Five reasons to invest in the IPO

We don’t have a IPO date yet, but when we do, the offering will probably generate a lot of media. Here are five reasons to consider investing in the IPO.

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We don’t have a IPO date yet, but when we do, the offering will probably generate a lot of media. Here are five reasons to consider investing in the IPO:

1) Mr. Liu Qiandong.

Liu Qiandong is currently No. 93 in the list of the Top 400 Richest Chinese with a net worth of over a billion dollars at just 37. He started his own business in 1998 with just $12,000 CNY and six years later he started After only 6 years, the company grew to 10 billion yuan in sales. He’s No. 25 on the list of Asia’s Hottest People in Business compiled by Fortune. If somebody from ICBC and the China Construction Bank is reading this, then please LEND THIS MAN TEN BILLION DOLLARS. It is unlikely that you will lose your money with him.

2) Alibaba sells over $170 billion.

I don’t need to explain this one.

3) They want to compete with DHL.

Most people see Jingdong as the next Amazon, but I prefer to see them as the next DHL.

Only 4 companies in the whole world remain in the Air Courier industry: Deutsche Post (Frankfurt: DPW), Federal Express (FDX), United Parcel Service (UPS) and Expeditors International (EXPD).

Together they turn a massive profit of at least $5.1 billion each year. The United States of America dominates this industry with 75% of the companies. At the end of the day, China must pay these companies to move their products from the factories to the stores.

They are very busy building half a dozen distribution centers in China. It is only a matter of time before they expand to the 14 countries that share borders with China.

4) Digital Sky Technologies believes in them.

This Russian company invests only in the Internet, and they had the vision to invest $100 million in Facebook (FB) when the company was valued at just $10 billion in 2009. That same year they also invested in Zynga (ZNGA).

In 2010 they invested $135 million in Groupon (GRPN), when the company was valued at just $1.35 billion. In 2011, they invested in Airbnb, which is now valued at $2 billion.

As you can see, they have a very strong track record of picking the right companies at the right time. If they are investing $1.5 billion in this company, then that means they believe this company will have a market value of $15 billion in 2016.

5) Rakuten is the fourth leading Internet & Catalog Retail Company in the world.

Rakuten of Japan is only behind eBay (EBAY), Liberty Interactive (LINTA, LINTB) and Amazon (AMZN) according to Forbes. This company currently has a market value of over $13 billion and annual sales of $5.6 billion. This company was founded in 1997 and it is now one of the largest companies in the world. They have grown to 10,000 employees. I think they already proven to the world their business model works and 360Buy is doing the same thing in China.


I don’t think this company will file for an IPO anytime soon. If they run out of cash, they can always give a call to Al Waleed Bin Talal and very nicely ask him for another couple of billions.

A ZocDoc IPO? Could it be the next big thing in tech?

If backing from Digital Sky Technologies and Goldman Sachs isn’t enough, here are three reasons why a ZocDoc IPO would probably be a good buying opportunity.

Every now and then, a Web site comes along that makes you wonder why it didn’t exist years ago. That’s how I felt when I learned about – an online booking system that lets you search for a doctor nearby who can see you right away.

Calling your doctor and scheduling an appointment three days in the future could be a thing of the past. Of course, it also means you might need to see a doctor who doesn’t know your name. Does that matter, though, when you’re sick and eager to get better?

Here are three reasons why a ZocDoc IPO (if there’s even one on the horizon) might be a good buying opportunity:

1) Investors are already knocking on ZocDoc’s doors. ZocDoc’s one of several companies that were identified as “rising stars” on SecondMarket – a site where users can buy shares in private companies (see our post How to buy stock on SecondMarket for more). While ZocDoc doesn’t have any shares available on SecondMarket yet, it’s one of the top three social sites SecondMarket users want the opportunity to invest in (behind only Pinterest and Practice Fusion).

