The United States Of Unicorns

The United States is home to 105 unicorn companies valued at $1B+.

As of 7/25/2017, reports that six private US companies are worth over $10B. The two most valuable unicorns in the US are Uber ($68B) and Airbnb ($29.3B). Palantir Technologies and WeWork, both valued at $20B, are tied for third.

Of the top four highest valued, only WeWork (which is based in NYC) is headquartered outside California.

California has the highest unicorn “population” of any US state by far, with 62 billion-dollar startups inside its borders. New York ranks second with 15, followed by Massachusetts and Illinois with five each. Eight other states and the District of Columbia are also home to at least one company worth $1B+.

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Key insights about the companies in this map:

  • Collectively, US unicorns are worth approximately $360B.
  • Combined, these companies have raised just over $73B.
  • After California, New York, Massachusetts, and Illinois, the next-highest unicorn populations are found in Utah (with four) and Florida (with three).
  • The top five most well-funded US unicorns are: Uber ($15.1B raised), Airbnb ($4.4B), WeWork ($2.76), Infor ($2.63B), and Lyft ($2.46B).
  • The oldest unicorn in the US is the greentech company Bloom Energy, which reached a valuation above $1B in 2009.
  • The newest unicorn in the US is 3D printing startup Desktop Metal, which became a unicorn in July 2017 after raising a $115M Series D.
  • The three most active investors in US-based unicorns, by total number of deals to these companies, are the VC firms Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, and Tiger Global Management.   – CBINSIGHTS


didthatreallyhappen Sun, 08/06/2017 - 19:36 Permalink

here is the  old Internet joke:You start a company which sells $100 bills for $75.  you are sustaining losses but have impressive volume.  Then, you raise the price to $80.  You have just cut your losses by 20%! the stock soars on the news.  you cash out and become a billionaire.  

TeethVillage88s Sun, 08/06/2017 - 20:21 Permalink

LOL ok where is the real ZH Website or Mirror?

ZH Headlines today:

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Akdov Telmig Sun, 08/06/2017 - 21:05 Permalink

I'm very much looking forward for the Uber IPO, it's a piece of cake of a short, overvalued with an business model easy to replicate by futur competitors like they already did in India and China for example. 

roddy6667 Akdov Telmig Sun, 08/06/2017 - 23:35 Permalink

Uber and its Chinese clone Didi were competing for business. Didi settled the argument by buying Uber-China. Neither of them has ever made a dime. They can be outlawed with the stroke of a pen and the government can block the URL users need to get a ride.In India, the taxi drivers at the airports and other large pickup areas have purchased cheap GPS blockers which prevent Uber from operating near their cars.Uber does not have a moat.

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Silver Savior Sun, 08/06/2017 - 23:56 Permalink

I like my unicorn. They Ride smoother than whoreses. So what's wrong with selling stuff below cost and getting money from the goobermint? I would not mind running a business like that. It's good to be sheltered because things are really bad out there. The goobermint should play a big role. 

space junk Mon, 08/07/2017 - 03:00 Permalink

Fake book is the biggest and probably worst of them all. Although GOogle/ABC/DEF/whatever gets INCREDIBLE government support by not having to pay taxes....Since Fake Book established the precedent, all the techy-punks have to do is meet with VC groups, meet with 'real' deep state investors,then hype the stock up in a big feeding frenzy of media bullshit, then do a great big pump and dump on its investors.  That is how they were able to transfer ALL THAT WEALTH of ALL THOSE INVESTORS to Marx Fuckerbirg and his personal friends at the top of the company. Top price - (huge amount taken for personal confiscation) = stock price.  MAGIC!Investors, the lifeblood of a company, who should be valued and appreciated, are now people to just shit on.  And Fake Book was the perfect template for that, ready to be used by the next punk ass in a hoodie, somehow 'magically' hailed as an <<HTML GENIUS>> just so happened to magically happen right after key meetings with the men in black.FUCK the unicorn companies.  Look at Uber or making just isn't part of the equation for the most part.  Years ago this kinda shit would be laughed out of the business school.  Nowadays people just gulp down the shit and say thanks for the chocolate can I have more?    Ayn Rand rolling over in her grave.....