GoPro IPO: Should Investors Snap Up GPRO?

Jun 20, 2014, 6:00 am EDT
GoPro IPO: Should Investors Snap Up GPRO?

GoPro, the developer of the popular HD action-sports camera, plans to issue 17.8 million shares at a range of $21-$24. Assuming the deal gets done at the mid-point, the company will sport a valuation of about $3.4 billion.

So what should investors expect? Is this a deal to buy or avoid? To get a better sense, let’s take a look at the background of the GoPro IPO.

Back in 2002, while surfing in Australia, Nick Woodman wanted to take photos and videos while on his board. But with existing cameras, it was just too expensive and complicated. He saw this as a huge opportunity and wasted  little time in building GoPro cameras. Read 

Alibaba IPO – FAQs

Jun 19, 2014, 4:43 pm EDT
Alibaba IPO – FAQs


The buzz is that Alibaba, the Chinese ecommerce powerhouse, will pull off its IPO on August 8th. The reason: the number “8” symbolizes good fortune.

Regardless of the Alibaba IPO date – which is far from certain – the fact is that the deal will be massive. It could even be the biggest one in history. Consider that various analysts think the Alibaba IPO will raise a haul in excess of $20 billion.

If anything, the timing may be pretty good. JD.com (JD), which is China’s No. 2 ecommerce operator, recently launched a successful IPO, up about 40%. At the same time, the US markets are getting back on track. Just look at various successful tech IPOs like Arista Networks (ANET) and Zendesk (ZEN). Read 

Amazon Fire Phone – What You Need to Know About the 3D Smartphone

Jun 18, 2014, 4:20 pm EDT

Today Amazon (AMZN) took the wraps off of one of the worst-kept “secrets” in the tech world: the Fire Phone. Source: Amazon

Speculation of an Amazon smartphone has been ramping up for months and it hit a fevered pitch after Amazon announced the Seattle unveil and plastered its website with video of people reacting to a mystery device. After building up to the announcement by noting Amazon’s Prime ecosystem, its world-class hardware expertise and “hundreds of millions of engaged customers,” CEO Jeff Bezos finally held up the Fire Phone.

It’s not the cheap device we were expecting. Read 

Uber Legal Fight Gets Contentious

Jun 16, 2014, 1:53 pm EDT
Uber Legal Fight Gets Contentious Source: ©iStock.com/Aleutie

Much of Uber’s $1.2 billion in funding will be spent on legal and lobbying efforts against taxi regulators around the world

Destination Wealth Management CEO Michael Yoshikami believes Uber’s impressive $17 billion valuation is justifiable because it’s identified a sustainably profitable marketplace.

I think that latest valuation is definitely debatable, but much less so is the fact Uber’s legal and lobbying efforts are costing the company some serious coin. Read 

11 New Stocks to Watch – Biotech, Energy Deals Aplenty

Jun 16, 2014, 1:02 pm EDT
11 New Stocks to Watch – Biotech, Energy Deals Aplenty

Last week, the IPO market showed signs that it’s getting its footing back, with seven new stocks hitting the market. Some of the more notable deals included MobileIron (MOBL), which increased 22% on its first of trading, and Abengoa Yield (ABY), which shot up 27%. Source: ©iStock.com/pichet_w

As for the upcoming week, expect the volume to be turned up even more as 11 new stocks should hit the markets — many of them from the biotech and energy sectors.

Here’s a quick look at 11 new stocks to watch this week. Read 

GoDaddy Gives the IPO Road Another Shot

Jun 13, 2014, 12:29 pm EDT
GoDaddy Gives the IPO Road Another Shot

GoDaddy.com, which operates a cloud platform for small businesses, has filed for an initial public offering. However, while the market for new stocks has perked up lately — see Arista Networks (ANET) and Zendesk (ZEN) — the GoDaddy IPO might ultimately be a lackluster deal.

GoDaddy.com isn’t your typical youthful, up-and-coming offering — in fact, the company got its start back in 1997. At the time, founder Bob Parsons saw a big opportunity to provide tools to help build websites as well as register domain names.

A key to his strategy — and one that eventually became well known in the public domain — was going big on marketing. The web business quickly became a commodity, so Parsons spent massive amounts on television commercials and Super Bowl spots. By using shock ads featuring girls in bikinis instead of servers, Parsons created GoDaddy’s unique and well-known brand. He also signed celebrities, such as race car driver Danica Patrick and supermodel Bar Refaeli (also featured in bikinis). Read 

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