IPO Advice from Inc. 5000 CEOs

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Don't Be a Rebel

Marin Software
Rank: 665
Three-year growth: 691.3%
2012 Revenue: $59.6 million

“Many entrepreneurs live by a "no rules" or "that doesn’t apply to me" mentality. Going public is not the time to demonstrate how much of a rebel you can be. Instead, you need to respect the process and the expectations of how things, both big and little, are done. With the exception of funerals, I wore a tie for the first time in many years during our IPO roadshow.” --Chris Lien, CEO and Founder