January 31, 2007

MySQL IPO — not so fast

MySQL told Computer Business Review they’re thinking strongly of an IPO this year, but also wouldn’t mind waiting. Frankly, I think they shouldn’t come public until they can prove solid acceptance of Version 5, because Version 4 remains in too many ways an embarrassment.

Also, investors need a chance to see whether MySQL’s new enterprise all-you-can-eat pricing scheme is a success, both financially and in terms of service delivery.

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4 Responses to “MySQL IPO — not so fast”

  1. Peter Zaitsev on January 31st, 2007 4:36 pm

    IPO is long going process so it does not mean MySQL will be listed on stock exchange tomorrow.

    But it is better not to delay it while press is still loyal and growth is fast.

  2. Curt Monash on January 31st, 2007 5:11 pm

    An IPO is like a product roll-out.

    Having a lot of venture capital is like being in beta test.

    (And having a little bit is like being under development, or in alpha.)

  3. Pythian Group Blog » Log Buffer #30: a Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs on March 9th, 2007 11:02 pm

    [...] On DBMS2, Curt Monash opined, “Frankly, I think they shouldn’t come public until they can prove solid acceptance of Version 5, because Version 4 remains in too many ways an embarrassment.” [...]

  4. Reflecting Money on September 7th, 2007 2:54 am

    I hope the free version stays even after IPO. We rarely get free stuff from a public listed company.

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