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15 Billion-Dollar Tech Startups

February 11, 2013
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225720
Palantir was valued at $2.5 billion

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Palantir was valued at $2.5 billion

Data company Palantir Technologies raised a $70 million Series F round in 2011 at a $2.5 billion valuation.

In 2012, Palantir raised an additional $56 million in new funding, bringing it's total funding to $301 million. 


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Spotify is reportedly worth $3 billion

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Spotify is reportedly worth $3 billion

The music company raised $100 million in June 2011 from Kleiner Perkins, Accel and DST, giving it a $1 billion valuation.

In 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported that Spotify is in the middle of a $100 million financing round that could bring the company's valuation to $3 billion. 

Square is valued at $3.25 billion

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Square is valued at $3.25 billion

Jack Dorsey's mobile payment solution, Square, is another billion-dollar startup.

In 2012, Square raised a $200 million Series D round with participation from Citi Ventures, Rizvi Traverse Management, and Starbucks. Now, the company is worth $3.25 billion.

Airbnb is valued around $2.5 billion

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Airbnb is valued around $2.5 billion

Airbnb is reportedly in the middle of raising around $100 million in a third round of funding. If correct, the newest round would value the company at somewhere between $2 billion and $3 billion.

Airbnb first joined the $1 billion valuation club when it raised $112 million in 2011. 

Vente Privee is a $3 billion company

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Vente Privee is a $3 billion company

Private sales site Vente Privee currently has a $3 billion valuation, but its founder, Jacques-Antoine Granjon, wants that number to be much higher.

In 2010, Vente Privee's revenue was $1.3 billion. In 2011, it was on track to do $1.5 billion. Granjon wants that number to become $15 billion by turning his site into the Amazon of Europe.

Productivity app Evernote is worth about $2 billion

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Productivity app Evernote is worth about $2 billion

Evernote first entered the billion-dollar club in May 2012 when it raised a $70 million D round. At the time, the company was valued at $1 billion. But in November, Evernote raised another $85 million at rumored valuation of $2 billion.


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Marketo is worth $1 billion

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Marketo is worth $1 billion

Marketing automation software company Marketo has raised $108 million from a slew of investors including InterWest Partners, Storm Ventures, Mayfield Fund, Institutional Venture Partners, and Battery Ventures.

Dropbox is worth around $4 billion

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Dropbox is worth around $4 billion

In 2011, Dropbox raised a massive $250 million round from Index Ventures, RIT Capital Partners, Benchmark, Goldman Sachs, Greylock Partners and others.

Dropbox has raised $257 million to date. 

Pinterest is worth $1.5 billion

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Pinterest is worth $1.5 billion

Pinterest joined the billion-dollar valuation club after a $100 million investment led by Rakuten in May 2012.

That's pretty impressive for a startup that has yet to monetize its platform. 

Pure Storage recently raised a $40 million round

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Pure Storage recently raised a $40 million round

Flash enterprise storage startup Pure Storage has raised $95 million since it was founded in 2009.

Investors include Greylock Partners, Index Ventures' Mike Volpi, Redpoint Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures. 

MobileIron is worth billions

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MobileIron is worth billions

This mobile device management startup has raised $96.8 million from investors including Storm Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, and Foundation Capital.

SurveyMonkey was recently valued at $1.35 billion

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SurveyMonkey was recently valued at $1.35 billion

SurveyMonkey partnered with TPG Capital to acquire one of its rivals, MarketTools, in 2011. As part of the deal, the TPG Capital poured in an undisclosed amount of funding that valued the company at roughly $1 billion.

Just two weeks ago, the company raised $794 million at a $1.35 billion valuation.


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Box.net is now valued at $1.2 billion

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Box.net is now valued at $1.2 billion

Box raised $125 million round led by General Atlantic, with participation from The Social+Capital Partneship and two other investors in 2012. Now, Box is worth about $1.2 billion. 

Violin Memory is going public at a $2 billion valuation

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Violin Memory is going public at a $2 billion valuation

Violin Memory, which makes flash memory for data centers, has raised $172 million to date from investors including SAP Ventures, Toshiba Corporation, GE Capital, and Juniper Networks.

In October 2012, Bloomberg reported that the company plans to file its IPO at a $2 billion valuation. 

Twitter hit a $9 billion valuation

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Twitter hit a $9 billion valuation

Twitter recently started selling additional shares on the secondary market at a valuation of nearly $10 billion.