Fidelity has further slashed the estimated worth of its holdings in Reddit and Discord as well as SaaS startup Gupshup.

  • @[email protected]
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    3610 months ago

    I read before all this started reddit was valued around $10 billion.

    Now it’s already down to $5.5 billion.

    These are estimates, since reddit hasn’t gone public yet, there is no official market value.

    Still I’m guessing that next week it will be valued even lower. Tomorrow is when the real shit hits the fan.

    • @[email protected]
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      1110 months ago

      I wish more people weren’t waiting until June 30 to tentatively make a decision or leave. I have a feeling many of them aren’t leaving if they haven’t already.

      • @[email protected]
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        610 months ago

        I made my decision to leave as soon as I saw how the app devs were treated. Been back only to edit all my comments to state what I think about spez & co. I’ve simply been waiting to add my little weight to the end of month exodus.

      • @[email protected]
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        210 months ago

        IDK but we are close to finding out. In my experience people are generally bad at preparing. And only react when absolutely necessary.

      • @[email protected]
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        110 months ago

        I decided to leave when I saw how they removed entire moderator from subreddits. Abhorrent behaviour and completely unhinged. I was modding at r/steam for 7 years. Is this how you treat dedicated people to your platform? This shattered the relationship between users and Reddit admins to me. I only removed my account yesterday until they finally hit nail in the coffin with going forward to kill off third parties. I never really used Apollo TBH, but it’s the intent behind what they do that matters to me. Haha.

    • @[email protected]
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      910 months ago

      5.5 billion … BILLION that’s with a B

      Moderators are volunteers

      Content is subject to right be forgotten

      Management is mostly hostile and toxic

      Management is driving away the content creators.

      If they decapitated the management (not literally…well…no this is not constructive) and made the API cheap as balls, you might retain the existing users and pull half that are leaving back.

      There’s not 5B in advertising opportunity there. Any company that wanted to get out in front of their customers is already in there talking to them for free.

    • Untitled9999
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      110 months ago

      I would have thought that most people who didn’t want to use Reddit anymore have probably already stopped using it.

      But yes I hope to see more bad news for Reddit such as this diminished valuation.

    • @[email protected]
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      010 months ago

      “Tomorrow is when the real shit hits the fan.” I don’t know about that. I think it’ll take a while and there will be several stages. Tomorrow the power users leave, and moderators might either do a lot less or disappear completely.

      Then would be a rise in bots (i saw an AITA post i thought might be bot generated as i couldnt possibly think how “OP” could be anything but an asshole) and spammers, people voting might help keep some of that at bay while the users who browse by hot might still get what they want. Then there would likely be migrations of users.

      I think people who go to subs like funny and AITA could still be there for a while, but i think the content will degrade and some subs i think have taken permanent hits in viewership. 4 months ago i could think of some where i’d consider advertising a product to a niche, but there’s zero chance i’d be parting with money today.

      I think the effects of this will be large and far reaching, but those looking to cash out are still steaming ahead for their IPO payday, and whatever happens from there will be the new owners concern. It’d be different if i thought they wanted to IPO and still hold a large share of the company, but everything im seeing leads me to believe thats not the case.

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        10 months ago

        Tomorrow the power users leave

        Today the app users are forced away.

        We can already see lemmy.world has grown 15% or 8k users in half a day. If that’s representative, the coming days will be worse for reddit than the blackout and protest period.

        That was what I meant, that for reddit the shit hits the fan today for real, as in the consequences of their decision will hit harder when they are actually implemented.

    • @[email protected]
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      010 months ago

      Well, that’s a bit misleading. It was $10 billion in August 21. But all of the startup type tech companies have taken huge dives after that.

      So the actual impact of the protests are yet to be seen. E.g. the value of Discord shrank even more than reddit.

    • @[email protected]
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      310 months ago

      I can’t believe they gave the job to such a clueless and arrogant leader. At this rate, it’s not a matter of if, but when Reddit is going to crash and burn like Digg did.

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        Most likely reddit is holding out till the IPO. Getting a new CEO beforehand would cause some chaos. Stability is what saves valuation. Reddit’s recent instability is what is messing with its worth.

        Then reddit can blame everything on their scapegoat: spez. The old CEO gets a nice severance package for acting like the villain reddit needs till all the new changes are in place. Even if the CEO was not the only one making these decisions.

        The new CEO will remove a few of the harsh changes reddit recently made; but not all of them. The people then rejoice as the new CEO is “nicer” than spez and the evil villain is gone.

        It’s not like reddit can ever go back to the way it was; it wasn’t making enough money to please its stakeholders. The preceding sentence is why the fediverse is so important.

        • @[email protected]
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          110 months ago

          I agree. They’ve already did this once before with Ellen Pao. She came in, played the villain and made changes that people didn’t like, and then went away and was replaced with a “nicer” CEO.

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        10 months ago

        I can’t believe Steve Huffman (u/spez) is acting like this before an IPO. An IPO usually means a board of directors. Usually, the CEO reports directly to the board of directors and serves until they decide they need a new CEO. Forget third-party apps for a second, Fidelity has further slashed the estimated worth Reddit. Users are protesting against the site’s leadership. Porn bombing has brands concerned about advertising on Reddit; see https://techstory.in/advertisers-grapple-with-rising-brand-safety-concerns-as-reddit-protests-escalate-into-porn-bombing-campaigns/ He’s tarnished Reddit’s image. The sooner they do an IPO, the better as Huffman will become the artist formerly known as CEO.

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          10 months ago

          Reddit has (very very likely) had a board ever since their first VC investment round in 2005, the board is backing this otherwise Spez would get voted out in a heartbeat

          • @[email protected]
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            110 months ago

            If Reddit has a board, and they let Spez loose to do this crap, then they deserve a $10 BN devaluation. Maybe this will be the wakeup call.

    • thanevim
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      110 months ago

      He was jealous of how low Digg, well, dug. So he’s striving to dig(g) even deeper!

  • @[email protected]
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    1010 months ago

    spez the business genius

    That’s down 7.36% from the $16.6 million mark at April’s closure and altogether a slide of 45.4% since its investment in August 2021. The updated share value suggests a $5.5 billion valuation for Reddit.

  • @[email protected]
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    610 months ago

    Today is my last day as a logged in user on Reddit. Hope it is for many others as well.

  • DoubleCore
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    410 months ago

    We gotta pump those numbers up! Those are rookie numbers!!!

  • @[email protected]
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    310 months ago

    RIP Bozo. People will absolutely leave your site if you take away the apps they have used for years.

  • Bear
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    210 months ago

    I wanna see the current or former patrons of r/WallStreet short Reddit to oblivion on the IPO. Spez should realize that if you piss off a large group, they can hit back when you’re most vulnerable.