Google’s IPO and the Future of Google…

If anyone reads… they must have seen that Google is offering their IPO in a unique way… “Google filed to raise as much as $2.72 billion in an initial public offering (IPO) that will give the company more funding to compete against Yahoo, Microsoft and others focusing on the search engine, online advertising and browser industries. Valued at a $20-$25 billion dollar company, Google will have a lot of cash to work with after going IPO, almost $3 billion dollars.”– Search Engine Journal

Question to the peanut gallery: Has anyone heard when or how to obtain their IPO’s?

Comments 8

  1. toby wrote:

    the IPO/auction is not set to happen until late summer or autumn. I am sure the google people are trying to work out the ins and outs of the general public stock auction which will set the base rate for the wall street run IPO.

    Posted 05 May 2004 at 12:24 pm
  2. peppers wrote:

    This isn’t working – but it was @ one time. Google hasn’t released any details about how it will work so I would just keep my eyes on the news.

    Kind of excited for their “Gmail” product – could be a cool thing. And wondering how Yahoo and MSN will attack Google with their new search engines.

    Posted 05 May 2004 at 12:32 pm
  3. Christine wrote:

    I’m actually disturbed by their Gmail thing. For those who don’t know (and correct me if I’m wrong), they are going to scan the text of your email and use words and phrases that you mention in it to send you relevant ads. I don’t know – maybe I’m overreacting but it just seems like another invasion of privacy and personally I think spam is spam even if it is linked to something you are interested in.

    Posted 05 May 2004 at 3:02 pm
  4. toby wrote:

    The idea was to have a computer scan the email and place banner ads associated with particular words at the top of the screen.

    Given the fact that itís a free service I donít know if I would consider that an offensive violation of privacy. I would however be bent out of shape if the results of that email scan were subpoenaed and provided to someone, say uncle Sam, who is going on a terrorist witch hunt.

    Posted 05 May 2004 at 3:41 pm
  5. peppers wrote:

    Christine, I agree with you in the sense that it’s a bit odd that some computer @ Google HQ will read your email and insert relevant keywords based ads into your email (e.g. I have an email about the “beach” and I’m presented with ads about swinwear or sunscreen). However, Google already reads what you input into their search box and places contextual ads in their results. I know there’s an element of anonimity in searching on Google and there’s an issue of identity with email, but Tobias has a point that if you agree to the “Terms of Service” your opening yourself up to the behavior.

    If you don’t agree with it then just don’t use it.

    Posted 05 May 2004 at 4:02 pm
  6. C wrote:

    I completely agree that it is a free service – just making the point that I don’t think I’ll be signing up!

    Posted 05 May 2004 at 5:24 pm
  7. mike wrote:

    But will G-mail read emails sent to a gmail account box, whereas the sender has not accepted terms, but the recipient has. The famous New Wrinkle thread was an advertisers dream…

    And will being bombarded with ads “relevant” to my interests make me even more of a social deviant?

    Posted 05 May 2004 at 11:14 pm
  8. peppers wrote:

    I don’t think the sender would need to consent to this – it’s the reader of the mail.

    The two good things about Gmail: is (1) Google API will help you find emails about topics and (2) Google will be giving each user ~ 1 GB of email storage which is about double of what MSN or Yahoo has to offer.

    Posted 06 May 2004 at 7:26 am