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February 5, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- This much is very clear: There's a lot of interest in Pinterest, one of the high-fliers of this Internet boom. The popular social networking site is in talks to raise more money at a blockbuster $2-billion to $2.5-billion valuation. That's according to the Wall Street Journal, which said the deal has not been finalized. A Pinterest spokeswoman declined to comment. Pinterest is one of a growing number of billion-dollar Bay Area start-ups. It raised $100 million in May in a deal that valued the San Francisco company at $1.5 billion.
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April 16, 2014 | By Andrea Chang and Julie Makinen
The largest tech IPO of the year - and perhaps of all time - isn't coming from Silicon Valley. Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce behemoth with more sales than Amazon and EBay combined, has decided to go public on Wall Street after months of speculation that it would list in Hong Kong. The company could raise $15 billion at an estimated valuation of up to $200 billion. "We expect it to be the largest tech IPO ever, the largest IPO of the year, the largest Chinese IPO of the year," said Max Wolff, chief economist and strategist at Citizen VC. "It's a big number, probably a record-breaker by any metric.
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BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Valuations being given to the most promising of the latest crop of Internet companies just keep going up and up as investors open their wallets ever wider. Dropbox, which has already raised hundreds of millions, plans to raise even more: $250 million more to be precise, at a nosebleed valuation of $8 billion, according to published reports. For those keeping track, that's more than double its last funding round that valued the company at $4 billion. And bear this in mind: tech financiers are willing to throw that kind of cash and that kind of valuation at the 5-year-old online storage service even though its revenue growth is slowing down.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Following Facebook's acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp last week for $19 billion, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he would not hesitate to sell his company's messaging service for that much money. "I work for the shareholder. Standard answer. If somebody comes to me with $19 billion, I would definitely sell it. I would recommend to the board to take it," Chen told CNBC . Since the Canadian phone maker failed to attract last year what it would have considered to be an adequate buyer, BlackBerry has placed a great deal of its focus on expanding its BlackBerry Messenger brand.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Facebook is set to become one of the world's most valuable Web companies when it launches its initial public stock offering, expected later this month. The social networking giant will price its shares between the high $20s and the mid $30s, giving the company a valuation of between $85 billion and $95 billion, people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal. A Facebook spokeswoman declined to comment. The Menlo Park, Calif., company, on track to make its stock market debut May 18, begins a road show next week to pitch its IPO. Interest in the IPO has hit feverish highs, from kids to the elderly, said Scott Sweet, managing partner of IPO Boutique.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Pinterest reportedly is in talks to raise a new round of funding at a $2-billion to $2.5-billion valuation, making it one of the most highly prized young startups to come out of the Bay Area in recent years. The deal has not been finalized, according to the Wall Street Journal. A Pinterest spokeswoman declined to comment. Pinterest raised $100 million in May in a deal that valued the San Francisco company at $1.5 billion. It's one of a growing number of billion-dollar Bay Area start-ups that have seen soaring demand for their shares even after Facebook's rocky debut on Wall Street.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2012 | By Neal Gabler
Believe it not, there was actually a time not so long ago when civilians outside the entertainment industry didn't have a clue what movie happened to top the box office on any given weekend. Now just about everybody in America knows the top grosser by Sunday night, and they can expound like industry veterans on what film has "underperformed" or which might have "legs. " By the same token, there was once a time when no civilian could tell you who was the highest-paid actor or actress or which ones had the greatest personal wealth.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2008 | Karen E. Klein, Special to The Times
Dear Karen: I read your recent column about business valuation calculators. Are the online calculators useful? Answer: Determining the market value of a small company is both art and science, said Steve Garber of FTI Consulting. "A well-developed online business valuation calculator can properly model the science piece of the valuation puzzle but cannot properly incorporate the art -- or human judgment and experience -- part of the analysis," he said. An online calculator can provide a ballpark figure for internal use. But plugging numbers into a formula will not capture the full value of a company, Garber said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1992
Because the general real estate market in Southern California has been soft for the last two years, my (condominium's) property value has actually declined by approximately 10%. However, according to the county assessor's office, the computer automatically calculates a 2% increase over the previous year's value. This does not accurately reflect what the market conditions are during a given year, and an inordinate number of people will automatically pay their tax bill, assuming faith in the system.
