There are over a billion successful startups in the world, every startup strives hard to be successful and reach the top, but only a few make it to the list of most valuable startups in the world.
Being the most valuable startup is a perk in itself because the funds they possess happens to be much more compared to their rivals and other companies giving them an extra edge to grow. All of the companies that feature in the top 15 list of the most highest valued startups in the world are decacorns - companies, which are valued at more than $10 billion.
Here's a list of Top 15 Most Highest Valued Startups in the world:
1. Bytedance, China
ByteDance Ltd. is a Chinese multinational internet technology company headquartered in Beijing, ByteDance was founded by Zhang Yiming in 2012. ByteDance operates a range of content platforms that inform, educate, entertain, and encourage people across languages, cultures, religions, etc.
ByteDance is the parent company of famous video-sharing social networking services TikTok and Vigo Video and many more, where the infamous app Tiktok crossed 2 billion downloads globally on the App Store and Google Play. Bytedance also the parent company of Toutiao which is a news aggregator app that uses AI algorithms to track habits of the reader and deliver relevant content.
Bytedance is the most valued startup in the world with the current valuation of $280 billion as of 2021.
|Investors||Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, SoftBank Group, Sequoia Capital, General Atlantic, and Hillhouse Capital Group.|
|Products and services||Toutiao,TikTok,BuzzVideo,Vigo Video,Helo,Xigua Video|
|Valuation||$280 billion (August 2021)|
2. Kuaishou, China
Kuaishou is short video social platform which is not much popular in western countries. It is a short video sharing platform which had over 200 million active users in 2019. It is listed on most downloaded apps on google play and apps store outside of china, kuaishou is often referred as Kwai in overseas markets.
Kuaishou was founded by Su Hua, Cheng Yixiao in march 2011. The direct competitor of Kuaishou is the infamous app Tiktok.
|Founder||Su Hua, Cheng Yixiao|
|Investors||Kuaishou counts Baidu and Sequoia Capital|
|Products and services||Sharing of short videos, photos and livestreams|
|Valuation||$160 billion (February 2021)|
3. Ant Group, China
Ant Group is an affiliate company of Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba. Previously known as Ant Financial and Alipay, Ant Group is the owner of the largest digital payments platform, Alipay, of China. The latter boasts of serving around 80 million merchants and more than 1 billion users.
The company is currently valued at $144 bn lower than the appraised value that was tagged at a whopping $295 bn. This was partly due to the calling off of Ant's $37 bn IPO round in November 2020.
|Startup Name||Ant Group|
|Industry||Fintech, banking, financial services|
|Investors||Warburg, Carlyle Group Inc, General Atlantic, Silver Lake Partners LP|
|Products and services||Online payments platform services, money market fund, Zhima credit and more|
|Valuation||$144 billion (May 2021)|
4. Airbnb, United States
Airbnb is nothing but an accommodation marketplace that provides access to over 6 million unique places to stay comfortably and at their leisure in nearly 100,000 cities and 191 countries. The company does not owns any of the real estate listings, it just acts as a broker and earns commission from each booking.
Airbnb was founded by Brian CheskyJoe, Gebbia Nathan, Blecharczyk on August 2008. Airbnb's current valuation is $130 billion.
|Headquarter||San Francisco, California|
|Founders||Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia,Nathan Blecharczyk|
|Investors||Greylock Partners, SV Angel, Sequoia Capital, Keith Rabois, Ashton Kutcher, Elad Gil, Jeremy Stoppelman, Y Ventures|
|Products and services||Lodging and Hospitality|
|Valuation||$130 billion (July 2021)|
5. Stripe, United States
Stripe is an online payment processing platform for internet businesses. Stripe provides an API to the web developers so that they can integrate payment processing on their websites and mobile applications. Stripe was founded by Patrick Collison and John Collison on 2009 in San Francisco, California and United States.
Stripe allows other companies to receive payments over the internet with the help of its platform. Square, Adyen, PayPal, WePay etc are the competitors of Stripe.
Also read: Top Payment Processing Software (SaaS)
|Headquarter||San Francisco, California, U.S|
|Industry||Financial services, Payment processor|
|Founder||Patrick Collison and John Collison|
|Investors||CapitalG and Khosla Ventures|
|Products and services||Payments Billing,Connect,Sigma,Atlas,Radar (fraud prevention),IssuingTerminal|
|Valuation||$95 billion (March 2021)|
6. SpaceX, United States
Its no surprise that SpaceX made it to the list of top 10 most valuable startups in the world. SpaceX is private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company that manufacturers rocket engines and thrusters. SpaceX has developed several launch vehicle and spacecraft.
