Intel succeeded to roll out Mobileye as a publicly traded company was good news for the technology exit market. But a single successful spin-out of a company is not a sign that the technology debuts in the public market are back.
Indeed, with news that Instacart is now pushing for an IPO in 2023, the upcoming tech exit calendar (aside from M&A) is more than weak. It’s dying.
Perhaps that’s why the Twitter-Musk saga—an anti-IPO in the sense that we’re seeing the social media company go private—is consuming so much oxygen: There’s not much else going on when it comes to fascinating exits. Well, UserTesting sales aside, I guess.
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Our concern is understanding when IPOs can return, as they can provide another method for late-stage startups to raise capital. Currently, there is concern that some unicorns cannot be invested and therefore will die. More capital for the cohort of multibillion-dollar startups could ease some of that pressure, not to mention confirming the new startup stock price chart.