to Burst

Harvard Business

Financial markets IPO Digital ArticleLimited oversight, tons of money, and hype for days. What could go wrong?

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

Harvard Business

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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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. One of the chief concerns that any entrepreneur may have when considering an IPO is that they are effectively selling their company. IPOs have huge costs and risks.

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

Harvard Business

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

Beyond Meat, and Facebook’s Pivot to Privacy

Harvard Business

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.

Three Headwinds for Facebook's IPO

Harvard Business Review

And despite all of Facebook's user support, investors should be skeptical of the company's pricey IPO. There is a lot of emotion behind the Facebook IPO. Whether Facebook IPOs for 80B or 100B, the venture funds that invested prior to 2011 will have plenty of capital to return to their limited partners. I don't mean to suggest it will fall 70% in value after its IPO pop. I am not pessimistic about Facebook's future.

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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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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. It has also helped shape the practice of management.

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

Harvard Business

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.

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. As was widely reported, Mark Zuckerberg's own distractions running Facebook left him relatively uninvolved, even missing a key pre-IPO teleconference with analysts, as reported in The Wall Street Journal , making it hard for the IPO process to stay on track and causing delays and disruptions.

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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?

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. And, as The Wall Street Journal reports, the Lending Club IPO will likely be followed by public offerings by similar lenders, some even more focused on the small business credit market.

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.


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.

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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Beyond the Transaction: How to Make Business Shifts Successful

CEO Insider

Consider this: Dealogic reports there were 175 Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) in 2019, while 47 firms were taken private. Lots of companies move from private to public and public to private.

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Doing Well By Doing Good With Darrin Williams, CEO Southern Bancorp

N2Growth Blog

Should Southern Bancorp consider a public offering in the red-hot IPO NYSE market? Darrin Williams , CEO of Southern Bancorp, may have been a little surprised when a world-class business school professor came knocking at his door.

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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. There are now more than 5,000 benefit entities in the United States, and 2017 witnessed the first IPO of a Delaware benefit corporation.

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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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. Brad Szollose is the foremost expert on cross-generational leadership development strategies and the award-winning author of Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia.

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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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How to source funds to expand your business

Strategy Driven

The goal is to gain equity, help the company grow and then sell it or when it goes very well, do an IPO. As a small or medium enterprise business owner, you are probably always looking for growth opportunities.

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. With that in mind, I went through all of the research-related articles published on Women on Business during 2012 and pulled together 20 articles that provide the most compelling data.

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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.” Confidence, inclusivity, and knowledge — those are three of the predominant themes researchers from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School found when studying sound bites and statistics related to women business leaders.

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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). Exit and Succession planning are big topics on our Tuesday show with Tom Siders and Jeff Johnson. Gary Cohen and Rick Diamond from CO2 Partners Join Jeff Johnson on The Business Forum Show.

Why Business Owners Should Detatch From Banks

Strategy Driven

It can involve investors, the public in the form of an IPO, or even, family members that are backing you. As a business owner, working with your bank to fund, run and grow your business seems like it’s natural right? Well, it is, and it isn’t.

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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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. When I participate in a webinar, I am especially excited when the host provides opportunities for me to truly interact with him or her and with the other participants.

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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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). Best known for its aquatic shows featuring Shamu the killer whale , SeaWorld's IPO filing specifies that a key future growth strategy will be to "expand in-park per capita spending through new and enhanced offerings.by Marketing IPOSeaWorld Entertainment Inc.,

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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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. If you are a CEO or if you been working in corporate America, you probably have had some involvement with the Board of Directors – either advising them or being advised by them. If you already serve on a Board of Directors, do you think you’re really making an impact? Is your involvement making a […].

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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. Case believes we are now entering the Third Wave of the Internet. The First Wave was building the Internet. The Second Wave was building on top of the Internet.

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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. Actually, even if this is your choice you still need to pick from #1 or #2 until the company is in good shape for sale or IPO.

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