I'm a huge fan of Twitter and surprised how quickly they're going to IPO from the announcement just a few weeks ago (the IPO is supposed to happen tomorrow). I have no idea where to start, when to try and do this, how the process works for a layman. Is there any easy way to buy a couple hundred shares of the stock on the first day? [more inside]
Should I exercise my time-limited stock options? I can afford it, but not without unease. I think it's a probably a good investment, but I have trouble determining how good. Details within. [more inside]
How can I get a copy of Netscape's last prospectus prior to its Aug. 9, 1995, IPO, as quickly and cheaply as possible? [more inside]
How do people get information about a company during its pre-ipo quiet period? [more inside]
My initial vesting date will be just a few days after the IPO. Should I sell all the shares that vest on the vesting date immediately? How do I maximize my future happiness in making this decision? [more inside]
What is a good expected share price in the U.S. initial public offering of Velti? It's unclear how the value of the overseas parent company will relate to shares in the U.S. Asking for a friend with possibly an immediate opportunity to obtain some equity. [more inside]
Zipcar filed the S-1 paperwork for IPO with SEC today. Family member owns a relatively significant number (to us anyways) of common shares due to prior job with the company. What happens next and what should we do? [more inside]
Is skype going public? [more inside]
Where can I find a list of public companies, sorted by headquartered state? [more inside]
Who made the initial public offering? [more inside]
Did you work for a startup and exercise your options early? [more inside]
How much ROI would a VC be looking for in a late-stage biotechnology startup? [more inside]
How does an IPO work from an employee's perspective? [more inside]
What is the shortest time from IPO to bankruptcy? Any company filings will do.
As a fledgling investor, I'm confused about a fundamental idea behind stock investing: When I buy a stock, unless I buy it during a company's Initial Public Offering (IPO), I'm actually buying it from another investor who's willing to part with it for some price. So although I'm paying good money for those shares of company ownership, none of it ends up providing working capital for the company itself-- the money they got in the IPO is all they'll ever get from the stock market. So my questions are: What are the market forces that are supposed to keep the company's market capitalization (current share price X number of outstanding shares) in line with a company's actual value (assets - liabilities)? Why are high (or low) stock prices important to companies? Why do companies care so much about "creating shareholder value?"
What is the best way to get in on Google's IPO? I know nothing about investing, other than having a 401k. Can the average Joe get in on it without paying a broker or something like that?