Blog Article | Sven Weber
Posted: January 18, 2017

2016: Banner Year For Exits In Private Tech Growth Asset Class

IPOs may steal all of the headlines, but when it comes the liquidity of venture-backed tech companies, M&A exits remains the bread and butter of the industry.

In 2016, that was absolutely true.

While the number of VC-backed tech IPOs went down, current Pitchbook data shows that corporations paid over $60 billion in 2016 to acquire US-based technology companies. Impressively, the mean price of the acquired companies rose more than 40%, and the median consideration doubled, according to Pitchbook.

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Blog Article | Greg Brogger
Posted: September 19, 2016

What Selling Shareholders Should Know

An ever-increasing number of shareholders of late-stage private companies are seeking liquidity, and with good reason. As companies stay private longer and longer, the lack of liquidity, and its converse, over concentration in a single stock becomes even more burdensome.

For the great majority, though, it is their first time selling private company shares, and the process can be quite daunting. Selling shareholders must: (1) Analyze limited information to value their shares; (2) Source and negotiate with multiple potential buyers; (3) Retain or have the legal expertise to comply with securities laws, document the transaction and conform to the issuer’s unique transfer protocols. Even where a seller has access to these resources, finding the time needed to manage these tasks is frequently a problem.Continue Reading
Blog Article | Greg Brogger
Posted: August 16, 2016

SharesPost Launches Research Team

The Private Market Gets More Transparent

At SharesPost, we believe that the more information and analysis private market investors have access to, the better the private market will be.

Over the last few years, our market has moved slowly but steadily in the direction of greater transparency. That’s primarily because leading late-stage growth companies have gotten gradually more comfortable with disclosure, but much remains to be done.Continue Reading
Blog Article | Greg Brogger
Posted: September 15, 2015

Stock Options and the New Silicon Valley

For decades, a key part of the success of Silicon Valley companies has been employee ownership. Granting stock options attracted the most talented employees and motivated them to work tirelessly in pursuit of an IPO enabled cash-out. Now though, private companies are staying private much longer and so the appeal of stock options is diminishing. Because of the recent market volatility, more IPOs are likely to be delayed, further dimming the hopes of employees looking for public market liquidity . Faced with that reality, what are smart private companies doing to reestablish the lure of equity ownership?Continue Reading
Blog Article | Greg Brogger
Posted: July 17, 2015

Fear the Bubble? Then Embrace Transparency and Liquidity

Silicon valley is abuzz with bubble talk.

It’s the VC conversation starter of choice these days. Frequently, the topic segues into unease about the increasing competition for deals from Valley newcomers. The argument goes that the new investors are inflating a bubble in the venture asset class by bidding up valuations. Often there is nostalgia for the days when investment in the best private growth companies was essentially a private matter involving only a small group of bankers and venture capitalists.Continue Reading
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Greg Brogger

Greg Brogger is the CEO and Founder of SharesPost, Inc. He founded SharesPost in early 2009 to bring transparency, efficiency and scale to private securities transactions.
Sven Weber
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Sven Weber

Sven Weber is a managing director of SharesPost’s SEC-registered investment advisor, SP Investments Management, LLC and responsible for the management of SharesPost investment vehicles. Sven is also the president and a trustee of the SharesPost 100 Fund.
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