initial public offering
Etsy, the online retailer used by hobbyists and people who make their living selling their crafts, is going public.
Twitter is going public. The short messaging service says it has filed confidential documents for an initial public offering of stock.
Manchester United plans to go public. In the United States, to boot. The record 19-time English champions filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday to hold an initial public offering of stock and become a listed company on the New York Stock Exchange.