Financial Times  10 hrs ago  Comment 
Plans for professional network to challenge LinkedIn and Google Drive
Motley Fool  Nov 12  Comment 
If you only have room for one social networking stock, should you buy Facebook or LinkedIn?
TechCrunch  Nov 12  Comment 
 Today marks the soft launch of the The League, a Tinder-esque dating app that adds a layer of class-awareness (or at least job status) for those looking for true affection in their mobile dating experience. The pitch from The League’s founder...
Market Intelligence Center  Nov 12  Comment 
LinkedIn Corporation (LNKD) presents a trading opportunity that offers a 5.70% return in just 66 days. A covered call on LinkedIn at the $230.00 level expiring on Jan. '15 offers an assigned return rate of 5.70% or 31.51% annualized. This trade...
Forbes  Nov 11  Comment 
What if the networking platform you joined to burnish your personal brand was actually sabotaging it?  That's the potential scenario LinkedIn members find themselves facing thanks to a premium membership perk that allows interested parties —...
TheStreet.com  Nov 11  Comment 
Updated from Monday, Nov. 10 HALF MOON BAY, CALIF. (TheStreet) -- With 47% of traffic to LinkedIn  now coming by way of mobile devices, the professional social network finds itself in the precarious position of needing to rely on a...
Forbes  Nov 10  Comment 
Yesterday’s New York Times business section reported the startling news that LinkedIn, the 11-year-old professional social networking site with more than 332 million members, is being sued by a small plaintiffs’ class action firm in Boca...
Clusterstock  Nov 10  Comment 
Business journalist Bethany McLean is best known for her work exposing corruption at Enron in the early 2000s, but her first job out of college was actually as an analyst in Goldman Sachs' mergers and acquisitions department. In a LinkedIn post...
Forbes  Nov 9  Comment 
Add a custom background to your LInkedIn profile to bolster your brand and differentiate your profile. Here are five easy ways to create the perfect background.


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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