Join Me to Get the 411 on IPOs

Our previous post (see below) was about Waltham, MA-based BG Medicine pulling its planned initial public offering. It was bad news, but it comes at an interesting time—I am a couple hours from leaving the Xconomy offices to host a panel in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium entitled, “Are You Ready For IPO?”

The panel is being put on by the MIT Enterprise Forum, in collaboration with the NASDAQ Educational Foundation. Among other things, it is designed to examine in detail what an IPO really means, how to plan for it, how the current economic environment affects that strategy, and what alternatives there might be for up-and-coming firms.

I’ll be speaking with some absolutely great guests who know this subject cold. They include two CEOs who successfully took their companies public last year: Jonathan Bush, chairman and CEO of Athenahealth, and Gail Goodman, president and CEO of Constant Contact. Also on hand will be two growth private equity leaders who come at the IPO process (and the alternatives) from the investment side of the ledger: Jonathan Goldstein, managing director of TA Associates, and Bruce Evans, managing partner of Summit Partners.

The panel starts at 7 pm, and there’s a reception beforehand. You can find more details here. Hope to see you there!

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