Interview: Facebook’s London Investor Tamas: ‘People Are Obsessed With IPOs’


imageDigital Sky Technologies London partner Alexander Tamas and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (pictured, right) met with a steady stream of reporters Tuesday afternoon, explaining why a company with lots of money wanted such a small stake in Facebook — and why a company that says it needs no money took a new $200 million investment. Tucked away in an alcove at the Four Seasons in Carlsbad, Calif., (with the Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) Co.’s Donald Graham, a Facebook board member, sitting in but not participating), the three of us talked about international plans, acquisitions — none planned, says Sandberg, and, among other things, the obsession with IPOs. Full interview over at

Robert adds: Digital Sky Technologies has stakes in,, and top portal Arsenal football club majority owner Alisher Usmanov bought another two percent of DST this week, taking his stake up to 32 percent.

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