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Update #2: Six Apart, the San Francisco-based start-up behind TypePad, MoveableType and Live Journal is rumored to have raised another $12 million in Series C financing, according to a report in Investment Dealers’ Digest. The names of investors have not been disclosed. (I am burning up […]

Update #2: Six Apart, the San Francisco-based start-up behind TypePad, MoveableType and Live Journal is rumored to have raised another $12 million in Series C financing, according to a report in Investment Dealers’ Digest. The names of investors have not been disclosed. (I am burning up the phone lines to find the details!) The report says that the funding has come from three undisclosed investors, and hints that one of them might be Intel. Paul Kedrosky adds his two cents.

While I have not been able to speak with anyone from Six Apart, some of my sources in Silicon Valley are telling me that this one is rumored to be a hotly contested deal. The pre-money valuation was said to be around $80 million when Six Apart started raising money, but since then it has become a hotly contested deal, and the pre-money valuation is said to have climbed north of $100 million. Sources say the funding round hasn’t closed as yet. I am going to qualify all this as a rumor since I have not spoken to Six Apart folks. And when I do, I will update the story accordingly.


In recent months, the company has been taking it on the chin mostly because of infrastructure issues. I bet a lot of money, if it has been raised, will be spent to upgrade the infrastructure. And of course there are 90-plus employees. Those familiar with the company say Six Apart’s revenues have tripled in last 12-months. (Take this last bit with a grain of salt… however!) There is a pending launch of a new enterprise focused product, which could further consolidate SixApart’s position as a core Web 2.0 infrastructure player.

The big question is what is the exit for Six Apart. An IPO? That would make sense given their subscription model layered on top of hot-new trend of blogging (at least from Wall Street perspective) and possibility of another “eyeball” revenue stream. But what if no IPO happens? Who buys them? My bet is that it won’t be someone like Yahoo, because the deal is already too rich for Sunnyvale gang. The best fit would of course be someone like News Corp. All that is still idle speculation on my part, so disregard it. Too much coffee this morning!

It would be great to hear what Six Apart team has to say!

Update: Rodrigo crunches the numbers on Six Apart and estimates that their valuation could be 6.6 times sales, not too much considering that revenue less companies like FON just raised $21.7 million at a much higher multiple.

  1. Wow, killer news!

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  2. Om, you unfortunately missed the most important thing to happen to Six Apart in recent days.

    http://www.valleywag.com/tech/valleywag-hotties/valleywag-hotties-champion-ben-trott-so-hott-155715.php

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  3. damn, that explains why the company is getting some serious premium in the valley. okay :-)

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  4. [...] Om Malik reports that SixApart is rumored to have taken $12 million in Series C funding (think venture capital, but the 3rd round). The company has also been valued at between $80-$100 million USD. If it’s true congrats to the SixApart team (Anil, Ben, Mena and the rest…), although in my dying days of writing The Blog Herald I’d love to know what you are using it for, it could be one of only two things: 1. You’re not making enough money and are running out, hence need the funding. 2. You want to acquire another company/ or have some amazing new product to fund. [...]

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  5. [...] Read More… Six Apart snags another 12 million was written on February 19, 2006 at 7:33 pm by Marcus. It currently has 0 comments and you could help us out by adding one more. previous post: Popular Blogger Om Malik launches link blog | [...]

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  6. I was of the opinion that Six Apart was generating enough revenues since most paid bloggers prefer SA. I guess I am totally wrong since they are still raising money, but how much $12 million has bought is something someone here can share so that we will know its valuation.

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  7. What? Another $12 million for Six Apart?

    Om speculates about my employer, SixApart, getting another 12$ million in funding from a some mysterious venture capitalist. I have no idea what he’s talking about, and I kinda like it that way. I can so this though, it really…

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  8. News Corp? Would it require users to follow the Fox News script? If Six Apart becomes part of News Corp, remind me to find another product/service.

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  9. [...] Om Malik is reporting that Six Apart may have pulled in another 12 million in Series C financing. I understand that Six Apart has three of the biggest blogging platforms available (Movable Type, Typepad, and Livejournal), but is the company really worth over 100 million dollars?  That seems incredibly pricey to me.  Movable Type is pure junk compared to WordPress, anyway.  Blog software should not have a “rebuilding” step in this day and age; it was fine when MT first released, but WordPress raised the bar and MT should have followed their lead a long, long time ago. [...]

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  10. [...] Om Malik rapporte que SixApart (Typepad, MoveableType et LiveJournal) viendrait de lever $12 millions auprès d’investisseurs à l’identité non dévoilée (le nom de Intel est évoqué ). [...]

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