These are the most successful startups in the world. These are the companies that all business owners can look up to for inspiration. Most of us do not have a goal of creating a billion dollar company, but by looking at the best business models over the last decade we can all learn something. These companies are all still private, were started within the last decade, have not been acquired and are not being controlled by a larger corporation. Here are the top 50 startups in the world.

#50 SimpliVity

Boston, Massachusetts

At SimpliVity, they’re defying the conventional. They’re turning “what if” into reality in today’s modern data centers. How? Hyperconvergence.

Hyperconvergence is a computing infrastructure for virtual workloads. Hyperconvergence means there are no silos of independent IT components. And, there’s no need to manage discrete devices or have specialized training in component-level technology, such as storage area networks. Hyperconvergence greatly simplifies IT infrastructure, which makes operations more efficient. It improves the speed and agility of deploying resources for virtual workloads. And, importantly, hyperconvergence significantly reduces costs.

Hyperconverged infrastructure is part of the modernization movement in today’s data centers. Business demands and IT challenges are forcing CXOs to take a longer look at investments that will fuel growth, innovation, agility and competitive advantage. The desire is to transition to an Amazon- or Google-like data center. However, legacy IT infrastructure in siloed organizations cannot deliver cloud-scale IT in the enterprise. A new approach is needed.

Hyperconverged infrastructure and data architecture improves efficiency and agility while dramatically reducing the total cost of ownership. SimpliVity delivers a unique data architecture on hyperconverged building blocks. It’s hyper-simple, hyper-scalable, hyperconverged infrastructure for the modern software-defined data center.

#49 Credit Karma

San Francisco, California

Credit Karma is a web-based credit and financial management service that helps consumers track their credit and finances for free. Their goal is to empower consumers to take charge of their financial health by providing financial education and access to free tools and information, including free credit scores, credit reports, and credit monitoring.

Credit Karma allows consumers to access their credit score anytime they want for free without the sneaky "free" trials or subscription requirements. In addition to free credit scores, Credit Karma has a wealth of tools and content to help consumers better understand how credit scores and credit reports work. No credit card is required and there are no strings attached. Return as often as you like and use their service to track your credit file and stay informed.

#48 The Honest Company

Los Angeles, California

The Honest Company passionately believes in creating not only effective, but also unquestionably safe, eco-friendly, beautiful, convenient, and affordable products for babies and homes. 

The growing product line is comprised of eco-friendly diapers (with super stylish designs) and a natural line of bath, skin care, home cleaning, and organic nutritional supplement products – all packed in convenient bundles that can be customized, personalized, and conveniently shipped whenever needed. 

The Honest Company seeks to be the one-stop-shop for the safest products, best service, and most useful tools and information for today’s modern families, with the ultimate goal of redefining the family brand by helping create healthier, happier homes and a better future for all children. 

#47 JustFab

Los Angeles, California

Founded in 2010, JustFab is a lifestyle fashion company that offers an engaging and personalized shopping experience to over 35 million members worldwide through its portfolio of brands including JustFab (, FabKids (, ShoeDazzle (, and Fabletics ( JustFab continues to change the way women shop for fashion all over the world, giving members in the US, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Spain the celebrity treatment every month as they receive a new and customized selection of shoes, handbags, jewelry and denim. FabKids is a leading children's apparel brand that offers busy parents a new way to keep growing kids in stylish, affordable and ready-to-play outfits. Devoted to pampering their clients with world-class service, ShoeDazzle offers "Daily Fix" deals and both exclusive ShoeDazzle-label and designer-brand styles. Co-founded by Kate Hudson, Fabletics offers high quality lifestyle activewear and accessories for today's active woman. 

#46 Lookout

San Francisco, California

Lookout is a cybersecurity company focused on mobile. Protecting individuals and enterprises alike, Lookout fights cybercriminals by predicting and stopping mobile attacks before they do harm.

Lookout’s cloud-based technology is fueled by a global sensor network of more than 60 million users and tens of thousands of apps that are added daily. With this dataset of virtually all the mobile code in the world and the predictive machine intelligence to analyze and make sense of the data, Lookout can identify connections that would otherwise go unseen and stop cybercriminals from attacking mobile devices. With this scale and the predictive machine intelligence to analyze and make sense of the data, Lookout can identify connections that would otherwise go unseen and stop cybercriminals from attacking mobile devices.

