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In what may be the most anticipated IPO ever, Facebook, will go public this Friday.
Mark Zuckerberg, the hoodie-wearing 28 year-old CEO of the world's largest social network won't be in New York to ring the NASDAQ opening bell.
Instead, he'll be at his company's Menlo Park headquarters ringing it in virtually.
If you're avid reader of blogs like this one, chances are you can't go a day without hearing of a new startup that is seeking to revolutionize an industry, that just raised a round of funding, or that was acquired by a major company.
The global economic outlook may be uncertain, but startups are thriving. Or at least so it appears.
If you're a tech titan with lots of cash and a healthy stock price, one of the best ways to fill your ranks with talented employees in the latest boom has been to acquire small young startups before they become the next big thing.
The founders of targeted startups get an exit on their resume and a retention package that will ensure financial comfort, and investors in the startups get, well, the shaft as most of the money in the deal comes in the form of those employee retention packages.
How do you monetize a publishing platform that's home to more than 50m blogs and 20bn blog posts? If you're the twenty-something CEO of one of the consumer internet's most popular properties, you might consider advertising is "a complete last resort."
That's how Tumblr CEO David Karp described the advertising business model to AdAge less than a week ago, but a week is a long time in the internet economy and a lot can change very quickly.
Yesterday, United States President Barack Obama signed into law the JOBS Act, which may be the most significant update to securities regulations since Sarbanes–Oxley was passed in 2002.
One portion of the new law, the CROWDFUND Act, has been creating a lot of buzz in Silicon Valley for months, as it will make it legal for startups the ability to raise money in small chunks from large numbers of non-accredited investors.
The internet is booming. Consumers are spending freely online, social networking services are thriving and the public markets are open for business.
But today's internet gold rush has largely passed one of the internet's most storied brands, Yahoo, by, and now the company's inability to capitalize on new opportunities is catching up with it.
Non-accredited investors interested in investing in young companies and entrepreneurs hoping to use the internet to raise money for their startups are one step closer to their dreams today after the United States Senate passed the Capital Raising Online While Deterring Fraud and Unethical Non-Disclosure Act, also known as the CROWDFUND Act.
The Act is the Senate's version of similar legislation that had already passed in the US House of Representatives and once reconciled, a final bill can be sent to president Barack Obama to be signed into law.
Crowdfunding may soon be a reality in the United States, giving entrepreneurs and would-be mom-and-pop startup investors reason for celebration.
And make no mistake about it: crowdfunding could be one of the most significant changes to hit the startup world in a long time, providing entrepreneurs with a much larger market in which to raise capital for their companies.
When you think of Silicon Valley, you're probably more likely to think of young entrepreneurs risking it all on ideas that can change the world.
That image of a Silicon Valley driven by young, ambitious individuals is, of course, only partly true. There's plenty of gray hair in Silicon Valley, particularly on Sand Hill Road and in the hallways of some of the Valley's most profitable companies, like Oracle, Cisco and HP.
When Facebook filed to go public earlier this week, you can be sure that the excitement in the halls of Facebook's offices was palpable. After all, the company's wild ride is going to make a lot of people very wealthy.
But the excitement around Facebook's IPO isn't just being felt amongst Facebook's employees. It's creating increased excitement for technology entrepreneurs, some of whom hope their startups could be the next Facebook.
We may be in a bubble, but you wouldn't necessarily know it considering the latest generation of internet IPOs.
Groupon's stock is trading below its first day closing price, Zynga's stock closed below its issue price when it debuted last week and the market didn't seem too excited about the spin-off of TripAdvisor from Expedia.
So what gives? If everyone knows that the internet is the real deal, why aren't these new issues selling like hotcakes? Here are five reasons.