Making It Easier For Startups To Cash Out
from the moving-forward dept
The new plan, from a company called InsideVenture and backed by a bunch of VCs is what they're calling a "hybrid public-private offering," nicknamed a "Hippo." And it is basically just what it sounds like -- a mix between a private fundraising and a public market. Companies that go through the process will file the standard earnings reports with the SEC -- but the initial shares will be sold to member investors prior to the offering being final. I'm all for experiments of this nature, though there certainly are questions about whether or not this will really catch on. Many may see it as "what a company does if it can't IPO" which could attach a stigma to companies that go this route. Also, I still think that the old "quarterly reports" system needs a reboot involving radical transparency, so I'm not sure that reinforcing the old quarterly report system (which stunts long term vision for short term results) is really such a good idea.