Groupon CEO to shareholders: Get ready for "a bumpy ride"

You might think that group-buying sensation Groupon would have to repress its tongue-in-cheek sense of humor as it prepares for its its initial public offering — and to some extent, that’s true. But even though Groupon’s IPO filing is dominated by the usual financial numbers and corporate-speak, a little bit of the company’s mischievousness sneaks through.

LinkedIn competitor Viadeo: No regrets about IPO delay

After watching LinkedIn’s stock climb to impressive heights following its IPO today, not to mention all the subsequent talk that we’re in a new bubble that will eventually pop, you might think that the executives at professional networking company Viadeo are regretting their recent decision to postpone their own IPO. But Viadeo chief executive Dan Serfaty told me today that he’s feeling just fine.

LinkedIn IPO: You know it’s a bubble when Grandma can buy in

LinkedIn’s massive 2x pop after going public this morning reflects that everyone, including the underwriters, seriously underestimated the demand for the shares. There was a time, especially during the .com, when underwriters such as Morgan Stanley would attempt to artificially go out the door with a low price in order to create a pop, but companies going public nowadays are much more sophisticated and discerning about leaving so much money on the table.

Groupon advancing towards a $15B IPO?

Group-buying titan Groupon has taken further steps towards an initial public offering by selecting Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to underwrite the offering, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal citing “people familiar with the matter.”

Government shutdown will halt IPOs

Update: Looks like this won’t happen after all. The House and Senate have passed a budget extension until next Friday, and Republicans and Democrats have agreed on the framework for the full budget. Despite last-minute negotiations, it looks like a shutdown of the federal government will happen after all. And that could be bad news for companies that are in the midst of an initial public offering, or are planning for one.

See no IPOs, hear no IPOs, but they’re coming fast

While we’ve seen a pickup in initial public offerings of late, most notably in Q4 2010 prior to the holiday slowdown, many people watching the market continue to expect muted IPO market prospects relative to the 1990s. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing. The last time there was anything approaching a positive consensus was early 2000, and we know how that ended.