#45 Kabam

San Francisco, California

Kabam creates, develops, and publishes games that are available on mobile devices via its own dedicated channel in the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon App Store. Valued at more than $1 billion, Kabam is the 6th fastest growing company overall in North America, according to Deloitte LLP. The company has been profitable since 2012. Kabam's Kingdoms of Camelot franchise has grossed more than $250 million, making it one of the top 10 strategy franchises of all time. Kabam has also created four titles that have grossed more than $100 million each in their life.

#44 Tango

San Jose, California

Tango, the leading all-in-one social communication service, enables you to connect with friends and stay closer to family in a way that is easy, spontaneous, fun and fits the moment. Tango allows you to send free text messages, play games, and make free phone calls and video calls with those you care about.

#43 Eventbrite

San Francisco, California

Eventbrite is a global marketplace for live experiences that lets anyone create, share, and find events of all kinds. Every day, they're developing and innovating the technology that powers music festivals, hackathons, air guitar competitions, marathons and, everything in between.

Their whip-smart team embodies the wide spectrum of events on their platform—from musicians to marathon runners, foodies to fundraisers, engineers to marketers to customer ops. What unites them? Their drive to help millions of people get offline and get together to explore their interests and pursue new passions. With the Eventbrite platform, event organizers can plan, promote and sell tickets to events.

#42 Evernote

San Francisco, California

With Evernote, collect and organize material that molds your work. Easily find everything when you need it, from handwritten notes to photos. As your project takes shape, present it to colleagues. Turn notes into a beautiful presentation you can display on a screen-friendly format.

#41 CloudFlare

San Francisco, California

CloudFlare is the simplest way to make websites faster, safer and smarter. CloudFlare operates a highly-available global network that has security measures built into every layer and regularly clocks in lightning-fast speeds.

CloudFlare protects and accelerates any website online. Once your website is a part of the CloudFlare community, its web traffic is routed through their intelligent global network. They automatically optimize the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and the best performance. They also block threats and limit abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources. The result: CloudFlare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.

#40 Nextdoor

San Francisco, California

Nextdoor’s mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods. Their product is a private social network for neighborhoods where neighbors get to know one another, exchange advice, and communicate about local issues.

#39 AppDynamics

San Francisco, California

At AppDynamics, their Application Intelligence Platform empowers today’s software-defined businesses with the ability to proactively monitor, manage, and optimize the most complex software environments. Because they start with user interactions, their platform is able to dynamically collect millions of performance data points across your applications and infrastructure. They then apply intelligence to instantly identify performance anomalies, enable automatic fixes and continuously measure business impact. And all this happens in real time, in production, with cloud or on-premise deployment flexibility. So even in the most dynamic production environments, you can know more and know it faster.

#38 Actifio

Boston, Massachusetts

Actifio delivers copy data virtualization to hundreds of global enterprise customers and service provider partners in more than 30 countries around the world. Their Virtual Data Pipeline technology decouples data from infrastructure, enabling dramatic improvements in business resiliency, agility, and access to the cloud. Actifio replaces siloed data management applications with a radically simple, application-centric, SLA-driven approach that lets customers capture data from production applications, manage it more economically, and use it when and where they need to.

#37 Gilt

New York, New York

An innovative online shopping destination offering its members special access to the most inspiring merchandise and experiences every day at insider prices. Gilt pioneered “flash sales” in the United States and today is one of the leaders in the flash-sale space.

Gilt continuously searches the world for the most coveted brands and products, including fashion for women, men, and children; home decor; and unique activities in select cities and destinations. Their business is driving economic growth across the globe for fashion, design, home goods and experiences.

#36 Automattic

San Francisco, California

Automattic is best known for creating WordPress. is the easiest way to create a free website or blog. It’s a powerful hosting platform that grows with you. WordPress powers 23% of the internet, 50,000 new sites are created every day.

#35 AppNexus

New York, New York

AppNexus is a technology company that provides trading solutions and powers marketplaces for Internet advertising. Its open, unified, and powerful programmatic platform empowers customers to more effectively buy and sell media, allowing them to innovate, differentiate, and transform their businesses. As the world's largest independent ad tech company, AppNexus is led by the pioneers of the web's original ad exchanges.

