3 Things to Know Before Facebook's IPO

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The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which research analyst Lyons George and industrials editor/analyst Isaac Pino discuss topics around the investing world.

With Facebook's initial public offering less than two weeks away, it's more important than ever for potential shareholders to understand what kind of business they're getting into -- and if they should get in at all. Lyons and Isaac  discuss signs of fatigue in Facebook's growth trajectory, and the shortcomings of an advertising-heavy business model on a platform that emphasizes socializing over selling. Not to mention: Why are so many early investors planning to sell off their stakes in the Zuckerberg empire -- including Mark Zuckerberg himself?

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At the time this article was published Isaac Pino and Lyons George have no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Google, LinkedIn, and Microsoft.Motley Fool newsletter services recommendGoldman Sachs, Google, LinkedIn, and Microsoft. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

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