Here Comes the Facebook IPO, Right On Schedule

The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook’s IPO will drop between April and June of 2012. The company could potentially raise $10 billion with a valuation north of $100 billion, depending on market conditions.

The IPO time frame shouldn’t surprise anybody, though. I reported back in January that Facebook’s IPO would most likely drop in May 2012. The reason is simple: SEC rules will require Facebook to reveal its financial information to the public in May 2012. If you have to report earnings, you might as well IPO and raise $10 billion in the process.

Just like Zynga, Facebook is going to have a retention problem once it IPOs. A lot of employees are vesting, and they are going to be very tempted to jump ship and do their own thing. Or buy a beach house in Hawaii and lay around in the sun for a couple of years.

I think, in a perfect world, Zuckerberg wouldn’t IPO. He’d rather have full control of the company while keeping its finances secret. But proposed changes to SEC regulations that would give him that option won’t be implemented by then.

Besides, there’s a lot you can do with $10 billion. I suggest a giant slingshot that fires water balloons at Google’s campus in Mountain View. I’m pretty sure Facebook employees would be in favor of such an awesome weapon of war.

  • http://www.stealthmode.com hardaway

    I feel sorry for all the investors who don’t realize the best days for FB are behind it. Zuck will leave after a year, and then it will be just another public company like…dare I say it…Yahoo.

    • http://benparr.com Ben Parr

      I absolutely don’t agree.  Zuck is in it for the long haul…and some of the stuff I’ve seen behind the scenes… oh wow oh wow.

      • Anonymous

        wow, wow, wow… interesting!

      • http://twitter.com/desinapster AR. Harris Raja

        These so called “behind the scenes” – Are they any match against Google+?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah I would disagree as well… There is no way Zuck is going to leave good or bad, if FB does go down Zuck will be standing on the bridge of his ship!

  • http://twitter.com/_Ayase__ Ahmad W.Ayase

    What’s an IPO? stocks for sale?

  • http://www.twitter.com/nathanieldeal Nathaniel Deal

    No surprises here, next up twitter!

  • MADE IN THE USA!!

    Screw facebook. myspace is soooo mutch better. new owners are unveiling the new myspace along with justin timberlake first part of 2012. myspace has soo many options that facebook dosent. they have a top friends lista nd facebook dosent. they allow you to post a mood and face to go with your status and facebook dosent. whats the point in haveing a status if you cant post a mood and face to show how you feel? myspace is the largest free music library on the internet. ive found songs on there you cant find on yahoo music or pandora or even i tunes. bands that dont sing together no more but their music is still on there. fb is gonna claim music but lets be honest fb wont top myspace on music, more bands make a myspace over fb becouse myspace focuses alot on music. myspace is better for advertiseing a business. the myspace mobile app is awsome. so many people have argued with me when i say myspace is better! they all say well so and so is on there, my family is on there or more people are on there. just becouse more people are on their dont mean its a better site, just means its popular. i wish somebody would actually do research like i have on wich site is better before they have another lame ass arguement they cant win. here is some lincs to the new changes that the new owners will make.  http://adage.com/article/special-report-advertising-week/justin-timberlake-talks-myspace-minutes/230197/

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