Mr. Zuckerberg went on to tell employees that the press doesn’t know the company’s future plans, and if they did, they would have the same faith in Facebook’s ability to fulfill its lofty stock-market valuation. He said that investments the company has made over the last six to 12 months will soon bear fruit, the people said. During a question-and-answer session after Mr. Zuckerberg’s speech, one employee asked the CEO if employees are now allowed to talk about the stock price, according to the person familiar with the meeting. Yes, said Mr. Zuckerberg. People should feel comfortable talking about it, he said, but the price shouldn’t be the focus. Mr. Zuckerberg’s new show of sympathy toward shareholding employees was a marked change from his earlier disdain for stock-price talk. On the day of the IPO, Mr. Zuckerberg posted a picture to his Facebook wall of a poster that said, “stay focused, keep shipping.” Mr. Zuckerberg addressed his employees a few days later by saying jokingly, “So, you’ve heard we’re firing David?” referring to Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman, as Mr. Ebersman sat a few feet away, according to people familiar with the meeting. He then said, “We’re very proud of our deals team and we think they did a great job.” [WSJ]
Facebook’s Plummeting Stock Price Has Forced Mark Zuckerberg To Show Human Emotion Toward Shareholding-EmployeesBy Bess Levin
Fox Business Correspondent’s Drink Offer Brutally Rebuffed By Facebook CEO Despite Similarly Casual AttireBy Bess Levin
And after a late entrance, Mr. Zuckerberg also showed up, alongside his friend Drew Houston, the chief of Dropbox. Clad in his uniform gray shirt and jeans, Mr. Zuckerberg made a quick beeline for Duchin, but not before Dennis Kneale of Fox Business Network managed to get in a few words. “Can I buy you a vodka gimlet,” the boisterous Mr. Kneale asked, also dressed down in a short-sleeved black top and worn-in sneakers. The Facebook billionaire, whose stake is still billions of dollars, politely demurred, “I’m good, thanks.” [Dealbook]
In snaring the most coveted investment-banking assignment of the year, Morgan Stanley’s Michael Grimes insisted to a senior Facebook executive that he be the “single driver” of the company’s initial public offering, adding that if the deal soured, it would be his “throat to choke. [WSJ]
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What if Mark Zuckerberg wore a Mr. Peanut costume to the Facebook roadshow?
What if Mark Zuckerberg dressed up as Jesus Quintana for the Facebook roadshow?
What if Mark Zuckerberg wore a tuxedo tee-shirt to the Facebook roadshow?
What if Mark Zuckerberg wore Crocs to the Facebook roadshow?
What if Mark Zuckerberg entered the Facebook roadshow as a member of the Lollipop Guild?
What if Mark Zuckerberg wore Capri pants to the Facebook roadshow?
What if Mark Zuckerberg wore a wetsuit to the Facebook roadshow?
What if Mark Zuckerberg wore a straitjacket to the Facebook roadshow?
What if Mark Zuckerberg dressed as Robocop for the Facebook roadshow?
What if Mark Zuckerberg wore a Lacoste polo with an argyle sweater wrapped around his neck to the Facebook roadshow?
What if Mark Zuckerberg wore dress pants, a button down shirt, and the Hannibal Lechter mask from Silence of the Lambs to the Facebook roadshow? Read more »
Standard Price Is Right rules, closest without going over, guesses in by 3:45PM. Read more »
A wonderful thing about the Facebook IPO is that there is a proliferation of imaginary markets in which to … well, not trade it exactly, but say what you would be doing if you could trade it, which is almost as good. Here is the Wall Street Journal’s imaginary market, with a “Current Price Prediction” of $52.43, off a touch from the $150.13 as of … yesterday. Admire their specificity! Elsewhere you get only binaries, or I guess ternaries, like CNBC’s “Do You Think Buying Facebook Shares Would Be a Good Investment?” [yes / no / don't know], or Felix Salmon’s “Are you seriously thinking of buying Facebook shares?” [yes / no / umm, I'm buying them for a friend].
