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Again With The IPO

By - October 25, 2003

I was in LA Friday, and offline, but even there folks were buzzing about the FT.com report on the Google IPO, which claimed that Google was close to going public, and was seriously considering WR Hambrecht’s auction process as its path to the public markets (caveat: The Hambrechts are friends, so I am inclined to support the auction process). Two quick thoughts: First, the reporting on this is extremely thin, with one unnamed source in the FT piece spawning a media feeding frenzy (105 articles on Google News within 24 hours), none of which had any more information, as far as I could tell, save this WashPost piece that quotes Andy Bechtolsheim, one of Google’s first investors. There’s no question Google is and has been talking to investment banks, it’d be irresponsible for them not to be, and they’ve been doing it for months. You have to wonder if that one source was an investment banker, looking to prod Google into action.
Secondly, it’s kind of fun to note that for whatever reason, the Google IPO news leads Google News itself, at least today, thanks probably to the frenzied linking around the story from the blogosphere.

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  • http://battellemedia.com John Battelle

    Or, as a saavy source reminds, me, it may well be that the source to the FT was a Google person looking to float a trial balloon….

  • http://battellemedia.com John Battelle

    The story is folding in on itself. See here…

  • http://www.zahngebot.de Zahnersatz

    Hi, I just landed by coincidence on this site – it’s great to see what happened within 3 years, isn’t it? Klaus

  • http://www.koyebrand.de Chris Camelot

    Hey Klaus!
    I also landed here more or less by coincidence. Three more Years of Google and then?? Chris

  • http://www.koyebrand.de Chris Camelot

    Hey Klaus!
    I also landed here more or less by coincidence. Three more Years of Google and then?? What about Advertising then ( German: Werbung / Werbeagentur) Will there be a way around google??? … Chris