A rising number of start-ups reckon they'll never go public

While high-flying unicorns such as Uber Technologies and Airbnb are largely expected to enter the public market in the months and years to come, a number of entrepreneurs in attendance at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival last week believe their own companies will remain private "indefinitely", according to a new survey.

Nasdaq Private Market surveyed 126 attendees, of which 32 per cent were founders or chief executives, and found that a large portion don't expect the day will come when shares in their start-ups.

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