Author Archives: Jay Gould

Groupon Receives $344 Million in Founders Liquidity in Recent $950 Million Secondary Round

Earlier this month I wrote an article on Business Insider explaining how I believed Groupon may have used Google as its BATNA (best alternative to a negotiated agreement) to create more liquidity, and it appears they may have done just … Continue reading

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Chart of the Day: Facebook Crushes Google, Yahoo, AOL & MSN

If search is any indication of what people want, they want Facebook more than twice as much as Google and Yahoo according to Google Trends. I also compared the most popular social media companies to Facebook on Google Trends, to … Continue reading

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How Forbes Magazine Misinformed Its Readers About Facebook And Cost Them A Fortune

On December 31, 2009 Steven Bertoni of Forbes wrote an article entitled “How Much is Facebook Worth“, where he said “firms are pooling clients’ money to buy privately held Facebook shares — and probably overpaying.”  At the time of this … Continue reading

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How Groupon May Have Used Google As Its BATNA To Create More Liquidity!

As we’ve said before, the need for growth companies to be acquired or chase that rubber chicken laced road show circuit to go public through an IPO aren’t private companies only option anymore.  While the world can only speculate as … Continue reading

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Scott Rafer Declined an Interview With SecondShares – says “No Insult Intended”

I had a conversation with Scott Rafer on Skype Sunday night, where I requested a video interview of him on SecondShares so he could express his views on the secondary sale of private company stock in companies like Facebook, Twitter … Continue reading

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The Stock Options Pool Fund – 137 Ventures

There is a new single purpose fund on the block, 137 Ventures, which has been setup specifically to purchase stock options directly from Facebook employees. The fund is headed by Justin Fishner-Wolfson, a former principal at Founders Fund, which is … Continue reading

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The Dot Com Bubble Is Back – Fred Wilson and John Doerr Discuss

With 10%+ unemployment, it’s hard for most American’s to imagine, but the dot com bubble is back again. According to many, we are seeing a bubble yet again surrounding internet companies at historic proportions in early stage and late stage … Continue reading

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Lou Kerner on Bloomberg TV Discussing Facebook

In this clip from Bloomberg TV, Lou Kerner, partner at SecondShares and social media analyst at Wedbush Securities, discusses Facebook’s entry into location based services and whether Google will attempt to compete with Facebook in social networking. Lou calls Facebook … Continue reading

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Lou Kerner Discusses Facebook IPO on Bloomberg Television

In this clip from Bloomberg TV, Lou Kerner, partner at SecondShares and social media analyst at Wedbush Securities, discusses a Facebook IPO. As Lou says, “I think there is a belief among many in the silicon valley, that going public … Continue reading

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Google Stock Set To “Sell” Due To Facebook – Down 21 Percent in 2010

SecondShares’ Lou Kerner was on CNBC yesterday after he initiated Google with an ‘underperform,’ making him just the second analyst to put a ‘sell’ on the stock. Kerner put a price target on Google at just $525. According to Kerner, … Continue reading

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