Just last month, Twitter raised 1.8 billion on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to become the second largest Internet IPO of all time after Facebook, overtaking global giants like Google, Yandex and Zynga.
The online social networking service now trades $41 a share, a huge improvement from its $26 initial price issued by lead underwriter Goldman Sachs. LinkedIn shares are reaching record highs, with share prices now at $224.54, from initial price of $45 a share in 2011. For more updates on the share prices of some famous Internet IPOs, check out the infographic below.
And we're a startup. So we thought it would be interesting to compare the costs of a startup including a small office and hiring 2 developers and 1 designer from different cities and countries.
In the past, in order to recruit employees you have to advertise opportunities in the local papers or hire local advertising agencies to put up bills on sidewalks and light posts. Today, notwithstanding the "post no bills" policies of most modern cities, recruiting employees via these methods is laughably obsolete.
Around 50% of all the people in North America use Facebook for recruiting, for example. Social media is a more up-to-date method for finding great people. Check out our infographic on social media for recruitment.Additionally, you can check out Time Doctor's employee monitoring software to give you insights into the productivity of your workforce.
Online jobs are popular - especially if you have to travel a long distance in traffic to get to your office!
But do these types of jobs pay well? We had a look at Upwork (formerly oDesk), the largest online jobs platform, to compare the asking salaries for various online jobs.
Keep in mind that these are the asking salaries which means that often companies will look for or negotiate a lower rate, although in many cases contractors do manage to get their asking rate. It's interesting to compare the rates around the world for popular online jobs.