本月早些时候，《愤怒的小鸟》（Angry Birds）开发商Rovio从Accel Partners和Atomico Ventures 募得4,200万美元的风险投资。此后不到一周，互联网上就开始热议这家芬兰公司拟赴纽约上市。部分报道如下：
• Mashable: 《愤怒的小鸟》开发商Rovio筹划IPO
• 英国广播公司(BBC): 《愤怒的小鸟》开发商为上市做准备
• 路透社(Reuters): 《愤怒的小鸟》开发商瞄准纽约IPO
我不是完全不考虑Rovio IPO成功的可能性，但近期内成功的可能性几乎为零。事实上， Rovio首席执行官米卡尔•赫德告诉我说，Rovio期待将“在未来某个时间”获得更多风险投资——这样的资本注入几乎肯定会是在IPO之前。
Earlier this month, Angry Birds creator Rovio raised $42 million in venture capital funding from Accel Partners and Atomico Ventures. Less than a week later, the Internet was buzzing with talk that the Finnish company was planning to go public in New York. Some examples:
• Mashable: Angry Birds maker, Rovio, plans IPO
• BBC: Angry Birds developer set for stock market launch
• Reuters: Angry Birds developer takes aims at New York IPO
Wow. What a quick flip. And easy money for the VCs, who basically get to act as bridge financiers... Wait. Hold on. I'm getting word that these headlines are horribly misleading.
Rovio is not going public this year. Or next year. And probably not even in 2013.
Each of these stories was based on interviews with company chairman Kaj Hed, who said that Rovio hopes to list in New York within the next five years. In other words, he said the same thing that almost every other entrepreneur says upon raising lots of VC funding ("we hope to make this a great company, eventually take it public, yada yada.")
I'm not dismissing Rovio's chances of a successful IPO, just its chances of a successful IPO anytime soon. In fact, Rovio CEO Mikael Hed told me that Rovio expects to raise more VC funding "sometime in the future" -- an infusion that almost certainly would come before any public offering.
So no Rovio IPO... yet.