These are the 47 US tech startups that have reached unicorn status in 2018

Epic Games, the makers of “Fortnite,” reached unicorn status in 2018.

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When Instagram sold to Facebook for $1 billion in 2013, it felt like a massive sum of money.

Five years later, we seem to be numb to the billion-dollar acquisitions and valuations around us. WhatsApp was acquired for $19 billion. Uber is valued at $72 billion.

Yet, to build a billion-dollar company from scratch is still an incredibly difficult feat. Last year, CB Insights reported that the odds of becoming a unicorn — a company valued at $1 billion or more — was less than 1% for companies that had raised venture capital.

In 2018, there were 47 tech companies in the US to reach this unicorn status, according to data provided by PitchBook.

Others were included in PitchBook’s list, like the makeup company Pat McGrath Labs, the fancy healthcare provider One Medical, and the publicly traded weed dispensary company MedMen. There were also international companies. For our list, we selected US companies with technology at the core of their business.

Here are the 47 US tech companies that reached unicorn status in 2018:


ThoughtSpot/screenshot

What it does: Search and AI-based analytics

What it’s worth now: $1 billion

Year founded: 2012

Walkme CEO Dan Adika.

Dan Adika/Twitter

What it does: Guides users to navigate websites and apps more efficiently

What it’s worth now: $1 billion

Year founded: 2011


Seismic

What it does: Software for sales team productivity

What it’s worth now: $1 billion

Year founded: 2010


Tresata

What it does: Analytics software company

What it’s worth now: $1 billion

Year founded: 2011

Talkdesk CEO Tiago Paiva.

Talkdesk

What it does: Cloud-based call center software

What it’s worth now: $1 billion

Year founded: 2011


JFrog/screenshot

What it does: Deploys software to the cloud

What it’s worth now: $1 billion

Year founded: 2008

OutSystems CEO Paulo Rosado.

What it does: Platform for “low code” app creation. Think Squarespace, but for mobile apps.

What it’s worth now: $1 billion

Year founded: 2001


Google Play Store

What it does: Audio and speech recognition software

What it’s worth now: $1.05 billion

Year founded: 2005


Formlabs

What it does: 3D printer manufacturer

What it’s worth now: $1.065 billion

Year founded: 2011


Rubicon/screenshot

What it does: Waste management and recycling

What it’s worth now: $1.066 billion

Year founded: 2008


AP

What it does: Food delivery

What it’s worth now: $1.076 billion

Year founded: 2011


Convoy

What it does: Tech-powered trucking services

What it’s worth now: $1.085 billion

Year founded: 2015

Tradeshift CEO Christian Lanng

Tradeshift

What it does: Open-source trade platform

What it’s worth now: $1.1 billion

Year founded: 2008


Brex

What it does: Corporate credit cards for startups

What it’s worth now: $1.1 billion

Year founded: 2017


Airtable

What it does: Spreadsheet and database product

What it’s worth now: $1.1 billion

Year founded: 2012


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What it does: Electric scooters and e-assist bikes

What it’s worth now: $1.1 billion

Year founded: 2017

Cohesity CEO Mohit Aron.

Cohesity

What it does: Data infrastructure and storage

What it’s worth now: $1.1 billion

Year founded: 2013


Gitlab/screenshot

What it does: A single application for development operations, from project planning to source code management.

What it’s worth now: $1.1 billion

Year founded: 2011


TripActions

What it does: Corporate travel management

What it’s worth now: $1.2 billion

Year founded: 2015

The Starry Station.

Starry

What it does: Internet for $50 per month

What it’s worth now: $1.29 billion

Year founded: 2014

What it does: Charging stations for electric cars

What it’s worth now: $1.3 billion

Year founded: 2007


Toast

What it does: Restaurant point-of-sale and management system

What it’s worth now: $1.4 billion

Year founded: 2011


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What it does: Merino wool shoes

What it’s worth now: $1.4 billion*

Year founded: 2014

*This valuation has been reported but never confirmed by the company.


Shutterstock

What it does: Cloud software security

What it’s worth now: $1.4 billion

Year founded: 2012


Samsara

What it does: Fleet management system

What it’s worth now: $1.4 billion

Year founded: 2015

Freshworks CEO Girish Mathrubootham.

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What it does: Customer support and sales software

What it’s worth now: $1.5 billion

Year founded: 2010

Asana CEO Dustin Moskovitz

Asana

What it does: Collaboration and productivity software

What it’s worth now: $1.5 billion

Year founded: 2008


ZipRecruiter/Screenshot

What it does: Job listings and recruiting platform

What it’s worth now: $1.5 billion

Year founded: 2010


Dataminr

What it does: Discovers critical, breaking information before it’s in the news

What it’s worth now: $1.592 billion

Year founded: 2009

ServiceTitan CEO Titan Ara Mahdessian

ServiceTitan

What it does: Management software for home services companies

What it’s worth now: $1.6 billion

Year founded: 2013

Discord CEO Jason Citron.

Discord

What it does: Voice, video, and text app designed for gamers

What it’s worth now: $1.65 billion

Year founded: 2012


Looker

What it does: Database software

What it’s worth now: $1.7 billion

Year founded: 2012

Automation Anywhere CEO Mihir Shukla.

Automation Anywhere

What it does: Software that helps companies automate repetitive and routine tasks, which industry folks like to call “robotic process automation,” or RPA.

What it’s worth now: $1.8 billion

Year founded: 2003

HashiCorp founder and CTO Mitchell Hashimoto

HashiCorp

What it does: Cloud computing infrastructure

What it’s worth now: $1.9 billion

Year founded: 2012


InVision App

What it does: Digital product design platform

What it’s worth now: $2 billion

Year founded: 2011


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What it does: Electronic scooters

What it’s worth now: $2 billion

Year founded: 2017

“Heroes of Robloxia”

Roblox

What it does: Online game creation platform

What it’s worth now: $2.4 billion

Year founded: 2005

Plaid cofounders Zach Perret and William Hockey

Plaid

What it does: Financial software that connects users’ bank accounts

What it’s worth now: $2.6 billion

Year founded: 2013


Procore

What it does: Construction management software

What it’s worth now: $3 billion

Year founded: 2003


Circle

What it does: Cryptocurrency investment platform

What it’s worth now: $3 billion

Year founded: 2013

UiPath CEO Daniel Dines.

UiPath

What it does: Automates routine tasks for businesses. Similar to Automation Anywhere, it calls its technology, “robotic process automation.”

What it’s worth now: $3 billion

Year founded: 2005

Snowflake Computing CEO Bob Muglia.

Snowflake

What it does: Cloud-based data-warehousing

What it’s worth now: $3.95 billion

Year founded: 2012


DoorDash

What it does: Food delivery

What it’s worth now: $4 billion

Year founded: 2013


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What it does: Video game developers and the makers of “Fortnite.”

What it’s worth now: $15 billion

Year founded: 1991


JUUL Labs

What it does: Electronic cigarettes

What it’s worth now: $38 billion

Year founded: 2017

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