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Benzinga  3 hrs ago  Comment 
In a note from yesterday, Pacific Crest Analysts Evan Wilson and Bryan Liang provided their key takeaways from the Vail Tech Forum on a bevy of stocks. Twitter (NASDAQ: TWTR) "There is still doubt about Twitter's potential monetization,...
TechCrunch  8 hrs ago  Comment 
 SlideShare, the LinkedIn-owned site that lets you upload and distribute presentations online, is turning over a new leaf today. The service, which has 60 million users, is going free. In tandem with that, SlideShare is dropping its PRO tiers,...
Motley Fool  Aug 19  Comment 
Some skeptics may consider LinkedIn overvalued, but the professional networker has a lot going for it to justify its premium valuation.
Benzinga  Aug 19  Comment 
LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) dipped as much as two percent Tuesday on a rumor that noted short-seller David Einhorn had taken a short position in the company. LinkedIn shares are up 36 percent in the past month and recently beat second-quarter...
Forbes  Aug 19  Comment 
Over the past decade, LinkedIn has been transformed into a complete career management resource. Our mindset about how to use LinkedIn, however, has not evolved as quickly as the product. If you haven?t changed your approach to LinkedIn, you?re...
New York Times  Aug 19  Comment 
There is one catch. If I’m trying to poach the best people from our competitors, I can be sure that they’re trying to steal my best people too.
SeekingAlpha  Aug 18  Comment 
By Weighing Machine: The recent bounce in the market has created some interesting opportunities for short sellers. Today I will discuss a few interesting short sale candidates. My criteria are as follows: Market capitalization greater than $1...
TechCrunch  Aug 18  Comment 
 Attractive, decked-out offices are a good way to attract new talent, which has led many tech companies (and others) to furnish their office spaces via Chris Burch’s workplace products company Poppin, which counts among its clients LinkedIn,...
Financial Times  Aug 18  Comment 
Although the network is keen to promote its professional purpose, its dating potential has not gone unnoticed by its users
TechCrunch  Aug 17  Comment 
 I can’t do it anymore. This has been a summer of social media. I’ve used it endlessly, made plans on it, chatted, read it religiously, and watched countless friends and friends of friends go on vacation. I’ve played a game of whack-a-mole...




 
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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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