#34 Sunrun

San Francisco, California

In 2007, Sunrun Co-Founders Ed Fenster and Lynn Jurich set out to solve an important problem–the future of energy–by making home solar mainstream. Upfront cost was a huge barrier to home solar adoption, so they invented a way to remove it. In this pioneering model known as solar service, Sunrun allows homeowners to pay for the power, not the panels. This means Sunrun owns, maintains and monitors the system while homeowners pay for the electricity it produces at a low, locked-in rate–saving them money over time. Simply put, Sunrun makes solar easy and affordable.

#33 SoFi

San Francisco, California

SoFi is a leader in marketplace lending and the largest provider of student loan refinancing. They help ambitious professionals accelerate their success with student loan refinancing, MBA loans, mortgages, and personal loans. Their nontraditional underwriting approach takes into account merit and employment history among other factors, to provide unique financial and investment products.

#32 Adyen

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Adyen is a leading payments technology company that provides businesses a single global platform to accept payments anywhere in the world. Driven by a vision to improve customer experience, streamline processes and ultimately increase revenue, Adyen enables businesses to process payments across online, mobile and Point-of-Sale with over 250 payment methods and 187 transaction currencies. Headquartered in Amsterdam and San Francisco, with offices across North America, South America, Europe and Asia, Adyen serves more than 3,500 businesses and four of the five largest U.S. Internet companies.

#31 MongoDB

New York, New York

MongoDB is the next-generation database that helps businesses transform their industries by harnessing the power of data. The world’s most sophisticated organizations, from cutting-edge startups to the largest companies, use MongoDB to create applications never before possible at a fraction of the cost of legacy databases.

MongoDB can be 1/10th the cost to build and run, compared to a relational database. Furthermore, MongoDB’s technical and cost-related benefits translate to topline advantages as well, such as faster time-to-market and time-to-scale.

#30 Delivery Hero

Berlin, Germany

Founded in Berlin in 2011, Delivery Hero is the world's largest network of online food ordering sites, operating in 21 countries and with over 73,000 restaurant partners.

Delivery Hero operates in Germany, UK, Austria, South Korea, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Australia, Switzerland, China, India, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Panama and Puerto Rico. The Group has more than 1000 employees globally, with 400 working from its Berlin Headquarters.

#29 Instacart

San Francisco, California

Instacart is building the best way for people everywhere in the world to shop for groceries. Using your phone or the web, you can order groceries and have them delivered to your door in minutes. You can choose from a variety of local stores, as well as being able to mix items from multiple stores into one order.

#28 Coupang

Seoul, South Korea

Coupang is the world’s fastest growing e-Commerce company and South Korea’s answer to Amazon. In only its fourth year, Coupang boasts over 20 million subscribers and annual revenue run rate of over $2 billion. It is the No. 1 player in mobile e-commerce in Korea, which is a massive $50 billion market opportunity.

#27 Snapdeal

New Delhi, India

Snapdeal was founded in February, 2010 and in a short span of four years, has become India’s largest online marketplace for businesses to reach and sell their products to consumers nationwide, a model that the company pioneered in the Indian market. Snapdeal has been leading the m-commerce revolution in India, with around 60% of its orders coming from mobile phones.

Snapdeal’s one-of-a-kind proprietary logistics platform, SafeShip, provides a platform for logistics companies across India to cater to the fulfillment needs of merchants on the Snapdeal platform to ship products across the country in a seamless and traceable manner.

#26 Magic Leap

Miami, Florida

Magic Leap is combining inherent visual ability with mobile computing – giving you visual output equivalent to when you step outside into the world, but powered by the mobile tech you carry around. Magic Leap is said to be working on augmented reality glasses that can create digital objects that appear to exist in the world around you. Rather than displaying images on the glasses or projecting them out into the world, Magic Leap's glasses reportedly project their image right onto their wearer's eyes — and apparently to some stunning effects.

#25 Nutanix

San Francisco, California

Nutanix delivers web-scale IT infrastructure to medium and large enterprises with its software-driven Virtual Computing Platform, natively converging compute and storage into a single solution to drive unprecedented simplicity in the datacenter. Customers can start with a few servers and scale to thousands, with predictable performance and economics. With a patented elastic data fabric and consumer-grade management, Nutanix is the blueprint for application-optimized and policy-driven infrastructure.

The Nutanix solution enables easy deployment of any virtual workload, including large-scale virtual desktop initiatives, development/test apps, private clouds, big data projects and more. Nutanix customers can radically simplify and seamlessly scale out their datacenter infrastructures with cost-efficient appliances that can be deployed in under 30 minutes for rapid time to value.

