WhatsApp Billionaire Joins The Secretive $10 Billion Startup Company: Newlands


In the early months of the pandemic, Michael Abramson returned home to Texas to plot his next career move. A former partner at storied venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, he’d kept a low public profile despite investments in flashy startups like beauty retailer Glossier and delivery app Rappi. Hoping to maintain that quiet approach in his next endeavor, he pinged a friend with a similar penchant for privacy, and billions of dollars to invest: WhatsApp billionaire Jan Koum.

Today, with Koum’s support, Abramson quietly leads Newlands, a firm that has rapidly grown into one of the largest new funds in tech. Abramson and Koum haven’t spoken publicly about Newlands, and the firm does not appear in recent funding announcements. Its corporate website is little more than a shell. But regulatory filings reveal a firm that holds nearly $10 billion in public equities, mostly tech stocks, and is beginning to make investments in the early-stage startup ecosystem.

Forbes Senior Editor, Alex Conrad joins ‘Forbes Talks’ with Diane Brady to discuss the mystery of Newlands’ history and big players.

0:00 Introduction
0:02 All About The Firm
2:08 Why Take A Chance On This Investment Firm
4:30 With Privacy Of Investments, Is That Good For Future Business?
6:09 Angel Investors And Peer Review Of Investment Firm Industry

Read the full story on Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2023/11/26/secretive-firm-backed-by-whatsapp-billionaire-jan-koum-has-10-billion/?sh=605b62d929a2

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