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Nubank cofounder Cristina Junqueira achieves an IPO first

December 13, 2021, 1:48 PM UTC
Nubank Cofounder Cristina Junqueira
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Good morning, Broadsheet readers! California responds to the Supreme Court’s Texas abortion ban decision, there’s a leadership shakeup at Instacart, and Nubank cofounder Cristina Junqueira achieves an IPO first. Have an excellent Monday.

– A Nu kind of IPO. When my colleague Maria Aspan and I wrote Fortune‘s recent cover story on female founders whose companies’ exits made them billionaires, we noted that the group of women to achieve the milestone is so far pretty homogenous—but that diversity among hyper-successful women founders improves when you look at the global picture.

Another example of this pattern emerged last week, when the Brazilian digital financial services company Nubank went public via the New York Stock Exchange. Cofounder Cristina Junqueira’s 2.9% stake was valued at $1.3 billion when shares rose 15% on their first day of trading, valuing the company as a whole at $45 billion. Now, Junqueira joins the small—but growing—club of billionaire female founders.

Junqueira, 39, rose through the ranks in traditional finance and consulting jobs before she cofounded Nubank with CEO David Velez in 2013; today, she serves as CEO for Brazil, where the company earns most of its revenue. (Velez became a billionaire ten times over in the IPO, with a 23% stake valued at $10.2 billion.)

Junqueira and Velez have something else in common too: both founders are expecting children. Velez is expecting his fourth child with his wife, and Junqueira is eight months pregnant with her third. In all likelihood—considering the small pool of female founders who have steered their businesses to market debuts—that makes Junqueira the first female founder to take her company public in her third trimester. It’s an IPO day image that will last alongside those of Bumble’s Whitney Wolfe Herd and Stitch Fix founder Katrina Lake, who rang their respective opening bells with their young children at their sides.

“I hope that I can be a good example for them, to say that women can raise our families and care for them, but we can also have great careers and be passionate about our work,” the founder told Fortune‘s Felicia Hou in an IPO day interview.

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