Happy Float, Facebook
Happy IPO day, Facebook.
I’m not an “insider” of any sorts, so I won’t be gaining from any of the early Facebook IPO action. I’m on the fence as to whether or not I might try to buy some “FB” shares on the open market through my Schwab account…not because I’m not interested in owning any Facebook stock, but because like a lot of investors, I want it to be a conscious, responsible investment, and one never knows what’s going to happen on IPO days.
But know this: I’m very bullish on Facebook, both its past and its future. I’ve never seen an Internet property bring so many people together from so many different places in the world, across economic and social strata, and keep them coming back.
If you’re as bullish, but not ready to gamble on IPO day, you might give some thought to investing in the Facebook “pick and shovel” plays.
Stand back, look at the Facebook ecosystem, and rather than place all your bets on the Facebook IPO “come” line, instead spread some bets across the board and benefit from all the other players who stand to benefit from Facebook’s continued growth and adoption around the world.
The Zyngas, whose gaming ecosystem helped the Facebook tribe spread around the world. The Dachis Corps and Buddy Medias, which are helping make the Facebook platform work well for marketers (and focusing well beyond the social graph ads that GM announced it would abandon earlier this week).
And, to be sure, hundreds of others.
Regardless of whether or not you’re a Facebook fan, and heaven knows sentiment about them can run to the extremes, if you’re a good Western capitalist, you have to be excited.
This is the classic American success story, where young kid has great idea, develops that idea in his dorm room and later small house in Silicon Valley, and eventually changes the world.
And make no mistake about that: Facebook has forever changed the world.
Just ask the folks in Egypt, or Tunisia, or Russia, or any other locale or organization that has benefited from the lower center of gravity Facebook has created that makes organizing in mass quantities as simple as a few clicks.
There is a good reason that Facebook is NOT available in China — fear of transparency and open communications.
If it were available, China would be a very different place than it is today, and it makes me thankful that the kind of open innovation and entrepreneurialism we have here in the U.S. is still alive and well.
And that, in the end, may well be the most important reason for celebrating Facebook’s entry into the public markets.
Big ideas can still have big impacts, and Silicon Valley (and, more broadly, the United States) is one of those places in the world that you can find the capital, the talent, and the political and regulatory playing field to make those big ideas a reality.
Happy IPO day, Facebook.
Written by turbotodd
May 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm
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