IPO and Liquidity Events

Learn about all types of liquidity events, from tender offers to IPOs, the impact they have on your shareholders and how to successfully complete a liquidity event.

  • Are Direct Public Offerings the Latest Silicon Valley Disruption?

    Are Direct Public Offerings the Latest Silicon Valley Disruption?

    Among this year’s highly anticipated lineup of unicorn public offerings, one stood out from the rest. Following Spotify’s 2018 direct public offering (DPO) success, Slack became the second...

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  • Stock Option Lending: The Fastest Growing Market in the Private Company Liquidity Toolbox

    Stock Option Lending: The Fastest Growing Market in the Private Company Liquidity Toolbox

    At this point, it has been incredibly well documented how private companies are taking longer to make the leap and launch into the public arena. Despite the recent run of IPOs that resulted in...

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  • The Journey from Startup to IPO

    The Journey from Startup to IPO

    The lifecycle of a private company is evolving. Over the last two decades, the timeline for companies to seek an entry to the public market has doubled from 6 to 12 years. 2019 has seen...

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  • US Government Shutdown Stalls Hot IPO Market

    US Government Shutdown Stalls Hot IPO Market

    At the end of 2018 there was almost unprecedented enthusiasm about the potential for the IPO market in 2019. Several household technology names were rumored to be preparing to list as soon as Q1,...

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  • Delivering the Tools to Grow From Seed to IPO

    Delivering the Tools to Grow From Seed to IPO

    As Shareworks continues to invest in products and partnerships to serve our private company clients, we are excited to announce an expansion of our work with the Long Term Stock Exchange (LTSE)....

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  • IPO or Bust! The SEC Wants More Companies to IPO and They’re Prepared to Help

    IPO or Bust! The SEC Wants More Companies to IPO and They’re Prepared to Help

    The SEC is back in action and the message is clear: they want more private companies to go public. To help facilitate this goal, this week the SEC proposed allowing private companies of all sizes...

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  • The Pragmatic Guide to Startup Valuation

    The Pragmatic Guide to Startup Valuation

    Startup valuation is a very nuanced topic. Everybody says it’s both an art and a science, and many smart people have written posts to try and articulate the method behind the madness. But at the...

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  • Convert equity to liquidity as easily as your public counterparts with Shareworks Liquidity.

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  • Do I really need an expensive 409A valuation report to tell me that my startup is worth nothing?

    Do I really need an expensive 409A valuation report to tell me that my startup is worth nothing?

    For many startups, the short answer is “no.” Some startups can create their own 409A valuation report for $0 using a DIY 409A calculator we built. This calculator will build your entire report for...

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  • Tender Offers Done Right: Six Steps to Success

    Tender Offers Done Right: Six Steps to Success

    As the average lifespan of VC-backed private companies continues to grow – 11 years at last count – it’s understandable that employees grow anxious for the opportunity to cash out their shares...

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  • Wealth of Capital Available to Private Companies Continues to Delay IPOs

    Wealth of Capital Available to Private Companies Continues to Delay IPOs

    The second quarter of 2018 was the fifth quarter in a row with over 10 venture-backed IPOs. While this is great news, it is still fairly insignificant when compared to the number of private...

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  • Increase Morale and Productivity with a Tender Offer

    Increase Morale and Productivity with a Tender Offer

    Employee stock options and shares can attract, retain and reward the talent you need to grow your business, but they can also lead to challenges for private companies, particularly if an exit...

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  • 409A Valuations vs Venture Valuations

    409A Valuations vs Venture Valuations

    In my career, there is one question I’ve answered more than any other. What is the difference between a 409A valuation and a venture capital (VC) valuation? I’d wager I’m one of the world’s top...

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  • 6 Equity Dilution Terms Every Founder Needs to Know

    6 Equity Dilution Terms Every Founder Needs to Know

    Equity dilution is one of those subjects that always has people looking for a secret cheat sheet. Founders find themselves asking the question, “How can I prevent dilution?” And most experts would...

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  • IPO Journey Workbook: Your Map to Success

    IPO Journey Workbook: Your Map to Success

    The IPO team is comprised of diverse contributors from across your organization — from the Board of Directors to Finance and HR — and each has a unique set of responsibilities. Check out our IPO...

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  • The Basics of Convertible Notes: Convertible Note Terms

    The Basics of Convertible Notes: Convertible Note Terms

    The word term has several meanings. It might mean a period of time. It could refer to terminology, like the jargon in a specific industry, or it can refer to a series of agreements, as in, “those...

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  • Why Experience Matters in Your 409A Provider

    Why Experience Matters in Your 409A Provider

    Experience. It’s what you’re paying for when you hire an attorney, your accountant, or even a plumber. And it’s no different when it comes to choosing a 409A provider for your company’s 409A...

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  • How to Find the Right 409A Provider…and Why It Really Matters

    How to Find the Right 409A Provider…and Why It Really Matters

    So, you’re a new startup and you want to attract the best talent – the crème de la crème of the industry. How do you convince them to join your company in a competitive hiring market? Why not...

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  • The IPO Strikes Back

    The IPO Strikes Back

    Growing a company? Hard. Hiring, motivating and retaining employees? Hard.  Preparing your company for an IPO?  Really hard. Finding the right IPO guidebook? Easy.   Equity administration is...

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  • Is a Tender Offer Right for You?

    Is a Tender Offer Right for You?

    In this age of companies staying private longer, some private companies still have their sights clearly set on an IPO. Some are in “maybe someday” mode, while others may never choose to take the...

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  • 409A Made Simple: Understanding Your Company’s Valuation

    409A Made Simple: Understanding Your Company’s Valuation

    Explore Shareworks Valuation Services If you’re a startup that grants stock options to its employees, chances are you’ve heard of 409A, a section of the US tax code that’s been around since 2004.

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