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May 21, 2012



Rick, would you personally risk investing in Linked In? I wouldn't put a penny into Facebook, but Linked In interests me.


LinkedIn may turn into the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I still don't see how spending money to buy a stock with a 670 P/E can be the best deal available.

Thanks to all who took the time to answer my questions.------------------------------
"Obama has done to tee off France"

I would think by now most nations would have figured out that the only group that seem to gain from Obama's efforts are the MB. Doubt if France really wants that.

Rick Ballard


I was just curious as to whether there was a reasonable answer to Pagar's question. I don't trade stocks.



I'm conservative with stocks, as I am gambling with the business. I'd wait a while to see how LinkedIn increases earnings. If they do well, it may be worth it in a bit. Right now it is too speculative for my tastes.

In a sense LinkedIn's valuation is a response to the dearth of IPOs. Very few companies go public these days (SarBox) and instead prefer to be acquired by a bigger player.

There just aren't that many companies that offer huge growth potential these days. So that leads to irrational exuberance for the few that there are.


It appears that LinkedIn is listed on the NYSE instead of Nasdaq, where Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and all the other tech stocks are listed. I wonder why.


I really liked that post Dr. J., thank you.

The only speculative stock that I have in my portfolio is small stake in IMAX which a friend whom I trust advised me to buy and although I haven't made anything on it yet, he keeps telling me to hang on to it. His name will be mud if he is wrong :)



Thanks, but please do your own research. "On the Internet know knows you're a dog." I might be one. :)

And your risk tolerance may well be different than mine.

Melinda Romanoff

LinkedIn is like a Rolodex on steroids, everyone who works, or has worked, pays, in some form, to be a member.

Only "Social" media that works for me, so far.

Still trying to figure a number for it though.


everyone who works, or has worked, pays, in some form

The basic, and useful, membership is free. I know of no one who pays for the extra services, though undoubtedly some do.

The money is in the user data. Strictly speaking I don't pay for that. Someone does seek to make money from it though.

Melinda Romanoff

And LinkedIn does, on the cheap, which is why it works, IMO.


I'm guessing all social media in their present form have a very limited life span as people will either tire of them or a disruptive unforeseen new technology will make them obsolete in a very short time.


Right Mel: it would not work any other way. But "everyone who works, or has worked, pays" is not right.


Pattern I noticed earlier, I didn't know of this name before;



You may well be right, Iggie, but one gets used to the user interface ("look and feel) and one has a large vested interest and investment into the software and system. It becomes hard to change.

Have you heard of Plaxo? It wants to be your address book for life. Same sort of thing as LinkedIn. Who knows if it will catch on.

There's lots of others.

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