From Facebook to Star Wars: Techies ring the NASDAQ opening bell

Ding! ding! Must be another tech company IPO

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Next to throwing out the first pitch at a major league baseball game, ringing the opening bell at NASDAQ or New York Stock Exchange has got to be one of the most thrilling opening ceremonies to take part in in the United States. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, surrounded by colleagues, did the honors remotely from the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters at 6:30 a.m. on May 18, 2012 to celebrate the social network site’s roughly $16 billion IPO. Check out this collection of others in the technology industry who have preceded him.

John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems (CSCO), along with 2,000 Cisco employees, rang the opening and closing bell virtually to celebrate the closing of its 20-year anniversary on the stock exchange. This marked the first time in 34 years that the opening and closing ceremonies were conducted from outside New York (in this case, San Jose, 3,000 miles away).

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Electronic Arts executives stand with Star Wars characters to ring the opening bell at the NASDAQ Market Site in New York, Dec. 20, 2011. EA was celebrating the launch of its "Star Wars: The Old Republic" game and the re-listing of Electronic Arts on the NASDAQ under the symbol "EA".

It was happier times for Yahoo: co-founders Jerry Yang (C) and David Filo (R) pose with chief executive Terry Semel in front of the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square in New York after ringing the opening bell at NASDAQ on March 2, 2005 as part of ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the web site. Filo and Yang founded the now financially struggling Yahoo as doctoral students at Stanford University.

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Microsoft CFO Christopher Liddell remotely rings the opening bell for NASDAQ before hundreds of Microsoft employees celebrating the launch of Windows 7 in Redmond, Wash., Oct. 22, 2009. Will they get a return appearance for Windows 8 this year?

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Employees and guests of Groupon ring the opening bell in celebration of the company's IPO at the Nasdaq Market in New York on Nov. 4, 2011. Shares of daily deals site rose more than 50% in their stock market debut, but at least some of the early trading exuberance may have come from the small amount of shares offered.

Enterprise social media company Jive Software fires up the NASDAQ bell to open the market on Dec. 13, 2011, led by CEO Tony Zingale, center.

In celebration of Oracle OpenWorld 2006 and Oracle's 20th Listing Anniversary as a public company, Oracle (ORCL) rang the NASDAQ Closing Bell in a ceremony live from San Francisco.

For the first time ever, NASDAQ opened its market remotely from India on July 31, 2006, as Nandan Nilekani, CEO of business IT consulting company Infosys, did the honors from its Global Education Center in Mysore, India, to celebrate the company's 25-year business anniversary.

Google co-founder and now CEO Larry Page (center), former CEO Eric Schmidt (2nd from left) and other Google and NASDAQ officials celebrate Google’s IPO in August 2004. The company’s $1.9 billion IPO is the big one that IPOs from Facebook, LinkedIn, Groupon and others have been compared to since.

Jerry Kennelly, CEO of WAN optimization company Riverbed, and his posse ring the NASDAQ opening bell in September 2011 to celebrate five years in the public market.