Buying Private Companies

By Anonymous Questions, April 3, 2012

How does one go about buying stock from private companies prior to their public offer?

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Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe
One usually doesn’t — you can sometimes buy shares of “will eventually be public” companies on private share exchanges, which got a lot of attention largely because of Facebook — the ones I’ve heard of are SharesPost and SecondMarket. Both are probably going to suffer greatly now that facebook is coming closer to the public markets, and this kind of stuff is really much more suited to institutional investors — after all, even if it’s possible to buy shares on the secondary market that doesn’t mean that you get any information at all about the company, for some of these… Read more »
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