Last year, only 40 VC-backed US startups went public. This was the lowest number since 2009. The volatile public market at the beginning of the year forced several startups to delay their IPO plans. One of them was cyber security Billion Dollar Unicorn ForeScout. But it has recently filed confidentially for an IPO. >>>
Twilio’s (NYSE: TWLO) roller coaster start on the stock markets appears to have settled down. After soaring more than three times within a few months of listing, the stock appears to have calmed down to more realistic levels.
Earlier this week, Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) reported its quarterly results, surpassing market expectations. For a while now, Salesforce has been targeting to become the first $10 billion cloud services company. Recent outlook reveals that the milestone may not be too far off now.
According to a report by Research Beam, the Global Data Center Market is estimated to grow at 10.7% annually through the period 2016 to 2020. The growth in the industry is attributed to the increasing demand among organizations to move to virtualization and automation while demanding higher operational efficiency. London-based Global Switch is a Billion Dollar Unicorn player in the data center industry.
Last October, Los Angeles-based BlackLine (Nasdaq: BL) known for its SaaS financial reconciliation software, had gone public despite the weak IPO market. But the company’s strong product offering and a keen business sense have kept it in good stead. It recently reported its fourth quarter earnings and the market was pleased with its performance.
Flipkart had a turbulent time in 2016 as it struggled with management changes and exits of top-level executives as well as against the might of Amazon. It started the year 2017 with yet another management change to focus on profitability and prepare it for going public. >>>
For a while now, VCs’ delusional competitive bidding in startup investing had resulted in skyrocketing valuations. Last year, several venture funds re-evaluated their valuation and several startups saw valuations reduce to more realistic levels. But the market correction is not yet complete. There continue to exist Billion Dollar Unicorns that have no sustainable business or financial model and yet are members of the club. China’s Zhihu is one such case.
According to a report by IBISWorld, the US jewelry store industry is estimated to have grown 1.2% annually through the years 2011 to 2016 to be worth $35 billion in 2016. The industry is expected to grow at a modest 0.4% annually through till 2021, primarily due to the decline in precious metal cost over the years. But decelerating growth rates do not seem to bother the new member of the Billion Dollar Unicorn brigade Kendra Scott.