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EquityZen's 2018 IPO Outlook

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Catherine Klinchuch   December 07, 2017

2018 – More of the Same? 

The past year capped yet another relatively subdued year for tech IPOs, with activity still well below 2013/2014 levels despite favorable market conditions. In our view, the underlying reasons for the ongoing public offering torpor remain consistent with prior years: an abundance of capital (and high valuations) in private markets, the high costs of becoming—and remaining—a public company, analyst scrutiny, and an increase in liquidity alternatives. We believe these factors may continue to weigh on IPO volume in the year ahead.

Number of Venture Backed IPOs Since 2013
Source: Company data, EquityZen estimates