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Pluralsight Surges After Pricing IPO Above Range

Morning Report: After pricing above its raised range, Pluralsight priced at $15 per share. Its first day is going well.

Today we close our coverage of Pluralsight’s transition from private to public company. From its S-1 filing to its first pricing range, to its raised range, the company had a good run with seemingly strong momentum. That carried through to its first day of trading.

Last night, the cloud technical learning provider priced its shares at $15 apiece, ahead of its raised $12 to $14 range. Pluralsight had originally targeted a $10 to $12 range. So, from the bottom of its first range to the final value of its IPO equity, Pluralsight raised its sights by 50 percent.

The company is adding to those gains in its first trading day. As of the time of writing, Pluralsight is up 34.5 percent, according to MarketWatch. The company has traded up all day, demonstrating healthy demand for its shares on the public market.

The company’s exit not only marks yet another unicorn exit but a success for the growing Utah startup scene.

2018 is welcoming companies of all sorts to the public markets as investors continue to pour nine-figure sums into late-stage startups. The wager, it seems, is that startups will still be able to climb through the IPO window in a few years.

The Nasdaq is over 7,000 and even companies with overly-generous cohort analyses can go public. As always, we wonder how long that will be the case.

From The Crunchbase Daily:

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