Thinking Twitter? These tech IPOs paid off big

Here's how rich you would be now if you had jumped into some other high-profile tech offerings.

By MSN Money Partner Nov 6, 2013 5:41PM
A bird nest full of money © David R. Frazier Photolibrary, Inc., AlamyBy Alyson Shontell, Business Insider

In retrospect, it was a good idea to buy Amazon (AMZN) stock the day it went public.

If you had invested $1,000 in Jeff Bezos' company then, you'd have earned $239,045 by now. It went public 16 years ago at $18 per share. Now Amazon is trading at $356 per share.

How much money would you have made on eBay (EBAY), Yahoo (YHOO), Google (GOOG), LinkedIn (LNKD) or Facebook's (FB) IPOs if you'd invested $1,000?

Mashable and Statista figured it out.

Nothing beats an early $1,000 investment in Amazon, but if you had invested $1,000 in eBay the day it went public, you'd have almost $70,000 more now. If you had put the same amount in Yahoo, you'd have just over $60,000 more.

An early $1,000 investment in Google would net you $12,072. LinkedIn's IPO would have given you about $5,000 by now. Facebook's would have you up, but only by about $1,300.

Here's the chart from Mashable and its partner, Statista. It has been adjusted for splits and dividends:

Credit: Mashable and Statista

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Nov 6, 2013 9:55PM
The general public doesn't have access to an IPO right out of the gate.  Twitter opens at $26 and could easily be over $30 before the average investor has a chance to buy any shares.
Nov 7, 2013 3:07AM
Wouldn't be great if us ordinary people where able to purchase an IPO.
Nov 7, 2013 6:49AM
If you had picked the right horse you would be rich. This article isn't about investing. It's about playing the long shot. Does anyone know what percent of IPO's are duds?
Nov 6, 2013 10:13PM
if I could hit 270 with 25 home runs and catch a fly ball I could make 10 million$ a year.....and if my aunt had a moustache......
Nov 6, 2013 10:27PM

$26 dollars is where TWTR priced tonight(for IPO holders)...It could open at $42 or another price  anytime tomorrow.?

It's all a wild card now....And they will probably look at "order books" before they release it to the public...

Nov 6, 2013 10:22PM

That's absolutely true Brutus...


Even if a retail investor has the offer or chance to participate; Depending on allotment, few can.

At least NOT any worthy IPOs; Visa, Amazon, Linked, maybe Facebook and or Twitter..


If they are oversubscribed such as Twitter is tonight or the last few days; My order would have been dropped...Institutional, Funds, Big houses and Big players come first..

I consider a bigger player with $5-10 Million on deposit or invested with a House...Maybe more ??

As usual most little guys don't have a chance.

On the open I'm sure they will fill Market orders first, before they fill Limits...Unless they are high.

Nov 7, 2013 1:46PM
Can you say "cherry-pick"?  These examples certainly are not a representative sample.
Nov 7, 2013 10:23AM
Nov 6, 2013 6:10PM
I could kick myself for not buying Cracker Barrel at $13 and change a few years ago.
Nov 7, 2013 12:29AM

Think, Limit orders will be accepted after 7 a.m. (premarket) for interest and purchase...?

Market orders won't be accepted until issue opens on floor of the NYSE..

That could be "anytime" after 9:30 a.m. EDT. on the 7th.

Nov 7, 2013 1:40PM
twtr will drop to $17 - $19 (where it should be) per soon enough. Then I'll buy, maybe...
Nov 7, 2013 5:12PM

Nice work, selectively pointing out some IPO winners. Why not balance the article with a listing of the winners, and a listing of the losers? Could it be because one of those lists just goes on and on, and the other is indeed a short list?



Nov 7, 2013 11:31AM
Just tired of waiting for it to open...Talk of $40-45 per on the open, time to eat breakfast.
Nov 7, 2013 3:53PM
an ipo like twitter is worth how much more than a Hammered fundamental stock? stocks get sold on good news this quarter an twitter soars!! an tell me why the uptick rule was done away with again? I don't think  for the poor lil invsertor,, thank you!!!!
Nov 7, 2013 1:50PM
/sigh, I had $10K set aside for MS IPO @ $9/share, but the ex's creditors tried to get me to pay some of her bills and summoned me to her hearing. I had to pull the money out from the brokerage and hide it in art. Today those signed, numbered prints are valued at $20K, I stopped thinking about the what if after MS's third stock split.
Nov 7, 2013 7:27AM

When Google first came out I begged my family to get into it, I was ignored. To this day I think about what could have been if we'd invested $10,000 in it. NOT going to make that mistake with TWTR.

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