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As IPOs Revive, Should You Be Joining In?

After a few comatose years following the financial crisis, the IPO market is roaring back. And with names like Facebook and Groupon driving the rumor mill, smaller investors are wondering if how to get in on the action. The answer: Carefully, thanks to the risks.

Where's the Surge in Social Media IPOs?

You'd think investors would be frothing at the mouth for any IPOs in the social media sector. But only a few players look serious about going public soon, and investors aren't putting as much pressure on them to jump as you'd expect.

Groupon and FTD Offer Refunds

man on bended knee presenting a flower -flowers grouponIf you bought a Groupon for $20 good for $40 worth of flowers from FTD and suspected you were being overcharged, you thought right. Seems a glitch in...

Groupon CFO Jason Child: 'I Don't See Any Limits'

Although he says he's "not exactly certain what" Groupon's appeal is, Jason Child has plenty of possibilities. And he's certain that even give the online coupon company's explosive growth, there plenty of room for further expansion. But don't expect an IPO anytime soon.

Groupon IPO Could Value Coupon Company at $15 Billion

Groupon is planning an initial public offering that would value the three-year-old online coupon distribution site at as much as $15 billion -- more than double what Google reportedly bid on the company last year -- The New York Times reported.

Is NeXt a Better Way to Buy Into Facebook Before the IPO?

Unless you're ultra-wealthy or willing to chance the vagaries of the secondary markets, you can't invest yet in hot social networking companies like Facebook or Zynga. But soon there may be an alternative: a new fund called NeXt BDC Capital that will take stakes in top-quality venture-backed firms like those.

LivingSocial Cuts Off the Aggregators. What's Up With That?

People who run smaller group-buying sites say the aggregators are by far the best source of new customers and new traffic. And LivingSocial, while big and valued at $1 billion, is still a whole lot smaller than the big kahuna Groupon. So why would LivingSocial take this tack?

How the Web Will Make Winners and Losers in 2011

A year ago, hardly anyone was expecting Angry Birds or Groupon to be among the stars of 2010, but the underlying trends that powered their success were plain enough. So while it's nearly impossible to accurately predict what the next big hits will be, here are five trends that may help separate 2011's winners from its losers.

What Facebook's Goldman Deal Says About Tech IPOs

Facebook and many other tech startups have realized that the hassles and headaches of an IPO in the U.S. aren't always worthwhile. Thanks to willing venture capitalists and private investors, it's easier than ever to avoid the lure of going public.

What Groupon Will Do With That Extra $950 Million

Word is bubbling up that Groupon is about to close a $950 million funding round. But the company is already the global group buying leader and is growing much faster than its competitors, so why does it need so much money? For world domination, of course ... and here's how it's likely to play out.

10 Hot Products of 2010

Groupon deals and coupons are one of the hottest products this yearEvery year, a few innovative products and services capture the public's imagination, they find a unique niche and become runaway hits.


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Google in Talks With Smaller Coupon Companies

Google (GOOG) is in talks with smaller coupon companies after failing to reach a deal with Groupon, The New York Post reported. Google may be looking at coupon companies including LivingSocial and New York%u2019s BuyWithMe, The New York Post reported without naming its sources.

Groupon Looks to Raise Funds After Spurning Google Bid

Groupon, the online social coupon site launched in 2008, is looking to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in expansion-related funding after rejecting a bid from search giant Google worth as much as $6 billion, Bloomberg News reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the process.

Can Group Buying Save the Newspaper Business?

Although many media pundits have declared that newspapers are in a death spiral, group buying may -- just may -- have an antidote. This business is a perfect fit for the existing newspaper sales force, which has a deep Rolodex of local customers.

Why Groupon Said 'No' to Google

When Google reportedly offered to buy Groupon for $6 billion, board members stood to make millions of dollars each. Co-founders Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky could have walked away with $2.4 billion between them. So why did the No. 1 group-buying site reportedly say "no" to Google?