Unicorn (finance)

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A unicorn is a privately held startup company valued at over $1 billion.wikipedia
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Startup company

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A unicorn is a privately held startup company valued at over $1 billion.
Some startups become unicorns, i.e. privately held startup companies valued at over $1 billion.

Ant Financial

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The largest unicorns included Ant Financial, Didi Chuxing, Uber, Xiaomi, Airbnb, Palantir, and Pinterest.
Ant Financial is the highest valued fintech company in the world, and the world's most valuable unicorn (start-up) company, with a valuation of US$150 billion.

Aileen Lee

The term was coined in 2013 by venture capitalist Aileen Lee, choosing the mythical animal to represent the statistical rarity of such successful ventures.
Lee coined the often-used Silicon Valley term unicorn in a TechCrunch article "Welcome To The Unicorn Club: Learning from Billion-Dollar Startups" as profiled in a New York Times article.

List of unicorn startup companies

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List of unicorn startup companies
In finance, a unicorn is a privately held startup company with a current valuation of US$1 billion or more.

Unicorn bubble

Unicorn bubble
A unicorn bubble is an economic bubble that occurs when unicorn startup companies are overvalued by venture capitalists or investors in an initial public offering (a unicorn company being one which is valued at, or above, $1 billion US dollars).

Alibaba Group

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The emergence of e-commerce companies like Amazon and Alibaba (both unicorns before they went public) have decreased the need for physical locations to buy consumer goods.
Ant Financial is the highest valued fintech company in the world, and the world's most valuable unicorn (start-up) company, with a valuation of US$150 billion.

Valuation (finance)

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A unicorn is a privately held startup company valued at over $1 billion.

TechCrunch

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According to TechCrunch, there were 279 unicorns.

DiDi

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The largest unicorns included Ant Financial, Didi Chuxing, Uber, Xiaomi, Airbnb, Palantir, and Pinterest.

Uber

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The largest unicorns included Ant Financial, Didi Chuxing, Uber, Xiaomi, Airbnb, Palantir, and Pinterest.

Xiaomi

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The largest unicorns included Ant Financial, Didi Chuxing, Uber, Xiaomi, Airbnb, Palantir, and Pinterest.

Airbnb

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The largest unicorns included Ant Financial, Didi Chuxing, Uber, Xiaomi, Airbnb, Palantir, and Pinterest.

Palantir Technologies

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The largest unicorns included Ant Financial, Didi Chuxing, Uber, Xiaomi, Airbnb, Palantir, and Pinterest.

Pinterest

The largest unicorns included Ant Financial, Didi Chuxing, Uber, Xiaomi, Airbnb, Palantir, and Pinterest.

Dropbox (service)

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Dropbox is the most recent decacorn that turned into a public company on March 23, 2018.

Harvard Business Review

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In a different study done by the Harvard Business Review, it was determined that startups founded between 2012 and 2015 were growing in valuation twice as fast as companies from startups founded between 2000 and 2013.

First-mover advantage

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According to academics in 2007, investors and venture capital firms are adopting the get big fast (GBF) strategy for startups.

Dot-com bubble

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However, there is always the cautionary note of the dot-com bubble of 2000 and the lack of long-term sustainability in value creation of the companies born from the Internet age.

Information Age

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However, there is always the cautionary note of the dot-com bubble of 2000 and the lack of long-term sustainability in value creation of the companies born from the Internet age.

Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act

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This new dynamic stems from the increased amount of private capital available to unicorns and the passing of The US Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in 2012, which increased the amount of shareholders a company can have by a multiple of four before the company had to disclose its financials publicly.

Initial public offering

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Through many funding rounds, companies do not need to go through an initial public offering IPO to obtain a capital or a higher valuation; they can just go back to their investors for more capital.

Square, Inc.

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A few recent examples of this situation were Square, best known for its mobile payments and financial services business, and Trivago, a popular German hotel search engine, both of which were priced below their initial offer prices by the market.

Trivago

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A few recent examples of this situation were Square, best known for its mobile payments and financial services business, and Trivago, a popular German hotel search engine, both of which were priced below their initial offer prices by the market.

Sarbanes–Oxley Act

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Regulations like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act have implemented more stringent regulations following several bankruptcy cases in the US market that many of these companies want to avoid.

Smartphone

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New innovations in technology including mobile smartphones, P2P platforms, and cloud computing with the combination of social media applications has aided in the growth of unicorns.