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According to Bloomberg, Etsy's $250 million deal will put "New York tech back on the map." The deal is diverting attention away from Silicon Valley toward the New York startup scene. The last tech company from New York to raise more than $250 million was Barnesandnoble.com during the dot-com bubble.
Here are three other startups from the Big Apple – and how their prices stack up against the Etsy (Nasdaq: ETSY) stock price…
How the Etsy (Nasdaq: ETSY) Stock Price Compares to Other NYC Tech IPOs
The most recent New York tech IPO that made a huge splash was OnDeck Capital Inc. (NYSE: ONDK).
ONDK stock made its debut last December. The IPO priced well above its $16 to $18 range at $20 a share and raised $200 million. The company commanded a hefty market cap of $1.32 billion, making it the biggest IPO of any New York tech firm since 1999.
"There was a branding element to this," said OnDeck CEO Noah Breslow to Crain's New York Business. "Most small business owners haven't heard of OnDeck. We think being publicly traded, with all the transparency around that, is something our customers will want to see and will respect."
Although the Etsy stock price is $14 to $16, its $1.8 billion valuation smashes OnDeck's valuation by 36.4%. Etsy also hopes to become a more recognized brand like Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) and eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY). Amazon and eBay respectively have 244 million users and 155.2 million users, which dwarfs Etsy's 54 million users.
The Etsy IPO Is Different than Any Other Tech IPO… The company is more dedicated to social consciousness than business growth, which is troubling to Wall Street investors. That raises the question – is the Etsy IPO valuation justified?
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- Bloomberg: Etsy Crafts IPO Putting New York Tech Back On The Map
- Crain's New York Business: OnDeck Rings In Biggest NYC Tech IPO Since 1999