This unicorn is leaping on its IPO

 
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Jeff Lawson is co-founder and chief executive of Twilio (Source: Getty)

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Twilio shares have surged on its IPO, leaping as much as 70 per cent on its debut on the New York Stock Exchange.

Shares surged as high as $25.50 after pricing at $15 per share, giving it a market capitalisation of more than $2bn

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Twilio, founded in 2008 in San Francisco, is an online voice, video and text cmmunications software platform that is used by WhatsApp and Uber among others.

The number of unicorn companies - those with private valuations of more than $1bn - has surged, however, these valuations have largely remained untested on the public markets in recent months - This is the first venture-backed tech IPO of the year.

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Square, the payments firm run by Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey, was t the last private tech comapny to make its debut last November. Priced at $9 per share, it popped more than 50 per cent, however, shares have traded as high as $15.91 per share and as low as $8.06 per share.

Investors are looking at Twilio, which is yet to make a profit but is growing revenue quickly, to smooth the way for further public offerings.

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