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Report: Square Debating 2014 IPO

Another year, another billion-dollar IPO for entrepreneur Jack Dorsey? That's the rumor.
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One day before Twitter's highly anticiplated IPO, a rumor surfaced that Jack Dorsey's other start-up darling, Square, might go public as early as next year.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that "a person familiar" with the situation claims the mobile payments company has had exploratory discussions with banks, including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. However, The Journal reports this source cautioned the company has not hired a bank yet--and Square declined to comment on the rumor all together. 

Though Dorsey has said that the company is not yet profitable, The Journal reported some interesting numbers about this fast-growing company. The company should reportedly reach $550 million in sales by the end of the year, but as much as 80 percent of the company's revenue goes back to credit card companies. The Journal's source put the net revenue "closer to $110 million to $165 million."

Dorsey launched Square in 2009 by giving out the square-shaped card readers for free, and the San Francisco-based company quickly took off. In addition to getting high-profile partnerships, including ones with Starbucks and the City of New York, the company has $340 million in total financing from venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia Capital. 

The entrepreneur-du-jour recently spoke about some of Square's unique company culture policies at an event in San Francisco. 

If Square were to go public, Dorsey would become a serial founder with two billion-dollar IPOs under his belt--just another audacious goal for an audacious entrepreneur.

 

 

Last updated: Nov 6, 2013

NICOLE CARTER | Staff Writer | San Francisco Bureau Chief

Nicole Carter is Inc.'s San Francisco bureau chief. She was previously an editor at New York Daily News, and her work has also appeared in Consumer Reports magazine.




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