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SPV = SIV? Thoughts on the Goldman/Facebook news

January 4, 2011

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Big news early in 2011 with Goldman Sachs raising and investing up to $1.5 billion in Facebook.  To do so, Goldman is setting up a “Special Purpose Vehicle” (SPV).  Because Facebook is a privately-held company, it can have no more than 499 individual investors due to SEC regulations.  This SPV enables Goldman to make highly […]

The Social Media Monopoly

July 21, 2010

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Interesting article on Wired today – 5 Things That Could Topple Facebook’s Empire. It’s fun and easy to create this lists – 5 things that…, 10 things that… – but thought-provoking nonetheless. Terms on a patent are 20 years, but businesses of the Facebook sort are difficult to make patentable, let alone enforce any legal […]

Friendfeed, Facebook (& Google?)

August 10, 2009

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Just saw that Facebook is acquiring FriendFeed. Found this interesting since the Google tree is expanding. Paul Buchheit is one of FriendFeed’s founders and the brains behind Gmail. After watching him speak on a panel last Spring, I wrote about Google, employee retention, and entrepreneurship. FriendFeed is a small shop with only 12 employees according […]

Google Profiles

July 31, 2009

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Yep, there’s lots and lots of places for an online profile, but I just set up my “Google Profile” and found it really easy and kind of fun. One aspect that I like is that Google Profiles aren’t explicitly related to other applications such as the case with LinkedIn or Twitter. It’s basically a simple […]

Facebook Terms of Service

February 18, 2009

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Logged into my Facebook account this morning to see: Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised. For […]

Update: Project Einstein now "His Catalog"

December 11, 2008

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Back in the Spring, I met the guys at Project Einstein at the University of San Francisco Business Plan Competition. They are on the move! They are now His Catalog. Check ’em out for the holidays! Great to see new companies with solid concepts continue to grow. I like their blog as well – lots […]

Revisting Twitterer vs Googler User Valuations

December 10, 2008

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Last week, I wrote did some quick math comparing the value of Twitterers relative to the value of Googlers. My initial thoughts were that Googlers were far more valuable – that the relative value of Twitterers based on the $500 mln offer from Facebook was an extreme valuation. Now I’m not completely sure. After posting […]