How to Sell Out of Your Startup Stock

Silicon Valley-ites have had a tougher time getting rich for much of this decade because their normal routes to huge fortunes–the sale or IPO of their startup tech companies–have been crimped by new regulations and poor market conditions, which have worsened in this recession.

Now some outfits are trying to step into that wealth breach. On Thursday, a New York company called SecondMarket said it would offer a new avenue where owners of private company stock can sell their shares even if the startups haven’t gone public. This private company marketplace will allow venture capital investors, entrepreneurs and startup employees to sell their stock to angel investors, secondary buyers and others who are interested in buying into their privately held firm.

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