Kevin Kelleher

Kevin Kelleher is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has worked at Bloomberg, Wired News and The Industry Standard magazine and has written for Wired magazine, Reuters, Fortune, GigaOm, Popular Science, Salon, Portfolio as well as many others.

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    What Etsy’s stellar debut doesn’t say about the IPO market

    Congratulations to Etsy on what has been by many measures a successful IPO. The stock priced at $16 a share yesterday, at the high end of its expected range, and shot up as much as 123 percent in its first few hours of trading today. This has led to the usual first-day commentary about IPO manias and cash left on tables, but the truth is the tech markets have become so distorted it’s going to take some time to see…
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    Ashley Madison: The rare company with steady profits and growth, but little investor interest

    There are some news stories where the jokes just seem to write themselves, but that doesn’t keep us writers from taking a shot. And so when Ashley Madison said it’s planning an IPO in London, there were all kinds of puns about hooking up, how the IPO market is getting steamy, how cheating pays on Wall Street, and so on. Ashley Madison doesn’t hide the fact that it’s a dating site for adulterers – in fact it celebrates this
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    The Alibaba bears are having a good year

    Remember the biggest US IPO in history? A little more than six months ago, the so-called Amazon of China raised $22 billion and commanded a market value of $230 billion – a figure startlingly large enough it made one wonder whether we shouldn’t be calling Amazon the Alibaba of America. But a little more than six months later, Alibaba the stock is looking rather meh. After the IPO, bullish analysts said the stock could double in its first year,…
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    Why BlackBerry has become an interesting company again

    Maybe you stopped caring about BlackBerry long before its share of the global smartphone market fell below 1 percent. Maybe you never even got the whole CrackBerry thing a decade ago. Whatever the case, if watching a dying company attempt a bold turnaround in two years – two years – is an interesting idea, you might want to take another look at the company. Corporate turnarounds often take five or more years and are a process of slow-motion chaos.…
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    Ten red flags on the GoDaddy IPO

    Barring any eleventh-hour surprises, GoDaddy will launch an IPO sometime next week. Ten months after it filed its first prospectus, the domain-registration and web-hosting company hopes to price its shares between $17 and $19 each. The midrange figure of $18 a share would raise $396 million and value the company at $2.7 billion. Even if GoDaddy isn’t expected to be the hottest tech IPO this year, it’s still notable because of the high number of red flags that…
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    How Electronic Arts found its groove again

    In the annual report Warren Buffett writes to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, he’s taken to warning about the ABC’s of business decay: arrogance, bureaucracy and complacency. Woe to the company that drifts into these swamps, because it can take years to escape them. Every once in a while, a company finds a CEO who can turn things around quickly. That was the case with Electronic Arts, the 33-year-old company that is so mature by the standards of Silicon Valley it’s name actually…
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    Square’s move into small-biz services will be a tough row to hoe

    One of the best business books ever written is Studs Terkel’s Working. It inspired in me the habit of asking people about their work when I can, a topic I find endlessly if bizarrely fascinating. After all, work is as much a part of the fabric of daily lives as family – in many cases it’s woven more deeply – so it’s a quick way to get insight into someone, but it also satisfies whatever curiosity that made me a…
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    The trouble with social, and the opportunity for Google

    Google has entered another one of its periods of languishment. Back in 2007, the company’s stock reached $358 a share, then needed another five years to exceed that peak. Once it did, Google rallied 71 percent over the next 18 months, rising as high as $614 a share early last year. Since then, Google has drifted sideways to down. It’s trading around $575, after falling below $500 earlier this year. The key problem is a familiar one. Our collective attention…
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    The just maybe unsinkable Dick Costolo

    The thing about investment conferences is that they’re staged events staged by people who have no business even trying. There are awkward moments aplenty, long pauses in Q&As, and – above all – unrehearsed statements intended to be clever but that fall flat. It’s improv done by people whose performative gifts die outside of the conference room. In one such clumsy conference moment Wednesday, Goldman Sachs analyst Heath Terry was talking with Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, and the audience…
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    My Dad kicked ass at Wii bowling: Or, why it’s okay to compete with Travis Kalanick

    As a business journalist, I’m normally shy about writing about my personal life but I’d like to share a story about my Dad. In the early 2000s, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Anyone who has had a loved one suffer from a neurodegenerative disorder knows what followed was as sad and brutal as it was irreversible. But as with any hardship there are also the positive moments that emerge, like the time my dad took up Wii bowling. Nobody ever…

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