2) Rapid growth. ZocDoc’s already got 1.2 million users a month in 17 markets (per CNBC), and the company plans to roll out nationwide next year. ZocDoc’s pushing for rapid growth (rather than an early IPO) to try to get a head start on copy-cat entrepreneurs, CEO Cyrus Massoumi told CNBC. An IPO would presumably come after the nationwide rollout.

3) Big backers. ZocDoc has already raised $95 million since launching in 2008. $50 million came from well-known venture capitalist firm Digital Sky Technologies. What’s really interesting, though, is the source of another $25 million. Apparently, it came directly from Goldman Sachs (per Beta Beat). That’s an nontraditional move that shows Goldman really likes what they see at ZocDoc.

4) A viable business model. Unlike a lot of tech start-ups, ZocDoc has a well-defined, easy-to-understand business model: the company pulls in $250 a month for every doctor that’s listed on its site. Should ZocDoc firmly establish itself as the online leader in its niche, it would have the sort of steady cash flows most websites dream about.

One of my favorite parts about the company is that Massoumi – the company’s co-founder – seems to understand that it needs to stay laser-focused on doing one thing and doing that one thing very well.

“We have one of the best lists of practicing physicians in the country right now,” Massoumi told Venture Beat. “That is an incredibly valuable rolodex, and people are always asking us to partner with them on that data. But we believe our success comes from our single minded focus, and we’re sticking to that.”

Ignoring short-term gains at the expense of doing one thing very well is the key to success that we’ve seen at companies like Instagram and Pinterest. ZocDoc understands that, and my guess is it’ll help them make the transition from start-up to a company with true staying power.



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Now that Facebook and Twitter are maturing, it’s natural for investors to start searching for the next big thing. Here’s why Pinterest should be at the top of the list.

Now that Facebook and Twitter are maturing, it’s natural for investors to start searching for the next big thing. Pinterest is – or should be – at the top of the list. The invite-only “pinboard” site lets users create collections of photos and text to share with others. The idea has caught on, and Pinterest is growing faster than any other standalone Web site in the history of the Internet, according to comScore.

Just nine months after launching, Pinterest hit more than 10 million unique visitors a month (and the site did it in January of 2012). In March of 2012, Compete reports that the site hit 18 million visitors. It’s not just growth that has investors excited about Pinterest’s future. Here are three more reasons why a Pinterest is tantalizing:

1) Pinterest isn’t like Twitter. One of the biggest complaints about Twitter is its lack of a viable revenue model. That’s not the case with Pinterest.

“It’s so commerce and goods driven,” an investor told BusinessInsider. In essence, the site’s community is creating perfect marketing mini-sites. They save pages and pages of photos and descriptions that are tightly tied to an idea, product or piece of merchandise. Pinterest could later leverage those pages for profit through partnerships, affiliate deals and paid ad placements.

The site’s serious about finding the right revenue model, too, as it recently hired Facebook’s former director of monetization, Tim Kendall.

2) Businesses and marketers love Pinterest, too. As the site’s notoriety has grown, businesses, bloggers and marketers have started wading onto Pinterest and creating their own pinboards. Businesses can use their pinboards to channel traffic to their Web site, Facebook page or Youtube channel, and if other Pinterest users like what they see, they can pin a business’s posts to their own pinboards (drumming up even more interest in the process).

Big brands have already started building formidable followings on the site. Whole Foods, for instance, has 26,000+ followers and Nordstrom has 14,823.

Much like LinkedIn offers premium services for recruiters, Pinterest could do the same with promoted pinboards. However, they’ll have to carefully tread the line between marketing and alienating their enthusiastic fanbase.

3) Investors see Pinterest’s potential. Secondmarket is an online marketplace where wealthy investors can buy and sell stock in private companies. While Pinterest doesn’t have any shares on the exchange, yet, Secondmarket’s community of investors is clearly excited about the site. The number of “watchers” on Secondmarket (investors who want to know when they can get access to Pinterest shares) shot up 641 percent in Q4 2011. Pinterest is clearly the new darling of the VC community – even outshining exciting sites like Kickstarter:

If only we could get our hands on some shares in the start-up… That would definitely be worth pinning.


