Expert Roundtable: Social Media IPOs

What are you doing Thursday around 2pm EST?  If you can, I’d love you to hop on this roundtable conference call I’m doing for

Basically we’re looking at the impact social media IPOs are having on the markets from many angles.  A few names you probably know are also involved and I think it’ll be an interesting discussion.

Here’s the press release:

Industry experts to offer insights on social media IPOs such as LinkedIn, valuation, and projections to online professional network of more than 1 million

SAN FRANCISCO, June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —, the leading community for business expertise, with more than 1 million members and over 5,000 business and technology experts, today announced it will be hosting an expert online roundtable this week, “Social Media IPOs: The impact of LinkedIn and what’s next. The event will be taking place live on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 2 PM EDT / 11 AM PDT, and will be open for free to all members and experts.

The Focus Expert Roundtable will address the LinkedIn IPO and what it means for the next 18 months. Topics include whether we are in a bubble driven once again by technology; if LinkedIn is worth its valuation, who is next and what can be expected.

Four of the world’s leading authorities on social media IPOs will answer several questions in real time, including:

  • Leigh Drogen, founder and CIO of Surfview Capital, a New York-based investment management firm. Along with running Surfview Capital, Leigh is the co-founder and CEO of Estimize, a platform which enables social finance users to share their earnings and economic estimates.


  • Joshua Brown, Editor of, a blog about financial markets and the economy. Brown is a New York City-based financial advisor at Fusion Analytics.


  • Mike Bellafiore, author of “One Good Trade: Inside the Highly Competitive World of Proprietary Trading” (Wiley Trading) and co-founder of SMB Capital, a proprietary trading firm in New York City.


  • Chris Selland, VP of Sales & Marketing at Terametric, a provider of social media measurement and optimization solutions, Expert Advisor at, and Contributor at StockTwits and Enterprise Irregulars.


“Given the recent news and speculation around social media IPOs, this roundtable is intended to add value to the conversations that are taking place on this topic every day,” said Scott Albro, CEO of Focus. “We have assembled an arsenal of top-notch experts to share their insights on this relevant issue, and look forward to the discussion it will foster within our large community of business and technology professionals.”

The Focus Expert Roundtables are 45-minute online and teleconference events, and for each, there is one Lead Expert and two to four Expert Panelists. The Lead Expert moderates four to seven questions and drives the discussion as the Expert Panelists weigh in with thoughts, answers and feedback of their own. Questions asked during the event are also posted on, and Expert Panelists will continue to answer questions on the site following the event.

It is entirely free to join, and members can listen live to the online events and teleconferences, download the audio file and read the transcript. Additionally, all Roundtable transcripts are made available to members for free following each event via stylized PDF documents.

Participants can access Social Media IPOs: The impact of LinkedIn and what’s next via the event page.

For more information about the Focus Expert Roundtable events, and to access instructions on how to register as a Focus business expert, as well as gain access to the latest business research and expertise on the Focus network as a member, please visit


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