SharesPost and NASDAQ partnered to launch NASDAQ Private Markets this week, bringing more liquidity to an increasingly efficient private market. To give us all a glimpse of the types of companies that could become investable through the platform, even ahead of their inevitable IPOs, SharesPost assembled the SharesPost 100, a list of the very best late-stage venture-backed private growth companies. Criteria used in building the list include revenue growth, market potential, product stage, management team, and investor quality – many of the same variables that we measure at DataFox.
Four of the top 100 have already submitted their S-1 form, one hasn’t quite squared up to the market yet, and a handful are preparing for their public unboxing later this year. Other honorable mentions include:
- SoundCloud (will IPO when Spotify is ready)
- Spotify (will IPO when SoundCloud is ready)
- Airbnb & Uber (will IPO in spectacular fashion – analysts expect next year)
- DocuSign & LegalZoom (merger candidates?)
We created a DataFox watchlist of the SharesPost 100 that each quarter will be updated as the SharesPost rankings adjust. Below you will find a list of the top 25 companies with the highest DataFox Finance Score and a graphical representation of the company age and quality – as defined by the overall DataFox Score (click the image to expand).
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Jeff Bezos is undoubtedly one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time. He started Amazon.com in 1994, and it took him 60 meetings to raise $1 million for the online bookstore. From the very beginning Bezos envisioned an Everything Store – and it’s safe to say that the vision is now reality. Known for always putting the customer first, often at the expense of Amazon’s business partners (or local business), Bezos has transformed the online shopping experience. He is a disruptor. Because of him, mail carriers work on Sunday - but not for too long - Amazon isn’t quite ready to commercialize their drones.
Continuing our series of “Notes from the video you should have watched”, we’ve summarized this fireside chat between Jeff Bezos and Werner Vogels (Amazon’s CTO) that took place at the 2012 AWS Conference.
- The customer always comes first (even at the expense of business partners)
- Innovate the things that never change (lower prices, fast delivery, etc.)
- Innovative companies must have a willingness to fail and be misunderstood
- Lean & Low Margins (Amazon doesn’t know how to operate any other way)
- The 10,000 year clock & Blue Origin (Bezos has interesting hobbies)
A Driverless Car, Google Glass, Project Loon. These are just some of the projects being developed at Google X, Google’s semi-secret facility dedicated to making major technological advancements (other companies call this the “R&D Department”).
Ever since Google co-founder Larry Page became CEO on April 4, 2011 $GOOG R&D expense has nearly doubled.
Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For (2014)
Each year Fortune partners with Great Places to Work to publish the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. Google tops the 2014 list for the 4th year in a row – but we wouldn’t expect the distinction to help their recruiting efforts too much… Everybody already knows that Google is a great place to work!
A company’s inclusion in any type of ranking conveys a positive signal, and many such signals already get factored into the DataFox Quality Scores that we compute and track. This ranking is specifically about employment, and will be used by most highlighted companies as a selling point in interviews and when recruiting on college campuses. The more recognizable the brand, the easier it is for the company to attract talent (particularly recent college grads). In fact, a company’s social influence in the context of hiring – for which the number of LinkedIn followers is a great proxy – is known to have a strong correlation to the company’s ability to attract the right talent, as the most sought-after employers often have the most viewed profiles.
To add more perspective to Fortune’s great list, we’ve created a DataFox Watchlist that tracks all the companies on the 2014 list. We ranked them by their number of LinkedIn followers. Below are the top 30 companies. As an added bonus, you can see the DataFox HR Score to the right of the LinkedIn follower count.
If you’re a recruiter in one of these 30 companies you should have an easier time than most!
Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone to the public on January 9, 2007. Not long after, an entire product category was redefined. Gadgets are now software-enabled hardware, and the smartphone is the remote to the Internet of Things.
Nest reinvented the thermostat. Where people saw a commodity, Nest saw an opportunity. They charged a premium and reached mainstream. Nest, and companies like Nest, are going to reinvent our everyday surroundings. While the magnitude of this opportunity cannot yet be defined, Google’s $3.2 billion Nest acquisition has given the potential rewards a frame of reference.
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Google Ventures was busy in 2013. They made 75 new investments (that’s 1 every 5 days), completed 10 exits, and brought their total to 225 portfolio companies. We can go on and on about their massive $258M investment in Uber (think of the “synergies!”) or the fact that they were the ones that led the AngelList round (from what seemed like a syndicate of the Forbes Midas 100). We can also reminisce on what life would be like if things just magically worked - at least in the way Silicon Valley intended them to.
But GV already did that in their “2013 in 80 Seconds” video (check it out!):
But that’s not what this post is about. We wanted to point out GV’s impact in Boston, where the firm has long been active.
A few more undisclosed (still in stealth)
As 2013 reaches it’s climax, we felt the natural urge to form and analyze lists of “Best & Worst.” But we decided not to. Instead, we went where no big data platform has gone before – to analyze past predictions. Granted, they may not be our predictions (given that this time last year we were not yet formed) but they are reputable predictions, beginning with the MIT Technology Review.
The MIT Technology Review releases an annual list of who they see as the 50 most disruptive companies for the coming year. Here is 2013’s list. It was released on February 20th – and the admission criteria are quite subjective. Certain inclusions may surprise you (IBM, Xerox, Microsoft), the usual suspects will allure you (Apple, Google, SpaceX), and some notable exclusions might have you start questioning the meaning of capitalism (Tesla, Uber, Airbnb). Hindsight is always 20-20; and with that kind of clarity, a lot can be learned by taking another look at their preliminary analysis.