SpaceX was founded by Elon musk who also owns Tesla and pay pal, he founded SpaceX on 6 May 2002 which is now headquartered in Hawthorne, California, United States. SpaceX became the first private space company to launch humans into space. The main aim of SpaceX is to reduce space transportation costs and colonize Mars.
Also read: Best Space Tech Companies In The World
SpaceX has a current valuation of around $74 billion.
|Headquarter||Hawthorne, California, U.S.|
|Investors||Google, Fidelity, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Founders Fund, Valor Equity Partners and Capricorn.|
|Products and services||launch vehicles, rocket engines, Dragon capsules, Starship (in development),Starlink,ASDS landing platforms,Orbital rocket launch|
|Valuation||$74 billion (April 2021)|
7. Didi Chuxing, China
Didi Chuxing is a world-leading mobile transportation platform. DiDi provides automobile services, including sales, leasing, financing, maintenance, fleet operation, electric vehicle charging and co-development of vehicles with automakers. Didi uses artificial intelligence technologies and machine learning to optimize the dispatch system and route planning services of the platform.
Didi is similar to transportation service Uber, but it offers cheaper rides than Uber, DiDi platform provides over 10 billion passenger trips a year. The subsidiaries of Didi includes 99, Uber (China) Ltd, DIDI Bus, Xiaoju, Automobile Solutions Co. , AssureSec, Qingju Bike, Shanghai Dahuangfeng, Network Information Technology Co. Ltd, Shanghai Shiyuan Technology Co., Ltd.
The valuation of Didi Chuxing is over $62 billion, which makes it the second most valuable startup in the world.
|Startup Name||Didi Chuxing|
|Parent organization||Beijing Xiaoju Technology|
|Investors||Tiger Global, Matrix Partners, and SoftBank.|
|Products and services||Taxi, Express, Premier, Luxe, Bus, Designated Driving, Enterprise Solutions, Bike Sharing, E-bike Sharing, Automobile Solutions and Food delivery|
|Valuation||$62 billion (August 2021)|
8. Klarna, Sweden
Klarna is a Stockholm, Sweden-based fintech company that offers online payment services to empower digital payments like the payments for online storefronts and other direct payments, including post-purchase payments.
Klarna has recently raised funds valued at $639 mn led by Softbank Vision Fund II and some other investors, which had shot its valuation to $46 bn, as of June 2021
|Industry||Online payments, fintech, financial services|
|Founders||Sebastian Siemiatkowski, Niklas Adalberth, Victor Jacobsson|
|Investors||Sequoia Capital, Silver Lake, Bestseller Group, Dragoneer, Permira, Visa, Ant Group|
|Products and services||Online payment services, Sofort Paycode, Sofort Ident|
|Valuation||$46 billion (June 2021)|
9. Roblox Corporation, United States
Roblox Corporation is a video game developer from America with headquarters in San Mateo, California. Roblox Corporation is best known for developing Roblox, an online gaming platform and game creation system, in 2006. The company currently employs around 1,234 people.
Roblox, the platform for lego-like user-generated games went public at a valuation of $41.9 bn, as of March 2021.
|Startup Name||Roblox Corporation|
|Headquarter||San Mateo, California, USA|
|Founders||David Baszucki, Erik Cassel|
|Investors||Andreessen Horowitz, Greenspring Associates, Temasek Holdings, Tencent Holdings, Greylock Partners, Tiger Global Management, Index Ventures, Meritech Capital Partners, and Kleiner Perkins.|
|Products and services||Games and Roblox|
|Valuation||$41.9 billion (March 2021)|
10. Grab, Singapore
Grab is a multinational ride hailing company based in Singapore. It operates in South Asian countries and it is dubbed as its region's first Decacorn (a startup with a valuation of over US $10 billion). It provides services like transportation, on-demand delivery and financial services on a single mobile platform.
