Whether you go by Uber’s $17 billion pre-money valuation or the $18.2 billion it is figured to be worth after raising $1.2 billion on Friday, the company has realigned the universe of venture-backed businesses.
The San Francisco mobile ride-sharing company led by CEO Travis Kalanick is now far more highly valued than any other venture-backed company in the world after its record round last week.
Such huge funding rounds and high valuations have led to speculation about whether a new tech bubble has formed, the subject of this week’s cover story in the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Venture database research company CB Insights compiled the following ranking of how it compares with the rest of the 10 most highly valued venture-backed businesses.
It used the higher post-money valuation for Uber. The other valuations used are the highest available from government filings, announcements and press reports.
1. Uber, $18.2 billion on June 6; Business: Mobile matching service for passengers, drivers; Headquarters: San Francisco; CEO Travis Kalanick; Investors include First Round Capital, Benchmark, Google Ventures, Lowercase Capital, Fidelity Investments.
2. (Tie) Airbnb, $10 billion on April 18; Business: Apartment and home rental matching service; Headquarters: San Francisco; CEO Brian Chesky; Investors include Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, Digital Sky Technologies, Andreessen Horowitz.
2. (Tie) Dropbox, $10 billion on Feb. 24; Business: Cloud-based storage and collaboration; Headquarters: San Francisco; CEO Drew Houston; Investors include Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Index Ventures.
2. (Tie) Xiaomi, $10 billion on Aug. 22; Business: Mobile phone maker; Headquarters: Beijing; CEO Lei Jun; Investors include Accel Partners, QiMing Venture Partners, Morningside Group, IDG Capital Partners.
5. Palantir, $9 billion on Feb. 14; Business: Data analysis; Headquarters: Palo Alto; CEO Alex Karp; Investors include Founders Fund, In-Q-Tel, Reed Elsevier Ventures, Tiger Global Management.
6. Pinterest, $5 billion on May 15; Business: Visual bookmarking social network; Headquarters: San Francisco; CEO Ben Silbermann; Investors include Bessemer Venture Partners, FirstMark Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Valiant Capital Partners, Fidelity Investments, SV Angel.
7. Zalando, $4.9 billion on Nov. 1; Business: Shoe selling, ecommerce; Headquarters: Berlin; CEO Rubin Ritter; Investors include Kinnevik, Anders Holch Povlsen, Digital Sky Technologies.
8. SpaceX, $4.5 billion on Dec. 1, 2012; Business: Space vehicles, rockets; Headquarters: Hawthorne; CEO Elon Musk; Investors include Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Founders Fund, Rothenberg Ventures.
9. Cloudera, $4.1 billion on March 31; Business: Big Data software; Headquarters: Palo Alto; CEO Tom Reilly; Investors include Accel Partners, Meritech Capital Partners, Greylock Partners, In-Q-Tel, Google Ventures, T Rowe Price.
10. Spotify, $4 billion on Nov. 22; Business: Digital music service; Headquarters: Luxembourg; CEO Daniel Ek; Investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Accel Partners, Digital Sky Technologies, Horizons Ventures, Technology Crossover Ventures.