By Dana Cimilluca WSJ Sat., March 30, 2019 Remember the last time investors went nuts for an IPO boom? In 1999, hundreds of companies made a madcap dash to the public markets, capturing the imaginations of everyday Americans who thought they could day-trade their way to fortunes. Startups like Webvan and eToys were suddenly household names. The Pets.com sock puppet was a guest on “Live With Regis and Kathie Lee.” All told, 547 companies had initial public offerings in the U.S. that year, taking in a record haul of $107.9 billion, according to Dealogic. This year could be even bigger. The latest IPO wave is being led by ride-hailing company Lyft Inc., which raised $2.34 billion and was valued at $26.5 billion after its shares rose 8.7% in their debut Friday. Lyft beat Uber Technologies Inc. to market, with its larger rival planning to offer shares as soon as this spring. Pinterest Inc., the popular image-search startup; Slack Technologies Inc., the … [Read more...] about The 2019 IPO Frenzy Is Different from 1999. Really.