Groupon I.P.O.: the company is estimated at $15 billion

Friday, January 14, 2011
Now we start understanding why Groupon has rejected Google's tempting buyout offer.
The upcoming I.P.O. has disclosed a number of figures and provided some hints regarding the company's real value. In the light of the above, the amount suggested by Google looks ridiculously small as the only one-week investments make nearly 20 per cent of it:
This week, Groupon raised nearly $1 billion from large investors, including Fidelity Investments, T. Rowe Price and Morgan Stanley. It was the largest fund-raising effort ever for a start-up, a venture capital record previously held for 15 years by DreamWorks Animation SKG, based on Thomson Reuters data. Given Morgan Stanley’s recent stake, some analysts think it is on the short list of banks vying to take Groupon public."

Such striking figures account for the fact that Groupon is still evolving and expanding its virtual territories. Even though, the estimations may seem excessive to some skeptics, they are not much different in terms of fairness to the ones of Facebook.

Yet all that may seem far from today-to-day reality a fresh startup is facing, one should find some seeds of motivation. We all should start somewhere...