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Where Trading and the Internet combine for Liquidity

I saw this blog from a VC in NYC
today.  It’s entitled: "We Need A New Path To Liquidity" and I had to
read that as I thought it would be all about how to trade out of
recession or something.  But no.  It’s about Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google,
AOL, News Corp/MySpace and all these other players dickeying about with
the internet as though it was a toy.

The problem our VC friend is
grappling with is the fact that internet entrepreneurs spend years
building their platforms.  If they take off, they then "need a way to
get paid for that effort. And those of us who finance their efforts
need to get some return on our investment" and "without a path to
liquidity, all the innovation that is being created by the
entrepreneur/VC equation will stop happening."

OK.  So just IPO.

Ah.
There’s the rub.  The IPO market has apparently shut down, and so that
is the issue – how do you monetize your investments when you cannot
bank them anymore.

The leads him into dark pools, and Goldman
Sachs’ TrUE ("GS Tradable Unregistered Equity OTC Market") system.  A
great blog on this from Roger Ehrenberg in May 2007, almost a year ago.  

His point is that you then do not need to IPO anymore, as these dark pools allow you tap directly into private liquid markets.

Yahoo!  lets get in there.

Worth reading the more than 150 comments as well.

About Chris M Skinner

Chris M Skinner
Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. To learn more click here...

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