Nokia To Invest In Facebook?

It looks like Europe is in love with Facebook...First the Samwer Brothers invested in the company, and now reports that Nokia is joining the round, too. Paid Content is quoting sources that claim that Facebook and Nokia may be close to a deal which sees Facebook offered on Nokia phones as a default and in return Nokia may take a stake in Facebook.

On the content side, offering a Nokia mobile specific version of Facebook will be a positive in driving Facebook use on the mobile web. MySpace has gone down the path of carrier deals, where as a Facebook/ Nokia deal would be carrier agnostic, and given that Nokia is still the largest cell phone provider worldwide the deal would spread Facebook into new markets.

The investment side isn't that surprising given how many companies have now bought into the Facebook phenomenon. The remarkable part is how many companies are willing to invest in Facebook at a $15 billion valuation. At best Facebook may be worth even more than that, particularly when you consider sites like Baidu have a market cap in excess of $9 billion.

We don't know when Facebook may move to an IPO; in his 60 Minutes interview a week ago Mark Zuckerberg said that it might be this year, or next year, or even 2010. What we do know is that an IPO in the current market will unlikely provide a strong valuation for Facebook. Since the beginning of year markets worldwide have taken a hammering, with the market in Australia at least recording its worst new year drop in history according to some reports. Google stock is down from its $741 peak to $600 a share. My prediction is that unless the market picks up (and that's unlikely given all the US recession talk) Facebook wont IPO this year. 2009/ 2010 at the earliest, presuming that the market eventually recovers.

News source: TechCrunch

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nokia my A**... :mad:
"There isn't anything to "recover" from. We aren't in a recession, people. The economy is "soft" right now. A full-blown recession require 2-consecutive quarters of negative growth. We haven't seen that, and we aren't anywhere near it. We are heading that direction, but if anything the market was due for a correction after 5-years of straight growth."
huh? you informed about CURRENT european SE's?
take Germany for example... or the US...
hmmm...
a recission that is... recission does not mean total crash.

Glassed Silver:mac

What kind of objective statement is "presuming that the market eventually recovers".
There isn't anything to "recover" from. We aren't in a recession, people. The economy is "soft" right now. A full-blown recession require 2-consecutive quarters of negative growth. We haven't seen that, and we aren't anywhere near it. We are heading that direction, but if anything the market was due for a correction after 5-years of straight growth.

Facebook isn't going public simply because the founder isn't sold on the idea of having to report to investors and him not having complete control over his company.

This Duncan Riley person should keep to talking tech and not the markets.