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Tech Unicorns – Top 10 Themes in 2021 – Thematic Research

The term unicorn describes a rare, mythical creature, but unicorns (privately-held companies worth $1bn or more) are no longer rare. There are currently 826 unicorns, of which 751 are tech unicorns.

Scope

This report looks at the top 10 themes in which today’s tech unicorns operate.

It includes a list of all the current unicorns for each theme.

It also provides details of the current top 10 unicorns operating in each theme, including valuation, funding, country, and description.

In addition, we include the geographical distribution of the current tech unicorns for each theme, the top investors by number of investments in the current unicorns, the unicorns which we expect to exit the club in the next two years, and a list of start-ups that we expect will soon become unicorns.

Key Highlights

In early 2020, there was a pandemic-induced slowdown in new tech unicorn births. However, 2021 promises to be a record year, with 228 new tech unicorns created in H1 2021 alone.

Half of today’s tech unicorns are operating in the ecommerce, cloud, or fintech themes. Another 30% operate in the AI, healthtech, edtech, big data, cybersecurity, digital media, and blockchain themes.

The US is home to half of the tech unicorns today, while China hosts 22% of them. The US hosts most of the cloud, fintech, healthtech, big data, and cybersecurity unicorns. China leads in AI unicorns.

Tiger Global is the leading investor in tech unicorns. Sequoia Capital and Softbank follow closely behind. All three have a strong portfolio in top three themes: ecommerce, cloud, and fintech.

Reasons to buy

The number of tech unicorns is growing rapidly. This report will help you understand why and identify the themes that are driving this growth.

It highlights the top 10 tech themes in which today’s unicorns operate. These include ecommerce, cloud, fintech, AI, healthtech, edtech, big data, cybersecurity, digital media, and blockchain.

It includes predictions on which unicorns might IPO soon and analysis of start-ups that we expect to achieve unicorn status.

In addition, it provides analysis of the leading investors in unicorns, including a look at the themes in which they are investing.

Companies mentioned

1Password

4Paradigm

Accel

Accolade

Acko

Acronis

Adevinta

Adyen

Affirm

Afiniti

Agora

Airbnb

Airtable

Aiven

Alchemy

Allbirds

Allegro

Alto Pharmacy

Amwell

Andreessen Horowitz

ApplyBoard

Arctic Wolf Networks

Articulate

Atom Bank

Attentive

Aurora

Avast

AvidXchange

Baillie Gifford

Bain Capital

Benchling

Bentley Systems

Better.com

Bilibili

Bird Rides

BitFury

Bitmain Technologies

Bitpanda

BlaBlaCar

Blockchain Capital

Blockchain.com

BlockFi

Blockstream

Bright Health Group

Buzzfeed

BYJU’s

Bytedance

C3.ai

Caffeine

Calm

Cambicon

Canaan

Canva

Carbon Health

Celonis

Chainalysis

Checkout.com

Chehaoduo

Chewy

Chime

Chindata

Circle Internet Financial

Citi

Classplus

CleverTap

Cloudflare

Cloudwalk

Clubhouse

Clutter

Coatue

Coinbase

Coinbase Ventures

Confluent

Contentful

Cootek

Cortilia

Corvus Insurance

Couchbase

Coupang

Coursera

Covariant

Crowdstrike

Cuemath

Cure Fit

Cybereason

Cylance

D1 Capital

Dadi Cinema

Dapper Labs

Darktrace

Dashlane

Databricks

Datadog

Dataiku

Dataminr

DataRobot

Dave

Delhivery

Deliverect

Deliveroo

Dell

Deskera

Didi Chuxing

Digital Currency Group

Discord

Docusign

Doordash

Dragoneer Investment Group

Dropbox

DST Global

Dunamu

Dunzo

Duolingo

EBANX

Ecom Express

Epic Games

Epidemic Sound

Eruditus Executive Education

Exabeam

Faire

FalconX

Fanatics

Farfetch

Fidelity Investments

Fresh to Home

Freshworks

FTX

FullStory

General Atlantic

General Catalyst

Genies

Geodesic Capital

Getir

Github

GitLab

Global Switch

Glynn Capital Management

GoCardless

Goldman Sachs

Gong

GoodRx

goPuff

Grab

Grafana Labs

Graphcore

Grayscale

Guild Education

Gusto

GV

Habana Labs

HashiCorp

Health Catalyst

HighRadius

Hillhouse Capital Group

Hinge Health

Hippo

Hive

Hopin

Horizon Robotics

Howden Group Holdings

IDG capital

Illumio

Imperfect Foods

Imply

Indegene

Index Ventures

Infobip

InMobi

Insight partners

Instacart

Institutional Venture Partners

Intel

Ironclad

JD Health

JD.com

Jfrog

Kaseya

Klarna

Klaviyo

Kleiner Perkins

Komodo Health

Kraken

Kuda

Kujiale

Lalamove

Lambda School

Lemonade

Lendingkart

Lenskart

Licious

Lightspeed Venture Partners

LingoChamp

LinkDoc Technology

Livongo

Lufax

Lyft

Lyra Health

Mamaearth

Marqeta

MatchMove Pay

Matrix Partners

MEGVII

Meicai

Meituan

Melallia

MessageBird

Miaoshou Doctor

Monzo

N26

Navi Technologies

Neo4j Inc

Netskope

Newfront Insurance

Ninja Van

Noom

Nubank

Nuix

Nykaa

Oak HC/FT

Ola Cabs

Olive

Omada Health

One Concern

One Medical

One97 Communications

OneTrust

Opendoor

OrCam technologies

Oura Health

OutSystems

Overtime Sports

OVH

Owl Ventures

OYO Rooms

PagerDuty

Pagseguro

Palatir

Paradigm

Patreon

Pinduoduo

Pine Labs

Ping An Good Doctor

Ping Identity

Plaid Technologies

PluralSight

PointClickCare

PolicyBazaar

Practo

Qutoutiao

Rappi

Rapyd

Rebel Foods

reddit

Redis Labs

Remitly

Retool

Revolut

Ribbit Capital

Ridi

Ripple

Riskified

Rivian

Ro

Robinhood

Ruangguru

SambaNova Systems

Scale AI

Seba Bank

SenseTime

SentinelOne

Sequoia Capital

ServiceTitan

ShareChat

Shazam

SHEIN

Skydance Media

SmileDirectClub

Snowflake

Snyk

SoFi

Softbank

Songtradr

SpaceX

Sportradar

Spotify

Sprinklr

Stripe

Talkdesk

Tanium

telos

Temasek Holdings

Tencent Holdings

Tessian

The Athletic

The Hut Group

Thought Machine

ThoughtSpot

Thrive Capital

Tiger Global Management

Toast

TPG Capital

Tradeshift

Transmit Security

Traveloka

Trax

Tray.io

Trulioo

Uable

Uber

Udemy

Unacademy

Uptake

VAST Data

Vedantu

Vice Media

VillageMD

VIPKid

Vox Media

Warby Parker

We Doctor

Wise

Wish

Xiaohongshu

Xinchao Media

Xingsheng Selected

Xpressbees

Y Combinator

Yitu Technology

Yuanfudao

Yunfeng Capital

Zepz

Zilingo

ZongMu Technology

ZoomInfo

Zscaler

Zuoyebang

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

How many tech unicorns exist today?

Where do today’s tech unicorns live?

What are the top 10 unicorn themes?

Who are the top investors in tech unicorns today?

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