Benchmark Is Optimistic About IPOs

Silicon Valley venture capitalists–who invest in startups with the aim of profiting later when those companies go public or are sold–have found it tough to produce returns recently. Not only have the markets been largely devoid of public offerings and M&A of their startup companies, many private company CEOs also are more reluctant to take their firms public given concerns over the cost and hassle of an IPO.

Now some venture-capital firms are trying to tamp down the anxiety levels over taking a company public.

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