JPMorgan to Start Social Media Fund
February 13, 2011, 8:04 pm
The proposed fund, which will be run by JPMorgan’s asset-management unit, is seeking to raise between $500 million and $750 million from wealthy investors to put into privately held technology companies like Twitter and Groupon, these people said.
The idea is to place bets on companies with established business models and steady revenue before they go public in widely anticipated stock sales.
Several popular social media companies, including the professional social network LinkedIn and the Internet radio company Pandora, have already filed to go public. Those filings presage even more eagerly anticipated stock sales by Groupon and especially Facebook.