Reddit’s value doubles after new $250 million funding

Reddit Inc said on Monday it raised more than $250 million in a new round of funding that doubled its valuation to $6 billion.

The social media company, which has been at the heart of a recent social media-driven retail frenzy, was valued at $3 billion following a funding round in February 2019.

Reddit Chief Executive Officer Steve Huffman told the Wall Street Journal it is a good market to raise funds.

“Valuations are very high right now. It never hurts to raise money when there’s an opportunity to do so and Reddit had a strong year,” Huffman said, according to the WSJ report.

Reddit revealed in the blog post that advertising revenue rose 90% in the last quarter from a year earlier.

Videogame retailer GameStop Corp and other companies including cinema operator AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc have seen wild gyrations in their stocks over the past two weeks as amateur investors on forums such as Reddit’s WallStreetBets acted in concert to bid up stocks that some U.S. funds had bet against.

The rally has drawn the attention of regulators, although U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Sunday it was too soon to say whether new policies or regulations were needed to deal with the volatility.

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