Liz Gannes

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A Mother of a Pop: LinkedIn Debut Stirs Up Bubble Talk

LinkedIn ended its first day as a public company with shares trading at $94.25, up 109 percent from their initial price.

Shares had surged as high as $122.70 during the day, bringing out the Macbeth witch chant from every market watcher not snatching up the stock. Double, double toil and trouble…Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. Heck, even Jim Cramer was doing it.

LinkedIn now has a valuation of $8.9 billion, which is 578 times larger than its 2010 net income of $15.4 million. Revenues were $243 million in 2010 and $94 million in the first quarter of 2011, but revenue growth is slowing, something Ryan Chittum at the Columbia Journalism Review urged bubble-calling journalists to mention.





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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik