Reddit’s new funding to value the company at $10bn

Social media network company is raising $700 million in new round of funding

FILE PHOTO: Reddit logos are seen displayed in this illustration taken February 2, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo
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Reddit plans to raise up to $700 million in a new round of funding that will value the company at $10 billion, the California-based social news aggregation, web content rating and discussion website said in a statement on Thursday.

The new round, called series F, will be led by Fidelity Management and Research Company and Reddit’s other existing investors.

“We are optimistic and encouraged that not only are we resourced and capitalised to continue on our growth path, but also that our investors support our vision and want to deepen their stakes in our future,” the company said.

“We are committed to our mission of providing community and belonging to everyone and look forward to continuing on our journey with the support of our users, employees, clients and investors,” it said.

This round will bring the total fundraising volume for the year to nearly $1bn.

Founded in 2005, Reddit raised $250m in February, series E, that valued the company at $6bn.

The company said it is making strategic investments to grow its business, expand internationally, innovate new ways to foster community and bolster its advertising offerings and capabilities.

“These efforts require us to grow our teams and make smart bets on how to make Reddit better, faster, easier to use and more empowering for communities,” the company said.

“We are also evolving as a business, maturing and building the operational structures that will help propel us into the future with transparency, values and integrity,” it said.

This year Reddit posted its first $100m advertising revenue quarter (April-June period), representing a 192 per cent increase compared with the same period last year.

Updated: August 12, 2021, 5:10 PM