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What is a Unicorn Startup?

A unicorn startup or unicorn company is a private company with a valuation over $1 billion. As of January 2019, there are more than 300 unicorns around the world. Variants include a decacorn, valued at over $10 billion, and a hectocorn, valued at over $100 billion.

Company

Valuation ($B)

Date Joined

Country

Industry

Artificial intelligence

China

4/7/2017

75$

Toutiao (Bytedance)

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Sequoia Capital China, SIG Asia Investments, Sina Weibo, Softbank Group

Matrix Partners, Tiger Global Management, Softbank Corp.,

Auto & transportation

China

12/31/2014

56$

Didi Chuxing

JUUL Labs

50$

12/20/2017

United States

Consumer & retail

Tiger Global Management

SpaceX

33.3$

12/1/2012

United States

Other

Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Rothenberg Ventures

Stripe

$35.25

1/23/2014

United States

Fintech

Khosla Ventures, Lowercase Capital, capitalG

Airbnb

$35

7/26/2011

United States

Travel

General Catalyst Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, ENIAC Ventures

Morningside Venture Capital, Sequoia Capital, Baidu

Mobile & telecommunications

China

1/1/2015

$18

Kuaishou

Epic Games

$15

10/26/2018

United States

Other

Tencent Holdings, KKR, Smash Ventures

DJI Innovations

$15

5/6/2015

China

Hardware

Accel Partners, Sequoia Capital

Grab

$14.3

12/4/2014

Singapore

Auto & transportation

GGV Capital, Vertex Venture Holdings, Softbank Group

DoorDash

$12.6

3/1/2018

United States

Supply chain, logistics, & delivery

Softbank Group, Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures

Palantir Technologies

$12.18

5/5/2011

United States

Data management & analytics

RRE Ventures, Founders Fund, In-Q-Tel

Palantir Technologies

$12.18

5/5/2011

United States

Data management & analytics

RRE Ventures, Founders Fund, In-Q-Tel

Bitmain Technologies

$12

7/6/2018

China

Hardware

Coatue Management, Sequoia Capital China, IDG Capital

Vickers Venture Partners, IKEA GreenTech

Health

United States

8/6/2018

$12

Samumed

Wish

$11.2

5/18/2015

United States

E-commerce & direct-to-consumer

Founders Fund, GGV Capital, Digital Sky Technologies

Global Switch

$11.08

12/22/2016

United Kingdom

Hardware

Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Essence Financial, Jiangsu Sha Steel Group

Infor

$10

11/16/2016

United States

Supply chain, logistics, & delivery

Blackstone Group, Koch Industries

Beike Zhaofang

$10

7/18/2019

China

Internet software & services

Tencent Holdings, Hillhouse Capital Management, Source Code Capital

Formation Group, Sequoia Capital India, Warburg Pincus

Supply chain, logistics, & delivery

Indonesia

8/4/2016

$10

Go-Jek

Founders Fund, GGV Capital, Digital Sky Technologies

Fintech

India

5/12/2015

$10

One97 Communications

Sequoia Capital, Redpoint e.ventures, Kaszek Ventures

Fintech

Brazil

3/1/2018

$10

Nubank

SoftBank Group, Sequoia Capital India,Lightspeed India Partners

Travel

India

9/25/2018

$10

Oyo Rooms

Sequoia Capital China, GX Capital

E-commerce & direct-to-consumer

China

3/12/2016

$9

Guazi (Chehaoduo)

T. Rowe Price, Benchmark Capital, SoftBank Group

Other

United States

2/3/2014

$8

WeWork

Y Combinator, Union Square Ventures, DFJ Growth

Fintech

United States

8/10/2017

$8

Coinbase

Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Collaborative Fund

Supply chain, logistics, & delivery

United States

12/30/2014

$7.6

Instacart

Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, DST Global

Fintech

United States

4/26/2017

$7.6

Robinhood

Star VC, IDG Capital, Infore Capital, Alibaba Group

Artificial intelligence

China

7/11/2017

$7.5

SenseTime

Accel, capitalG, Earlybrid Venture Capital, Seedcamp

Artificial intelligence

United States

3/2/2018

$7.1

UiPath

SoftBankGroup, Alibaba Group, Sequoia Capital India

E-commerce & direct-to-consumer

Indonesia

12/12/2018

$7

Tokopedia

SoftBankGroup, Founders Fund

Health

Switzerland

11/13/2018

$7

Roivant Sciences

SoftBankGroup, Blackrock, Alibaba Group

E-commerce & direct-to-consumer

India

5/21/2014

$7

Snapdeal

Coupang

$9

5/28/2014

South Korea

E-commerce & direct-to-consumer

Sequoia Capital, Founder Collective, Wellington Management