All the tech startups that have taken steps toward going public in 2019 - and those rumored to be eyeing an IPO
- 2019 was supposed to be the "year of unicorns," but market volatility and the 35-day government shutdown have caused some companies looking to go public to slow down or delay their filing processes.
- Some companies, including dueling ride-hailing competitors Uber and Lyft, have been taking their first official steps toward IPOs despite an uncertain economic environment.
- Here are all the tech startups who have taken steps toward going public in 2019, as well as companies that are rumored to be gearing up for an IPO later this year.
Although the market for tech IPO offerings is being called a "s---show" in 2019, that hasn't stopped some startups from taking steps toward going public anyway.
But thanks to market volatility at the end of 2018, as well as the government shutdown in January that put public filings on hold, 2019's "banner year" has started out slow. The down market has left many highly-anticipated tech IPOs to be delayed, and bankers are now anticipating an inundation of IPOs in the second quarter of 2019, beginning in March.Through the first two months of 2019, there have only been a handful of tech startups that have taken official steps toward going public. Some of the most highly-anticipated startups have made their first moves already - Uber and Lyft are dueling it out to be the first of the two multi-billion dollar ride-hailing platforms to go public.
Here are the tech startups that have taken steps toward going public, and those that are rumored to make their first moves in 2019:
(Valuations and funding raised courtesy of PitchBook.)