REAL ESTATE
January 19, 1986
In the mid-70's, real estate taxes averaged between 2% and 2.25% of assessed valuation--a heavy burden on buyers and remaining property owners. Today, both pay only 1% on their assessed valuations! Even though current buyers in (Assessor Alexander H. Pope's) Lakewood example are paying 3 1/2 times the taxes levied on a home occupied by an old-time resident, these buyers are paying only $1,025, as against between $2,050 and $2,306 they would be charged if Proposition 13 had not been passed.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
If you didn't think Facebook was overvalued before--and there were plenty of investors who had convinced themselves it wasn't--it's hard to avoid that conclusion now. The "tell" is Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp, a mobile messaging company with a reported 450 million worldwide users, for up to $19 billion in cash and Facebook stock. That's $4 billion in cash and about 175 million Facebook shares at today's closing price of $68.57 to make up the remaining $12 billion of the up-front deal; WhatsApp employees will get an additional $3 billion in restricted share units to cash in down the line.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - The $19 billion that Facebook Inc. is paying for a smartphone app, one of the biggest tech deals of all time, made jaws drop even in Silicon Valley, where entrepreneurs tend to have an inflated sense of their own worth. "It's 19 Instagrams," observed serial start-up entrepreneur Adam Rifkin, referring to the $1 billion Facebook paid for the popular photo-sharing app in 2012. But analysts say the purchase of WhatsApp could pay off for Facebook as it takes on Google Inc. and other technology giants in the escalating arms race to be the next big thing in mobile.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Valuations being given to the most promising of the latest crop of Internet companies just keep going up and up as investors open their wallets ever wider. Dropbox, which has already raised hundreds of millions, plans to raise even more: $250 million more to be precise, at a nosebleed valuation of $8 billion, according to published reports. For those keeping track, that's more than double its last funding round that valued the company at $4 billion. And bear this in mind: tech financiers are willing to throw that kind of cash and that kind of valuation at the 5-year-old online storage service even though its revenue growth is slowing down.
BUSINESS
November 16, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Snapchat is not even 3 years old. It's run by a couple of twentysomethings with no prior business experience. And it has never made a cent. Yet investors are fighting for the opportunity to throw hundreds of millions at the mobile messaging service that is all the rage with teens. The tiny Venice Beach start-up just turned down a $3-billion all-cash offer from Facebook Inc. And then, according to the Silicon Valley rumor mill, it rejected an offer from Google Inc., this one for $4 billion.
SPORTS
October 24, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Notice to the 29 other major league baseball clubs: Gushing thank-you notes to the Dodgers can be addressed to Guggenheim Baseball Management, 1000 Elysian Park Ave, Los Angeles CA 90012. A small token of your appreciation would probably be welcomed, but really, is quite unnecessary. For all the shock and awe that rippled through the league after the Dodgers paid a record $2.15 billion to purchase the Dodgers last year, one thing was certain: the Dodgers had increased the value of every other team in baseball in the process.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- In some ways, it would seem a tough sell: After seven years, Twitter still isn't profitable and it doesn't seem like it will be any time soon. It has just begun to ramp up its advertising business, which will require substantial investments, especially overseas. And the growth of new users on the service, which doesn't have the same kind of mainstream appeal as Facebook, is slowing. Yet, Ironfire Capital and Gamco Investors are already saying the company could be worth $15 billion to $20 billion when it begins trading.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1990
Your article on the huge rental increase at the Newport Bay marina showcases a major dilemma for Orange County's property management philosophies and for all of their lessees. The property manager must obtain a full and proper rate of return or be castigated for not properly serving the public, and yet, the lessees can only afford to pay a percentage of what they can earn. I suggest that the problem and its resolution lie in the valuation methodology. What is a mud flat worth anyway?
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Following Facebook's acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp last week for $19 billion, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he would not hesitate to sell his company's messaging service for that much money. "I work for the shareholder. Standard answer. If somebody comes to me with $19 billion, I would definitely sell it. I would recommend to the board to take it," Chen told CNBC . Since the Canadian phone maker failed to attract last year what it would have considered to be an adequate buyer, BlackBerry has placed a great deal of its focus on expanding its BlackBerry Messenger brand.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Are we at that heady point where owners enjoy looking up their home values online again? For the moment it would seem so, and ZipRealty has just launched a set of tools to let people do just that. The Seller Center landing page is easy to use and quick. Just type in the address, hit return and up pop three different range estimates of the home's value. On a practice run, ResPrice.com returned the highest value range, Zillow offered the widest range and HomeGain offered what seemed the most realistic.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- It has not gone unnoticed in technology and financial circles that Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher has become an A-list startup investor. Now Kutcher is confirming that his A-Grade Fund is raising money at a $100 million valuation. At TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City on Wednesday, Kutcher and his partner Guy Oseary confirmed the rumors. VIDEO: Samsung Galaxy S 4 unboxing A-Grade, which also counts Ron Burkle as a partner, has made some smart bets: Airbnb, Uber, Fab, Spotify, Uber, among others.
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