11 Most Valuable Startups in the World

Sara Abadi

, Startup

Venture capitalists want to invest in the right horses just to maximize profit. The corporate world is filled with examples of startups that went on to win huge success, due to funding from promising venture capitalists, who bought the early-stage deal. Think of Uber, Paytm, or Tik Tok. So how do investors value a startup before investing?”. Sadly the answer to this question is: it depends on many factors.

Unfortunately, we don’t have an exact formula for startup valuation

A startup company’s value is mostly decided by the market forces in that particular market in which the startup operates. In short, the current value is determined by the market forces in play at current and current time’s perception of what the future will bring.

With that said, some of the new generations of successful startups archived a rare and fantastic valuation of $1 billion, an important milestone for every startup that focuses on scaling up that made all of the venture capitalists interested in them. We call these pro startups unicorn startups. As of December 2019, more than 330 startup unicorns have emerged around the world.

Here are the 11 most valuable startups that are flourished in this decade are:

  1. Ant Financials
    Formerly Alipay, Ant Financial Services is a branch of China’s Alibaba and rival to PayPal in the United States. The organization has expanded its services beyond mobile wallet Alipay to include an online money lending platform known as MyBank and an investment fund known as Yu’e Bao. Ant Financial’s is increasing to become the world’s biggest unicorn valued by some huge investor firms at around $150 billion.

    CEO: Eric Jing
    Headquarters: Hangzhou, China
    Founded: 16 October 2014
    Subsidiaries: AlipayWorldFirst, more

  2. ByteDance
    You could be forgiven for not having heard the name Bytedance before the recent news, but we know how successful TikTok and Toutiao are. The parent company behind these products is ByteDance Ltd. Bytedance claims to be one of the first startups to launch mobile-only products powered with machine learning technology.

    ByteDance had more than 850 million daily active users and over 1.2 billion accumulated users across all of its media platforms as of December 2019. The company was valued at $78 billion as of November 2018 and is one of the most valuable startups in the world.

    Founder: Zhang Yiming
    Headquarters: Beijing, China
    Founded: 9 March 2012


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  3. Didi Chuxing
    Didi Chuxing, the parent company of UBER China, is currently leading the rental cab sharing/riding business with its extraordinary services in China. Didi Chuxing’s most recent success came in December 2019 with a new $4 billion investment infusion, bringing to nearly $10 billion in 2019. The deal also made Didi as the planet’s one of the most valuable startups, with a $56 billion valuation.

    CEO: Cheng Wei
    Headquarters: Beijing, China
    Founded: June 2012

  4. Juul Labs
    JUUL Labs is an American electronic cigarette maker and innovator. The Juul E-cigarette became the No.1 e-cigarette brand in the United States of America at the end of 2017 and had a market share of 73% as of Sep 2018. JUUL labs Raised $600 million that made its current valuation $15 billion.

    CEO: K.C. Crosthwaite
    Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States
    Founded: 2015

  5. WeWork
    WeWork, doing business in co-working space now known as The We Company, released its S-1 filing for an IPO. That raised many concerns about the company’s massive valuation of $47 billion, given its hefty losses of $1.6 billion on revenues and despite its rapid growth 86% year-over-year revenue growth — Wework’s claims of being a technology company. WeWork had topped out at a private valuation of $16.9 billion instead of $47 billion; the company almost certainly would be trading publicly today with IPO.

    CEO: Sebastian J. Gunningham  , Artie Minson, Jr
    Headquarters: New York, New York, United States
    Founded: 2010

  6. Airbnb
    We all know about Airbnb, also known as Air Bed and Breakfast. Airbnb started in 2008 when the founders of Airbnb Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia realized they should make some money by renting out space in their living room to traveler visiting San Francisco for some conference. The idea then got converted into a web-based platform where others could do the same with there space, and travelers could get a cheaper option than an expensive hotel room. Airbnb recently sold its shares at a price that values this space renting startup at about $35 billion.

    CEO: Brian Chesky
    Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States
    Founded: August 2008

  7. Stripe
    Stripe processes billions of dollars every day for many of the most successful companies in different marketplaces on the internet, making it easier for them than ever to accept payments and manage an online business and do secure money transfers. Stripe, the online payments company, is raising more and more cash, and its current valuation is $35 billion in the market.

    CEO: Patrick Collison
    Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States
    Founded: 2009

  8. SpaceX
    Space Exploration Technologies, also known as SpaceX, is a private launch services provider and launch vehicle developer to revolutionize the new commercial space industry. Elon Musk was the founder of SpaceX, whose previous businesses PayPal and Zip2 Corp. gave him the ready money and experience to get into the space-for-hire market. The current market value of SpaceX is $33.3 billion as investors look to new and advance satellite opportunities.

    Founder: Elon Musk
    Headquarters: Hawthorne, California, United States
    Founded: 6 May 2002

  9. Lufax
    Lufax was registered in September 2011 and was initially started with P2P lending as its only product for the market. This startup is the second-largest Peer-to-peer lender in China. Now the company is said to be expanding its business gradually and globally, becoming a much broader platform with more services for the market that work together with investments, commercial license holders, and insurance companies. Lufax has uplifted its market valuation to $39.4 billion and became the world one of the most valued unicorn startups.

    CEO: Greg Gibb
    Headquarters: Shanghai, China
    Founded: 2011

  10. DoorDash
    DoorDash is a food delivery service seeking to improve local economies by improving accessibility to local businesses using innovative ideas. They are currently focused on food delivery only but have plans to expand into other delivery and logistics industries. Venture capitalists are valuing this san Francisco based startup at $12.6 billion.

    CEO: Tony Xu
    Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States
    Founded: June 2013

  11. Bitmain
    Bitmain Technology is one of the most prominent startups working on virtual currency, cryptocurrency, and blockchain technology. Bitmain Technologies Ltd., co-founded by Wu Jihan, has assembled a group of mining expert employees to launch this new cryptocurrency financial services startup. Bitmain was valued at about $15 billion in secret funding round the previous year.

    Founder: Jihan WuMicree Zhan
    Headquarters: Beijing, China
    Founded: 2013