#24 Houzz

San Francisco, California

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish - online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality.

#23 Lyft

San Francisco, California

Lyft is a taxi-like services that summons rides in an instant, revolutionizing personal transportation and freaking out cab companies. Lyft's mobile-phone application facilitates peer-to-peer ridesharing by connecting passengers who need a ride to drivers who have a car.

#22 InMobi

Bangalore, India

InMobi builds mobile-first customer engagement platforms that transform the economics of influencing global consumers. They help their customers engage consumers in a far more intimate way through mobile advertising.

They offer a suite of solutions based on the core principles of simplicity and scale to help engage, retain and grow your consumer base. Their focus on understanding consumer behavior and leveraging big-data to predict their actions enable them to offer unique solutions.

#21 Powa

London, England

Powa is an international commerce specialist that creates technologies to seamlessly integrate the physical and digital world.

Powa began in 2007 and was conceived by entrepreneur and eCommerce veteran Dan Wagner, founder of online information database Dialog, and Venda Ltd – the world’s largest SaaS provider of on-demand eCommerce. With the support of the Powa management team, with their combined expert knowledge and decades of collective experience in payment and commerce technologies, Powa’s vision is to create a seamless experience across all purchase channels in an always-connected digital landscape where consumers are constantly on the move.

#20 Slack

San Francisco, California

Slack is a team communication tool. It brings together all of your team communications in one place, instantly searchable and available wherever you go. Launched in February 2014, it is now the fastest growing B2B application ever and is used by over 500,000 daily active users.

#19 Kuaidi Dache

Hangzhou, China

Kuaidi combines integrated mapping and third party payment technology to make its service accessible to everybody in China, and provides over 1 million taxis and a variety of standard and luxury cars for all lifestyles. To ensure the service fits smoothly into urban life, Kuaidi has developed a framework that is adaptable to other platforms in China, and works in partnership with China’s government and regulators instead of against them.

In a country where only 18% of the population owns a car, Kuaidi is meeting an important need. Kuaidi has attracted over 100 million registered users in over 300 cities, fulfilling 6 million requests per day.

#18 Moderna

Boston, Massachusetts

Moderna is pioneering messenger RNA Therapeutics, an entirely new in vivo drug modality that produces human proteins or antibodies inside patient cells, which are in turn active intracellularly or secreted. This breakthrough platform addresses currently undruggable targets, and offers a superior alternative to existing drug modalities for a wide range of disease conditions.

Moderna has developed a broad intellectual property estate including more than 200 patent applications with more than 10,000 claims ranging from novel nucleotide chemistries to specific drug compositions. The company plans to develop and commercialize its innovative mRNA drugs, initially for rare diseases and oncology, while partnering drug candidates in other therapeutic areas in order to rapidly deliver this innovation to patients.

#17 Pure Storage

San Francisco, California

Pure Storage, the all-flash enterprise storage company, enables the broad deployment of flash in the data center. When compared to traditional disk-centric arrays, Pure Storage all-flash enterprise arrays are 10x faster and 10x more space and power efficient at a price point that is less than performance disk per gigabyte stored. The Pure Storage Flash Array is ideal for high performance workloads, including server virtualization, desktop virtualization, database and cloud computing.

#16 Legendary

Los Angeles, California

Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world's most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $9 billion worldwide at the box office.


Beijing, China

VANCL started in 2007 as a specialty men's t-shirt e-retailer, and has become the No.1 internet apparel brand in China. They are focused on bringing quality men's and women's fashions, shoes, jeans, shirts, skirts, accessories and other lifestyle goods at reasonable prices to their customers. Currently, their designers come from around the globe, including Spain, Japan, and South Korea.

#14 Didi-Dache

Beijing, China

Didi Dache, a taxi-hailing smartphone app, shows the real-time locations of taxis so that users can hire cabs via their mobile devices.

#13 Stripe

San Francisco, California

Stripe is a developer-friendly way to accept payments online and in mobile apps. They process billions of dollars a year for thousands of companies of all sizes. No need to design payment forms from scratch. Stripe Checkout offers a beautiful, customizable payment flow that works great across desktop and mobile. When you use Checkout, you’re always up-to-date, with no extra code required.

Lyft, Postmates, OrderAhead, Instacart, and thousands of other mobile applications use Stripe’s native iOS & Android libraries to charge on the go. Even collect cards up front for seamless background billing later.

