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2008: Mixed bags voor IPOs

"For the last five years, all the focus has been on applications -- Facebook, LinkedIn, the social networking and group networking," said Bart Schachter, managing director of Blueprint Ventures, a tech-focused venture capital firm. "The next bottleneck is going to come back to the infrastructure. For the first time in a very long time, we need more computing power."

Companies offering more computing power have raked in the IPO money this year. Leading the pack was VMware VMW, the EMC EMC division that makes server hardware more efficient by creating "virtual" servers.

VMware was the most lucrative tech IPO of the year, drawing $957million. For a while it was also the most lucrative for investors, as it popped from 29 on its Aug. 14 debut to near 123 on Halloween. Concerns over valuation and competition have pushed shares back below 93, but its return stands at 230%.



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Whale Fall
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Dress me up in my new threads
clasp my greasy palms
grease my hair
I'm ready for the fall


Watch at all the decadence
watching the avalanche
I'm slipping down
losing my buoyancy


What's become of us
where have we come
this far, this close
close to the doors


I hear them, sublimal chants
I'm on the run
I race through the human sea
I am the king!


I'm the slave
to my own undoings
I'm the jester in my courtyard
We jest as we run


We're strolling on that thin rope
we grope as we rope
we're true heros
we're the survivors


we're the scavengers
we're the friends
we're the lovers
we're the unbred


Soon awaiting the fall
we're lurking on us
we're osedaxing us
we're soon going to be done
we'll soon be arrested




*osedax(bone devourer, newly discovered marine genus) feeds on a fallen(sunken) whale carcass(which is also called a whale fall). Read more here