Private Company Solutions

Radford Pre-IPO/Venture-Backed Survey

Remove the guesswork from pre-IPO pay planning with cash and equity intelligence from the market's only source of fully unified private and public survey data.

As the leading provider of compensation intelligence to the global technology and life sciences sectors for more than 35 years, Radford is uniquely positioned to assist private, venture-backed companies in innovation-based industries. From initial start-up to IPO, Radford's market-leading data solutions allow private companies to implement robust pay programs that promote internal consistency, ensure external competitiveness, and align with investor interests.

Furthermore, as part of Radford's global survey platform, the Pre-IPO/Venture-Backed Survey provides clients with a comprehensive and consistent view of compensation across both private and public companies. In an increasingly competitive market for talent, where the separation between private and public pay practices is narrowing, this unique approach gives private companies who partner with Radford a leg-up against the competition.

Survey Features

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Unlocking the Value of Private+Public Data

As evidenced by Radford research cited in The Wall Street Journal, pay practices at private and public companies are quickly converging, particularly with respect to cash compensation. This puts new pressure on private, venture-backed companies to assess practices across private and public markets before rolling out new compensation programs. With a robust, consistent global platform, Radford is uniquely positioned to help companies meet this challenge. By integrating public company data directly into survey reports for private firms, Radford offers clients an easy-to-use, single-source solution.

Core Data Requirements for Effective Benchmarking at
Pre-IPO/Venture-Backed Companies

  Elements of Pay to Benchmark
Required Data Sources: Base
Board of
Directors Pay
Radford Pre-IPO/Venture-Backed Survey Yes Yes Yes Yes
Public Data from Radford Global Survey Platform Yes Yes

Key Participants

  • Accela
  • Acceleron Pharma
  • Brightsource Energy
  • Catalyst Biosciences
  • Centrify
  • Crescendo Bioscience
  • Eventbrite
  • Five Prime Therapeutics
  • Global Blood Therapeutics
  • Heartflow
  • Iovation
  • Metabolex
  • Mobitv
  • Pearl Therapeutics
  • Precision Therapeutics
  • Rocket Fuel
  • Say Media
  • Silver Spring Networks
  • Simply Hired
  • Spidercloud Wireless
  • Spinal Kinetics
  • Survey Monkey
  • Tabula
  • Tribal Technologies
  • Tripwire
  • Twitter
  • Xactly
  • Xencor
  • Yousendit
  • Zoosk


Radford Testimonials

"As a provider of growth capital to private companies, we oftentimes consider an IPO as a viable option for our partner companies. Over the past year, we have leveraged Radford's expertise in compensation consulting for three of our life sciences partner companies - Tengion (Nasdaq: TNGN), NuPathe (Nasdaq: PATH) and Advanced BioHealing, the latter of which was acquired on the day of pricing. Radford's unique approach and strategic guidance were excellent. They delivered strong, industry-specific, pragmatic solutions which covered Executive Compensation, Employment Contracts, Board Compensation and Equity Plan Strategy pre- and post-IPO. At Safeguard, we now consider Radford a key partner in our IPO strategic planning process."

Gary J. Kurtzman, MD, Managing Director, Life Sciences Group
Safeguard Scientifics

"Radford partnered with our management team to develop an equity strategy that balanced the needs of our venture capital partners, outside investors, management and employees. We used the Radford Pre-IPO/Venture-Backed database to examine our competitive position against companies of a similar stage and investment profile to develop a fact-based analysis and go-forward program that gained full Board approval. Radford's team brought their industry knowledge and experience to the table, in addition to investing the time to learn about our unique history and culture in order to develop a solution that worked for Five Prime."

Lauretta Cesario, VP, Human Resources
Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc.

"Radford recently provided one of our portfolio companies executive cash and equity compensation consulting support that was industry-focused, consensus-driven and showed a deep understanding of the issues associated with private venture-backed companies. Our Compensation Committee and management team were impressed with the caliber of Radford's work."

Justin Silver
Radius Ventures