A new way to invest in private companies with CircleUp

A new way of investing: CircleUp could prove to be the leader in crowdfunding if the SEC gives it its blessing.

It’s tantalizing to imagine getting shares in a start-up that might go on to become the next Google. That’s part of what draws us to sites like where everyday people can pledge cash investments in start-up projects in exchange for recognition and swag.

Still, it’d be nice to get more than swag for laying hard-earned cash on the line. That’s the idea behind crowdfunding – fundraising for private companies in exchange for a stake in the company. Unfortunately, wide-scale crowdfunding is yet to materialize due to complex regulatory issues set by the SEC and other securities agencies.

At the moment, investing in private businesses is limited to what the SEC calls “accredited investors.” That includes banks, investment companies and wealthy investors. The idea is that since private companies don’t have to publicly disclose their earnings information, retail investors could get duped into dumping cash into a bottomless pit. By setting rules for accredited investors, the SEC limits investing in private companies to savvier investors and institutions since they should be more familiar with the unique risks that start-ups bring.

Whether or not that’s true, it seems like the onus should be on the buyer, not the government to tell us what we can and can’t investment in. Passage of the JOBS Act has crowdfunding fans hopeful things are about to change, too.

And there’s one company in particular that’s leading the charge: CircleUp vets consumer and retail start-ups that are looking to raise up to $1 million. If that start-up meets CircleUp’s criteria and has $1 to $5 million a year in revenue, CircleUp opens up investment opportunities in that company.

Right now, CircleUp is limited to accredited investors, but “the site may open to unaccredited investors,” per reports from AllThingsDigital. Expect a big surge in interest if that happens.

CircleUp’s model differs from that of competitors like SharesPost and SecondMarket in that it limits offerings to companies that are actually generating revenue. Companies listed on SharesPost and SecondMarket might not have made a dime in the past, and perhaps they won’t ever generate cash in the future.

“Private investments in small businesses are the next step in the evolution that began fifteen years ago with simple consumer transactions on eBay, and have continued with very personal matchmaking for housing and dating on sites like Craigslist and financial transactions through investment brokerage firms and online banking,” CircleUp said in a recent statement.

Gartner Research estimates that crowdfunding will be a $6.2 billion market by 2013. If things go well, expect CircleUp to capture a fair chunk of that pie.


3 reasons to invest in a Kickstarter IPO

Kickstarter is moving from the geeky fringe into mainstream consciousness, and that has investors taking note. Here are three reasons to consider investing in a Kickstarter IPO if and when we see one.

It’s hard to walk a few steps at my office without hearing someone talking about the latest business idea they saw on It’s a sign the site’s moving from the geeky fringe into mainstream consciousness. And it makes me wish I had the opportunity to buy Kickstarter stock. Here are three reasons to consider investing in a Kickstarter IPO (if and when we see one):

1) A built-in revenue stream. Cash flow is one of the biggest problems with tech start-ups. Couple a high-growth tech company with actual revenue, then, and you’ve got a hot commodity in the Silicon Valley.

Kickstarter has a simple way of raking in cash, too: it takes 5 percent of whatever gets raised. Now that we’ve seen a project pull in more than $6 million in days, Kickstarter’s generating real greenbacks.

2) Phenomenal growth. Kickstarter helped fund 3,910 projects in 2010. That was good for $27,638,318 dollars pledged, and a project success rate of 43 percent (per Kickstarter’s blog). One year later in 2011, Kickstarter funded 46 percent of its posted projects for a total of 11,836 projects worth $99,344,381. Kickstarter’s cut in 2011? $4.97 million.

Per VentureBeat, “Kickstarter is on pace to raise around $300 million this year, triple what it did in 2011.” $15 million of that would go straight to Kickstarter.

3) Investor interest. Deep-pocketed venture capitalists are excited about Kickstarter. When asked what private companies he was eyeing now that Facebook’s going public, Jason Jones, managing partner of High Step Capital, named three companies: Kickstarter, Etsy and Quora (per InsideIPO).

