Get Comfortable: SurveyMonkey, Box in No Rush to Go Public

by Tom Taulli | January 17, 2013 1:20 pm

It looks like a couple hot private companies will stay that way — at least until next year.

SurveyMonkey, a privately held operator of an online survey platform, has raised $800 million in cash and debt from Google (NASDAQ:GOOG[1]) and Tiger Global Management. If that number sounds large, it’s because it is — that financing is much larger than your typical IPO, which often ranges from $100 million to $200 million.

That money seems to have done wonders for the patience of SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, who doesn’t seem like he’s in a hurry to pull off an IPO[2].

Goldberg told Fortune that being public can be a distraction — a lesson he easily might have picked up via his marriage to Facebook (NASDAQ:FB[3]) COO Sheryl Kara Sandberg. He also mentioned that Wall Street is too focused on quick results, which has hampered the stocks of companies like Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN[4]) and Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA[5]).

However, Goldberg’s not the only IPO-phobe.

Box CEO Aaron Levie also is holding off on an offering until 2014[6]. The cloud-based platform that helps companies collaborate has 140,000, but Levie told Bloomberg[7] that he still wants to build out the infrastructure and bolster the employee base.

That said, a Box IPO probably still would do well if Levie changed his mind. Recent cloud IPOs have been a hit, including Workday (NYSE:WDAY[8]) and ServiceNow (NYSE:NOW[9]), which have clocked respective returns of 84% and 52%.

Tom Taulli runs the InvestorPlace blog IPO Playbook[10], a site dedicated to the hottest news and rumors about initial public offerings. He is also the author of “How to Create the Next Facebook[11]” and “High-Profit IPO Strategies: Finding Breakout IPOs for Investors and Traders[12].” Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli[13]. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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