MARKET WATCH -- Dec 21 -- VCs are close to finalizing a venture capital round, investing $13 million and valuing LinkedIn (8.5 million members, 1.5 million uniques, 36 million PV's) at a post-financing valuation of $250 million. Linkedin CEO Reid Hoffman boldly predicts the company will hit $100 million revenues in 2008. Based on Linkedin's revenue run-rate, and its post-money valuation of $250 million, it's being valued similar to Monster.com which trades for about 5x sales. Consumers are expected to increasingly join smaller social networks as they find more comfort in sites where they can connect with others based on similar interests. Sports Illustrated just inked a deal with one-year-old Takkle.com, a social network for high school athletes. Linkedin has three revenue streams today -- sponsorships, subscriptions to scour and contact Linkedin's 8.5 million membership base, and job listings. About 45% of the revenue comes from subscriptions. Corporations pay between $10,000 and $100,000 annually to let their internal recruiting staff use Linkedin's database for potential hires. Individuals also pay $20 per month to be able to contact people outside their network (1% to 2% of the members).
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Mark Brooks: Facebook is now open to the world. LinkedIn will be able to take advantage of Facebooks loss of focus. I think Facebook users will eventually shift to other student focused sites and graduate to other sites that are more focused on their more specific needs. Your comments please.