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Facebook opens up and turns down big exit – can this be for real?

By September 13, 2006 January 6th, 2007 2 Comments

Dead2.0 has just written an excellent piece on Facebook. It is long and well worth the read but there are two key points I want to focus on here:
– Facebook apparently turned down a $750m offer from Viacom
– They are opening their network up to everybody (previously they were exclusively for people with college email addresses)

I am all for aiming high but surely there comes a time to take profits?

A couple of reasons why that might be now for Facebook:
– It would be a great exit! The biggest in the category
– To kick on to the next level they need to open up and compete with MySpace who are 10x their size
– The first exit in a category is usually the largest. I was invested in a market leading portal software business five years ago that was the 4th or 5th in its sector to exit. Each sale was at approx half the value of the last so you can work out where we ended up 🙂

For me dominating a category is the way forward for social networks and I hate to see Facebook (which I have always liked) moving away from that.