Airbnb, GitLab considering direct listings, and bankers coming around


GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij at company event in London


GitLab, a developer of code-sharing software, took the unusual step of announcing a specific date when it plans to go public — Nov. 18, 2020. The day is significant because it marks “five years after the first people got stock options with 4 years of vesting,” the company says on its strategy page.

To get to the public markets, GitLab is leaning towards an equally unusual approach: a direct listing.

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