Twitter Gets VC Infusion and $250 Million Valuation

In my earlier post on how to take advantage of free social networking tools to help get you through the recession, I made the prediction that 2009 would be the year of Twitter.

twitter1Just a few hours later, TechCrunch is reporting that Twitter may have signed a term sheet with one or more venture capital firms that would value the microblogging company at $250 million.

It’s likely they’ll raise more than the $20 million in capital they’ve taken in over two previous rounds. Their last round, raised in June 2008, was a $15 million raise from new investors Spark Capital and Bezos Expeditions. Union Square Ventures and Digital Garage increased their previous investment.

Facebook supposedly made an offer to buy Twitter last fall for as much as $500 million dollars and was turned down. Though in fairness, most of the deal was for Facebook stock, not cash.

Twitter has been searching for a way to “grow up” and actually figure out a revenue stream that fits with its growth. This new round of VC should give them plenty of time to discover that. It should also take a lot of pressure off of Kevin Thau, Twitter’s newly hired biz-dev guru.


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