Pinterest opens up 25% in its first day of trading

Pinterest (NYSE: PINS) is a public company. Ben Silbermann’s virtual pinboard rose 25 percent in its NYSE debut, opening at $23.75 per share.

The company priced its shares above range last night at $19 a piece. The IPO price gave the company a fully-diluted market cap of $12.6 billion, a figure slightly larger than its Series H valuation of $12.3 billion.

After selling 75 million Class A shares, Pinterest has a fresh $1.4 billion of cash to navigate the trials and tribulations of being a public company.

Pinterest saw a boost in its debut despite concerns that Lyft, a fellow consumer technology IPO, has struggled since its Nasdaq IPO three weeks ago. Lyft priced at the top of its range at $72 apiece in late March, raising $2 billion in the process. Though it traded up 21 percent on its first day, it has since fallen below its IPO price and is currently sitting at about $58 per share.

We’ll have to sit back and wait to see if Pinterest suffers the same fate.

Zoom, another unicorn IPO that happened to fall on the same day as Pinterest’s big debut, has skyrocketed 81 percent on its first day of trading.

Shares of the video conferencing business began trading at $65 a pop this morning after the video conferencing company priced its shares at $36 apiece Wednesday, above its anticipated range. The company initially planned to price its shares at between $28 and $32 per share, but following big demand for a piece of a profitable tech business, Zoom increased expectations, announcing plans to sell shares at between $33 and $35 apiece.

The pop gives Zoom a fully diluted market cap of roughly $16 billion, or 16 times larger than the $1 billion valuation it garnered with its last round of private funding in 2017. Yes, that means Zoom, a company that raised less than $200 million in venture capital, is worth more than Pinterest, a beloved Silicon Valley success story that attracted nearly $1.5 billion in VC funding.

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