The worldwide "blessing" of unicorns keeps getting bigger every week

From January 1, 2015 to April 14, 2015, there 14 new unicorns were added the billion dollar valuation club.  Since then (in one month), 15 have been added.

Things are so absurdly crazy in the private markets that we set up a real-time unicorn company tracker.

DJI Innovations, a manufacturer and developer of drone technology, recently raised $75M at an $8B valuation from Accel Partners, making it one of the top 15 most valuable unicorn companies. Zenefits also had a significant valuation increase, jumping from a $500M valuation in their previous round of funding to $4.5B in their current round. So far, 29 companies have now become unicorns in 2015 (as of 5/20/2015), which puts 2015 on track to have 76 unicorns by the end of the year (double the amount of the previous year which was a record in its own right).  Although given the current acceleration in unicorn valuations, we may far exceed that.

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Unicorn 2015 YTD 5202015

A big part of this billion-dollar valuation frenzy can be found outside of the US, where companies like iwjw.com and Panshi are raising at billion dollar valuations in early to mid stage funding rounds. 13 non-US companies have raised at billion dollar valuations in 2015 so far, already hitting the total number of international unicorns for the entirety of 2014. Asia is currently the place-to-go for $100 million financing rounds.

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Below is a full list of companies that raised at a billion dollar valuation in 2015 YTD (5/20/2015). There are now a total of 108 unicorns world wide, with a cumulative valuation of more than $381B. For a real time list of unicorns, check out our unicorn company page.

New Unicorns of 2015 YTD (5/14/2015)
Company Valuation ($M) Select Investors
DJI Innovations 8000 Accel Partners, Sequoia Capital
Zenefits 4500 Khosla Ventures, SV Angel, General Catalyst Partners
Global Fashion Group 3000 Access Industries, Tengelmann Ventures, Rocket Internet
ContextLogic (dba. Wish) 3000 GGV Capital, Digital Sky Technologies, Founders Fund
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
Oscar Health Insurance Co. 1500 Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, Thrive Capital
MuleSoft 1500 New Enterprise Associates, Salesforce Ventures, Sapphire Ventures
Social Finance 1300 Third Point, Wellington Mangement, Insitutional Venture Partners
Infinidat 1200 TPG Growth
Warby Parker 1200 Menlo Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures
Nextdoor 1100 KPCB, Slow Ventures, Shasta Ventures
Docker 1070 Sequoia Capital, Insight Venture Partners, Greylock Partners
TransferWise 1010 Andreesseen Horowitz, IA Ventures, Index Ventures
lynda.com 1000 (exited) Accel Partners, TPG Capital, Meritech Capital Partners
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
Shazam 1000 KPCB, Institutional Venture Partners, Buran Venture Capital
Illumio 1000 Formation 8, Andreessen Horowitz, Accel Partners
Zomato 1000 Sequoia Capital, Info Edge
Fanli 1000 Rakuten Ventures, Steamboat Ventures
Funding Circle 1000 Union Square Ventures, Accel Partners, Index Ventures
iwjw.com 1000 GGV Capital, Morningside Group, Banyan Capital
Panshi 1000 WI Harper Group, Fang Fund Partners, NewMargin Ventures

 

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