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newratings.com  Dec 7  Comment 
REDMOND (dpa-AFX) - The European Commission said it has approved proposed acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft Corp. (MSFT). The decision is conditional on compliance with a series of commitments aimed at preserving competition between...
Motley Fool  Dec 6  Comment 
The software giant and the professional networker are now cleared to merge.
Benzinga  Dec 6  Comment 
As expected, the European Commission gave its blessings to the impending acquisition of LinkedIn Corp (NYSE: LNKD) by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT). However, the approval wasn't a cakewalk for the software giant, as it had to cede in to...
Clusterstock  Dec 6  Comment 
The European Union has given Microsoft the OK over its $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, CNBC reports. As expected, the EU has put some conditions in the deal. As expected, the EU has put some conditions in the deal. Microsoft has been...
Benzinga  Dec 5  Comment 
With just a day to go for the European Union's verdict on the Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT)–LinkedIn Corp (NYSE: LNKD) deal, it is imperative that traders position themselves for the likely scenarios that could materialize. The...
Forbes  Dec 3  Comment 
People make assumptions about who you are based on your profile picture. And research shows their first impressions aren't likely to change.
Wall Street Journal  Dec 1  Comment 
European Union antitrust authorities are likely to clear Microsoft’s $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn Corp. by Tuesday with conditions attached, according to people familiar with the matter.
DailyFinance  Dec 1  Comment 
Filed under: Finance, Companies SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The chief executive of the Levi Strauss & Co jeans company waded into the U.S. gun control debate on Wednesday, with an open letter asking customers not to bring their firearms...
TechCrunch  Dec 1  Comment 
 AngelList, the LinkedIn for startups, just bought Product Hunt, the platform where people vote up or down on startup products, for an undisclosed amount. Product Hunt was rumored to be raising its next round for the past several months but, as...




 
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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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