by Mike Masnick
Fri, May 22nd 2009 2:07pm
There's been lots of buzz in Silicon Valley thanks to OpenTable having a 1999-style IPO, where the stock popped 70% on the first day (which, means that OpenTable effectively left a huge chunk of change on the table). But, of course, many people are asking if this finally means that IPOs can come back in fashion for venture-backed startups. Just a few weeks ago, we discussed how some believed that tech IPOs were primed to come back, though I was (and still am) skeptical. As the first link above shows, looking at OpenTable's financials makes you wonder how anyone would invest at the dollar value it hit. It makes little sense. So, this could just be an anomaly, as investors who have been sitting on cash for too long and are desperate to find different places to dump it got excited about a "new" tech IPO. But, unless the companies going public have better fundamentals, it seems like they'll start finding better places to put their cash. Instead, this seems like those sitting on too much cash venting a little steam just because.
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