#12 Spotify

Stockholm, Sweden

Spotify gives you millions of songs at your fingertips. The artists you love, the latest hits, and new discoveries just for you. Hit play to stream anything you like. On mobile, you can listen to artists, albums and playlists in shuffle mode. Or choose a ready-made playlist to suit your mood. On tablet and computer, you can play any song, anytime.

#11 Cloudera

San Francisco, California

Cloudera offers enterprises one place to store, process and analyze all their data, empowering them to extend the value of existing investments while enabling fundamental new ways to derive value from their data. Only Cloudera offers everything needed on a journey to an enterprise data hub, including software for business critical data challenges such as storage, access, management, analysis, security and search. As the leading educator of Hadoop professionals, Cloudera has trained over 20,000 individuals worldwide. Over 1,000 partners and a seasoned professional services team help deliver greater time to value. Finally, only Cloudera provides proactive and predictive support to run an enterprise data hub with confidence. Leading organizations in every industry, plus top public sector organizations globally run Cloudera in production.

#10 WeWork

New York, New York

WeWork’s business model, which combines real estate with technology, plays into the “sharing economy” trend. In addition to its massive physical footprint, which includes spaces in eight cities, across three countries, WeWork also recently debuted its own social network, called WeWork Commons. It’s similar to LinkedIn, in that it’s a business networking site, but it focuses on people in the earliest stages of business, offering members additional perks like access to office space, discounted services and local events.

#9 Square

San Francisco, California

Square started with a simple idea—that everyone should be able to accept credit cards—and they've been rethinking buying and selling ever since.

For sellers, they’re creating one cohesive service to run your entire business, from a register in your pocket to analytics on your laptop. For buyers, they’re making it faster to order from the businesses you love and more fun to pay your friends back.

Buying and selling sound like simple things—and they should be. Somewhere along the way, they got complicated. Square is working hard to make commerce easy for everyone.

#8 Meituan

Beijing, China

Meituan, a group deals site sometimes described as “the Groupon of China,” has raised $700 million at a $7 billion valuation. China’s largest group buying site by gross merchandise volume with over 20 million daily mobile users in more than 1,000 cities. While Meituan originally focused on group discounts, like Groupon, it now also functions as a marketplace for services from local vendors, including hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

#7 Dropbox

San Francisco, California

Put your stuff in Dropbox and get to it from your computers, phones, or tablets. Edit docs, automatically add photos, and show off videos from anywhere. Share photos with friends. Work with your team like you're using a single computer. Everything's automatically private, so you control who sees what. Even if your phone goes for a swim, your stuff is always safe in Dropbox and can be restored in a snap. Dropbox secures your files with 256-bit AES encryption and two-step verification.

Millions of people use Dropbox at work. With Dropbox for Business, get the power and security of Dropbox plus robust admin controls, dedicated support, and all the space you need.

#6 Airbnb

San Francisco, California

Airbnb is a marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 33,000 cities and 192 countries. With a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

#5 Flipkart

Bangalore, India is India’s leading e-commerce marketplace offering over 20 million products cross 70+ categories including Books, Media, Consumer Electronics and Lifestyle. The Founders previously worked at Amazon before starting Flipkart in '07.

#4 Pinterest

San Francisco, California

A visual social network where people create and share image collections of recipes, hairstyles, baby furniture and just about anything else on their phones or computers, Pinterest isn’t yet five years old, but among women, who make up over 80% of its users, it’s already more popular than Twitter.

#3 Snapchat

Los Angeles, California

Experience a unique way to share life with friends. Snap a photo or a video, add a caption, and send it to a friend (or maybe a few). It's about the moment, a connection between friends, and not just a pretty picture. The allure of fleeting messages reminds us about the beauty of friendship - we don't need a reason to stay in touch.

#2 Uber

San Francisco, California

Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through their apps, they make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. From their founding in '09 in San Francisco to hundreds of cities today, Uber has a rapidly growing worldwide presence.

#1 Xiaomi

Beijing, China

The world's 3rd largest smartphone distributor, Xiaomi designs, develops, and sells smartphones, mobile apps, and consumer electronics. Founded by Lei Jun and seven entrepreneurs, Xiaomi started in 2010 and launched MIUI, a deeply optimized Android-based operating system. They now offer a variety of products and services mainly through their e-commerce web sites.