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Wall Street Journal  Aug 19  Comment 
Surge of M&A deals, with a pricey attempt at LinkedIn, sparks worries that cloud company’s growth is slowing.
Forbes  Aug 19  Comment 
Looking at options trading activity among components of the Russell 3000 index, there is noteworthy activity today in LinkedIn Corp (NYSE: LNKD), where a total volume of 4,761 contracts has been traded thus far today, a contract volume which is...
Forbes  Aug 16  Comment 
As LinkedIn’s chairman and cofounder, a partner at venture capital firm Greylock and a mentor to tech CEOs like Airbnb’s Brian Chesky and Convoy’s Dan Lewis, billionaire Reid Hoffman has plenty to keep him busy. But the 49-year-old...
Benzinga  Aug 16  Comment 
Patrick Walravens of JMP maintained a Market Perform rating on salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) with an unchanged $92 price target ahead of the company's Q2 earnings print on August 31. Walravens is expecting Salesforce's year-over-year...
TechCrunch  Aug 15  Comment 
 LinkedIn is trying to lock down its exclusive relationship with its users. The professional networking company filed suit against 100 unnamed individuals last week for using bots to harvest user profiles from its website. The lawsuit is a...
TechCrunch  Aug 14  Comment 
 Imagine a future where individuals can illustrate their progression of lifelong learning and training and its links to their real-world performance. In this version of the future, the once-ubiquitous résumé has been ousted by the experience...
Forbes  Aug 14  Comment 
Microsoft Corporation’s acquisition of LinkedIn for $26.2bn this June raised several questions around the valuation of social media platform assets. It also prompted Fitch Ratings, one of the ‘Big 3’ credit rating agencies, to place...
Forbes  Aug 14  Comment 
LinkedIn is replete with features that not only help you stand out and get noticed, they help you do your job better. Here are the top 9 reasons to love LinkedIn.
Forbes  Aug 10  Comment 
Looking at options trading activity among components of the Russell 3000 index, there is noteworthy activity today in LinkedIn Corp (NYSE: LNKD), where a total volume of 5,217 contracts has been traded thus far today, a contract volume which is...




 
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LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) is an online professional network. Members of the network can use the platform for free to create and manage their professional identity, engage with other professionals, and access relevant business information. Through the platform, LinkedIn allows professionals to communicate with one another and ultimately find new careers and business opportunities.[1] LinkedIn makes money in three ways. First, it provides organizations with hiring solutions. These solutions allows enterprises to advertise job postings to members based on key qualities, such as location, experience, and education. This allows organizations to contact potential employees who are not actively searching for a job. Next, it sells display advertisement space on the site to marketeers. Finally, it allows members to upgrade to paid, premium subscriptions. Premium subscriptions allow members, acting as an individual or on behalf of a company, to view enhanced search results, gain additional channels of communication, and receive priority customer support.[2]

While LinkedIn remains focused on general professional networking, there is a trend in the industry to move towards specialized knowledge sharing, collaboration, and networking. For example, Stackoverflow provides a question and answer service as well as a career service for computer programmers. Other sites have focused on discussion, collaboration, and interaction between and among employees and potential employers. These services allow members two main benefits. First, they can find specific answers to their specialized questions. Second, they can interact directly with relevant companies in their field. LinkedIn's generality and lack of specialty within the professional network space does provide benefits, but the company may refocus on this trend.[3][4]

The company's initial public offering of stock on the NYSE occurred on May 18, 2011. The company offered 7.8M shares each for $45. This was at the high end of the revised price range of $42-$45. The company had originally announced an initial price range of $32-$35. The offering raised a total of $353M. The final offering was 35% larger than had the pricing occurred at the midpoint of the initial range. The lead managers of the IPO were Morgan Stanley (MS), Bank of America (BAC), and J P Morgan Chase (JPM).[5]

The company's first day 109% return was the fifth largest for an IPO in the post bubble era. [6]

For the full year 2010, LinkedIn reported a total revenue of $243M and a net income of $14.5M. Revenue increased by 103% over the previous year, and net income increased from a net loss $4M.[7]

  1. LNKD S-1/A 2011 PROSPECTUS SUMMARY "LinkedIn Corporation" pg 1-2
  2. LNKD S-1/A 2011 PROSPECTUS SUMMARY "How We Generate Revenue" pg 45-46
  3. LNKD S-1/A 2011 PROSPECTUS SUMMARY "LinkedIn Corporation" pg 1-2
  4. Seeking Alpha "LinkedIn: IPO Will Place Company at Strategic Crossroads" 21 Feb 2011
  5. Renaissance Capital - IPO Home "LinkedIn prices IPO at $45, high end of revised range" 18 May 2011
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  7. LNKD S-1/A 2011 PROSPECTUS SUMMARY "Summary Consolidated Financial Data" pg 10-11
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