Pinterest, the online scrapbooking website that has become the latest Silicon Valley darling because of its rapid user growth, has raised $100 million in a financing round that values the start-up at $1.5 billion.
Every week a “we are in a tech bubble” article seems to come out in a major newspaper or blog. People who argue we aren’t in a bubble are casually dismissed as promoting their own interests. I’d argue the situation is far more nuanced and that people who engage in this debate should consider the following by Chris Dixon.
We have an IPO market for web companies again. I don't have all the names in front of me, but this year has brought IPOs for Pandora (P), LinkedIn (LNKD), Groupon (GRPN), Zynga(ZYNG), and TripAdvisor (TRIP). These five companies are all trading for north of $1bn market cap. Pandora is at ~$1.5bn. LinkedIn is at ~$6bn. Groupon is at ~$15bn, Zynga is at ~$7bn, and TripAdvisor is at ~$3.5bn.
We can (and surely will in the comments) argue about these valuations. Some will say they are too high. Some will say they are too low. That's what makes a market...
We all know how few and far between Initial Public Offerings became in the aftermath of the 2008 recession. Now, nearly four years later, IPOs are picking up steam once again. This infographic created with Focus, breaks down the state of the IPO market: which industries are hottest, which regions have had the most activity, and how the number of IPOs in recent years compares to years past.
Signs of exuberance are everywhere: Tesla roadsters, soaring real estate, overpriced vinegar - and eye-popping valuations for pre-IPO companies like Facebook and Zynga. So why are so many Silicon Valley denizens reluctant to use the B-word?
It's official. To transition from a startup into a late-stage company that aims to be around for 100 years, Evernote today confirms it's raised a $70 million Series D round of funding at a $1 billion valuation. Meritech Capital and CBC Capital were chosen to lead the round because they’re the firms that can help Evernote prepare for an eventual IPO.
Instagram is poised to raise a new round of financing that will value the popular photo-sharing application at as much as $500 million, people familiar with the matter said, despite skepticism that the fast-growing company will find a way to make money.
Facebook Inc. filed for an initial public offering that could value the company at between $75 billion to $100 billion, putting the eight-year-old social network on track to be one of the biggest Web stock market debuts of all time, even as it tries to keep up with skyhigh expectations. In a securities filing, the Menlo Park, Calif., company said it is seeking to raise $5 billion...
Speaking at the Techonomy conference today, Sean Parker warns about the downside of the explosion of seed-stage startups: "Little startups are ridiculously overfunded," he said. "The market is ridiculously overcrowded with early stage investors.
Ever since it became fashionable to trash Groupon (and it has become VERY fashionable), the response from the company's supporters has been that it's "the next Amazon." But, still, there's a big problem with the Groupon-is-the-next-Amazon meme, at least when it comes to Groupon's stock....
In a move reminiscent of one done by Facebook in 2009, Twitter is zeroing in on a complex $800 million funding deal, which includes a tasty $400 million payout for its current investors and also employees.
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