By the Numbers: Are Tech IPOs Worth the Hype?

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Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) generate massive amounts of attention from investors and media alike, especially for new and fast-rising companies in the technology sector.

On the surface, the attention is warranted. Some of the most well-known tech companies have built their profile by going public, including Facebook by raising $16 billion in 2012.

But when you peel away the hype and examine investor returns from tech IPOs more closely, the reality can leave a lot to be desired.

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By the Numbers: Are Tech IPOs Worth the Hype?

Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) generate massive amounts of attention from investors and media alike, especially for new and fast-rising companies in the technology sector.

On the surface, the attention is warranted. Some of the most well-known tech companies have built their profile by going public, including Facebook by raising $16 billion in 2012.

But when you peel away the hype and examine investor returns from tech IPOs more closely, the reality can leave a lot to be desired.


First published: August 25, 2020 (link)

Source files included: .ai, .eps, .pdf

Data source: Renaissance Capital, Ernst & Young, Janus Henderson, University of Florida Warrington College of Business

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