Think Bigger. Think IPO.
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We’re still basking in the memories of last night’s Think Bigger. Think IPO. conference. More than 100 founders and CEOs came to the Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park for panel discussions featuring top venture capitalists and senior executives of companies that have recently gone public.
Here’s some of the great coverage of the event:
PandoDaily’s Sarah Lacy wrote about the discussion around the secondary markets, noting the remark by Sequoia Capital’s Doug Leone that “the secondary door is shut for Sequoia companies.”
Last night, Wealthfront pulled together a surprising number of big names in the Valley for a small event designed to encourage startups to think big and think IPO, not quick-and-dirty company flip.
Liz Gannes of AllThingsD wrote about the JOBS Act, which was a topic of discussion at the conference. She wrote:
The JOBS Act is “more of a perception gain,” said Benchmark Capital partner Bill Gurley, speaking on a panel on IPOs organized by Wealthfront at the Rosewood Sand Hill last night. “It’s marginal, it’s not a revolution.”
Matt Rosoff of Business Insider wrote a number of articles inspired by the event, including one commenting on the current generation of companies waiting longer to go public. Qatalyst Partners Founder and CEO Frank Quattrone asked how much room the late starts leave for public shareholders to make the same high rates of return that the shareholders in the first round of tech IPOs made.
Ari Levy of Bloomberg Businessweek covered the choices that executives face when they pick an investment bank: big brand vs. small boutique. He quoted Frank Quattrone:
Quattrone said this is the best climate for IPOs since 2000, and may even improve after President Barack Obama signs a law that eases the regulatory burden on companies preparing to go public. For his own business, he’s sticking mostly with the mergers and acquisitions market.
Big thank you to our panelists:
- Sameer Gandhi, Partner, Accel Partners
- Ken Goldman, CFO, Fortinet
- Bill Gurley, Partner, Benchmark Capital
- Jeff Jordan, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
- Doug Leone, Partner, Sequoia Capital
- Dominic Orr, President and CEO, Aruba Networks
- Tony Zingale, Chairman & CEO, Jive Software
Also a round of thanks to our moderators, Sarah Lacy and Ari Levy. Last but certainly not least, our opening act, Frank Quattrone, delivering an unforgettable presentation highlighting the history of IPOs in Silicon Valley.
See highlights of the event care of Scobleizer: ”Power-packed VC panel talks about going IPO”
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Journalist Elizabeth MacBride is Wealthfront's editor. Her work has appeared in Crain's New York, Advertising Age, the Washington Post and the Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. View all posts by Elizabeth MacBride