Jeff Weiner, Nick Besbeas, Steve Cadigan, Mike Gamson, David Henke, Robby Kwok, Deep Nishar, Erika Rottenberg, Steve Sordello, Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue, Konstantin Guericke, Eric Ly, jean-Luc Vaillant, A George "Skip" Battle, Leslie Kilgore, Stanley Meresman, Michael J. Moritz, David Sze, Sal Iannuzzi, Timothy T. Yates, John Gaulding, Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Cynthia P. McCague, Jeffrey F. Rayport, Roberto Tunioli, James M. Langrock, Andrea Bertone, Darko Dejanovic, Ted Gilvar, Edward Lo, Michael C. Miller, Lise Poulos, Mark Stoever, Patrick W. Manzo, OnMedea, Jill Kennedy, Manka Bros., Khan Manka, Ben Silverman, Sumner Redstone, Jeff Zucker, Ari Emanuel, Rupert Murdoch, Bob Iger

LinkedIn Acquired By Monster.com For $37,242

Jeff Weiner, Nick Besbeas, Steve Cadigan, Mike Gamson, David Henke, Robby Kwok, Deep Nishar, Erika Rottenberg, Steve Sordello, Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue, Konstantin Guericke, Eric Ly, jean-Luc Vaillant, A George "Skip" Battle, Leslie Kilgore, Stanley Meresman, Michael J. Moritz, David Sze, Sal Iannuzzi, Timothy T. Yates, John Gaulding, Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Cynthia P. McCague, Jeffrey F. Rayport, Roberto Tunioli, James M. Langrock, Andrea Bertone, Darko Dejanovic, Ted Gilvar, Edward Lo, Michael C. Miller, Lise Poulos, Mark Stoever, Patrick W. Manzo, OnMedea, Jill Kennedy, Manka Bros., Khan Manka, Ben Silverman, Sumner Redstone, Jeff Zucker, Ari Emanuel, Rupert Murdoch, Bob IgerThe year is 2014.

The people of the world have abandoned social networking after going out on too many creepy dates.

LinkedIn, once a Wall Street darling, was acquired today by Monster.com for $37,242 – basically the value of the copper wire in the walls of their unfinished (and unpaid for) $1 billion dollar office complex in The Presidio.

At its peak in late 2011, LinkedIn (a groundbreaking social network in which people could send messages to each other) had a market cap of $560 billion – more than the top 2 companies in the world combined.

The stock began its plunge after CEO Jeff Weiner cashed out and left the company to become CEO of Apple at the beginning of 2012.   Ironically, Apple’s stock began its plunge immediately after he became CEO.

It’s really a tragic story of greed and the inability to create a product that people can actually use.  And if they did use it, it was only because they thought they should be doing it – because others were – and no one wants to be left out.  But now everyone is left out.

Jeff Weiner, Nick Besbeas, Steve Cadigan, Mike Gamson, David Henke, Robby Kwok, Deep Nishar, Erika Rottenberg, Steve Sordello, Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue, Konstantin Guericke, Eric Ly, jean-Luc Vaillant, A George "Skip" Battle, Leslie Kilgore, Stanley Meresman, Michael J. Moritz, David Sze, Sal Iannuzzi, Timothy T. Yates, John Gaulding, Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Cynthia P. McCague, Jeffrey F. Rayport, Roberto Tunioli, James M. Langrock, Andrea Bertone, Darko Dejanovic, Ted Gilvar, Edward Lo, Michael C. Miller, Lise Poulos, Mark Stoever, Patrick W. Manzo, OnMedea, Jill Kennedy, Manka Bros., Khan Manka, Ben Silverman, Sumner Redstone, Jeff Zucker, Ari Emanuel, Rupert Murdoch, Bob IgerAbout the sale, Mr. Weiner said:  “I work at Apple now.  I’m just thinking about running this company.  LinkedIn was just a blip in my long career.  It was really Reid’s baby, Reid’s vision (State Senator Reid Hoffman D-Palo Alto).  I just worked there.”

And made over $2 billion while there.

Senator Hoffman was unreachable by phone but did release a statement through his office:  “LinkedIn should have been my ticket to wealth beyond my wildest dreams.  Thinking back, I wish I would have sold all (or even some) of my stock when it peaked like Jeff Weiner did.  That bastard made $2 billion!  It’s a God damned shame.  State politics don’t pay shit.”

So LinkedIn, you were great once (in valuation), but now you’re gone.  To quote The Lion In Winter – “The sun was warmer then…”

Shine on you crazy diamond!

Accel Partners, Ben Silverman, Bob Iger, Chris Hughes, David Kirkpatrick, Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, Gerald Levin, Greylock Partners, HBO, Jeff Bewkes, Jeff Zucker, Jill Kennedy, Joanna Shields, Jon Miller, Khan Manka, Li Ka-shing, Manka Bros., Mark Cuban, Mark Zuckerberg, Matt Cohler, MySpace, Nicolas Carlson, OnMedea, Owen Van Natta, Paul Buchheit, Peter Thiel, Rupert Murdoch, Sheryl Sandberg, Sumner Redstone, Toy Story 3Jill Kennedy – OnMedea

 

27 comments

  1. Ling Headly · May 19, 2011

    Yeah, I agree with you!

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  3. Fred Thomas Fred · May 19, 2011

    They beat the street! Every company seems to be beating the street. Does the street really know anything? How can their expectations be wrong in almost every instance? Could it be companies are lowering expectations and then smashing them with earnings? It’s a very corrupt process, isn’t it? 513 points down today with almost all companies beating earnings expectations? Should be a healthy market.

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  5. Crazy Diamond · May 19, 2011

    Outstanding… if only it was true. Maybe we can make it true if we clap our hands really fast!

  6. Mindy B · May 19, 2011

    I totally agree. In fact, some years back I did exactly that – sign because I thought it was “something I should sign up for”, but I haven’t found it effective at all. Also, the non-existence of an ability to block people is a major drawback. Thankfully, it’s no longer something I have to worry about after killing my account last week.

  7. Jill Kennedy · May 19, 2011

    you are a true report type. pure slut.

  8. Texas Travel Blog · May 19, 2011

    Your article has proven useful to me. It’s very informative and you are obviously very knowledgeable in this area. You have opened my eyes to varying views on this topic with interesting and solid content.

  9. Max · May 19, 2011

    This explains a GREAT deal why I cannot reach ANYBODY at LinkedIn! Neither their supposed “Customer Support” answers any email inquiries, nor does their Corporate Headquarters take ANY calls.

    All I want to do is delete my useless LinkedIn account.

    So LinkedIn IS the dying albatross wrapped around Monster.com’s neck.

    The LIGHT begins to dawn!

    Thank you for this report.

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