Wouldn’t it have been nice to have had the opportunity in April 2006 to put a few million dollars into Youtube to top up one’s investment to $11m, only for 6 months later it to return $450m. :- (
Was it a risky investment at that stage – well Youtube could possibly have been hit by court action, but there were so few assets to sue for it wouldn’t have been worth it in all likelihood. With the surging footfall on the site back in April, even then it must have looked like a very cheap investment.
Was the investor’s brand credibility worth a substantial discount on the subscription price? Evidently yes, at least to Youtube, otherwise why would they have done it.