We at inc.com can't guarantee you a favorable market for your initial public offering and riches beyond your wildest dreams, but we can help you make smart decisions along the IPO trail. This guide is a collection of tips, techniques, how-tos, and advice from the leaders of successful companies who took the IPO plunge and lived to tell about it. Also, because we realize that failure can often be the best teacher, we've assembled some cautionary tales loaded with wisdom gleaned from public offerings that either bombed or never happened. If you're banking on a zero-defect IPO, don't miss them.
Worried about all the confidential information you will have to disclose if you decide to go public? Don't be - the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will treat such information confidentially if you ask.
Even now, public markets hold a powerful appeal for entrepreneurs. But as the CEO of any public company will tell you, the IPO is no cakewalk. In fact, it's just the start of the next phase. The question of who's on your team matters more than ever.
Mitchell Jones made the decision to sell his five-year-old company on the heels of trying to buy somebody else's. The next logical step would have been an IPO, but he nixed the idea because the process would've taken too long.