Salesforce IPO Hits the Street

Shares of Salesforce.com began trading this morning on the
New York Stock Exchange and the hosted customer relationship management
software provider has immediately gained the attention of
traders.

Shares of the San Francisco-based company closed at $17.20, up $6.20 per share, or 56 percent, higher than the asking price.

Jane Hynes, a Salesforce.com spokesperson, said the company could not comment on the initial success of the stock launch because of the Securities & Exchange Commission’s imposed “silent period” which lasts 25 days.

However, judging by the background noise in Salesforce.com’s offices (mostly laughter) it’s safe to say that the company is pleased with the early results.

Interest is high on the performance of Salesforce.com’s debut on the
exchange, a sounding board to determine whether the software-as-a-service
model is viable on the stock market. Two other such companies, RightNow
Technologies and WebSideStory, are registered with the SEC and plan to go
public.

A strong showing by Salesforce.com in the coming weeks could
translate
to more angel funding and venture capital interest, according
to analysts watching the offering with interest.

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