Kickstarter shares aren’t yet available on Secondmarket – a site where wealthy investors can buy and sell shares in private companies – but investors are excited for them to arrive. Interest in Kickstarter shares grew by more than 93 percent in 2011, Secondmarket says.

All that said, the only thing better than a Kickerstarter IPO might be an announcement that the company’s turning itself into a non-profit. That would keep costs down and goodwill up in the years to come. If we don’t get that, though, I’ll take the next best thing: Kickstarter stock.


How to earn $100,000 at age 15

Gumroad’s founder isn’t shy. And that’s part of what’s so fascinating about him. He could have stayed at Pinboard and perhaps gotten rich in the process. Instead, he walked away to found his own start-up.

I’m not sure which is better: earning $100,000 by age 15 or having a story written about you titled “The Most Interesting Teenager In Silicon Valley.” Sahil Lavingia’s done both. The 19 year old was on the team that helped launch Pinterest (the fastest-growing Web site of all time).

Before that, he was a 15-year-old kid designing iPhone apps on the weekends and selling them on

“I built a to-do list app,” Lavingia said in an interview with Alyson Shontell. “I built this thing that let you create Facebook walls but for Twitter before Twitter had any kind of conversation aspect. I built this tool that let users send automatic, customized direct messages on Twitter.”

He contracted out the coding work, then sold the apps for $1,000+. Things accelerated when Lavingia took up iPhone app development. He says he leaned how to build Apple apps in two weeks thanks to Stanford videos.

“I was financially independent when I was 15,” Lavingia said. “I never really tell anyone that because it doesn’t feel relevant, but looking back I think, Oh, starting a company might have actually made sense. I have been doing okay for a while. My bank account when I was 15 or 16 was over $100,000.”

Lavingia’s clearly not shy. And that’s part of what’s so fascinating about him. Sure, he could have stayed at Pinboard and perhaps gotten rich in the process. Instead, he walked away to found his own start-up: an online payment processing site called Gumroad.

Gumroad officially launched on Feb. 8, 2012, and it did so thanks in part to $1.1 million in seed money from a number of venture capitalists including the heavyweight VC firm Accel Partners.

Why all the hype for Gumroad?

Gumroad has one over-riding goal: making it easy to buy and sell things online. It does that by giving sellers a simple form to fill out. After hitting submit, the seller than gets a link to share with others who want to buy a particular product.

“Lavingia thinks that Facebook and Twitter can become the new marketplace/store-front and thus, in his view, Gumroad has the potential to be a huge sustainable (even billion dollar) company,” writes Alexia Tsotsis at Techcrunch. “Gumroad obviously disrupts the traditional and current online distribution systems, allowing artists with massive Twitter followings like Kanye and Gaga to sell directly to their followers, for example.”

If Gumroad pans out, it could open the world of online sales to a whole new audience – and help transform commerce on the Web in the process.


When is Pinterest’s IPO date?

What are the odds that we’ll see a Pinterest IPO? And if we do when will we see it?

Now that Facebook’s IPO is in the works, investors have started casting around for the next big tech IPO, and Pinterest is one of the names that keeps cropping up. What are the odds that we’ll see a Pinterest IPO? And if we do, when will we see it?

“Big-name social networks like Twitter and Pinterest are months, if not years, from needing to go public, most experts say, given the gobs of money venture capitalists have been throwing at them,” writes Peter Delevett of the Mercury News.

In Pinterest’s case, the company has already raised $30 million in venture capital. Rumors are they’re casting around for more, too, with some sites claiming VCs are valuing Pinterest north of $1 billion. That’s the sort of valuation where an IPO starts looking imminent. And it could help Pinterest raise the warchest it’ll need to bring in the right execs, law firms and bankers to transition from a start-up to a public company.

