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OpenAI seeks funding that would push valuation to $100B: Rpt.

OpenAI is in talks to raise more funds at a valuation of more than $100 billion, according to a report from Bloomberg, giving it “hectocorn” status. The valuation would make OpenAI one of the world's most valuable private companies, alongside SpaceX and Shein.

Yahoo Finance's Brad Smith and Jared Blikre break down the details, providing insights into OpenAI's long-term potential.

For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live.

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BRAD SMITH: Open AI is the latest addition to the hectocorn club according to several reports here. A hectocorn is defined as a start up with a valuation of over $100 billion. Now, this latest funding round for OpenAI would solidify the company as one of the most valuable startups in the world, joining the likes of SpaceX and Shein. Now, what's important to note is that even if we were to see this come public, it comes after a year, amid a year, at least, as we're rounding out 2023, where we've only had 107 US IPOs based on some data from Renaissance Capital, which--

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- And they dried up.

BRAD SMITH: Yeah, exactly. It was a dried up year for IPOs, and even as we think about what is potential still to come here, it's what might be a choppy environment. I think for OpenAI, the thing that they have working to their advantage is if any investment strategist speaks to you about the year that has been for generative AI and looking out to 2024, they're expecting some type of carryover, and that could lead to even more positive sentiment around OpenAI if they were to make their way into the public markets here. But when you've got some fresh funding coming in like this, maybe that pushes that timeline back a little bit.

- Yeah, we might talk about Series GLMNOP funding for this company. They've got it good, and there doesn't seem to be a lot of pressure. I think the most interesting thing with respect to OpenAI, and this is probably going to be studied by business schools and on the curriculum for years, and that is just the drama in the boardroom, where Sam Altman was ousted and then he's back in.

And then you have this incredibly powerful new technology that was vested in to be handled, to be managed by this nonprofit, in the case of OpenAI, and how is that done. And these are-- this is raising very, very tricky questions for investors and the directors of the company. And I think we're just at the beginning of-- the beginning stages here. The questions raised by this new technology we're just in the infancy of asking and understanding.

BRAD SMITH: Yeah, no, spot on. And I think the core thing that you mentioned there too is the case studies over the past several years have practically written themselves for some of the-- you know, the continuing education students out there who are looking across what's taking place both in the private and the public equity markets here. Particularly for OpenAI, just to kind of round out this conversation, when before have we ever had a company that's been mired now in some of the investigations or at least comment periods as is OpenAI and Microsoft with the UK CMA as well, the Competitions and Market Authority?

They're trying to figure out if there was a merger that just so happened because of this massive investment, $10 billion roughly, that Microsoft put into or at least after they announced that partnership is expected to spend on that partnership over time, and did they essentially use that to block out some of their other competitors from their work with OpenAI?

- Yeah, crowding out. Just excellent point, and we're going to be talking about a lot more of that in the new year.