In the imaginary market that counts (I guess?), Facebook is up “an average of 14 percent” (!) as the underwriters raised the IPO range from $28-$35 to $34-$38 in a refiled S-1 this morning. This is good news if you bought in the imaginary market at $28-$35, as I suppose the underwriters imaginarily did, and also good news if you avoided the real market when it last cleared north of $44, as this guy who’s pissing away his child’s college money on Facebook did. If you like numbers, you could look at these numbers*: Read more »
And If Jamie Dimon Sees One Employee Not Abiding By The New ‘Hoodie And Shower Shoes’ Dress Code, So Help Him GodBy Bess Levin
Remember Facebook? Last night it filed an amended S-1 for its IPO including a bunch of contracts. Those contracts were so boring and bog-standard that … well, this:
SharesPost Financial Corporation completed its auction of 150,000 shares of the Class B Common Stock of Facebook, Inc. on February 8, 2012. A clearing price of $44.00 per share was established at the auction.
Using the 2.33bn shares implied by the “pro forma diluted share count” in its prospectus, that gets you about a $103bn pre-money valuation, or up about $10bn from this time last week. Assuming a constant price/Likes multiple, which is I assume how social networks are valued, that must mean that Facebook is approaching 3 billion “likes” per day.
The fact that you can get, um, weekly market prints for Facebook means that it is in a weird place for a private company, with a certain amount of liquidity and price transparency provided by private marketplaces. Investors who want to get out can, and accredited investors who want to get in also more or less can. So some think that FB is in essence already public, with most of the trappings of public trading for everyone but non-accredited retail shlubs. This is a good example of why that’s not necessarily so. Read more »
How much is Facebook worth? Good God do I not care. Go ask a prediction market. Here’s one:
Another choice is the delightfully named bookmaker Paddy Power, which also puts it at $40, plus or minus $5, which seems pointless, though unlike SharesPost Paddy Power will also let you bet on whether Bono or Bill Gates will ring the opening bell for Facebook’s first day of trading. (Eduardo Saverin doesn’t seem to be an option though wouldn’t that make you just cry?) Forty bucks is a $93bn pre-money equity value if you use Facebook’s pro forma diluted share count, and why not.
Markets for predicting the price of publicly listed securities are … strange, I guess, depending how you slice it. You could argue that in the ordinary course “markets for predicting the price of publicly listed securities” are called “stock markets.” But SharesPost, and its peers like SecondMarket, are of course not really prediction markets though that might be their highest and best use for the next three months. They’re quasi-public exchanges that allow employees and investors to get liquidity and allow dubiously accredited dopes like me to buy shares of unlisted companies relatively easily, though they are also “used car markets where buyers aren’t allowed to check what’s under the hood,” according to some finance professor. My used-car purchasing days were not distinguished by a deep knowledge of automotive engineering and if my first post-college car had a drunken hamster on a rusty wheel under the hood I would probably not have noticed at the time of purchase.* Read more »
I’m not the only person who noticed that Mark Zuckerberg is going to have more than the usual amount of control over Facebook (Facebook Facebook Facebook), both unto his grave and beyond. As a conceptual matter I’m kind of down with that though I’m not going to, like, buy shares in the IPO or anything.* But my basic take is that, if you’re going to buy stock in in a poking machine that makes about a penny per user per day, you should be willing to trust Mark Zuckerberg. Because if you were the inventor of Facebook, you would have invented Facebook, or something.
The alternative to giving a hoodied 27-year-old complete control over all aspects of a multibillion dollar business is to have a team of professional managers being all professional and managing by committee and checking each others’ work. It is not clear what is better. I suspect Facebook would not be a $100 billion asset today if it had sold to Yahoo in 2006 though, also, no one has ever accused Yahoo of being professionally managed. But the point is that those are two distinct styles and there are arguments for both. Professionalism has much to recommend it but so does complete domination by one visionary; for instance, founder dominated firms outperform the market.