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February 17, 2012:   Glenn Petersen on Silicon Investor has a forum for tracking information related to investing in facebook.  I asked him if he had a timeline:
Glenn, Do you have a timeline of funding for facebook? I heard they got $500,000 for 10% early on to give an initial valuation of $5M but I don't know much beyond that. It would be nice to have that in the title page, if we could find it.

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Glenn replied:
Peter Thiel reportedly invested $500,000 in Facebook at a $4.8 million valuation. An alternative version of the story has him lending $700,000 to Mark Zuckerberg and eventually converting it into a 7.5% position in Facebook. Regardless of which version is correct, at the time of the S-1 filing he owned a 2.5% position. Not a bad return.

I have yet to find a clean valuation time line. This one is not bad:

 Facebook Timeline
Another (Facebook Valuation Timeline) from November 2010:

  • May 2005: Facebook raises $12.7 million in venture capital from Accel Partners, at a rumored valuation of $100 million.
  • April 2006: Facebook raises $27.5 million from Greylock Partners and Meritech Capital, for a reported $525 million pre-money valuation.
  • October 2007: Microsoft invests $240 million for a 1.6% stake in Facebook, valuing the company at $15 billion.
  • May 2009: Digital Sky Technologies invests $200 million for a 1.96% stake, bringing Facebook's value to $10 billion, a drop of more than $5 billion from Microsoft's investment.
  • January 2010: Offers to buy Facebook's private company stock on SecondMarket place Facebook's valuation at $14 billion.
  • June 2010: A report by Elevation Partners pegged Facebook's value at $23 billion.
  • July 2010: A report by Next Up Research pegged Facebook's value at $12 billion.
  • August 2010: Shareholder trading values Facebook at more than $33 billion.
  • November 15, 2010: Facebook's worth pegged at $41 billion.
  • November 19, 2010: Facebook shares sold at a $34 billion valuation.
  • November 22, 2010: Investors sell portion of stake in Facebook at a price valuing Facebook at $35 billion.
  • November 30, 2010: Facebook reaches value of $50 billion based on private market transactions.

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