11 Big Ideas to Watch in 2011

Yoko Furusho
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6. An IPO Comeback

Public offerings were quite comatose during the recession—and the venture capital industry, which depends on public offerings to keep funding start-ups, was loudly wailing about its future. But IPOs appear to be on their way back, thanks to Tesla, whose stock price has skyrocketed over the past few months. Kayak and Skype have already announced their intentions to go public and there are a host of other companies—LinkedIn, Zynga, and Groupon—rumored to go that route in the near future.