Public-Private Gulf Puts Startup Valuations In The Spotlight

By Elise Hansen (February 14, 2020, 6:24 PM EST) -- Startup valuations are increasingly in the spotlight, but the path from seed funding to unicorn to initial public offering can still appear opaque. Here, attorneys pull back the curtain on how valuation negotiations unfold — and why public market valuations don't always line up.

Casper Sleep Inc. raised a heady $100 million at a $1.1 billion valuation in March 2019 from big-name investors like New Enterprise Associates and Norwest Venture Partners and retailer Target Corp. When the mattress seller went public in early February, its IPO valuation was less than $500 million.

Casper joins a number of buzzy private companies that...

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