New investor Valiant Capital Management LP led the round. Existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners and FirstMark Capital also participated. With the new round, funding totals $338 million. The company was founded in 2009.
Acquisitions of both "talent and technology" are included as possible uses of the new capital.
Pinterest operates as a kind of online scrapbook and wish list, where participants can "pin" photos on a virtual board, gathering and sharing everything from dream vacations to an upcoming birthday party, from a shopping list to new hobbies.
The site has vaulted in popularity and is now one of the most heavily used on the Web. It claimed more than 27 million unique visitors at the end of last year and is largely titled toward women, 80% of all participants, according to some accounts.
How much money the site garners and from what sources remain a mystery, considering the only obvious revenue base is affiliate fees. One back-of-the-envelope analysis last year suggested annual revenue of $45 million, an estimate some commentators believed was way too high.
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Andy Levine, an M&A partner at Jones Day in New York, believes that increased buying activity by Chinese companies will be a key driver of global M&A over the next decade. The Chinese have been big buyers of natural resources in Australia, Africa and South America, and Shuanghui International Holdings' purchase of Smithfield Foods last year was a sign of China's increased interest in U.S. companies. The deal stirred some protectionist rumblings in the U.S., but CFIUS approved the transaction, and Levine believes that decision is a positive sign for the future of Chinese M&A activity in the U.S. More video