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By Scott AustinThis morning's Web roundup:As we reported last night, underwriters priced LogMeIn Inc.'s initial public offering at $16 a share, at the top of an expected range.

LogMeIn begins trading on Nasdaq under the symbol LOGM.

It's the fourth venture-backed company to go public this year, all in the past six weeks.

That's a positive sign for VCs, but liquidity is still very hard to secure, judging by this report from research firm VentureSource detailing a horrible first half for venture capitalists selling their companies or taking them public.

Only two companies were sold for more than $100 million in the first half, and both were bought by Cisco Systems Inc….ZDNet assesses whether investors should buy into LogMeIn's IPO or not.

It's conclusion: "LogMeIn looks promising and is definitely worth a spot on the watchlist.

Buying on an IPO launch, however, rarely pays off."….The New York Times interviews Rosetta Stone Chief Executive Tom Adams about his decision to take his company public in April.

He believes that the recession may actually have helped Rosetta Stone's IPO bid….Yesterday, heavily funded online-video company Joost Inc.

announced some serious changes to the company, namely a new business strategy, a new chief executive and a substantial round of layoffs.

Om Malik at GigaOm details what he thinks went wrong at Joost.

With Malik's report in mind, Ed Sim of Dawntreader Ventures republishes an excerpt of a blog post he wrote in 2006 about why raising too much money can be a curse, not a blessing….Last week, serial entrepreneur Naval Ravikant spoke at the Finance4Founders dinner about how entrepreneurs should approach fund-raising.

VentureBeat summarized his 10 points, including an important one with regards to negotiation of terms: "Valuation is temporary.

Control is forever." Justin Fishner-Wolfson of Founders Fund also spoke about how to build a company for the long term.

Here's the slideshow of that presentation….Finally, in case you haven't seen it, this funny video from CollegeHumor.com has been making the rounds through the Internet lately.

It's a four-and-a-minute Internet musical spoof titled "Web Site Story." Some good company name-drops in here.



http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2009/07/01/the-daily-start-up-vcs-need-a-pep-talk-at-the-half/
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