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How two VC firms could help a "unicorn" go public

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There's a new upcoming IPO on the docket. But in an unusual twist, it's from a pair of venture capital firms—Social Capital and Hedosophia—according to an SEC filing. It plans to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "IPOA.U."

What it is: Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. is essentially a shell company that will go public and raise funds with the goal of acquiring or merging with a private company (which hasn't been selected yet). This transaction will allow the latter to skip over the arduous process of an IPO while also enjoying the benefits of being a publicly traded company. The company will also benefit from the capital injection of merging with this entity. Social Capital declined to comment.