After multiple attempts — and failures — at trading for small, early-stage companies, Nasdaq is betting the private-equity farm on SharesPost’s technology. Is this enough to erase the Facebook fubar?
After studying the secondary markets, one analyst firm says Twitter is now worth as much as $11 billion or more. It also suspects the company may soon test the IPO waters, if the markets improve.
Union Square Ventures‘ Fred Wilson believes the Internet will serve as a greater force for societal change in the future, and somehow, he wants to make money off the chaos that causes.
Goldman Sachs today revealed a big change to its private offering of Facebook shares — it’s only making the deal available to investors outside the United States.
Details continue to leak out about Goldman Sachs’ $450 million investment in Facebook (even though neither company has actually confirmed the deal). I think the most interesting tidbit comes from Dan Primack at Fortune: While some writers and analysts have suggested that the Goldman investment is a prelude to Facebook’s initial public offering, Primack (citing a “source who manages money for high-net-worth clients … including Goldman clients who have been solicited to invest in Facebook”) says it’s actually a way for the company to stay private.
The secondary markets where shareholders of hot private companies like Facebook and Twitter can sell their shares could be facing greater government scrutiny, according to multiple news reports.
Want a piece of Facebook, Twitter, or Zynga? It’ll cost you — even more than you think.