Prime Unicorn Index’s Uber and WeWork Part of Softbank CEO’s “Unicorn Hunter” Strategy

  Softbank’s CEO Masayoshi Son, is making a personal strategic shift from managing telecoms to investing in technology firms. In a Reuter’s article,  in June of this year, by journalist Sam Nussey, Son remarked, “I have spent 97 percent of my time on managing the telecoms business and only 3 percent on investing,” Son said. [...]

The Prime Unicorn Index’s Impressive Return Draws Attention from the Industry

In late October The Prime Unicorn Index, the first index to track the share price performance of privately-funded U.S. companies, announced its quarterly reconstitution. But the real news, which captured the attention of Markets Insider, Benzinga, finanzen.net and hundreds of other media outlets, was the Index’s stellar year-to-date return of 25.16 percent. First, a little [...]

Prime Unicorn Index: Q3 Trend Report

The Q3 Prime Unicorn Index Trend Report is an analysis of 102 components that comprised the Index in the third quarter of 2018. The Index includes both unicorns and “approaching unicorns,” which are private companies with a valuation of at least $500 million. Valuations for individual components are determined by an analysis of various documents, [...]

Instacart Authorizes $600M Series F Preferred Stock, Valuation close to $7 Billion

Instacart, the grocery delivery service that allows users to select groceries from items at stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Safeway, and Costco via a mobile phone or the Web, as raised a new round of financing. The Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation was filed 10/16/2018, and authorized $600M worth of new equity. If [...]

Prime Unicorn Index: Q2 Trend Report

The Q2 2018 Prime Unicorn Index Trend Report is an analysis of 100 components that comprised the Index in the second quarter of 2018. The Index includes both unicorns and “approaching unicorns,” which are private companies with a valuation of at least $500 million. Valuations for individual components are determined by an analysis of various [...]

JUUL Creates a Smoke Ring Around $14.72B Valuation

E-Cigarette  start-up, JUUL Labs, is now valued at $14.72B according to the Prime Unicorn Index. The Series E round was a major up swing from their prior rounds, going from $3.10 per share to $179.25 per share.

LimeBike Authorizes $300M at $1B Valuation

LimeBike filed an Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation on July 3, 2018 authorizing the sale of up to $300M shares of Series C Preferred Stock. If all shares are sold the company will have a post-money valuation north of $1B, making it the newest Unicorn. Here's a look at the Price Per Share increase [...]

Update: Bird Rides Files For Another $150M, 2 Weeks After Authorizing $200M

Bird Rides, an electric scooter sharing service, filed another Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation on 6/15/2018 authorizing $150M of Series C-1 Preferred Stock. If all of the authorized shares are issued then the Post-Money Valuation would be north of $2B. Funding began only a year ago for the scooter company with a Seed round [...]