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Reddit Sets Sights on a $5 Billion Valuation for its Much-Anticipated IPO

As one of the most eagerly awaited IPOs of 2024, Reddit is reportedly aiming for a valuation north of $5 billion, according to sources cited by Bloomberg. This move comes as a significant step for the social media giant, which has been a key player in the digital community space since its inception.

The successful execution of Reddit’s IPO will largely depend on the prevailing conditions of the IPO market, which has seen its share of challenges in recent years. Current private market estimates place Reddit’s valuation just below the $5 billion mark. This is a notable adjustment from late 2021, a peak year for venture capital when projections floated as high as a $15 billion valuation for the company’s public debut.

Investors are optimistic about 2024 reviving the IPO market’s fortunes, especially following the filings of profitable tech startups like Instacart and Klaviyo last year. Additional factors that could buoy this year’s IPO market include anticipated Federal Reserve rate cuts and a sluggish M&A market. The last major social media company to go public was Pinterest in 2019, which hit the market at a $10 billion valuation.

Reddit’s current valuation target indicates a shift from the era of soaring valuations. The company, however, has not commented further on this matter.

Fondly referred to as “the front page of the internet,” Reddit was founded in 2005 by University of Virginia roommates Steve Huffman, Alexis Ohanian, and Aaron Swartz. The site rapidly grew into one of the world’s most visited platforms. In a twist of fate, the founders sold it to Condé Nast for a modest $10 million just a year after its launch. While Ohanian ventured into the world of venture capital, Huffman has remained closely tied to Reddit, steering the company as CEO since 2015 through a period marked by explosive growth, particularly during the pandemic which saw the emergence of the meme-stock phenomenon.

Reflecting on the journey, Huffman once humorously remarked that the business felt like a “homework assignment that got out of hand,” underscoring the unexpected scale of Reddit’s success. For investors and tech enthusiasts alike, Reddit’s IPO is not just a financial milestone but a testament to the platform’s enduring influence and potential for continued growth in the digital community landscape.