With Twitter’s recent IPO success, other technology executives have become quite optimistic, seeing strong potential for success with their ventures.
Looking ahead, we could well see the likes of Box, Square and Airbnb going public in the not too distant future. Since IPOs are common exit strategies for early stage investors, venture capitalists enthusiastically pursue this route, with many already in informal talks with investment banking firms.
In 2013, it looks as if profits aren’t everything after the Twitter IPO. Box has been valued at over $1 billion, but it still hasn’t been declared profitable. Square isn’t expected to be profitable until 2015. Airbnb has also declined to comment on whether it is profitable.
In contrast, Dropbox founder Drew Houston said “[an IPO is] not something we have to think about right now”, with a $4 billion valuation and cash still in the bank from previous fundraising. Pinterest founder Ben Silbermann has also shaken off IPO rumours for his company, which has been privately valued at around $3.8 billion.
While the markets are expected to calm during thanksgiving, many speculate more tech startups will take aim and go public in the future, following Twitter’s public fundraising worth almost $2 billion. (Image of Twitter’s HQ courtesy of Twitter Inc.)