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Industry watchers had said 2011 would be a big year for IPOs, and, if week one of the new year is any indication, they’re already right. Bot…

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Industry watchers had said 2011 would be a big year for IPOs, and, if week one of the new year is any indication, they’re already right. Both Facebook and LinkedIn gave very loud hints over the last several days that they will go public soon. According to reports in Bloomberg, Reuters (NYSE: TRI), and the WSJ, LinkedIn expects to file a registration statement by the end of the first quarter, while Facebook told investors its stock market debut could come by April 2012.

In a widely picked up tweet shortly after the Facebook news came out, Keith Rabois, who is now the general manager at mobile payment startup Square, wrote, “Major market disruption: Google (NSDQ: GOOG) IPO’d after raising $25 million in venture capital, Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) $8.3 m; Facebook has now raised $1 billion.” That piqued our curiosity about how Facebook and LinkedIn stacked up more broadly to some of their their predecessors at IPO time. How different are these newcomers from the old guard when it comes to things like annual sales and number of employees? .

The veterans

*Yahoo* In 1996

Age: 2 years
Annual sales: $1.3 million
Net loss: $0.6 million
Total raised in IPO: $33.8 million
Market value at close: $848 million
Employees: 49

Amazon.com In 1997

Age: 3 years
Annual sales: $15.7 million
Net loss: $5.8 million
Total raised in IPO: $54 million
Market value at close: $438 million
Employees: 151

Google In 2004

Age: Six years
Annual sales: $961.8 million
Net income: $105.6 million
Total raised in IPO: $1.67 billion
Market value at close: $27 billion
Employees: 1,907

The candidates

LinkedIn In 2011

Age: Eight years
Annual sales: $100 million-plus
Net income: Profitable (2008 estimates)
Last valuation: $2 billion
Employees: 1,000

Facebook In 2012

Age: 8 years
Annual sales: $1.2 billion-plus
Net income: $355 million-plus (2010 estimates)
Last valuation: $50 billion
Employees: 2,000-plus

  1. Simon Bellington Sunday, January 9, 2011

    Yahoo Age is incorrect.

  2. Joseph Tartakoff Monday, January 10, 2011

    Thank you. I just corrected it.

    — Joe Tartakoff, paidContent.org

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