Palantir's valuation jumps from $6 billion to $9 billion in less than three months

Himanshu Arora

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Palantir Technologies, a CIA-backed data analytics company, is now worth $9 billion. The valuation comes after the company on Thursday disclosed in a securities filing that it has raised around $58 million in the latest funding round. If the company...

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This surge in valuation has put Palantir well ahead of some comparatively well known startups like Spotify and Pinterest.
Yes, but unlike Spotify and Pinterst, a data analysis firm would actually produce something worthwhile that can be sold. You shouldn't compare a social media or music streaming service to something that provides a valuable service, even on the basis that they're both startups. Those social sites basically just sell ads, good data analysis is incredibly valuable.

And why does it make the news that a data analysis company is now worth more than they used to be?
What I meant to say in response to "Milwaukee Mike" is this:

The reason this is newsworthy is twofold:
1) Palantir is extremely overvalued - this is essentially a BI tool (good but not "$9B" good) - take a look at revenue if you get a chance. Doesn't justify the valuation
2) This is a continuation of the Palantir "hype" machine to justify more investment at the every higher valuation. (can you say #pyramidscheme ?)

Does anyone ask why a company like this would need $500M in investment and still not be profitable? It's because of the consultants who "complete" the product in the field (sorry, I mean "forward deployed engineers" - nice name, BTW).

Note: Palantir does have a good product and there is nothing wrong with the fact that Palantir customizes/finishes the software development in the field but given that the company has a very large amount of pro services bodies/revenue and the fact that it is more about BI/visualization than about Big Data Analytics, the valuation just doesn't work. But, maybe they could use some of the money they raised to purchase a company that analyzes unstructured data (which they don't) and then the company would be much more valuable - still not $9B but more valuable than they are now.