Posted by: Rob Hof on October 17, 2007
On the $15 billion question of the moment, that being the valuation Facebook is believed to be seeking in a private funding, Mark Zuckerberg had some brief but interesting answers on stage a few minutes ago at the first session of the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.
Cohost John Battelle: “So how’s the financing going?”
Zuckerberg: “It’s going well. We’re almost wrapped up.”
Battelle (taken aback but recovering nicely): “Aren’t you selling short at $15 billion?”
Zuckerberg: “We’ll see.”
He also implied that an IPO is “years out.”
So it would appear that someone, at least—Microsoft? Google? Who knows?—is indeed ready to pay a whole bunch of pretty pennies for a piece of the Web phenom called Facebook.