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The Facebook IPO Primer [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Miller
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"The Facebook IPO Primer" is a great new resource that gathers in one place stories and analysis to help readers learn everything they need to know about Facebook's debut in the stock market. How much is it worth? Is Facebook a good investment? Does it have a good business plan? Learn how professionals figure out the answers to those questions, why they come up with different answers, and what it means for you.

"The Facebook IPO Primer" is easy to navigate. Part I covers the ups and downs of hot high technology stocks; Part II reviews the Facebook culture and business plan; Part III explains five different ways that analysts pick apart Facebook finances; Part IV offers dozens of links to stories and blog posts about Facebook so you can continue learning about the social media marvel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2540 KB
  • Print Length: 60 pages
  • Publisher: (April 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TC3ZB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,906 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful May 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In her very witty and clear style, Ms. Miller summmarizes everything I wanted to know about Facebook and other leading high-tech investments , IPO's, investing--and how to connect the dots among them. I find her descriptions fascinating and her analyses clear, concise, and very helpful. Haven't yet decided whether or not to take the leap and invest!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great source! April 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This eBook is a great resource. It helps understand what the IPO is all about, and provides a comprehensive summary of facebook, its leadership, its financials. It helped us make our investment decision regarding the upcoming IPO. Highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Book Review from the Aleph Blog April 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
There is more money to be lost than made in most controversial IPOs, on average. Don't get me wrong, this is a good book, and the author knows what she is talking about, but whether one should buy Facebook in its IPO next month is a huge open question, and I would encourage you to read this book to think through the problem.

If you read the book, you will get a healthy dose of skepticism, mixed with the idea that many large IPOs in tech have been successful, like Google. The main idea is that you have to do due diligence. All snowflakes have six corners, but they are all different.

The book gives you five different ways to value Facebook, and those methods are all over the map, as they should be for a company where the economics are yet to be determined. At least it is profitable.

The range of valuation gives everyone something to hang onto, but the thought process should force everyone to think about how Facebook will monetize all of their users. Will the users behave in a way that allows Facebook to make money off them? So far, yes, but the future is far more volatile than I can imagine.

In general, I would advise readers to avoid IPOs. Most people lose money in buying them on the secondary markets. Better you should buy stock in less flashy businesses like utilities, insurance, and energy stocks. You will make more money there -- businesses with a high earnings yield tend to do better than other stocks, and Facebook does not make it there, for now. Buying Facebook implies a company that will grow far more rapidly than most, and far a long time, which is not common.

If you are thinking about buying shares of Facebook, spend five bucks or so, and get this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! April 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was a very useful, cogent summary of what the Facebook IPO is all about. It gave a clear, thoughtful presentation of the pros and cons of whether Facebook is a good investment. The book wisely just lays out the issues in very readable prose so that readers can make their own decisions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amateur Investor April 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved this. So easy to follow and understand. I've heard so much about the Facebook "IPO" but didn't really get it. Now I do. I also have a better understanding how the IPO process works in general.
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