The Death of the IPO: A Rebuttal

John Cambier is managing partner at IDEA Fund Partners in Durham, an investor in 17 companies (one acquired), 11 in the Triangle. In the past couple of years, an unprecedented number of venture-backed companies have closed financings of $100M or more at valuations above $1 billion. This phenomenon has led to grumbling by some – most notably, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Marc Andreessen – that the “IPO is dying” and that individual investors are “missing out” on what used to be great opportunities to ride exciting young companies from their IPOs onward. His reasoning is that stifling regulations make it costly and...

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