Tech WWWorld–LinkedIn IPO, Nokia Hints at Smartphone OS Changes

LinkedIn has filed for IPO

LinkedIn has 990 employees and revenue for 2009 was $120 million. A few key notes from the filing (link).

1. The number of registered members in our network is higher than the number of actual members because some members have multiple registrations, other members have died or become incapacitated, and others may have registered under fictitious names. Given the challenges inherent in identifying these accounts, we do not have a reliable system to accurately identify the number of actual members, and thus we rely on the number of registered members as our measure of the size of our network. Further, a substantial majority of our members do not visit our website on a monthly basis, and a substantial majority of our page views are generated by a minority of our members.

2 Our core value of putting our members first may conflict with the short-term interests of our business.

One of our core values is to make decisions based on the best interests of our members, which we believe is essential to our success in increasing our member growth rate and engagement and in serving the best, long-term interests of the company and our stockholders. Therefore, in the past, we have forgone, and may in the future forgo, certain expansion or short-term revenue opportunities that we do not believe are in the best interests of our members, even if our decision negatively impacts our operating results in the short term. In addition, as part of our philosophy of putting our members first, as long as our members are adhering to our terms of service, this philosophy may cause disagreements, or negatively impact our relationships, with our existing or prospective customers. This could result in enterprises and professional organizations blocking access to our website or refusing to purchase our hiring or marketing solutions or premium subscriptions. Our decisions may not result in the long-term benefits that we expect, in which case our member engagement, business and operating results could be harmed.

Nokia’s Q4 Profit Drops

Nokia claims 31% of the worldwide smartphone market share (down by 9% since last year).

Yet, Nokia faces some significant challenges in our competitiveness and our execution. In short, the industry changed, and now it’s time for Nokia to change faster.

– Nokia expects Devices & Services net sales to be between EUR 6.8 billion and EUR 7.3 billion in the first quarter 2011.
– Nokia expects its non-IFRS operating margin in Devices & Services to be between 7% and 10% in the first quarter 2011.
– Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks expect Nokia Siemens Networks’ net sales to be between EUR 2.8 billion and EUR 3.1 billion in the first quarter 2011.
– Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks expect the non-IFRS operating margin in Nokia Siemens Networks to be between -3% and breakeven in the first quarter 2011.[link]

Egypt Shuts off the Internet

The Egyptian government appears to have ordered service providers to shut down all international connections to the Internet. Critical European-Asian fiber-optic routes through Egypt appear to be unaffected for now. But every Egyptian provider, every business, bank, Internet cafe, website, school, embassy, and government office that relied on the big four Egyptian ISPs for their Internet connectivity is now cut off from the rest of the world. Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr, and all their customers and partners are, for the moment, off the air.[link]

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