Tumblr’s $1.1B acquisition by Yahoo in 2013 marked a watershed moment as the first billion-dollar VC-backed tech exit in New York ever.
But over the last three years, New York has seen far more private billion-dollar valuations than actual billion-dollar exits, according to CB Insights data. Etsy and OnDeck Capital went public at valuations of $1.8B and $1.32B since the start of 2013, bringing to 3 the total number of $1B+ tech exits in New York over the last three years.
But the same period saw the emergence of 11 new New York-based companies valued at $1B+.
Over the same period, there has been a spike in billion-dollar private financings — most of which have come in 2015 year-to-date. More specifically, 7 different VC-backed startups in New York have been valued at $1B+ this year, including FanDuel, Oscar Health Insurance, ZocDoc, and Buzzfeed.
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Data note 1: This list does not include private equity transactions or acquisitions that took place after an initial public offering. For example, Doubleclick, which is often erroneously considered a billion-dollar VC exit for New York, was not valued at $1B+ at the time of IPO. It was later acquired by private equity firms JMI Equity and Hellman & Friedman, and then ultimately purchased by Google for $3.1B.
Note 2: We don’t consider companies that are based in New Jersey or Connecticut to be part of these New York stats primarily because, simply-stated, those states are not part of New York. That is why exits by the likes of Indeed, Sirocco Systems, etc. are not included in this data.
Note 3: IPO valuations used are the company’s market capitalization at the opening of trading.
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