The flopping of the IPOs: Tech’s biggest investors came to San Francisco for a major startup conference, and one topic stole the show

“The Disrupt conference in San Francisco, organized by Tech Crunch, is a longstanding showcase for cutting-edge startups and products” writes Megan Hernbroth for In all, direct listings were discussed in at least three major panels throughout the first two days of the Disrupt conference.For the entrepreneurs and techies who convened at the Disrupt conference, the fixation on the direct listing underscored the eternal optimism that runs through Silicon Valley.For many of the VC investors on hand, the remedy was simple: a direct listing, that sidesteps the traditional, banker-controlled IPO process.

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