Is your start-up worth less than $10B? Don’t go public, Tim Draper says

Venture Capitalist and Silicon Valley veteran Tim Draper has a message for most start-ups: Don’t go public yet.

“I think going public now is not the greatest thing in the world for an entrepreneur, unless the company is worth about $10 billion. Wasting $5 million a year to comply with regulations doesn’t make any sense. As a result, companies between $100 million valuations and $10 billion valuations are looking for liquidity,” Draper, founding partner at DFJ, told CNBC’s “Fast Money: Halftime” on Monday.

Valuations have been declining recently, leading to less private firms going public. The Renaissance IPO ETF is down more than 7 percent this year, despite a sharp bounce off its February lows.


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