Motley Fool  9 hrs ago  Comment 
The software titan's biggest acquisition ever could be a big flop.
guardian.co.uk  Jun 18  Comment 
At $255 per active user, the social network is an expensive buy, but the tech giant is confident that access to so much personal data will soon pay off As news broke of Microsoft’s $26.2bn acquisition of LinkedIn last week, one wag took to...
New York Times  Jun 18  Comment 
Farhad and Mike try to itemize Microsoft’s $26.2 billion bill for LinkedIn. Uber’s Chinese rivalry, Apple updates and other tech news.
Motley Fool  Jun 17  Comment 
For LinkedIn's workforce, there are some winners and losers in Microsoft's acquisition.
TechCrunch  Jun 17  Comment 
 This week, Microsoft bought up LinkedIn, Apple’s WWDC took place and the E3 gaming trade show had the tech world talking. These are the stories you don’t want to miss this week. Read More
Benzinga  Jun 17  Comment 
LinkedIn Corp (NYSE: LNKD) shareholders weren’t the only big winners this week when Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced it was buying the social media company for $26 billion. Shares of Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) are up 14.7 percent...
Financial Times  Jun 17  Comment 
Jeff Weiner seen by some as an ‘unsung’ leader of Silicon Valley in wake of $26bn Microsoft deal
Benzinga  Jun 17  Comment 
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) founder and board member Bill Gates is a big supporter of the company's $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn Corp (NYSE: LNKD). Speaking to Bloomberg, Gates suggested the combination of Microsoft and...
New York Times  Jun 17  Comment 
The two companies envision a world where someone’s always bothering you while you’re writing.
The Economic Times  Jun 17  Comment 
The mega deal between Microsoft and LinkedIn has sparked off talks whether Twitter needs to attract a suitor or risk being overtaken by larger competitors.


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
  6. Template:Cite news
  7. LNKD S-1/A 2011 PROSPECTUS SUMMARY "Summary Consolidated Financial Data" pg 10-11
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