What is a DPO? How does it differ from an IPO?

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The acronym “DPO” stands for “direct public offering.”  This is in contrast to the acronym “IPO,” which stands for “initial public offering.”  These are very similar things, but are different in their scope and in the way that they are carried out.

Both a DPO and an IPO involve a company offering to sell its stock (for the first time) to people who are interested.  The company does this because it wants to raise capital.  If the company can sell stock, it can get more money than it can typically raise simply by taking...

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