Hollywood’s The Wrap Takes The Covers Off of Twitter IPO with Brian Solis


The Wrap’s Brent Lang called Brian Solis to examine the various scenarios Twitter executives should consider for a successful IPO. Here are some of his thoughts from the article, “How Twitter Can Avoid Facebook’s IPO Nightmare.”

“What you have is a wary Wall Street that still has a memory of the dotcom bust fresh in its mind,” Brian Solis, a digital analyst at the research and advisory firm Altimeter Group, said. “There is certainly a perception that a quarter billion users is not enough and their operating loss is seen as a challenge.”

“It’s an internet company that most people don’t use,” Solis said. “It’s hard to understand for a lot of people and it’s hard to describe even by those people who do use it. Investors, many of whom are older, get what LinkedIn is because they understand the value of business networking.”

Solis advises that Twitter spend the run-up to its IPO explaining its suite of services to the general public in a way that even Luddites can grasp.

Twitter did just that Wednesday in a company post about its new See It feature. Titled “Change the channel directly from Twitter,” the post indicated the company would like to roll out the TV-friendly feature to other distribution partners beyond Comcast, presumably making revenue in the process.



Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. More so, he humanizes technology’s causal effect to help people see people differently and understand what to do about it. He is an award-winning author and avid keynote speaker who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation and innovation.

Brian has authored several best-selling books including What’s the Future of Business (WTF), Engage! and The End of Business as Usual. His blog, BrianSolis.com, is ranked as a leading resource for insights into the future of business, new technology and marketing.

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  • Brian Solis, Future of Business Forum, Oslo
  • Brian Solis, Future of Business Forum, Oslo
  • Brian Solis, Future of Business Forum, Oslo
  • Brian Solis, Future of Business Forum, Oslo