Valuation: $5 billion
CEO: Ben Silbermann
What it does: Pinterest allows users to share/store stuff online by “pinning” images and content.
Total funding: $762.5 million
Notable investors: Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, Rakuten
Valuation: $6 billion
CEO: Jack Dorsey
What it does: Square is a mobile payments company that allows stores to accept credit/debit cards on their smartphones and tablets. Its business has expanded to online invoicing and deposits as well.
Total funding: $590.5 million
Notable investors: KPCB, Khosla Ventures, Citi Ventures, Sequoia Capital
Valuation: $7.3 billion
CEO: Qiangdong Liu
What it does: Jingdong is one of the largest e-commerce sites in China. It used to be named 360buy.com.
Total funding: $2.2 billion
Notable investors: Tiger Global Management, Bull Capital Partners, Digital Sky Technologies
Valuation: $9.3 billion
CEO: Alexander Karp
What it does: Palantir is a software and services company that specializes in data analysis. Some of its biggest clients are government agencies like the CIA and FBI.
Total funding: $950 million
Notable investors: Founders Fund, Tiger Global Management, Glynn Capital Management
Valuation: $10 billion
CEO: Jun Lei
What it does: Xiaomi is one of the biggest Chinese electronics brands that makes smartphones. Its smartphones are considered one of the best Android phones in the market.
Total funding: $347 million
Notable investors: IDG Capital Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, Morningside Group
CEO: Evan Spiegel
What it does: Its photo messaging app allows users to send photos and videos that get deleted after a set period of time.
Total funding: $163 million
Notable investors: Benchmark Capital, Coatue Management, SV Angel
CEO: Drew Houston
What it does: Dropbox allows users to easily store and share files on the web. It has over 200 million users worldwide.
Total funding: $1.1 billion
Notable investors: Accel Partners, Benchmark Capital, Greylock Ventures
CEO: Brian Chesky
What it does: Airbnb offers a marketplace for people to rent out their homes to temporary residents. It’s currently available in 190 countries.
Total funding: $794.8 million
Notable investors: Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners
Valuation: $18.2 billion
CEO: Travis Kalanik
What it does: Uber's taxi-hailing app connects its users with drivers of private vehicles under Uber’s contact. It offers different types of cars, from full-size luxury cars to smaller vehicles.
Total funding: $1.5 billion
Notable investors: Benchmark Capital, Menlo Ventures, Google Ventures, KPCB
- SpaceX: The spacecraft company founded by Elon Musk, SpaceX has raised over $245 million since its founding in 2002, and is now valued at roughly $4.8 billion.
- Cloudera: The big data startup behind a technology called Hadoop, Cloudera has more than $1.2 billion in funding, and was last valued at $4.1 billion.
- Spotify: The Sweden-based music streaming service has more than 24 million users and it now valued at about $4 billion.
- Lending Club: It’s the largest online marketplace for loans in the US, and has already filed for a $500 million IPO. Its last valuation was $3.8 billion.
- Jawbone: The wearable technology and speaker manufacturer is now worth $3.3 billion.
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