What to know before you IPO

Last weekend, I finished reading Rod McQueen’s ”BlackBerry: The Inside Story of Research in Motion” and thoroughly enjoyed it. It got me thinking about one area devoted relatively little space in the book – the entrepreneur’s decision to go public.

Now, in 300 pages recounting the 25 year history of perhaps Canada’s most successful technology company, you may figure 20 pages is sufficient to devote to the issue of going public. For the record, Research In Motion (RIM) completed a private placement of $34 million to institutional investors in June 1996 (12 years after Mike Lazaridis had started the company) and then completed a full blown IPO in October 1997.

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