No Recession in the Twittersphere

Sep 9, 2011, 12:28 pm EDT

Living in Silicon Valley, I often get the sense that my reality is being warped. It really is hard to believe all the negative headlines when many companies are raising huge amounts of money — and growing at hyper-speed.

Is it a bubble? Perhaps so. Even high-profile IPOs like Pandora (NYSE:P) and LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) have seen drops in their stock prices.

But venture capitalists don’t seem to care. Their wallets are in overdrive. Read 

Facebook Revs the IPO Rocket Engines

Sep 8, 2011, 10:22 am EDT

Things have been dicey in IPO-land lately. Just this week, Groupon cancelled its roadshow because of the extreme volatility. Even the highly profitable Zynga is getting cautious.

But then there is Facebook. It really does not have to think about such mundane issues. If the company decided to go public this week, it would get a surge of demand — from the across the world.

After all, Facebook has more than 750 million active users and continues to grow like a weed. According to a report from Reuters, revenues in the first half of 2011 doubled to $1.6 billion as the company continues to take share away from rivals like Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO). Read 

Is the Groupon IPO Toast?

Sep 7, 2011, 10:43 am EDT

The IPO market is usually pretty exciting. Hey, it’s a way for investors to get a chance at finding the next Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) or Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX).

But the market also can be risky. Remember Pets.com? What about Webvan? Unfortunately, there are hundreds of examples of implosions.

And we might be seeing another one — that is, the Groupon IPO. Not long ago, it was considered a New Age darling. But now, it seems the offering is falling into a black hole. Read 

Delay of Game For the Zynga IPO

Aug 30, 2011, 10:33 am EDT

It has been about 10 years since the U.S. has had a robust IPO market. And yes, it seemed like there finally would be a boom in 2011. But unfortunately, the markets have suddenly gone into a tailspin.

Because of this, it might mean only top-notch IPOs, such as Zynga and Facebook, will get a good reception. After all, investors always will want to get exposure to hot growth plays, right?

Well, according to both The New York Post and CNBC, the upcoming Zynga deal might actually be pushed back as far as November — the expectation was for the deal to hit the markets in September. Read 

Has Facebook Lost Its Touch?

Aug 29, 2011, 11:16 am EDT

Remember MySpace? Not long ago, it was the inevitable winner in the social networking sweepstakes. It was raking in billions from advertising and would be the destination for entertainment. Right?

Well now, of course, MySpace is virtually dead. Just a few months ago, News Corp. (NASDAQ:NWS) sold the company for scrap.

Interestingly enough, we might be seeing the same story play out with the current dominant player in the space, Facebook. Lately, it seems the company can’t shoot straight. Read 

Angie’s List IPO Won’t Come Highly Recommended

Aug 26, 2011, 10:38 am EDT

In the mid-1990s, Angie Hicks’ co-founder had lots of trouble finding good contractors in Columbus, Ohio. So why not create a website that allows for trusted reviews? Of course, the result was Angie’s List.

It definitely was a good move. Now the company has filed to go public.

Angie’s List covers more than 550 categories, such as plumbing, roof repair, remodeling and auto repair. As for the ratings, they are based only on member feedback and comments. There are no anonymous reviews. And the audience is highly engaged. It generates roughly 40,000 reviews per month (the total is 2.2 million). Read 

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