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Code : SNW0002

Year :
2007

Industry : Internet and e-commerce

Region : US

Teaching Note: Available

Structured Assignment : Available

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Introduction: In 1990s, most start-ups with venture backing were raring to go public. Nowadays it has turned to Mergers and Acquisition (M&A).3 According to the National Venture Capital Association, the number of tech IPO nationwide has averaged 27 per year over the past 6 years, compared with 157 in the 1990s. This shift is because of stiff post-Enron corporate regulations that add to the cost of going public and also because of saturating industry sectors and convergence of technology. Venture capitalists, however, argue that acquired companiesmay not fulfil their potential. Since Facebook’s social success, speculations are rife about some big company acquiring it – much like that of MySpace and YouTube by News Corporation and Google respectively. Yahoo!, Viacom and Google have all expressed interest to invest in the networking site. Some industry experts think that the networking site will stay independent and move towards an IPO at some point – echoing its founder’s words, “I’mhere to build something for the long term.Anything else is a distraction.”

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