Snapchat Is Now Worth Around $30 Billion After Successful NYSE Debut

With Snapchat's parent company, Snap Inc., anticipating its first day on the New York Stock Exchange, are investors anxiously awaiting trading to start? So it's only fitting he will come away with the biggest haul from the IPO.

The exact timing of Snap shares trading will be up to the lead underwriters and their specialists will be taking the steps to meticulously match buyers and sellers, wrote IPOboutique.com in an email to clients. Facebook's then 845 million monthly users were uploading upwards of 250 million photos a day in the months leading up to its IPO, again according to its SEC filing.

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The amount, on paper, at least, puts Spiegel in a rarified club of tech billionaires alongside Bill Gates, Google co-founder Larry Page, and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison. In 2016, the company garnered revenues of $404 million but lost $515 million. Unlike Spiegel, he's not entitled to a generous CEO Award.

Hemant Taneja, an early investor in Snapchat and managing director at General Catalyst, said he was excited about Snapchat early on because of the "richness of innovation".

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Nonvoting shares means that investors who buy Snap stock, which will trade under the ticker SNAP on the New York Stock Exchange, won't be very attractive to activist investors.

Lightspeed was the first to back Snapchat and now owns a stake in the company worth almost $2 billion. "Everyone is super happy". Meanwhile, Snap's chairman Michael Lynton planned to sell nearly 55,000 shares in the offering, bringing in more than $930,000. "It is unclear when or if Snap's drone would become available to consumers", the report says. But the fairly steady orders showed the bankers did a decent job. And that decision just paid off big: His stake in Snap is worth $68 million based on the opening price.

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The glasses, called Spectacles, are specifically created to record and share 10-second circular videos for Snapchat, which is the source of virtually all the company's revenue to date. Like Facebook, though, there is enough hype for Snap, and near religious reverence for Spiegel, to maintain demand for its IPO, despite the block on shareholder voting.

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