I think the IPO is a matter of when. But question is if I switch companies - would I still keep those options to be exercised after I leave or before I leave? If the company goes IPO, the question is moot
I think the problem is you are likely not going to get much from a private marketplace since the IPO devaluation is well documented. In other words wework had a hard time finding buyers in the first place so that will only be worse for you as an employee. That is a big risk IMHO.
Anyway, from a quick search you can either get your company to buy them back from you, or you have to find someone to buy them. It looks like there a few marketplaces for this type of thing, just gotta search for it.
I may not want to sell the exercised options till I see how IPO performs. But I'm wondering I can still have the option to purchase the stocks at the strike price. Hopefully all of this verbiage is in bold letters in my Grant docs. Tx for the feedback!