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Lyft Achieves Lift Off with IPO

Lyft went public on Friday, closing at 8.7 percent up at $78.29.

The day ahead of the IPO, MediaRadar CEO Todd Krizelman spoke with Fox Business alongside his former co-founder of, the world’s first social media site. Todd founded the site with Stephan Paternot just before the Dotcom bubble, giving them both insight into the potential for the overvaluation of tech companies.

“My gut reaction is to worry, actually,” Todd told Fox Business’ Liz Claman. “This is a tremendous company that has many milestones. It doesn’t mean it won’t ultimately be profitable.”

But, Todd said, the time horizon matters more than anything, encouraging investors and stakeholders to stay in it for the long haul: “There are many shareholders who are getting in for the quick lift. That is very common right after an IPO. If you are making that investment in the first week or two, you can expect a very different performance than over the period of the next few years.”

Todd still has every expectation that tech startups will continue to be both valuable and profitable — and continue to transform advertising. “The business that I’m in today, which is used by ad sales teams around the world, is a business tool,” he concluded. “But I’m still in the software business.”

The day of the IPO, CNN reported that the strong Wall Street debut “could be an encouraging sign for the long list of billion-dollar tech startups expected to go public later this year, including Uber.” The IPO signals the ability for tech to transform industries outside tech itself — such as transportation, retail, food and beverage, and advertising. Which brings us to related news.

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