It’s in Pinterest’s best interests to go public sooner rather than later – especially as competitors like PinView (an app that lets Facebook users use the social network just like they use Pinterest) start nipping at their heels.

So, let’s speculate on when we might see a Pinterest IPO. The first and largest hurdle is the fact that Pinterest isn’t generating revenue. Potential investors would want to see the company roll out a platform for ads, or – at the very least – have future revenue plans in the works.

We can safely assume Pinterest is investigating revenue models. Until they launch one, expect them to “pull a Twitter” and delay going public for as long as possible. Once they’ve started generating income, the next steps on the road to an IPO should come quickly.

After revenue kicks in, they’ll need advisors and (potentially) a seasoned CFO. The company will also need lawyers, auditors and a investment bank. With those pieces in place, Pinterest will file a Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That form will give the public its first look at Pinterest’s finances, and it will need to be approved by the SEC, NASD and state securities organizations – a process that can take anywhere from 20 to 60 days.

After that, we’d likely see a two-week roadshow during which Pinterest will try to drum up investor interest in the company. A few days after the roadshow ends, shares in Pinterest stock would officially start trading.

To use Facebook as an example, the social network filed it’s Form S-1 on Feb. 1, 2012. Per the latest rumbling on the Web, the company will officially go public on May 17, 2012, three-and-a-half months later. Taking that into account, here’s a rough, shot-in-the-dark formula for when we might see a Pinterest IPO:

Development and rollout of a revenue model + Hiring a CFO and lining up finances/investment banks + Filing and approval of an S-1 + Investor roadshow = IPO date

Given that formula, my best guess is we’ll see a Pinterest IPO within a year of the introduction of a revenue model. That would give Pinterest at least three quarters of financial growth to show off in their S-1 filing.

Now, the question becomes, when will we see a revenue model on the site? Considering the fact that they’re growing faster than just about any other Web site in history, I suspect they’re predominantly focused on user and system support right now. Perhaps we’ll see revenue models roll out this fall, then an IPO just over a year later. That puts my tentative guess somewhere around January 2014. I just wish I could get my hands on shares before then…


What is Facebook’s IPO date?

Our best guess is you can look for your opportunity to buy stock in Facebook around…

Now that Facebook has filed an S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company’s actual IPO date is drawing near. It’s unclear when shares in the company will start trading, but we can make a rough guess.

Facebook filed its 200-page Form S-1 on February 1, 2012. The SEC, NASD and state securities organizations must approve the S-1 before Facebook shares can start trading. That process takes anywhere from 20 to 60 days. That means Facebook shares could start trading as early as the end of February. In all likelihood, though, it will probably take longer for Facebook’s S-1 to get approved.

Facebook’s S-1 weighs in at 14MB and 200 pages. It’s also been subject to close public scrutiny. The SEC will want to ensure everything’s correct, and that means they’ll probably take closer to 60 days to approve the filing. If they find any omissions or need clarifications, they could require Facebook to file an amended S-1, which could further delay the IPO process.

Our best guess is you can look for your opportunity to buy stock in Facebook around the end of March or beginning of April 2012.

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Five MORE cheap franchises to start with less than $10,000

We can all take a shot at starting our own businesses, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Here are five businesses you could launch with very little in the way of capital investment.

This is a follow-up to one of the most popular blog posts on this site: Five cheap franchises to start with less than $10,000. Here are five MORE businesses you could launch with very little in the way of capital investment:

1) Stroller Strides. Stroller Strides offers fitness programs for new moms and their babies. Since the business serves new mothers, it makes sense to have mothers run the company’s franchised outlets. Currently, Stroller Strides boasts of more than 1,200 locations in 44 states. Start-up costs range from $4,000 to $18,000 (per Entrepreneur).

2) GarageExperts. GarageExperts helps consumers “unclutter their worlds” by redesigning their garages to maximize storage and cleanliness. The company offers cabinets, floor coatings, racks and more. Start-up costs range from $4,600 to $20,500 (per Entrepreneur).

