Facebook has defied even optimists’ projections of how big the 12-year-old firm could one day become. Today the company’s flagship social network claims 1.6 billion users, around a billion of whom log on each day. Facebook has attracted and engaged so many users by engineering features that are highly addictive and relevant to their lives, so people keep coming back for more hits (otherwise known as updates). Including the other apps it owns, such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger, Americans spend 30% of their mobile internet time on Facebook, compared to around 11% on Google search and YouTube combined.
The amount of data Facebook collects on users has helped it become the world’s second-largest advertising company on mobile devices. Last year it claimed 19% of the $70 billion people spent on mobile advertising globally, compared to Twitter’s paltry 2.5%. Read more »
Since its 2004 debut, the search engine giant has soared. Interestingly enough, it was a tough sale. The original range was for the offering was supposed to be between $108 and $135, but the company ultimately priced the deal at $85. Of course, that turned out to be a huge opportunity, as the company is now trading for more than ten times that. So what can investors learn looking back? To see, I took a look at the S-1 filing. Here are five takeaways — things that you can looking for when trying to find the “next Google”:
#1. Global Leader
When Google came public, it was already a global brand and one of the most visited destinations on the Web. Plus, the company had a bold mission, which was to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Beyond the mission, the business model was also clear-cut: Read more »
It’s interestitg that 3 of 5 best IPO’s were realized by Chinise companies. The numbers would be different if we annualize the return since the date of IPO’s.
5. (Best) China Life Insurance (LFC)
Total return from offer price: +486.85%
Offer Price: $18.68
Offer date: 12/11/2003
First day return: -52.38%
IPO deal size: $2.87 billion
Industry: Life/Health Insurance Read more »
It is not a secret that the American stock market is the world’s largest both in the number of companies traded and in capitalization. The diversity of financial instruments is not limited to liquid stock but includes bonds, futures, options, swaps, etc. Many investors are non-US residents and wish to gain access to such a liquid, diverse and receptive market. Read more »