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Archive for Category: Valuation

Dec 14, 2015

Looking Past the Unicorns to the Middle Market – The Sweet Spot

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A quick look through today’s business headlines and you’ll see reports of massive capital raises and eye-popping valuations for some of the so called “Unicorns” – young, fast-growing, privately held (VC-backed) technology / technology-enabled companies valued at $1 billion and above. Some of these firms are very impressive, growing more than 100% per annum and raising hundreds of millions from private investors. Some are working on finding an appropriate way and time to give investors liquidity at a suitable value. Few this year have found strategic buyers: (LinkedIn) and Virtustream (EMC), for example. According to CB Insights, through Q3’15…

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Nov 20, 2015

The Square IPO, Unicorns and Vanity Pricing

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So the Square IPO priced “below the last round.” That’s what the news media reported. In fact, one media story was headlined “Square Flops.” So was yesterday really a bad day for Square? Nope. It was a very very good day – for everyone involved, and much of the news media missed it. The Square IPO was good for the company because they were able to raise $243 million of much needed cash to keep growing; it was a good thing for employees because the IPO made their shares and stock options liquid (once their lock-up expires); it was a…

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Sep 25, 2009

Something to tweet about: Twitter valued at $1B

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Today our managing partner Ken Marlin was quoted in a discussion of twitter’s valuation by Michael Liedtke for AP News. Twitter Inc.’s founders now have a billion-dollar baby, and they seem determined to raise it without a corporate parent. That was the message underlying Friday’s news that Twitter has lined up $100 million to finance its operations while founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone plot ways to make money off one of the Internet’s most popular communications tools. The investment values the 3-year-old company at $1 billion, even though it has yet to generate any meaningful revenue, let alone profits.…

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Dec 1, 2008

Huffington Post raises $25M round

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Today our partner Michael (Max) Maxworthy was quoted in a disucssion on Huffington Post’s capital raise of $25M by David Shabelman for The Times are tough for traditional newspapers, with increasing numbers of people choosing to get information online in real time rather than read yesterday’s news. Among the chief beneficiaries in the media industry are online companies such as Inc., which said Monday, Dec. 1, the company has raised $25 million in Series C funding from Oak Investment Partners. In addition to political commentary, Huffington Post provides news on business, the media and entertainment, with separate channels…

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