Using CB Insights data we looked at all still-private unicorns since 2009 and charted them based on when they first joined the unicorn club.

There are 185 private unicorn companies valued at $1B+ as of 01/31/17, all tracked on CB Insights global real-time unicorn tracker.

Venture capital investors have noted in recent years that billion-dollar companies are being created at a rapid pace, with 2014 through 2015 seeing a notable uptick in unicorn births. With this in mind, we decided to visualize the increasingly crowded unicorn club.

This is the third edition of this infographic. It was first published in October 2015. We will continue to update it as this cohort of companies gains new entrants.

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We looked at all still-private unicorns since 2009 and charted them based on when they first joined the unicorn club. There have been three unicorns added to the club so far in 2017: Zhihu, Zoom Video Communications, and URWork. The infographic excludes exited companies.

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  • Yuval Golan


    a challange to either the CBI team or any onlookers… is there a corrolation of the Unicron trend in the infographic (the jumpstart in 2011-2012, the slump in 2013 and then the boom in 2014) with a macro economic or socio-economic change/trend?

    you could say that it’s simply some manifistation of moore’s law and the acceleration of the “new tech economy” or other (i am not native to english so may not by coining it correctly). but i think this is a bit of a romantic view and all this money flowing into the start-up/silicon valley tech scene is also due to some macro changes. perhaps as other investment options become less lucrative? maybe its intrest rates (but that has been flat since the financial crisis?), is it changes in housing markets? global macro uncertianty hurting big multi nationals and industrial sectors?

    i dunno, but think it is interesting, and also can be a good indicator trying to predict the future (with Niels Bohr’s caveat…)

  • Richard Hughes-Jones

    I’d love to see the analysis Yuval suggests. I’d assume there’s a very close correlation but, as always, supporting data is needed. Low interest rates surely a factor. As Blackrock CEO Larry Fink said recently “To put their money to work, people are being forced further along the risk curve”.As as Bill Gurley has recently said “I just hope there’s a soft landing”. The best VCs have de-risked the hell out of their investment anyway!

  • Elad

    To really compare the rythem/acceleration trend you would have to include companies that went public over the years. Obviously, the older the unicorn the higher chance of going public and disappearing from your chart…

  • Killingmycareer

    Great infographic. Look to the Unicorns to lead the way of exposing tech fraud in 2016. What we’ve seen in venture capital-backed medical device startups regarding false projections, hypergrowth and over- valuations, is just now catching up to tech. Square’s over-valuation coming in $2 billion under the original $4 billion for an IPO is pretty telling. The trend of fraud that’s been entrenched in the startup business where it’s encouraged, replicated and rewarded, will also likely end with VC and executives being held accountable. Again look to medtech as an example:

  • Alexander Stewart

    Anyone know what the total earnings or profitability of these 185 companies is?