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What’s up with WhatsApp – Part Deux


Last week, I shared how between 2011 and 2013, Sequoia Capital invested approximately $60 million in WhatsApp – the instant messaging subscription service bought last month by Facebook for $19 billion.


And how Sequoia’s return on that $60 million was close to $3 billion, or more than 50 times its original investment.


I then offered to share some of our research findings as to the selection strategies that early-stage technology investors like Sequoia now utilize to identify companies with this kind of return potential.


Not surprisingly, the response was overwhelming.


So much so that only a very of those who wanted to learn more were able to get in before registration sold out.


So to accommodate all of the requests I have agreed to re-present our findings and will do so via web conference tomorrow at 7 pm ET / 4 pm PT.


To register, click here:


On it, I will share:


• Why the majority of investors presented the opportunity to invest in WhatsApp declined to do so


• How Sequoia partner Jim Goetz diligence the deal and decided to invest in WhatsApp instead of the literally hundreds of comparable messaging applications then and now in the marketplace


• How Big Data and Black Swan portfolio theory and modeling were critical to Sequoia’s valuation analysis on the deal


• How today’s booming IPO market, with through March 1st more than 42 IPOs raising $8.2 billion – the highest YTD activity since 2007 – is affecting (positively and negatively) the technology deal marketplace


• And much, much more


Register now via the below link:


To Your Success,


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