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When it comes to going public, timing is everything.

This story appears in the November 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Initial public offerings are the great brass ring of entrepreneurship. They make you rich; they make you famous for a little while. They offer the unmistakable signal that you and your company have arrived.

But don't confuse matters. Just because you meet with success doesn't mean an IPO is in the offing. Aside from size, scope and industry issues, the timing for an IPO has to be right.

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