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By ssanford, August 13, 2015

Travis, there are several ”disruptive” companies that are primed to go public. The only investment I’ve seen to get in early is PRIVX from Michael Robinson. Do you know of other opportunities to invest now? Also what’s the best source to find out about IPOs?

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Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe

I think IPOs and pre-public companies are generally oversold as an investing idea.

There is a fund that buys in to new IPOs a few days after trading begins, the Renaissance IPO ETF (ticker IPO), and then sells those stocks after about two years — over the past two years that ETF has returned about 12%, versus 20% for the S&P 500, and it wouldn’t surprise me if that performance is typical… it does well when big and notable and successful IPOs run, like BABA for a while, or Facebook when it recovered so strongly a year or so in, and it has done better than the market for some of those periods of time, but then it also ends up buying more new companies, many of which are lousy, and selling those great established growth stocks.

And there are several BDCs that invest more like venture capital companies, I’ve written about a few of them — some recent articles are this one, mostly about GSV Capital, and this one, mostly about Renren.

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