Nasdaq IPO is what most people are aiming for when they lose
all sense of responsibility and launch a high-tech startup.
If you were ready for IPO today (after the dot com bubble
has burst and most investors have come to their senses), you’ll
have sales revenues of…”
This chapter lays out a complete route
from Zero-to-IPO with details of the milestones and stepping
stones for each of the four stages of growth – seed, early,
expansion and mezzanine.
It helps you identify and assemble the team
that you’re going to need for this long and arduous journey
– structuring the board of directors, advisory panel, executives
and management team. It covers everything from writing a business
plan and launching the company, to raising several rounds
of funding, hiring a career CEO, forming strategic partnerships,
going international, releasing best-of-breed products, cranking
up the sales engine, appointing an investment bank and taking
the company through the process of IPO.
When you encounter obstacles blocking the
route, you really want to be able to quickly switch to a pre-prepared
contingency plan. Valuable days, weeks or months can be lost
if you haven’t agreed your contingency plans and identified
alternative routes in advance. This chapter identifies some
of the obstacles you’re most likely to encounter on the Zero-to-IPO
journey and helps you prepare contingency plans.