Posts filed under “Venture Capital”

Questions for Facebook IPO Investors

Last year (January 12th, 2011) I posed 5 Questions for Facebook Investors into the then private company Facebook:

1. Facebook (FB) claims 500 million subscribers. How many of these are active users — at least once or twice per week? How many of these are dead accounts, with no activity for 30 days? 90 days or more?

2. What is the average revenue per subscriber? How are you planning to grow this?

3. How much churn does Facebook go through? For every 100 new subscribers, how many subscribers leave?

4. What is the life cycle of the typical Facebook subscriber? How active are they for how long, what sort of arc do they cut across theirFB life cycle?

5. Besides advertising, how will you monetize your user base? Are you selling their data to buyers? What about anonymized data — are you selling this also?

Bonus question: What is the subscriber growth like outside of the US? Where are your fastest growing areas? What area is not seeing big penetration ?

OK, that’s more like 15 question about their users, growth and monetization prospects from a Private Equity/Venture Capital perspective.

Today, on the eve of their Form S-1 SEC filing for an IPO, there are additional questions that are worth asking of a soon to be publicly traded company:

1. What is the IPO offering price going to be? What market capitalization will FB come public at?

2. What are the key pricing metrics? P/E, growth rate, price to book, price to sales?

3. What are FB’s future growth rate? At 800 million users, where do they begin to plateau? Top out?

4. What is FB’s plans for penetrating China?

5. How are the privacy concerns going to be handled? What else might come out of the closer FTC  scrutiny of web companies use of personal data?

6. How long are insiders/VCs going to be locked up? Are they committed holding onto shares for the long haul, or are they cashing out at the IPO or as soon as possible thereafter?

The VC money is often called the smart money, where as the public IPO is often the dumb money.

Remember, Google stunned the world during their road show by revealing monstrous revenues and enormous profits. It stunned the analyst community, who had no idea as to how profitable the search giant actually was.

Will Facebook be able to do the same? Can the social media giant monetize users as effectively as Google — we shall soon find out!

Category: IPOs, Venture Capital, Web/Tech

SecondMarket: Private Company Market 2011 Report

SecondMarket went hog wild with a series of infographics showing their activities for 2011.

The only thing you wont find are the actual prices of recent trades — which makes this less of a market or exchange and more of a private equity association. That’s my big caveat with them: Real markets show real prices.

Anyway, here are the key data points:

• More than $558 million in transactions (up 55% year over year);
• 61.4% of all transactions were consumer Web and Social related; 22.1% were consumer products and services;
• Top 3 Buyer-types: Asset Managers (31.3%), Family Offices (29.6%) and Hedge Funds (16.6%)
• Top 3 Seller-types: Ex Employees (79.3%), Current Employees (11.1%), Investors (3.7%)
• Most Watched Private Companies: Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Dropbox, Yelp

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Category: Venture Capital

The Entrepreneur’s Index

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Category: Digital Media, Venture Capital

Small Business Success/Failure Rates

What really causes small business to fail?


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Category: Digital Media, Venture Capital

An Intro to Crowdfunding


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Category: Digital Media, Venture Capital

Technology Footprint: Starting Up in New York

At a friend’s house for a Christmas day party (yesterday), I speak with her 20-something nephew, who has worked at several NY area start ups. I mentioned this map, and he said it misses lots of small and newer start ups — the density is even greater. I believe 2011 was the year NYC start…Read More

Category: Technology, Venture Capital

The Myth Of The Long Tail

Just because everything’s available, that does not mean anybody wants it. In other words, you can get your song on iTunes, but nobody other than your mother and your boyfriend might buy it. Furthermore, when you try and market it, you’ll find resistance. A public hyped ad infinitum has a shit detector nonpareil, but it’s…Read More

Category: Consumer Spending, Music, Think Tank, Venture Capital

Networked Society ‘On the Brink’

In On The Brink we discuss the past, present and future of connectivity with a mix of people including David Rowan, chief editor of Wired UK; Caterina Fake, founder of Flickr; and Eric Wahlforss, the co-founder of Soundcloud. Each of the interviewees discusses the emerging opportunities being enabled by technology as we enter the Networked Society. Concepts such as borderless opportunities and creativity, new open business models, and today’s ‘dumb society’ are brought up and discussed.

Hat tip GigaOm

Category: Technology, Venture Capital, Video

Jim Goetz: Y Combinator’s Startup School @Stanford

Source: Jim Goetz At Y Combinator’s Startup School At Stanford by Sequoia Capital

Category: Technology, Think Tank, Venture Capital

The China Startup Report

A 15-minute Crash Course by Bowei Gai (October 2011) The China Startup Report View more presentations from Bowei Gai

Category: Think Tank, Venture Capital, Web/Tech