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“What happened?” I asked.

“Nothing,” he answered. He had recently done an IPO and expected a huge uptake in valuation after his company went public.

“We listed, and the valuation collapsed right after. Since then, nothing. Nobody buys the stock.”

This is a story I see frequently in the small-cap area. High hopes led to the decision to go public, but the team was aiming for the stars and landed in the mud.

In this article, I want to share my perspective on these questions:

  • Why understanding the stock market matters
  • What dimensions are often missing in scientific deep tech companies
  • How to fix that

Let’s get into it:

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Chris Soschner
Entrepreneurship, Investment & Innovation

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