Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Barry Silbert

by Scott Edward Walker on May 11th, 2011

To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series entitled “Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.”  Each week, we post a short video clip of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics.

This week, we present Barry Silbert, the founder and CEO of SecondMarket, a marketplace for buying and selling alternative financial assets, including private company stock.

In this interesting, five-minute clip (courtesy of Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner), Barry discusses the “death” of initial public offerings (an important topic for entrepreneurs), including (i) why companies historically went public; (ii) why small-caps (i.e., those companies raising capital of less than $50 million) are now such a small percentage of the companies going public; and (iii) the causes of the death of the IPO.  I hope you find the information helpful.  Many thanks, Scott

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