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Some collected questions and answers by Stephen Wolfram

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June 1, 1996

From: Interview by Chicago Software Newspaper

Do you have any outside investors?

One of the things we have done that is somewhat unusual for a software company is avoid venture capital and going public. Many companies seek venture capital and then work to puff up the company for four or five years so they can go to the market…. My company has been built up as a stable, long-term entity. That would be hard to do with outside investors. Similarly, I could probably have gone public and I would have a big net worth on paper but I decided not to because I want to do things I think are valuable.

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