Friday, May 18, 2012
Facebook IPO Part Deux
We should be asking ourselves why Facebook is doing an IPO. An IPO stands for initial public offering. It is a company's entrance into being publicly traded. Companies often go public because they need capital for a monumental direction changing task. It is basically crowd-sourcing before crowd-sourcing was crowd-sourcing. So if we keep thinking on this track, what might Facebook be planning? Well, as discussion in the previous post, they own the social media market, but they only own 1/7 people in the world - and that is rounding up. So how will Facebook grow? They need to tap into new markets. Facebook already owns the social media, but they don't own the actual communication yet on which Facebook runs. I wouldn't be surprised if they were going to become a wireless provider. Yep, I bet you they are going to become a mobile carrier or own a major interest in one and/or offer a Facebook phone. Facebook needs to own the growing economies. Today, you can go out and buy an unlocked $800 Samsung Galaxy S3, but not everyone can do that. There are far more people who will want a smartphone, but won't be able to fork over the grand for the S3 , accessories, and contract and other shenanigans. Facebook needs to penetrate the growing international market which is price sensitive with a phone to deliver their main social media product. I would imagine that the phone would be near free, the contract would be cheap, much of what is going on would be ad supported, and all of your activity would be monitored, collected, and then sold. This might be the initial public offering....of you.