LinkedIn's performance since its intial public offering (IPO) has made investors very happy.
LinkedIn has almost a $13 billion market cap, and its shares are trading at nearly three times the opening day price of $45.
Even though LinkedIn logged incredible growth between March 2011 and September 2012 — with its sales growing across all of its revenue streams (premium subscriptions, recruitment and advertising) — it needs to look for external growth opportunities in order to maintain that pace.
Some analysts have mixed opinions about what LinkedIn should do next.
Rick Summer, a senior equity analyst at Morningstar, told Loizos that he sees a day where LinkedIn looks "more like a software company, managing job candidates from their sourcing to managing the candidate inside the walls of a company."
With that in mind, Summer says that SilkRoad, a 10-year-old employee management software company, could be a good acquisition target.
Other analysts say LinkedIn should also consider acquiring these companies:
• Monster.com, an employment website
• Chinese recruitment site ChinaHR
• Viadeo, the world's second largest social network for professionals
• Question and answer site Quora
• DemandBase, a business-to-business marketing software company
• Business advertising startup Bizo
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