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So… remember how Clubhouse, having launched just about a year ago, is apparently raising funding at a $4 billion valuation?
Twitter may have played a role in driving up the audio-only social company’s valuation, Bloomberg reports in this fascinating scoop. The Jack Dorsey-led shop is said to have “discussed a potential valuation of roughly $4 billion for Clubhouse” in recent months. And while the talks stalled, the number stuck, leading to discussions around raising additional capital at said figure.
The story is shocking not only in the enormous valuation for such a young business, but also in the amount Twitter had apparently been willing to fork over.
Twitter has made many acquisitions in the past, but all known price tags have fallen short of $1 billion: Based on data from Pitchbook, Twitter’s highest valued acquisitions have been those of advertising technology company TellApart in 2015 for about $479 million, and mobile advertising startup MoPub in 2013 for about $350 million.
But now, the company certainly has more means to make big bets. With its stock near an all-time high, Twitter shares make for valuable M&A currency. That hasn’t always been the case. The social media company has struggled to regain the investor interest it held following its public market debut in 2013, when the company was valued at as much as $41.5 billion. But bolstered by a pandemic and messy U.S. presidential election, the company finally rose from its seven-year-long stall in the doldrums and notched a new record late last year. While it has lost some of those gains since, Twitter is now valued at about $55 billion.
At any rate, even without a tie-up with Clubhouse, Twitter has built its own product noted for similarities to the new kid on the block, dubbed Spaces.
Still, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Twitter at the center of more such reports, looking to acquire—if only to gain more insight into the inner workings of—such buzzy startups.
Term Sheet has reached out to Twitter and Clubhouse for comment.
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