Taking a Startup to the Opening Bell

by Mark Gritter and Neal Tovsen | at MinneBar 13 | 4:00 – 4:50 in Learn | View Schedule

What is it like to take a company public? What happens in an initial public offering, and what does it take to get there?

In June 2017, the company I co-founded went public, after nine years as a startup. I'll talk about why we did an IPO, the mechanics of becoming a public company, and the personal experience of seeing my company reach this milestone. Bring your own questions for this informal presentation, moderated by Neal Tovsen.

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Mark Gritter

Mark Gritter is Vault Advisor at HashiCorp, his third startup experience. Previously, Mark co-founded Tintri, an enterprise storage company, in 2008 and helped grow it to a 2017 IPO (and, unfortunately, a 2018 bankruptcy.) Before that he worked at Kealia, a video streaming startup acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2004.

Mark's previous Minnebar presentations have covered topics such as correctness of algorithms, combinatorial auctions, scaling a startup, building a file system, and procedural content generation.

Neal Tovsen

Freelance tech nerd specializing in product development and software engineering. Cofounder of two tech startups, and years of helping other seed-stage companies build teams, build software, and launch (or reinvent) products. Recent experience spans fintech, IoT, healthcare IT, marketing platforms, and consumer marketplaces.