TOP 10 UNICORN STARTUPS LED BY WOMEN


Despite the very slim chance, a small percentage of successful women-led startups managed to get a unicorn status. Let’s meet some of them in this article.


1. Canva – Melanie Perkins

Canva, a platform for digital designing, has a valuation of $15 billion, as per Forbes. It started with an online tool to create school yearbooks founded by Melanie Perkins with Cliff Obrecht and Cameron Adams. Canva is now a fantastic tool with more than 10 million users worldwide.


2. Cloudflare – Michelle Zatlyn

Cloudflare is a web performance and internet security company founded by Michelle Zatlyn. Her startup business in 2009 has grown and has $4.4 billion value now, according to Crunchbase, as they provide service to big companies worldwide.


3. Horizon Robotics – Annie Tao

According to Cision PR Newswire, this China-based company has a valuation of $3 billion. From making AI-powered chips, Horizon Robotics is now into the intelligent driving platform with Horizon Matrix2. It was founded in 2015 and is led by Annie Tao and AI experts Kai Yu and Chang Huang.


4. Little Red Book – Miranda Qu

XiaoHongShu, a.k.a. Little Red Book, is a Chinese shopping app founded by Miranda Qu. Crunchbase revealed that it currently has a valuation of $3 billion, as the app continues to improve features such as shopping overseas, luxury goods purchase, and an online community for its shoppers.


5. Tujia – Melissa Yang

Known as China’s Airbnb, Tujia is a short-term lodging rental platform. As reported by NikkeiAsia, it was founded by Melissa Yang and had a valuation of $3 billion. It continues its expansion, as it currently covers 400 domestic destinations, 1037 overseas locations, and over 2.3 million housing units, according to Tujia’s About page.


6. Medallia – Amy Pressman

Medallia, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform founded by Amy Pressman, has a valuation of $2.4 billion, as revealed by Techcrunch. It helps startup businesses to gather customer insights in real-time to consider feedback in decision-making.


7. Nextdoor – Sarah Leary

Made to connect a neighborhood,  Nextdoor is a startup with currently $2.2 billion value, according to BizWomen.It was founded by Sarah Leary in 2010, along with David Wiesen, Nirav Tolia, and Prakash JanakiramanOver 160,000 neighborhoods now use this private social network in the UK, US, and the Netherlands.


8. Away – Stephanie Korey and Jen Rubio

Away is a company that designs, manufactures, and retails uniquely-styled colorful suitcases and luggage. With a valuation of $1.4 billion, its founders Stephanie Korey and Jen Rubio are now planning to expand to more travel-themed products and add more stores, as reported by BizWomen.


9. Eventbrite – Julia Hartz

In 2006, Julia Hartz started to process electronic ticketing, which eventually led to Eventbrite – her $1.8 billion startup business, as revealed by Techcrunch. It is now a well-known global self-service ticketing platform, selling 200 million tickets in 180 countries in 2017.


10. Glossier – Emily Weiss 

According to Inc.com, Emily Weiss made her blog “Into the Gloss” a stepping stone for her makeup and skincare company,  Glossier. With 10 million page views a month, it became a hit and is now a $1.2 billion company with offices worldwide.


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