This Week: Ancestry IPO, FamilyLink goes viral, Navigating Facebook Platform changes

This week is going to be amazing. Possibly, the most interesting week of my career. I’ll explain. Ancestry.com is slated to go public on Wednesday. I always dreamed of being part of that IPO, but I’ve been out of the company (7 years) longer than I was in the company (6 years). But my excitement about watching a company I helped create trade on a public exchange is mounting. I cannot wait to see what...
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Shutterfly Files for IPO

A few highlights from the Shutterfly S-1:
  • $83.9 million in revenue last year with net income of $28.9 million (But $24 million was from a one-time tax benefit recognized in Q4 2005. The revenue growth is strong year over year.
  • They have stored more than 900 million customer photos in their archives.
  • They have sold 300 million prints in 11 million customer orders.
  • 84% of their customers are female.
  • This is a bit surprising to me.

Omniture IPO!

I'm so happy for everyone associated with Omniture for successfully completing its IPO today. The shares opened at $6.50 and ended the day up slightly at $6.53 per share. Visit Yahoo Finance for more. This high tech IPO is a big deal for Utah, which needs more IPOs. And Omniture now has a war chest to help it maintain its leadership position in the web analytics space.

Most August IPOs (30) in Five Years

This morning I woke up with three ideas that I believe could be developed and sold to one of the major search engines within the next three years. I started wondering if the best exit strategy for an internet based startup these days is to position yourself to be acquired by Google, Yahoo, or Microsoft. And maybe even eBay. There is so much capital in these companies and they all seem to be anxious to do acquisitions. And the IPO market has seemed so sleepy for so long.