The tale of two IPOs: cleantech vs social media

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Updated. Companies that make online games, social networks, and web coupons seem to be able to raise a lot more money in IPOs right now than companies that make energy technology, greener transportation, and biofuels.  Zynga’s reported potential $2 billion raise could deliver Zynga five times Tesla’s combined IPO and follow-on offering. If Groupon raises at least $750 million, it would bring in more than the IPOs of Amyris, KiOR, Gevo, and Zipcar, and the planned IPOs of  EnphaseEnergy and Luca Technologies combined. It’s kind of sad, actually.

Greentech IPOs

Company Sector Size of IPO (or planned IPO)
Amyris Greentech/biofuels $84.8 million
KiOR Greentech/biofuels $150 million
Gevo Greentech/biofuels $95.7 million
Enphase Energy Greentech/solar Planned up to $100 million
Luca Technologies Greentech/natural gas Planned up to $125 million
BrightSource Greentech/solar Planned $250 million
Zipcar Greentech/car sharing $174 million
Tesla Greentech/electric car $226 million in an IPO, and $152.43 million in a follow-in offering
Solazyme Greentech/biofuels $198 million

Social media IPOs that have happened or are planned:

Company Sector Size of IPO (or planned IPO)
LinkedIn Social media $352.8 million
Pandora Social media/music $235 million
Zynga Social media/gaming Estimated as much as $2 billion.
Groupon Social media/online coupons Potentially $750 million or more.
Kayak Social media/travel $50 million (not every one is huge)
Facebook Social media If it ever IPOs, a heck of a lot

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