Below please find a guest column that Nino Marakovic and Elizabeth Clarkson contributed to Fortune Term Sheet, in which they debate what makes for a better exit — an IPO or acquisition?
Everyone in the venture-backed technology industry — entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and limited partners — can probably agree that a healthy exit market is critical. Without sufficient exits, there would be a liquidity gap, which would negatively impact everyone. Yet not all “successful exits” affect all the players in the venture world the same way. Accordingly, there are different views on the best path to liquidity.
Take IPOs. They’ve historically generated amazing returns for employees and investors — more than M&A exits.