How do I cash out?
Profits are realized through an IPO or acquisition event.
Early-stage investments take time to grow. If there are profits, investors should expect to wait as long as six to 10 years to cash out.
Pre-IPO investments can have much shorter holding periods. Let’s say you manage to secure some shares in Dropbox, a company expected to IPO sometime in the next 12 to 18 months.
You can usually sell them 180 days after the IPO. The 180-day period is known as the “lock in” period, when insiders and private shareholders aren’t allowed to sell.