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GitLab Employees to Sell Off Equity that Values Them Over $6 Billion

UTC by John K. Kumi · 3 min read
GitLab Employees to Sell Off Equity that Values Them Over $6 Billion
GitLab Founders, Sid Sijbrandij (right) & Dmitriy 'DZ' Zaporozhets. Photo: GitLab

GitLab will soon go public and according to information, the decision is to allow employees to get hold of some liquidity before the company makes an announcement on its market debut.

A recent report has revealed that GitLab plans on allowing employees to sell off their equities that values the company at more than $6 billion in an offering. GitLab Inc was created in 2014, and as an open-source code collaboration web-based platform, it provides the grounds for developers to review codebase after creating them. In 2019, Goldman Sachs and Iconiq Capital led around to raise about $270 million for the company. The company was then valued at around $2.7 billion. Interestingly, the equity to be sold off by the Employees more than doubled this valuation.

Just recently, Toast, a company that specializes in selling technology to restaurants that seek to perfectly manage the transition from in-house to pick up also finished a secondary offering for its employees that valued over $8 billion. Both the laid off and the current employees were considered.

GitLab Inc will soon go public and according to information, the decision is to allow employees to get hold of some liquidity before the company makes an announcement on its market debut. The company’s earlier intention of making the market debut on November 18 was changed with the timing for the IPO removed from their website. This was said to be due to the struggling economy. The CEO and co-founder of GitLab Inc, Sid Sijbrandij earlier revealed that the annual recurring revenue of GitLab Inc had been exceeded, meaning they can go public depending on the readiness of the market. 

There has been a significant growth in the tech industry causing a high demand for programmers as companies mostly in the retail, health and financial sector seek to digitize their offerings in the latest fashion. This has been a high boost to GitLab Inc and two other main rivals which are Atlassian and Github. Investors have revealed in great anticipation that GitLab Inc could join the likes of Uipath, Databricks, HashiCorp, and Tanium to make a significant market debut in 2021.

GitLab Inc is a company that has measures in place to offset the problems that arise globally including pandemics. Since it emerged, there has not been any office set up for the more than 1300 employees spread across around 65 countries. Darren Murph, the head of remote was hired in 2019 long before the global pandemic. The company has a lot of unusual plans that turn out good in the long run, and apart from its no office expansion, it works tirelessly behind the scenes to help the likes of Ticketmaster, Delta Air Lines Inc (NYSE: DAL) and Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) to ship their software at a faster pace. 

GitLab Inc put into consideration the complex processes companies used to go through to build their software. Instead of relying on about ten applications to build software, specialists are put into security, development, product, and operations in a single app to make it easier for developers. 

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Excellent John K. Kumi is a cryptocurrency and fintech enthusiast, operations manager of a fintech platform, writer, researcher, and a huge fan of creative writing. With an Economics background, he finds much interest in the invisible factors that causes price change in anything measured with valuation. He has been in the crypto/blockchain space in the last five (5) years. He mostly watches football highlights and movies in his free time.

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