I will be the first to say that this article is total nonsense. Borderline clickbait.
I don't even know what it's trying to say.
But if the average person wanted to buy shares of a company like Lyft in, say, 2014 (at $10.13, as investors valued it), they couldn’t. Some well-connected rich guy in Palo Alto, though, could. And that rich guy could now make seven times his money if he, for instance, sold his shares ahead of this Friday.
Huh? How is this different than any other IPO? or is this speaking to how an IPO is a chance for middle class to buy in? or are they saying there's something special about this IPO where normal people can take advantage of pre-IPO prices or use back channels to invest?