By: Scott Coyle, CEO
Like many others who are familiar with IPOs, I firmly believe that the industry needs to evolve. While IPOs offer a clear path to capital to help companies grow and have long been revered as one of the most important business milestones, only a handful of companies with billion-dollar market valuations make headlines. Many people don’t realize that there are hundreds of IPOs and Secondary Offerings on the table each year – and that access as an individual investor is possible, albeit complicated and often limited to the wealthy and well-connected.
At ClickIPO Securities, LLC (“ClickIPO”), we are a FINRA-registered broker dealer leveraging technology designed to change the way underwriters allocate shares in public offerings to retail investors. We do this by giving individual investors, regardless of the size of their portfolios, access to the IPO and Secondary Offering market with an easy-to-use app that integrates with their existing brokerage accounts. We believe our app will eventually give retail investors access to all IPO and Secondary Offerings.
We realize that real change is not possible without support, which we are fortunate to have. Recently, we announced that John Ashcroft, former U.S. Attorney General and TAG Holdings, LLC Chairman, has joined our Board of Advisors as part of TAG Holdings’ strategic equity investment in the company. Read the full press release here. Ultimately, ClickIPO’s goal is to deliver value to all IPO stakeholders – from the issuers to the underwriters to the brokerages and everyday investors – by creating a utility that easily and safely facilitates retail distribution.
The ClickIPO app beta test waitlist is currently open, and we expect the app to be live in the second quarter of this year. Over the coming weeks and months, I will continue to share breakthroughs and company news on this blog. You can also contact us at [email protected], visit our website at www.clickipo.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Risk of Investing in Initial Public Offerings (“IPOs”)
There are specific risks in investing in an Initial Public Offering (“IPO”). Among other things, the stock has not been subject to market valuation. Those risks are described at length in the prospectus, and we urge you to read the prospectus carefully to understand those risks before investing. An IPO is the first sale of stock by a private company to the public and may not be suitable for all investors. IPOs are often issued by smaller, younger companies seeking the capital to expand, but can also be done by large privately owned companies looking to become publicly traded. IPOs are a risky investment. For even experienced investors, it can be difficult to predict what the stock will do on its initial day of trading and in the near future because there is often little historical data with which to analyze the company. Also, most IPOs are of companies going through a transitory growth period, which are subject to additional uncertainty regarding their future values. Read more information regarding the significant risks associated with investing in IPOs.