Friday, November 18, 2011

When is the Facebook IPO coming?

Zuckerberg has always been open about his reluctance to take Facebook to an IPO. However, with the growing number of investors and the SEC limits on shareholders, it was a given that it would have to happen sometime, and now, it looks like sometime soon.

While earlier speculation hinted at a mid 2012 date, with numbers escalating, it seems that the new year might see Facebook filing an S1. The reason the Facebook IPO is a keenly followed development is not just to see how the markets view the value of this internet giant, but also because of the stocks and options held by employees who have been waiting for an IPO to see it turn into real money. Facebook valuation has pretty much doubled every couple of years in the last few years, and many of the employees would become millionaire if they were able to cash their options in.

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