What’s the Difference Between Public & Private Companies?

Understanding the fundamental differences between public and private companies is one of the essential building blocks to understanding the different ways companies of all sizes raise and utilize capital. Here are some articles from around the web to help you start to put the pieces together. As you read consider the following:

  • Can anyone buy stock in a privately held company or start-up?
  • Once they buy in can they sell it any time they want? Who are the potential buyers?
  • Can anyone buy stock in a publicly held company?
  • Once they buy it can they sell it any time they want? Who are the potential buyers?
  • What is the role of the CEO vs. the Chairman of the Board of Directors in a private company? In a public company? How are they they same or different? If they are different why?
  • What is the purpose and role of the Board of Directors in a public company? Who might serve on it?
  • What is the purpose and role of the Board of Directors in a private company? Who might serve on it?
  • Why do private companies “go public”?
  • How do you know if a company is private or public?
  • How can you find out how much a public company is worth?
  • How can you find out how much a private company is worth?

Difference between public and privately held companies.

What is stock?

Choosing a (public) stock

Responsibility, Role & Structure of the Board of Directors

Can a CEO be on the Board of Directors?

 

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