What is a Unicorn?
A unicorn is a company, usually a start-up that with a stock market valuation or estimated valuation of more than $1 billion. This term was coined by Aileen Lee in the year 2013 and has become a part of the start up dictionary.
|Sl no||Company Name||Valuation(Billion $)||Country||Founder/s||Year||Industry|
|1||Uber||68||USA||Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp||2009||Taxi Hailing|
|2||Xiaomi||46||China||Lei Jun, Zhou Guangping, Li Wanqiang, Huang Jiangji, Hong Feng, Lin Bin, Liu De, Wang Chuan||2010||Hardware|
|3||Didi Chuxing||34||China||Cheng Wei, Zhang Bo, Wu Rui||2012||Taxi Hailing|
|4||Airbnb||29||USA||Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, Nathan Blecharczyk||2008||Lodging services|
|5||Palantir Technologies||20||USA||Alex Karp, Peter Thiel, Stephen Cohen, Joe Lonsdale, Nathan Gettings||2004||Big Data|
|6||Lu.com||18.5||China||Gregory D. Gibb||2011||Fintech|
|7||China Internet Plus Holding||18||China||Mr. Wang Xing||2002||Ecommerce|
|8||We Work||16.9||USA||Adam Neumann, Miguel McKelvey, Adam Neuman||2010||Shared workspace services|
|10||Flipkart||11.2||India||Sachin Bansal and Binny bansal||2007||Online Retail|
Uber is a mobile application based transportation network that connects passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire. Uber was founded in 2008. When Kalanick and Garnett Camp(Founders) could not find a cab, they came up with the idea of creating an app to find a taxi. Hassle-free booking of taxi from anywhere was the agenda. According to the founders, the concept was to “tap a button, get a ride.”Uber’s Headquarters are located at 1455 Market Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, California, USA 94103. It has raised $14B in 21 rounds. The latest round was in 2017.
Xiaomi designs, develops and markets smartphones, mobile applications and consumer electronics in China. Xiaomi was founded in April 2010. Xiaomi’s Headquarters are located at 68 Qinghe Road,China. It has raised $1.4B in 6 rounds. The latest round was in 2015
Didi Chuxing is a transportation network company that provides vehicles and taxis for hire in China via smartphone applications. Didi Chuxing was founded in 2012. Didi Chuxing’s Headquarters are located at Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Zone China. It has raised $8.2B in 11 rounds. The latest round was in 2016.
Airbnb is an online marketplace to list, discover, and book rental homes, apartments, and rooms. Airbnb has over 1,500,000 listings in 34,000 cities and 190 countries. Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk founded Airbnb in August 2008. Airbnb is headquartered at 888 Brannan Street, San Francisco, California (CA).
Palantir provides a data-mining software that lets government agencies analyze, integrate, and visualize relationships among large amounts of data. Palantir focuses on developing products for human-driven analysis of real world data. The company has its headquarters in Palo Alto, California. The company is currently working with the US Department of Defense and the United States Intelligence Community in their counter-terrorism efforts.
Lufax is an online peer-to-peer lending platform that provides financial products and services. Lufax was founded in 2011. Lufax’s Headquarters are located at, Pudong, China. It has raised $1.7B in 4 rounds. The latest round was in 2016.
China Internet plus Holding
China Internet Plus Holding, Ltd. was created through the merger of Meituan and Dianping, the company is also known as Meituan-Dianping. Meituan-Dianping owns and operates a group discount website for local consumer products and retail services, including restaurant reviews and movie bookings. Meituan and Dianping merged in October 2015 and the combined entity is headquartered Shanghai, China.
WeWork is a platform for creators. It provides the space, community and services that a startup needs to create its life’s work. More sort of shared infrastructure services.
SpaceX designs, develops, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. SpaceX was founded in 2002. SpaceX’s Headquarters are located at Rocket Road, Hawthorne, California, USA 90250. It has raised $1.2B in 6 rounds. The latest round was in 2015. Some of SpaceX’s investors include Google, Inc., Fidelity Investments and Valor Equity Partners.
Flipkart is an eCommerce portal that offers apparels, footwear, beauty products, mobile phones, furniture and computer accessories. Flipkart was founded in 2007. Flipkart’s Headquarters are located at Bangalore, India. It has raised $4.6B in 13 rounds. The latest round was in 2017. Some of Flipkart’s investors include eBay, Tencent and Microsoft. Some of Flipkart’s latest acquisitions include eBay India, PhonePe and FX Mart Private Limited.