To IPO, or not to IPO? That is the question
Going public might be considered a rite of passage for maturing startups, but it’s not a foregone conclusion. Some businesses thrive amid the hectic pace and spotlight of an IPO and subsequent listing, while others find it a yoke around their neck.
‘To IPO or not to IPO?” is a question that keeps the founders of thriving startups awake at night. If so, when?
I have overseen three major Initial Public Offerings: Vocus, a fibre and network solutions provider that I founded in 2007; fixed wireless and wholesale network infrastructure provider Swoop; and sharing economy marketplace Airtasker.
I can confirm there is no instruction manual for getting through the complex processes and restructuring to become a listed business, but having someone around with experience certainly helps a lot.