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Palantir, Asana both take unusual path to IPOs with direct listings

A direct listing is a quicker way to start selling shares to the public, but it can come with more risk.
Palantir, a data analytics company, and Asana, a corporate software company, are both taking their stock public through direct listings.
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When companies choose not to go public, does that hurt the public?

Feb 5, 2018
Fewer companies are going public than did 20 years ago. How does that change the fortunes of all Americans?
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