|Industry||Technology, Transportation, Food delivery|
|Founder||Anthony Tan and Tan Hooi Ling|
|Investors||Softbank, Didi, Honda, CIC, Toyota|
|Products and services||GrabTaxi, GrabCar, GrabHitch, GrabShare, GrabCoach, GrabShuttle, GrabShuttle Plus, GrabFamily, JustGrab, GrabNow, and GrabRental.|
|Valuation||$40 billion (April 2021)|
11. Canva, Australia
Canva is a graphics design platform founded by Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht, Cameron Adams in Perth and headquartered in Sydney, Australia. The users can use this platform to design their website banners, presentations, social media, documents, or any other visual content online or through the Canva app. Canva also provides a wide range of templates for free. Furthermore, the app also offers paid subscriptions like Canva Pro and Canva for Enterprise containing a broad spectrum of additional content and other functionalities.
|Industry||Software, Graphic design platform|
|Parent Organization||Canva Pty Ltd|
|Founder||Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht, Cameron Adams|
|Investors||Sequoia, Felicis Ventures, Blackbird Ventures and Felicis Ventures|
|Products and services||Canva online and app for graphic designing, Canva Pro, Canva for Enterprise|
|Valuation||$40 billion (September 2021)|
12. Instacart, United States
Instacart is a popular grocery delivery and pick-up service renowned for its services in the USA and Canada. With the wide range of grocery retailers that Instacart collaborates with the customers need not wait for too long to order their groceries online and shop smoothly and conveniently with the help of a personal shopper.
The e-grocery platform had raised around $265 mn in March 2021, which raised its valuation to $39 bn.
|Headquarter||San Francisco, California, US|
|Industry||Technology, Grocery, E-grocery|
|Parent Organization||Maplebear Inc.|
|Founder||Apoorva Mehta, Max Mullen, Brandon Leonardo|
|Investors||Kleiner Perkins, Caufield & Byers, Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, Y Combinator, Khosla Ventures|
|Products and services||Grocery delivery services|
|Valuation||$39 billion (March 2021)|
13. Databricks, United States
Created by Apache Spark, Databricks is an enterprise software company that acts as a web-based platform that works with Spark, thereby offering automated cluster management services and IPython-style notebooks. Some of the open-source projects that the company has created include Delta Lake, MLflow, and Koalas, mostly spanning data engineering, data science, and machine learning.
|Headquarter||San Francisco, California, US|
|Industry||IT, Analytics, AI, ML|
|Founder||Ali Ghodsi, Andy Konwinski, Ion Stoica, Matei Zaharia, Patrick Wendell, Reynold Xin, Scott Shenker|
|Investors||Microsoft, Andreessen Horowitz, Alkeon Capital Management|
|Products and services||Helps in pulling data from Azure Blob Storage, AWS S3, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Data Lake Store, and numerous other NoSQL data stores|
|Valuation||$38 billion (September 2021)|
14. UiPath, USA
The Romanian company UIPath is a global software company headquartered in the New York city, USA. UiPath uses Robotic process automation (RPA) and monitors user activities, to help automate repititive tasks in both the front and the back ends of companies. UiPath's automation is including but not limited to customer relationship management.
When UiPath closed its $750 million funding round in February 2021, the company was valued at $35 bn.
|Headquarter||New York City, US|
|Industry||Robotic Process Automation, Automation, AI|
|Founder||Daniel Dines, Marius Tîrcă|
|Investors||Accel Partners, Coatua, CapitalG|
|Products and services||AI Center Action Center Apps, Assistant Automation Hub, Automation Platform, Document Understanding Insights, Orchestrator Process Mining, StudioX Test Suite|
|Valuation||$35 billion (April 2021)|
15. Revolut, UK
Headquartered in London, England, Revolut is a financial technology company that offers banking services. Revolut offers a wide range of service including accounts featuring currency exchange, debit cards, virtual cards, Apple Pay, interest-bearing "vaults", commission-free stock trading, crypto, commodities, and more. Founded in 2015 Revolut has shown an incredible growth throughout the years and expanded to various markets across countries including Japan. Furthermore, it has also been successful in amassing around 5000 employees, who work for the organization.
With £4.2 billion, as estimated in November 2020, Revolut emerged as the UK's most valuable fintech. The company is presently valued at $33 bn, which makes it the most valued startup in the history of UK.
|Headquarter||London, England, UK|
|Founder||Nikolay Storonsky, Vlad Yatsenko|
|Founded||July 1, 2015|
|Investors||Softbank, Tiger Global|
|Products and services||Banking services including GBP and EUR bank accounts, debit cards, fee-free currency exchange, stock trading, cryptocurrency exchange and peer-to-peer payments|
|Valuation||$33 billion (July 2021)|
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