The Chinese Internet giant, Alibaba Inc, is shaping up to be the largest initial public offering ever.
Analysts with MorningStar are predicting the company could raise at least $20 billion, potentially making it one of the most exciting offerings for investors since Facebook.
“Alibaba is one of the biggest e-commerce companies in the world, not just China," says Dennis Hudachek, a senior analyst at ETF.com, a financial services company.
He says in 2013, Alibaba sold more than $248 billion in goods with some 231 million active users.
“Online shopping in China is expected to grow quite a bit in the coming years," Hudachek says. "It’s basically being pitched as a huge growth play, as well.”
Alibaba has the ability to hold investors attention well beyond the IPO, says RJ Hottovy, an analyst with MorningStar.
“One (way) is maintain its growth trajectories in China, which would indicate it is finding new customers in that region,” he says.
Hottovy says Alibaba might also keep investor’s attention if it can show growth in markets outside of China – say, for example, the United States.
Going public hasn’t been a completely smooth process, though. Alibaba has already pushed its IPO date back to September because the company and regulators wanted more time.
In the post, the editors detailed the efforts of an anonymous commenter who was posting graphic .gifs depicting sexual violence in the comments section of many posts.
Click the media player above to hear Erin Ryan, News Editor at Jezebel, in conversation with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson
The burner accounts -- a feature added when Gawker’s sites revamped their comment system -- in theory allow people to write about things happening in their companies without going on the record. But that’s not always what’s happening.
The fundamental problem with these images being posted, argues Ryan, is that once a reader has seen the image, they have seen the offending content in its entirety. This, she argues, is emblematic of a broader issue with the internet.
“People who want to make women feel bad for one reason or another have an anonymous forum with no consequences,” says Ryan.
As it stands, Gawker Media has banned image uploading in comments, and the company says it’s working on a longer term solution.