The VCs Who Will Win Big When Peloton Goes Public: Term Sheet

August 30, 2019, 1:25 PM UTC

Who will win big when Peloton goes public?

While we’re out here sweating and waiting to get a small dose of happiness, the ones who will actually get a big rush of endorphins (and cash) are two of its largest shareholders: Tiger Global and True Ventures.

The exercise equipment maker has raised a total of over $994 million in funding. And with over a 100% growth rate and a valuation in the billions, some early-stage investors may be getting ready for a big payday.

My colleague Anne Sraders reports:

The fitness company’s largest investor is Tiger Global Management, with just under a 20% stake in Peloton with 46,721,427 shares, according to the company’s S-1 filing. Tiger bought in early to Peloton in Series B funding at $1.42 per share, according to PitchBook. Since their initial investment, Tiger also invested in Peloton’s Series C round at $2.22 per share (and later Series F). And the kicker? Since Tiger first invested in the fitness company in 2014, Peloton’s valuation has increased from around $35 million to over $4 billion. To boot, the company’s latest funding round sold shares for over $14 per share (up some 916% from Tiger’s first buy-in).

But close behind with a 12% stake (28,369,274 shares) is investor True Ventures, who first got in on Peloton in Series C funding at $2.22 per share in 2015 (and again in Series D, E, and F). Other venture heavy-hitters bought in slightly later in Series E funding, led by the likes of Wellington Management, NBCUniversal, Comcast, Fidelity Investments, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers—propelling Peloton’s valuation over the $1 billion mark for the first time.

However, for those investors who got in late in the game in Peloton’s Series F funding (like new investors Felix Capital, G Squared, Winslow Capital Management, and Technology Crossover Ventures to name a few), the payoff may not be quite as impressive.

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Now the U.S. Attorney’s office is re-opening that saga by bringing charges against Levandowski. Prosecutors have said their investigation is ongoing. Levandowski pleaded not guilty and his lawyer said he didn’t steal anything.

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