Monthly Archives: January 2011

Facebook Shares Continue To Soar, U.S. Investors Shut Out of Goldman Offering

The Facebook shares auctions being run by SecondMarket and SharesPost continue to reflect the ever increasing investor demand for Facebook shares.  The latest SecondMarket auction, on January 12, cleared the shares at a price of $28.26, for a total market … Continue reading

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Facebook Branded Phone Rumors Continue, Facebook Enabled Devices Abound at CES

TechRadar, among others, is reporting that a new Android handset from INQ, the Cloud Touch will be the first Facebook branded mobile phone.  INQ, a fully owned subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa, was founded in 2008 by Frank Meehan, who was … Continue reading

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Now It’s Available, Now It’s Not, Contact Information Latest Privacy Misstep

In a blog post on Friday, January 14th at 9pm, Facebook announced “We are now making a user’s address and mobile phone number accessible as part of the User Graph object. Because this is sensitive information, we have created the … Continue reading

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Zynga’s Cityville Is Aggregating A Giant Metropolis, Becomes The First Game on Facebook To Pass 100 Million MAUs

Zynga’s CityVille surged past 100mm Monthly Active Users (MAUs) on January 13, just 41 days after its release, becoming the first game in Facebook history to break that milestone. Cityville become the biggest game in Facebook history on January 1, … Continue reading

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Dissecting a Twitter Phenomena, #LessAmbitiousMovies

As we continue to try and understand what Twitter is, and what it will evolve into, we find it interesting to look at certain events on Twitter and try and understand the dynamics. Such an event occurred on January 5th, … Continue reading

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Guest Post: “How Facebook Ships Code”, reprinted with permission from the author Yee Lee

While we often point to the implementation of the newsfeed and the opening of the API as seminal moments in Facebook’s history that helped propel Facebook past MySpace to become the dominant social network on the planet, we recognize those … Continue reading

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Goldman Sachs To The World: “Facebook Really is Worth MORE Than $50 Billion”

Much ridicule was heaped on investors who were furiously bidding up the value of Facebook beyond $50 billion in the private markets in the past number of months: Goldman just made all those recent investors look pretty smart with its … Continue reading

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VC Funding of Social Media Companies Soars to $819 Million in the Fourth Quarter

In a comprehensive review of the thousands of VC transactions in 2010, we attempted to identify each investment that was made in a company we considered to be a Social Media focused company.  We then looked at each of those … Continue reading

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Wedbush to present “Wall Street’s View on Social Media” at a special breakfast event in Palo Alto on Jan. 28th

Is Facebook really worth $50B? Is Twitter worth $4B? What happens to Google in this new world order?  Is this all just a bubble waiting to burst or are we at a transformational crossroads providing significant wealth creation opportunities for … Continue reading

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This Week in Social Media – Special Edition

Goldman’s $450 million investment in Facebook is a win/win for both companies as the smartest investment bank on the planet is effectively partnered with the most transformational internet company the world has ever seen. While we believe Facebook could be free … Continue reading

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