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Will Metaculus, or a licensed derivative, be operated as a public site by a publicly traded company by 2030?
Some quite successful companies are not publicly traded, such as Cargill, Albertsons and Koch Industries, see Statista's largest private US companies by revenue for further examples.
However, for many companies, "going public" is a major milestone. Going public allows company founders to "cash out" and diversify their portfolios. It also can allow a company to obtain much greater funding than it might from private sources.
Question: Will Metaculus, or a licensed derivative, be operated as a public site by a publicly traded company by 2030?
The obvious case in which this will be true is if the company owning and operating this site, metaculus.com is a publicly traded company. Either Metaculus would go public itself or a portion of the Metaculus company would be purchased by a publicly traded company at a price that would place the company's value as at least $300 million.
I included operation by a publicly traded company as an option here to handle a situation in which a publicly traded company is making substantial commitment to this technology. That should at least involve license payments to Metaculus of at least $300 million in some year that at least half of which come from publicly traded companies.
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