Forbes took the time out to break down the advantages and disadvantages of companies that are public (companies that are listed on the stock market) and private (not listed on the market). To go public or remain private–that’s a nettlesome question for many companies.
A public company has sold a portion of the business to the public via an initial public offering. IPOs can generate intense news coverage, such as Google’s recent deal, and going public can be seen as coming of age for companies in hot sectors. A private company is held by a handful of people, often the founder and a few others.
Many believe privately held companies are small and of little interest. There are tons of small companies but some big names are also privately held, including Cargill, Ikea International, Mars and Hallmark Cards. Domino’s Pizza went public in July. Until a few years ago, United Parcel Service and Wall Street heavy hitter Goldman Sachs were privately held. Full List of Advantages and Disadvantages Here