Category Archives: Commentary

Instagram: Conference Call and Deck

In the wake of Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, Lou Kerner recently hosted a conference call and published a new deck profiling the deal. Robert Scoble, Peter Relan and Vic Singh (whose slides are below), participated in the call. To listen … Continue reading

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General Questions & Considerations of a Secondary Market Transaction

Guest Post by Mitchell C. Littman, Esq.     So, what is a Secondary Market Transaction? A Secondary Market Transaction is a negotiated private sale of restricted securities of an Issuer whose securities are not publicly traded. Some transactions are … Continue reading

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The maker of the soon to be released Facebook phone. INQ, a fully owned subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa, was founded in 2008 by Frank Meehan, who was previously General Manager of 3G Handsets and Applications for Hutchison Whampoa. INQ is … 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 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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Social Gaming Says Good Riddance To The Month Of May

Facebook’s changes in notifications and requests, which eliminated a significant amount of free advertising enjoyed by social gaming applications, had a major negative impact on Zynga and most of the other major social gaming companies driving large losses in Monthly … Continue reading

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Lots of Obstacles Remain For Secondary Market

Listening to last weeks webinar by really highlighted all the obstacles that remain to the emergence of a vibrant  secondary market for private shares.  A market exists, and it’s growing nicely, as evidenced by the 20%+ monthly growth in … Continue reading

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Zynga and Facebook At War?

While Facebook and Zynga should be the best of friends, as their relationship has been massively mutually beneficial, business relationships are like marriages, unless each party is willing to give 70%, they don’t always work out.  In this case, Facebook … Continue reading

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Fred Wilson Supports Secondary Market For Private Company Stock Liquidity

Today Fred Wilson wrote about the nearly 1,000 point “Crash of 2:45PM” yesterday, and in his post he described the public markets as a fickle thing.  He went on to say: “I believe the secondary market where institutional private capital … Continue reading

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NY Tech Scene Is Heating Up

Last month, NY based early stage VC  Roger Ehrenberg wrote a compelling blog post about the steps the NYC Venture scene could take to increase its relevance.  While I agree with most of his comments, my experiences over the last … Continue reading

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