Friday, September 4, 2015

The 15 biggest enterprise ‘unicorns’

The 15 biggest enterprise ‘unicorns’



The Wall Street Journal found 115 companies valued at more than $1 billion, these are the 15 biggest enterprise tech ones



Yester-year there were only a few unicorns in the world of startups.
This week though, the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones VenturSource identified 115 companies with valuations north of $1 billion, which are referred to as unicorns.
Below are 15 of the highest valued enterprise software companies that have received venture funding but have not yet been sold or gone public.
Palantir
Valuation: $20 billion
Funding: $1.5 billion 
What it does: Palantir has created a program that’s really good at finding relationships across vast amounts of data, otherwise known as link analysis software. Its meteoric rise has been fueled by big-money contracts with federal government agencies. Palantir is the second-largest unicorn, behind Uber, that The Wall Street Journalidentified.

Dropbox
Valuation: $10 billion
Funding: $607 million
What it does: One of the pioneers of the cloud market, Dropbox’s file synch and share system has been a hit with consumers, and increasingly with businesses too. Chief competitor Box would have been a unicorn, but the company went public this year.
Zenefits
Valuation: $4.5 billion
Total funding: $596 million
What it does: Zenefits provides a cloud-based human resource management (HRM) system for small and midsized business, with an emphasis on helping businesses manage health insurance administration and costs.
Cloudera
Valuation: $4.1 billion
Total funding: $670 million
What it does: Cloudera provides a distribution of Hadoop. It’s chief competitor in the big data/Hadoop market, Hortonworks, filed for an initial public offering earlier this year after being a unicorn itself.

Pure Storage
Valuation: $3 billion
Funding: $530 million
What it does: Pure storage is one of the most popular startups in the solid-state, flash-storage market. It pitches its hardware-software product as a more affordable competitor to storage giant EMC.
Docusign
Valuation: $3 billion
Funding: $515 million
What it does: Docusign lets users electronically sign and file paperwork.
Slack
Valuation: $2.8 billion
Funding: $315 million
What it does: Slack is an enterprise communication and collaboration platform, allowing users to text and video chat, plus share documents too.
Nutanix
Valuation: $2 billion
Pure Storage
Valuation: $3 billion
Funding: $530 million
What it does: Pure storage is one of the most popular startups in the solid-state, flash-storage market. It pitches its hardware-software product as a more affordable competitor to storage giant EMC.
Docusign
Valuation: $3 billion
Funding: $515 million
What it does: Docusign lets users electronically sign and file paperwork.
Slack
Valuation: $2.8 billion
Funding: $315 million
What it does: Slack is an enterprise communication and collaboration platform, allowing users to text and video chat, plus share documents too.
Nutanix
Valuation: $2 billion
Funding: $259 million
What it does: Mulesoft is the commercial product for the open source Mule software, an enterprise service bus that helps integrate and coordinate data across applications. Having a common data set that multiple applications can use reduces duplication and cost.
Jasper Technologies
Valuation: 1.4 billion
Funding: $204 million
What it does: Jasper Technologies creates a platform for the budding Internet of Things. The company’s software allows data generated by machines to be stored and analyzed in the company’s software.

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