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Markets represent consumption. If “consumption” changes then it is logical to assume that the marketplace is changing. According to Wikipedia: A marketplace is the space, actual or metaphorical, in which a market operates. The term is also used in a trademark law context to denote the actual consumer environment, ie. the ‘ real world ‘ in which products and services are provided and consumed. Is The Marketplace Changing?
A financial market is a market in which people and entities can trade financial securities , commodities , and other fungible items of value at low transaction costs and at prices that reflect supply and demand . Securities include stocks and bonds, and commodities include precious metals or agricultural goods. There are both general markets (where many commodities are traded) and specialized markets (where only one commodity is traded). Markets work by placing many interested buyers and sellers, including households, firms, and government agencies, in one "place", thus making it easier for them to find each other.
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Marketplaces have always created value. Since the early inception of marketplaces, to the development of a mobile marketplace, connecting buyers and sellers has always been the focus. This linking, in creating a buy-and-sell environment - whether in a physical, or virtual (cyber) way - has always been about reducing friction to facilitate greater commerce. Once a market is established, its value, whether recognized or not, becomes ingrained in both the minds and the actions of those who engage the marketplace. In many ways, an established marketplace creates what many have referred to as a 'competitive moat', or a protective barrier within which commerce in developed in a way more efficient and with more utility than say, a peer-to-peer transaction.
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SecondMarket , a leading marketplace for illiquid assets, such as private company shares - Facebook, Zynga, and Tesla Motors - on Tuesday announced it's raised $15 million in new funding, giving the company a post-money valuation of $150 million. The new funds come from Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing, whose investments include Facebook, and Singapore state-owned investment firm Temasek Holdings PLC. I sat down with Barry Silbert , the CEO and founder of SecondMarket, for the lowdown of where he plans to spend his new-found capital cushion, and why he even raised $15 million when his company already had $15 million in the coffers. "It's the investors," said Barry, explaining that many of the new demand for stock available on SecondMarket has come from Asia. "Over the past six months, we've seen a lot of interest from Asian investors," he said.
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Feb SAN RAMON, CA – February 22, 2010 – Reply! Inc. today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. Jefferies & Company, Inc. and Piper Jaffray & Co. will act as joint book-running managers for the offering with Needham & Company, LLC and ThinkEquity LLC acting as co-managers.
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With the IPO market in the doldrums for some time, and merger activity still scarce, shareholders of venture-backed companies have had trouble getting liquidity for their stock. The dearth of exits has created a new opportunity for companies such as SharesPost , which launched in June 2009, and SecondMarket, both of which are trading platforms for buyers and sellers of private securities. It's an active sector. Recently, SecondMarket just acquired its competitor InsideVentures for an all-stock purchase. In this week's Vator Box, Ezra Roizen (Vator Box regular and digital media investment banker) and I take a look at the prospects of SharesPost.