Saturday, February 27, 2021

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Hype Continues: The Most Anticipated IPOs Of 2019

Who will be first, Airbnb, Palantir, or Uber? Will Pinterest file?

Despite the mixed global economic landscape and market turmoil, here’re the 14 companies on the cusp of or considering going public in 2019, and what we’re thinking.

Uber alone could be valued at as much as $120 billion, which is higher than the valuations of Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, and Ford combined.

With the likely IPO boom in mind, the CEOWORLD magazine has come up with a list of likely IPOs for 2019 These are the companies CEOWORLD magazine thinks are most likely to go public in 2018.

Here’s a list of companies carrying the buzz of forthcoming IPOs in 2019, many of which are already household names. It could be only a matter of time before one of these companies becomes the next Amazon or Apple.

The big three expected for this year are Palantir, Uber, and Lyft.

The Most Anticipated IPOs of 2019:

  1. Airbnb: the travel and rental company has over 4,000 employees globally. Valuation:
  2. CrowdStrike, cyber security software maker, has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs Group to prepare for an initial public offering. Founded in 2009 by George Kurtz, Dmitri Alperovitch, and Gregg Marston, the company is valued at $3 billion.
  3. Cloudflare, a U.S. startup whose software makes websites load faster and with greater security, has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs Group to prepare for an initial public offering. Founded in 2009 by Michelle Zatlyn, Matthew Prince, and Lee Holloway, the company is valued at $3.5 billion.
  4. Didi.
  5. InstaCart.
  6. Palantir, the data-mining giant founded by Peter Thiel, one of Silicon Valley’s most secretive companies, is weighing an initial public offering likely to be among the largest in 2019.
  7. Pinterest was most recently valued at more than $12 billion.
  8. Postmates.
  9. Robinhood, the free online trading app, now it wants to be public itself. The company is valued at $5.6 billion.
  10. Lyft: Its valuation on the public markets could be up to $15 billion.
  11. Rackspace, company that helps enterprise and governments shift their IT operations to the cloud, could be worth $10 billion in a U.S. listing.
  12. Slack, workplace-messaging company. Slack is valued at more than $7 billion, after having raised $427 million in August.
  13. Uber has its eyes on an early 2019 listing. Its valuation is expected to exceed $120 billion.
  14. Zoom, the company offers communications software that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration.

Well, will they or won’t they?

You use their services. Now they want you to buy their shares.

All the best!

Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
CEO and editorial director of the CEOWORLD magazine, an extensively kudized author, noted journalist, syndicated columnist, and ostensible entrepreneur. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or connect on LinkedIn.