Facebook is now being valued at more than $33bn (£21.3bn) as investors try to secure a stake in the social networking site in anticipation of its flotation on the US stock market (Guardian). Put this in contrast with the value of some of the best known tech companies: Apple: $219bn, Microsoft: $208bn, IBM: $157bn, Google: $143bn, Cisco: $120bn, Intel: $102bn, HP: $89bn, eBay: $30bn, Dell: $22bn and Yahoo: $18bn.
Most of us dream of listing our tech companies one day. Some of us have already achieved this dream or in the process of going through such a journey. If listing is an option for your company, you need to start preparing for it now as the time period from decision to IPO could well take 3 years or more.
If you are interested or involved in IPOs, this is the event for you. Our key objective is to stimulate the discussion of listings once again in the north west of England.
Speakers and Panelists (more to be added)
Marcus Stuttard, CEO, London Stock Exchange - Alternative Investment Market (AIM)
In June 1995, ten small UK-based firms, with a total market capitalisation of £82 million, began trading on AIM, the London Stock Exchange's brand new market for smaller, growing companies. Now, fifteen years on, AIM is firmly established as an essential rung in the SME funding ladder and the world's pre-eminent growth market, having helped over 3000 companies, including more than 500 international firms, raise over £67 billion to fund their expansion.
As AIM has grown, companies from a diverse range of sectors and countries have been drawn to the market, helping AIM survive two of the worst bear markets in a generation. AIM and its regulatory framework have continued to evolve, ensuring the market continues to balance investor protection with a regime appropriate to companies at an early stage of their development. Today the market's core mission remains what it has always been: to provide a dynamic market where SMEs from the UK and overseas can access the capital they need for growth both at IPO and beyond and investors can access companies from a wide range of sectors with exciting growth potential.
Anish Kapoor - ex CFO Telecity and CEO Yuuguu.com
Anish is co-founder and CEO of Yuuguu (recently sold 70% to Powwowwow). Anish was co-founder of TeleCity Plc (the pioneering European collocation and data centre service provider) and was Finance Director until March 2000, then Corporate Development Director until December 2001 and remained as Non Executive Director until March 2002. At the peak, shares traded above £23 valuing the company over £1 billion. Anish will share his experience of listing high growth tech company on FTSE Main Market. Anish is also on the advisory Board to the KTN network of the Governments Technology Strategy Board.
John McGuire, CEO, FreshTL
FreshTL listed on Plus Market in September after a reverse takeover, and John would be sharing his experiences with the audience. Established in April 2009 and based in the North West of England, FreshTL is developing a global Software as a Service (SaaS) business around its intellectual property and distribution rights.
Simon Elms - Warthog and Image Metrics
In 1998, Simon joined games developer, Warthog as Finance Director and helped them grow from 10 employees to over 100 in three years, and floated the business in 2001 on AIM (the youngest CFO of an AIM listed Company at the time). Simon help grow Warthog to become the largest independent games developer in Europe, with over 250 employees and operations in the UK, Sweden and America and sold to US Gaming Console Manufacturer in 2005. He helped setup another company which he successfully sold to Travellers Tales in 2006, as part of a suite of companies subsequently sold to Warner Brothers, and they are now responsible for some of the most successful games on the market, working upon the evergreen Lego franchise. After a three year spell as CFO at Image Metrics, he successfully assisted in reversing that Company into a US Public Company, completing the transaction in March 2010.
18:00 - 18:30 Registration and Networking
18:30 - 18:45 Update by Techcelerate
18:45 - 19:45 Speeches
19:45 - 20:30 Panel Discussion
Disclaimer: The format may change to suit the speakers and panelists. The event maybe filmed and photographs taken for display on this website and elsewhere.
Maximum Capacity: 50 (last two events were sold out!)
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£50 at the door (please purchase on line to avoid high fees at door)
Event is catered.
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