Washington, DC – In a move that could allow the DC-based company to push back plans for its initial public offering (IPO), daily deals giant LivingSocial has raised the first $176 million in a round of equity funding the company plans to cap at $400 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

A total of 55 investors have so far taken part in the round, which values the company at $6 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The latest news comes eight months after LivingSocial also raised $400 million in a round that reportedly included participation from Amazon, Lightspeed Venture Partners, T. Rowe Price and Institutional Venture Partners.

Groupon, the company’s chief competitor in the daily deals space, last month raised $700 million in its IPO, and there has been widespread speculation that LivingSocial would follow suit in the coming months.

This article was also published in Potomac Tech Wire.

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