Friday, November 6, 2009

"VCs: Thousands Of Companies Will Exit Next Year… peHUB"

From PE Hub:
But they may not be going public.

Four VCs -- Sharon Wienbar at ScaleVP, Sandy Miller at Institutional Venture, Brian Jacobs at Emergence and Courtney McCrea at Weathergage (a fund of funds) -- appeared earlier this week on a panel at Dow Jones LP Summit and were asked to predict the future.

They all see a big pickup in VC-backed exits -- thousands of companies that are five to 10 years old that will be ready to go out by next summer.

But they also aired what have become usual complaints about the harms of going public for small-cap companies: the short-term trading ("Young companies need to be bought and held to grow and flourish," Jacobs said), the lack of research to educate prospective buyers on these companies once the IPO is over, the $3 million a year in costs of complying with Sarbanes-Oxley....MORE