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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    A sort-of glossary for our lives lived among clicks

    God help you if you’ve selfied yourself twerking this year. Doubly so if you can spare any love for the English language. Both words were in the running for the “Word of the Year,” a dubious race of lame horses run by the historically esteemed Oxford Dictionaries (10 years ago the honored word was “metrosexual” and 20 years back it was the words “information superhighway”). This is a race measured by the online “usage” of words in conversations among people…
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    That queasy feeling when a Web rally starts losing steam

    What happened to the Great Web Rally of 2013? Until two months ago, investors were clamoring for companies in the sector so much they were willing to buy stocks with triple-digit PE ratios. They snapped up well-known names that had a track record of losses. After years of shying away from Web stocks, investors couldn’t get enough. There were two reasons for the rally. First, 2013 marked the year when companies began to make money on mobile users. Consumers and…
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    Twitter’s IPO was the anti-Facebook and Zulily is the anti-Twitter

    The great, rumbling electrical storm that was the Twitter IPO has passed. The stock vacillates a little below the $45.10 opening price. For a while, Twitter might as well have been the IPO market, and that IPO market seemed a little loopy, a place where seasoned investors lined up for a piece of a company that was still seeing losses growing at an 89-percent annual rate. Twitter’s IPO was such a media event that many people who profess little or…
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    Twitter went public and all we got was the opening bell

    I felt kind of bad for poor Jean-Luc Picard. It’s a big step down from the kingly captain’s chair of the Enterprise to ringing the NYSE opening bell. Not because everyone from Martha Stewart to the cast of Jersey Shore to the Aflac Duck beat him to it. Or because a ritual that once employed a gavel and a gong is now not even a bell. It’s a button you push to make a sound you’d hear at…
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    Okay, now Netflix investors are just acting silly

    No, we’re not close to being in another bubble in tech stocks, but from the perspective of fundamental analysis there are signs that things are getting silly. It’s not just Twitter heading for the public markets with an 11-digit valuation and nary a whiff of black ink. Or that the fuzzy math being used to justify high valuations reminds some seasoned veterans of crazier times. There is also Netflix, a company that has not only emerged as a…
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    OpenTable is hoping for a second serving

    Remember back in May 2009, when OpenTable went public? At the time, there was a lot of skepticism surrounding the company, mostly because it had recently swung from a history of losses to two quarters of operating profit. Some called investing in OpenTable a “tough call.” Others suggested investors think twice before buying into the IPO. The reasons were straightforward enough, or at least they were back then. It wasn’t just the last stages of the dot-com hangover.…
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    Google: World domination starts today

    Right off the bat in Google’s conference call to discuss earnings Thursday, CEO Larry Page had this to say: “People tend to overestimate the impact of technology in the short-term, yet underestimate the scale of change longer term.” Substitute “Google” for “technology” in that sentence – which may in fact be the subtext Page was going for – and it still rings true. Every quarter, analysts ask Page for updates on some of the company’s more ambitious projects like…
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    Zulily: This is what a fully-baked IPO looks like

    In the Cantos, Ezra Pound wrote about a Chinese emperor who had these words written on his bathtub: “Make it new, day by day make it new.” Along with Pound, a century of poets and artists have drawn inspiration from those words until they began to sound like a cliché. But the more the web evolves, the more the motto applies to online businesses as well. One example is Zulily, which…
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    Is Twitter a hot IPO or an overhyped one? Yes.

    Remember that old drawing that, depending on your perspective, could be a young woman turning her head to look at a bright future or a haggard old lady with a tired gaze? Reading through Twitter’s prospectus, I half-expected to see that chestnut included there. Because it’s the perfect illustration of how this company’s outlook is portrayed in its own words. Twitter’s S-1 document is full of financial data, as you would expect from any responsible company planning to list its…
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    If Twitter is the anti-Facebook of IPOs, it has Facebook to thank

    If the IPO market for social media companies were a three-act play, Act One would be LinkedIn, Facebook would represent the distressing second act and the Twitter IPO – announced by the company today on its own service – would be Act Three, an act that looks to be set up for a very happy ending. Unless some economic or financial shock sends the broader stock market lower in coming months, Twitter will be sailing into public waters under conditions…

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