Bill Gurley on IPOs Below Private Funding Valuations

One thing I’ve noticed is lots of media reports about IPOs being priced at valuations below their most recent private fundraising round. Instacart is an example. A few founders and friends trying to make sense of this asked me about it. Why would you take a company public at a valuation materially below its valuation in your last VC fundraising round?

The answer can sometimes be related to needing to raise more capital but being unable to do so privately because of cap table complexity. I recently listened to Bill Gurley, a famous VC investor, articulate why IPOs can be the easiest way to raise capital when a company has a complex capitalization table.  

For anyone interested in understanding this topic better, Bill shares his thoughts in this clip and this one.