Why the thawing tech IPO market is changing the demand landscape of executive talent

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September 19, 2023
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Executive Summary
Exciting developments in the tech industry IPO landscape and evolving executive talent demands. Prioritizing skill sets for profitable growth and IPO readiness.


In this month’s update, we’re digging into some exciting developments regarding the tech industry's IPO landscape and the evolving skills in demands from executive talent.

The tech world has been abuzz with anticipation as the IPO market, which has been frozen for the past 20 months, shows signs of thawing. We’ve witnessed the S-1 filings of several highly anticipated venture-backed companies, raising questions about the performance and implications of these upcoming IPOs. With a substantial pipeline of companies waiting in the wings, the success of these offerings could significantly shape the trajectory of the tech industry for the remainder of the year.

However, it’s important to note that we are not returning to the same landscape as 2021.

The era of unchecked growth and “unicorns” at any cost has given way to a market that demands more profitable growth and a clear path to sustainable future earnings. Tech companies are adapting to this new reality, taking strategic steps to position themselves for success.

We've observed that as companies move towards future IPO readiness, they are prioritizing the appointment of more executives and board directors with skill sets specific to the demands of today's market, such as go-to-market operations, marketing, and finance. They also often bring a track record of shepherding companies through successful IPOs or maintaining profitable growth in the public tech sector. The IPO market’s resurgence is just one facet of this industry transformation. To thrive in this dynamic landscape, companies need both strategic vision and the right executive talent in seat.

Ahead, we anticipate a growing demand for tech executives with these skill sets on boards.

These executives will play a crucial role in guiding companies toward more profitable growth and ensuring they are well-prepared for the rigors of public markets, especially during the critical IPO phase.

Are you interested in exploring such a pivotal role?

If you possess the background, experience, and a genuine interest in helping companies navigate their journey to profitable growth, we invite you to reach out to us to explore potential opportunities.

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