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Kevin Kelleher

  1. Wellness startup Mindbody isn't the cure for this ailing IPO market

    It's the outcome that anyone who hosts a party dreads: Despite inviting all the cool kids, none of them show up. It turns out a better party is being thrown somewhere else. A few guests trickle in, but most of them turn out to be the ones you kind of hoped wouldn't show up, not the ones that can take the party to the next level.

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  2. The curse of the first-day pop, and why Shopify deserves better

    Another week, another money-losing tech IPO has an eye-popping rally on its first day of trading.

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  3. Forget the Verizon-AOL deal. The big wave in tech M&A is just getting started.

    It's been a while since such an insignificant M&A transaction has generated as much fuss as we're seeing for Verizon's $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL. Within the broader tech M&A market – in which buyers spent $439 billion last year – this just isn't that big of a deal. In fact, the most notable thing about it is the buzz it's generating inside the tech industry. Or rather, what that can mean for a coming wave of M&A activity.

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  4. A tech earnings season to forget. But also worth thinking about

    As earnings seasons go, the parade of financial reports these past few weeks is one that many tech companies will be happy to forget. But it's also the kind of disappointing season some may be seeing more in the future.

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  5. Wall Street to Facebook: What else ya got?

    Behold Facebook's success on the Internet. One out of every five mobile minutes, Zuckerberg said last week, is spent on Facebook or Instagram. Now, according to Pew Research, we learn that Facebook controls 10 percent of digital ad revenue, including 37 percent of all mobile display ads.

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  6. With its own Tweet gaffe, Twitter spectacularly demonstrates its own intrinsic Catch-22

    Today, a single tweet sucked $7.4 billion worth of market value from Twitter's stock. When Twitter's earnings report was published prematurely on its investor-relations site (Twitter later blamed Nasdaq), hardly anyone noticed until it was broadcast on Twitter.

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  7. 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 clearly what's ahead for Etsy.

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  8. 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.

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