In this day and age, starting your own company takes guts, determination and requires complete passion for what you do. Many have tried and failed, while others are stagnant.
However, there are many who succeeded and managed to set a new standard for success
Such organization are something to aspire to and today, we bring you the top ten Best Unicorn startups (funded by Venture Capital Industry) from around the world that worth over a $1 Billion.
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Publications, many types of organizations, software developers and regular folks like you and me have been using Dropbox for a long time. The popular file hosting service is based in the United States and was founded by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, as a startup back in 2007.
With its headquarter in San-Francisco, the company provides cloud-based storage solution to consumers around the world.
Since Dropbox is a private company, it isn’t required to publicly disclose its financials. However, according to an estimate Dropbox is worth around $10 Billion as of January 2014. Accel Partners, Greylock Partners, Index Ventures are some of its investors.
The latest and one of the most successful Unicorn companies is Pinterest, founded back in 2010 by Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp.
Worth $11 Billion, Pinterest joined the $10 Billion valuation club earlier this year when it raised $367 during the series H funding round. Part of its investment came from Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, Firstmark Capital.
It is currently the “go-to” place if you wish to get an idea for a new hairstyle, need a recipe, and discover many life hacks.
Elon Musk’s space company went past the likes of Dropbox in valuation recently. As of January 2015, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) is worth $12 Billion thanks to investors like Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Rothenberg Ventures.
It was founded back in 2002, so I would say it took a while to catch-up with other. But, better late than never right? Hopefully, SpaceX will do something beneficial for humanity and give long overdue breakthroughs in space exploration.
7. Didi Kuaidi
Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache joined hands to create the biggest transportation company in China. With its headquarter in Beijing, the company controls over 80% of “car-for-hire” market.
According to an estimate, Didi Kuaidi is worth $15 Billion (Wow! talk about deep pockets).
Some of its known investors are Accel Partners, Digital Sky Technologies, Iconiq Capital.
Flipkart is a highly admirable company as it tackled a beast like Amazon in India. Of course, many factors played a role in it but the bottom line is that Flipkart is giving some solid competition to Amazon India.
Flipkart is worth $15 Billion!
Some of its known investors include Accel Partners, Digital Sky Technologies, Iconiq Capital.
While many around the world may prefer Amazon for their online shopping, Flipkart is the leading platform for Indians in this regard. This is once of the few startups from India to make it to the unicorn list.
Based in the United States, Snapchat is a social platform which revolutionized the way we shared images and videos with friends and family.
Founded by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown (during their time at Stanford University) four years ago, Snapchat is now worth $16 billion thanks to a hefty sum of money provided by Benchmark Capital, General Catalyst Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners.
Using this popular application, users are able to take pictures, record videos and add custom effect to them before sending to a loved one.
The best part, which made it popular among youth, is a feature will allowed the sender to add a time limit for how long recipients can see their images or videos.
4. Palantir Technologies
Palantir is one of the biggest data analyzing company in the United States. Part of “Big Data,” Palantir is worth $20 Billion.
The company was founded back in Peter Thiel, Joe Lonsdale, Alex Karp, Stephen Cohen, and Nathan Gettings.
It is popular for two of its projects, Palantir Gotham and Palantir Metropolis.
Gotham is used by United States Intelligence Community and United States Department of Defense for data analysis at their counter-terrorism department. Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board use it as well for fraud investigation.
Meanwhile, Metropolis is used by financial institutions.
Another Unicorn company that was founded in 2008. Airbnb helps travelers list, find, and rent lodging.
It is based in the United States but operate in 190 countries across the globe.
The ecommerce/Marketplace is worth $20.5 Billion. Known funders include General Catalyst Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, ENIAC Ventures.
This one’s my favorite and most colleague are mine are die-hard fans of Xiaomi too. Some of the best Smartphone models to come out in the market were all thanks to Xiaomi.
The company is based in China but that doesn’t stop it from delivering quality products to its consumers.
Some of its known investors include Digital Sky Technologies, QiMing Venture Partners, and Qualcomm Ventures. Thanks to them, the company is now worth $46 Billion.
Uber doesn’t need any introduction; chances are that you have traveled using its services more than once.
The company has been the center of some controversy in certain regions but overall it is a great service. For those living under a rock since 2009, Uber is transportation company that allows users to hire cabs using an app on their smartphone.
The company is worth a whooping $51 Billion!
So what are your favorite unicorn startups please share your comments below.