The coming Facebook IPO will reignite interest in the stock market, and make it interesting to a whole new generation.
Google has become the best meter we have of what other people know about us.
So many people are focused on Facebook's upcoming IPO that they're missing another investment opportunity that's staring them right in the face: Apple.
Facebook filed its initial paperwork for its IPO on Feb. 1, 2012, in what is assured to be the most talked about IPO in 2012. However, before you "friend" the Facebook share, it will pay to do some digging into their StockVille.
Going public and raising a boat load of cash doesn't guarantee success. As we all eagerly await Facebook's Initial Public Offering (IPO), I can't help but to think that history is going to repeat itself.
The ancient Greeks, as they chiseled pictures of cute cats and dogs into stone, could only dream that a medium like Facebook would one day exist, allowing individuals who wished to make others involuntarily say, "Aww..." to do so on a global scale.
I tell parents, sometimes, wanting to keep up with the Joneses is a really good motivator.
Social networks are altering the fabric of friendships, turning you into a business, and your friends and followers into customers of your content.
What's the $100 billion for? It's an option on Mark Zuckerberg and his 800 million Facebook friends. It's an option on whatever future monetization strategy Facebook may develop. That value may be high. It may not be unreasonable.
Throughout history, intellectual rigor and tireless exploration of the world we live in have been qualities that Jews have striven toward. As such, Google is the platform that should appeal most to the aspirational Jew within.
We estimate 50 percent of married users ages 28-35 joined Facebook for the sole purpose of trying to track down and potentially hook-up with an old high school boyfriend/girlfriend.
In fact, history is littered with companies that were the category leader and got displaced, even when they had full and total dominance. So although Facebook is very big and has dominance, its future is not guaranteed.
Facebook and the billionaire Mark Zuckerberg has joined the establishment. It has become another corporate giant which cheated us, luring on a concept of global friendship which has turned out to be lined with corporate greed.
In your letter submitted with the IPO filing, you said your goal is "to give everyone a voice and to help transform society for the future." I challenge you to practice what you preach.
Why not go the route of Wikipedia or Firefox or WordPress, digital creations that are open source and not-for-profit? Or why not stay a private company, turning a small profit but answering only to yourself?
Leading angel investor and tech commentator Hussein Kanji explains what it means now that Facebook is going public.