Check out this story I worked on with my colleague Stephen Baker.
Is Twitter Worth a Billion Bucks?
Twitter’s latest funding round values the microblogging site at $1 billion. Can the company become profitable enough—or profitable at all—to justify that valuation?
By Stephen Baker with Spencer Ante
Twitter’s home crowd can be pretty tough. When reports emerged on Sept. 24 that the microblogging service was close to securing $100 million in funding that valued the company at $1 billion, flurries of 140-character jeers flooded the service. “Nutty valuation,” wrote @Nicklippis. “I’ve seen this movie before,” twittered @ericclovesbacon. “It starred eToys.com and ended in fail.”
True, a billion dollars for a company with virtually no revenue recalls the excesses of the dot-com era. The logic behind Twitter’s valuation comes straight from the very same school. It views Twitter less as a single company than as the base for a whole realm of communication and data. “It is an increasingly important platform for business and consumers,” says Seth Levine, managing director of Foundry Group.