IPO Alternatives: SPACs, Direct Listings & Private Market Investments

Real VisionOctober 14, 2020
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a company going public? Kelly Rodriques, CEO of Forge, an online trading platform that facilitates and brokers investments in shares of large private companies (so-called “pre-IPO” companies), speaks to Real Vision senior editor, Ash Bennington, about the booming public market and why private companies are turning to SPACs and direct listings instead of traditional IPOs. He also weighs in on how retail and accredited investors can gain access to private companies before going public and monetary policy's impact on the public market. Filmed October 9, 2020.
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