Yelp gets $25M thumbs up from Elevation Partners
(AP) -- The online business rating site Yelp has raised $25 million from the private equity firm Elevation Partners.
The funding announced Wednesday comes a month after negotiations to sell Yelp to Google unraveled. Google at one point had offered about $500 million for Yelp, according to numerous published reports.
Elevation Partners bought stock at a price that values Yelp at about $475 million, according to a person familiar with the deal's terms. The person requested anonymity because Yelp is privately held.
Elevation also hopes to buy up to $75 million in stock from Yelp's 300 employees and other shareholders.
Yelp has raised a total of $56 million since its 2004 inception.
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