How does the Twitter IPO stack up against Facebook and LinkedIn?

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With Twitter publicly announcing its confidential submission of an S-1, Renaissance Capital decided to look how Twitter stacks up against two other well-known social media IPOs, Facebook and LinkedIn

Twitter* Facebook  LinkedIn 
Year Founded 2006  2004 2003
Age at IPO 7 to 8 years 8 years 8 years
# of Active Users 290 1,105 189
Sales 2012 $245 $5,089 $972
Sales 2013 (est.) $550 $7,363 $1,512 
Growth rate
124% 45% 56%
Current valuation ($B)
$15 $108 $33
2013 Sales Multiple
27.3x 14.7x 21.8x
Age of CEO
50 29 43
Lead Underwriter
Goldman Sachs Morgan Stanley Morgan Stanley
Key Investors Charles River

Jeff Bezos

Spark Capital

Accel Partners

Digital Sky

Peter Thiel

Sequoia Capital

Greylock Partners

Bessemer Venture

*Number of user, sales and valuation figures for Twitter are all estimates or based on various third-party sources.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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