3) Buildingstars. A commercial cleaning company based in St. Louis, Buildingstars added 34 new franchisees in 2011. The company’s emphasis on “green cleaning” could be a part of that as it not only lowers costs for businesses, but protects the environment, too. Start-up costs range from $2,200 to $52,800 (per Entrepreneur).

4) Jazzercise. Jazzercise offers cardio classes that fuse jazz music, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing for a one-hour workout that burns up to 600 calories. The company now has nearly 8,200 locations across the country. Start-up costs range from $2,980 to $76,500 (per Entrepreneur).

5) Fairway Divorce Solutions. A company that helps its clients agree on the best financial and custodial options during a divorce, Fairway serves as a mediator during the often-painful process of splitting up. The company added eight locations in 2011. Start-up costs range from $10,000 to 35,000 (per Entrepreneur).

Other low-cost franchises include In Home Pet Services ($7k+) and restroom deodorizing company Aerowest/Westair Deodorizing Services ($8.5K+).


The unofficial tech IPO calendar for 2012

From Facebook to Twitter to Groupon, the planned tech IPOs in 2012 could be among the most exciting string of new public companies in years.

Social games maker Zynga is one of dozens of highly-anticipated planned Tech IPOs in 2012.

The tech IPO pipeline is officially clogged. Renaissance Capital claims there are 330 IPOs (across all industries) in the IPO pipeline looking to raise $180 billion. Renaissance predicts that capital raised from 2011 IPOs could fall 36 percent shy of last year’s $39 billion. Should the market recover, 2012’s IPO market will be massive, and there are lots of great tech companies eager to raise capital. Here’s our unofficial 2012 tech IPO calendar… IPO (Jingdong Mall). One of the largest business-to-consumer sites in China, often draws comparisons to Amazon. Revenue was expected to hit $4.4 billion in 2011. Expect that keep climbing as online sales in China rose 77 percent in China last year. See our post 3 reasons to invest in the IPO (Jingdong Mall) for more. IPO. China’s largest Craigslist-like online classifieds site, filed for an IPO on June 20,2011. The site makes money by charging a small fraction of its posters for premium-placement on the site.

Angie’s List IPO ($75 million+). Angie’s List lets paying subscribers read reviews of local businesses and contractors. The company’s something of an anomaly in the fast-paced world of tech start-ups as it’s now in its 16th year of operation. During that time, Angie’s List has accumulated a database of more than 2.2 million reviews (per CNN) and has more than 800,000 paying members.

Alibaba’s HiChina IPO ($200 million+). A subsidiary of Ltd., HiChina Group Ltd.’s something like The company offers domain names, hosting accounts and website building tools for small businesses in China. An IPO will help finance expansion into new businesses including email and website design (per WSJ).

Bazaarvoice IPO ($85 million+). You’ve probably seen or used Bazaarvoice’s software without realizing it. The company sells its code to online retailers (like Best Buy and Macy’s), so those retailers can pull in online reviews of the products they sell. Bazaarvoice is expected to generate $64.5 million+ in revenue this year, and CEO Brett Hurt claims the company could stop expanding now and immediately become profitable.

Brightcove IPO ($50 million+). Brightcove offers a cloud-based video serving platform for paying customers. All told, they serve up some 700 million video streams a month (second only to YouTube) for more than 3,300 clients (per GigaOm). Unfortunately, the business doesn’t reap a huge amount of revenue. Brightcove will likely book somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 million in revenue this year.

Eloqua IPO ($100 million+). Eloqua makes it easier for large Web sites to run and analyze marketing campaigns. Specifically, the company’s analytics software allows businesses to predict how much revenue marketing campaigns will generate.

Facebook IPO. Now boasting more than 800 million registered users, Facebook’s IPO will rank among the largest IPOs of all time. The latest media reports peg Facebook’s IPO date as sometime late in 2012. Interestingly, though, SEC rules will require the company to start making public its revenue, profits and losses in April 2012 (since the company’s total number of shareholders now exceeds 500).

