Consumer Electronics Make Up 75% Of SecondMarket’s Third Quarter Transactions, Social Media Down To 1.2%

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November 12, 2012 by yamakashi

TechCrunch

What a change a year makes.

SecondMarket, which helps arrange sales for stock of privately-held companies, said three-fourths of its transactions in the last quarter were for consumer electronics companies. E-commerce made up 19.4 percent of transactions, followed by financial services, which made up 3.6 percent.

Consumer web and social media, which made up the bulk of SecondMarket’s deals before Facebook’s IPO this year, is down to 1.2 percent. At the same time last year, consumer web and social media made up 62 percent of transactions. This is partly because of recent IPOs, and partly because companies have been arranging their own private liquidity programs, SecondMarket says. SecondMarket couldn’t say which companies were involved in these transactions, however, because of client confidentiality.

Despite losing Facebook this year because of its IPO, SecondMarket said its year-to-date transaction volume is just about where it was a year ago at $418 million for the…

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