With 16 companies already joining the not-so-exclusive unicorn club this year, 2015 could see the most billion-dollar club entrants ever.

The worries about a bubble haven’t hurt private companies in their pursuit of getting a billion dollar valuation. In fact, through April 13, 2015, 14 new private companies raised financing at a billion dollar or greater valuation. To give you a sense for how crazy things are, our data set was pulled yesterday.  Today, two more were added to the club.  So now, we’re at 16 unicorns (Docker and Zomato were added today).

By the time you finish reading this research brief, 2-3 more will likely be added to the club. Yes – things are just that nuts.

Of course, as our Q1 2015 venture capital report highlighted, it’s a lot easier to raise at a billion dollar valuation then exit at one. Private market frothiness has not carried over to the public markets.

Here’s the trend over time of new entrants being added to the unicorn club.

Number of Unicorns per year Q115

Last year was a record-breaking year, with 38 companies reaching billion dollar valuations (more than double the number of new entrants from a year previous). Through 4/13/2015, there have already been 14 companies that have become unicorns, putting it on pace to add a total of 50 unicorns to the club this year. In March alone 7 companies raised money at billion-dollar valuations, including Lyft, SimpliVity, and Nextdoor.

Unicorn US vs Non US By Year

5 of the 14 new billion dollar companies have been international. While every US unicorn raised money in a late-stage financing round at their $1B+ valuation, 2 of the 5 international unicorns raised at a mid stage round.

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Below is a list of all 14 companies that have become unicorns in 2015 (through 4/13):

New Unicorns of 2015 YTD (4/13/2015)
Company Valuation ($M) Select Investors
Lyft 2500 Rakuten, Founders Fund, Alibaba Group
Domo Technologies 2000 Greylock Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, Blackrock
One97 Communications 2000 Intel Capital, Sapphire Ventures, Alibaba Group
Prosper Marketplace 1900 Accel Partners, Benchmark Capital, Sequoia Capital
Tanium 1750 Andreesseen Horowitz
Social Finance 1300 Third Point, Wellington Mangement, Insitutional Venture Partners
Nextdoor 1100 KPCB, Slow Ventures, Shasta Ventures
TransferWise 1010 Andreesseen Horowitz, IA Ventures, Index Ventures
Sprinklr 1000 Battery Ventures, Intel Capital, Iconiq Capital
SimpliVity 1000 KPCB, Accel Partners, CRV
FarFetch 1000 DST, Conde Nast, Vitruvian Partners
BeiBei 1000 New Horizon Capital, Banyan Capital
lynda.com 1000 (exited) Accel Partners, TPG Capital, Meritech Capital Partners
Shazam 1000 KPCB, Institutional Venture Partners, Buran Venture Capital

 

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