Gilt Groupe IPO. A flash-sales site that offers temporary discounts on luxury goods, one of Gilt Groupe’s smaller competitors (HauteLook) was recently acquired by Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN) for $180 million. Contrast that with the much larger Gilt Groupe where revenue alone is expected to hit $500 million this year.

Groupon, Inc. IPO ($750 million+). A series of pre-IPO missteps may push Groupon’s IPO to 2012. The Chicago-based daily deals email marketing company generated $688 million in revenue during the first half of 2011. See our post 3 reasons NOT to invest in Groupon’s IPO for more.

Guidewire IPO ($100 million+). A 10-year-old company that develops technology for the insurance industry, Guidewire’s services help streamline claims by processing them online. The company generated revenue of $144.7 million in 2010. That was good for net income of $15.5 million. Guidewire will IPO under ticker symbol GWRE.

Jive Software IPO ($100 million+). Jive creates social networking software for corporations. And it counts some major companies among its clients – including Nike, Cisco and Toshiba. Revenue from each of their customers averages a whopping $7,874 a month (per OregonLive). See our post 3 reasons to buy shares in a Jive IPO (Jive Software) for more.

LivingSocial IPO ($1 billion+). In light of the recent turmoil in financial markets, LivingSocial has temporarily shelved IPO plans. The company is instead fishing around for private equity (per Bloomberg). The daily deals site faces a lot of competition in Groupon and Google, which recently purchased restaurant-review company Zagat and German daily-deals site

MobiTV IPO ($75 million+). A video provider for mobile phones, MobiTV has contracts with all the major telecoms: AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Their software gives mobile users the ability to download video or watch it on-demand via their phones. Of course, the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile could drive down revenue at the company. An IPO could help them expand internationally. See our post 3 reasons NOT to invest in the MobiTV IPO for more. IPO. A China-based travel search site, Qunar’s majority-owned by China’s largest search engine,, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU). Qunar’s already a Top 100 site in China, and I expect the backing from Baidu will cement Qunar’s position as the leading travel site in China. See our post Qunar IPO: 5 reasons to invest in China’s travel site for more.

SecondMarket IPO. The rumors haven’t started flying about a SecondMarket IPO yet, but the company did start listing its own shares on its Web site. SecondMarket provides a marketplace for high-net-worth individuals and institutions to invest in private companies.

Trulia IPO. An online real estate search and marketing company akin to Zillow Inc. (NASDAQ:Z), Trulia announced IPO plans in February 2011. The site’s been doubling revenues year over year and has an estimated value of $700 million (per Inman).

Twitter IPO. Look for a Twitter IPO late in 2012 or early 2013. The ubiquitous micro-blogging site now claims 100 million active users. Questions remain about the company’s business model, but Twitter’s reach offers some tantalizing possibilities. See our post Twitter’s secret key to making money for more.

Vancl IPO ($1 billion+). An online-only clothing retailer in China, Vancl’s advertising campaigns blanket the Internet behind the Great Firewall. It seems to be working, too, as the company targets price-conscious consumers. Vancl comes from good pedigree, with the company’s founder, Chen Nian, having sold his last venture,, to Amazon. Joyo has since morphed into

Yelp IPO. Yelp provides local reviews for businesses and restaurants. According to CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, the company gets 63 million unique monthly visitors who add more than 1 million new reviews to the site every month. Yelp’s been particularly successful with its apps. The right partnerships could drive revenue growth for the company moving forward.

Zynga IPO ($1 billion+). Zynga, which makes social-networking games for Facebook, iPhones and Androids, is tentatively planning to IPO in November 2011. Don’t be surprised if Zynga’s IPO date gets pushed back to 2012, though. The company’s has perhaps the best financials of all the company’s on the list. As of March, the company held nearly $1 billion in cash and was generating cash flow of $104 million per quarter (per Fortune). See our post 8 facts about Zynga before the IPO for more.

Interesting 2012 non-tech IPOs: U.K. soccer team Manchester United.