Forbes  Oct 24  Comment 
Legendary investor Warren Buffett advises to be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. One way we can try to measure the level of fear in a given stock is through a technical analysis indicator called the Relative...
Wall Street Journal  Oct 22  Comment 
In their review of Microsoft’s $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, European Union antitrust regulators are attempting to measure the rough value of the professional network’s data and whether rival sites can replicate it.
New York Times  Oct 22  Comment 
Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin, 29, was arrested in Prague this month on charges that he hacked into networks at LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring.
CNNMoney.com  Oct 21  Comment 
A grand jury has issued a criminal indictment against Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin, a 29-year-old Russian accused of hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox and a third web service.
Benzinga  Oct 21  Comment 
The “best is yet to come” from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), Wunderlich said as part of its upgrading the stock to Buy from Hold after the company’s first quarter revenue and EPS topped the Street on growth in Azure and adoption of...
Reuters  Oct 21  Comment 
EU antitrust regulators want to know whether LinkedIn's data is unique, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday, which could be key to their decision on...
Forbes  Oct 21  Comment 
Yesterday LinkedIn released its list of top skills for 2017. Statistical analysis and data mining retained the second spot they held last year while data presentation entered the top 10 for the first time.
Clusterstock  Oct 20  Comment 
Microsoft still believes its $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn will go quickly and smoothly. As part of its first-quarter, fiscal 2017 earnings announcement on Thursday, Microsoft said (emphasis ours): "Microsoft expects to close the...
CNNMoney.com  Oct 20  Comment 
A Russian citizen arrested in Prague was wanted in connection to the theft of 117 million LinkedIn passwords and login credentials, the social networking firm confirmed.
TechCrunch  Oct 19  Comment 
 LinkedIn — the social platform where people go to network and look for jobs, which is currently getting acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion — continues to add more features both to ramp up usage and provide richer data around the 450...


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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