Top 15 Highest Valued Startups in the World

Arbaz Sayed Arbaz Sayed Anik Banerjee Anik Banerjee
Sep 17, 2021 8 min read
Top 15 Highest Valued Startups in the World

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.

Also Read: All You Need to Know About ByteDance - The World's Most Valued Startup

Bytedance is the most valued startup in the world with the current valuation of $280 billion as of 2021.

Startup Name ByteDance
Headquarter Beijing, China
Industry Internet
Founder Zhang Yiming
Founded March 2012
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.

Startup Name Kuaishou
Headquarter Beijing, China
Industry Internet
Founder Su Hua, Cheng Yixiao
Founded March 2011
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
Headquarter Hangzhou, China
Industry Fintech, banking, financial services
Founder Jack Ma
Founded October 2014
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.

Also read: Airbnb- Personalizing accommodations in your budget!

Startup Name Airbnb
Headquarter San Francisco, California
Industry Lodging
Founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia,Nathan Blecharczyk
Founded August 2008
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)

Startup Name Stripe
Headquarter San Francisco, California, U.S
Industry Financial services, Payment processor
Founder Patrick Collison and John Collison
Founded 2009
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.

Startup Name SpaceX
Headquarter Hawthorne, California, U.S.
Industry Aerospace
Founder Elon Musk
Founded 2009
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
Headquarter Beijing, China
Industry Transportation
Parent organization Beijing Xiaoju Technology
Founder Cheng Wei
Founded June 2012
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

Startup Name Klarna
Headquarter Stockholm, Sweden
Industry Online payments, fintech, financial services
Founders Sebastian Siemiatkowski, Niklas Adalberth, Victor Jacobsson
Founded 2005
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
Industry Gaming
Founders David Baszucki, Erik Cassel
Founded 2004
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.

Startup Name Grab
Headquarter Singapore
Industry Technology, Transportation, Food delivery
Founder Anthony Tan and Tan Hooi Ling
Founded June 2012
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.

Startup Name Canva
Headquarter Sydney, Australia
Industry Software, Graphic design platform
Parent Organization Canva Pty Ltd
Founder Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht, Cameron Adams
Founded January 2013
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.

Startup Name Instacart
Headquarter San Francisco, California, US
Industry Technology, Grocery, E-grocery
Parent Organization Maplebear Inc.
Founder Apoorva Mehta, Max Mullen, Brandon Leonardo
Founded June 2012
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.

Startup Name Databricks
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
Founded 2013
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.

Startup Name UiPath
Headquarter New York City, US
Industry Robotic Process Automation, Automation, AI
Founder Daniel Dines, Marius Tîrcă
Founded 2005
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.

Startup Name Revolut
Headquarter London, England, UK
Industry Fintech, Banking
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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