SoftBank Considers IPO for $100 Billion Vision Fund

SoftBank is considering audacious fundraising plans, including a public offering of its $100 billion investment fund and the launch of a second fund of at least that size, as it looks to seize on an exploding startup scene. A crazy move for sure, and some would go so far as to say evidence that the tech bubble, however different it is than that in the early 2000s, is about to pop.

An of­fer­ing like this is largely un­prece­dented. If suc­cess­ful, it would tap into a new pool of money—mom-and-pop in­vestors—who typ­i­cally can’t in­vest in ven­ture-cap­i­tal funds due to reg­u­la­tions meant to pro­tect un­so­phis­ti­cated in­vestors from risky as­sets.


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