- The second quarter of 2021 birthed 136 unicorns, more than all of 2020, according to CB Insights.
- Among them are payroll service Deel, alternative financing startup Pipe, and video-message app Loom.
- 76 of the new unicorns are based in the US. The quarter’s two decacorns hail from China.
- See more stories on Insider’s business page.
The unicorn club grew at a record pace last quarter, and it even included a Kardashian-led company.
Between April and June, 136 startups crossed the billion-dollar valuation mark for the first time, according to CB Insights, which released its quarterly report on venture capital trends this week. That’s a record quarterly number, the research firm said, and eclipses the total for all of 2020, which saw the birth of 128 unicorns.
Of those newly born unicorns, 76 are US-based, while 15 come from China, including the two decacorns on the list: autonomous driving systems company ZongMu Technology and snack food company Weilong.
The list of new unicorns included 37
, which accounted for more than one-fourth of the total for the quarter.
Among the new unicorns between April and June were payroll service Deel, alternative financing company Pipe, and video-messaging app Loom — and yes, Kim Kardashian West’s shapewear company Skims. Deel, Pipe, and Loom made Insider’s list of the most promising startups so far in 2021.
Here’s the full list of unicorns from CB Insights:
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