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List of 100 future unicorns, thematic memos and founder guides
As of today, we’ve highlighted 100 startups with statistically significant signals of becoming a unicorn🦄. Some of them have gone on to raise massive rounds like Anthropic’s massive $580 million series B.
Some of you may be wondering how I came up with the signals. And which signals matter the most. Well, I can’t share everything. But here’s one:
for companies founded from 2000 onwards, 0.8% are unicorns
for angel, pre-seed, and seed funded companies, that doubles to 1.5%
and if the investors are Midas list awardees, that quadruples to 6%
But is it the unicorns that gave Midas investors the golden hands? Or is it the golden hands of select venture capitalists that create more unicorns? The cop-out answer is it is both. But there are interesting nuances to it based on well-cited research - I’ll save that for another post.
Onto what is next for Quild.
I want Quild to be the place for people - founders, investors, employees, analysts, etc. - to discover and learn about early-stage companies shaping the future of work - enterprise software, web3, data, artificial intelligence, etc. This will come in the form of three publications
Quild Mini🦄 - a daily highlighting one early-stage startup with statistically significant signals of becoming a unicorn
Quild Memo - a monthly memo diving into an area that covers what you’ll typically see in an investment memo
Quild Guide - a still-in-the-works guide for venture-scale founders in the 0-1 and 1-10 stages by people who have been there before
If you’re a regular here, the new things are a monthly cadence for thematic memos and the addition of the Quild Guide. If you are new here and this sounds interesting, hope you’ll subscribe. Without further ado, here’s the list of 100 future unicorns.
The first 100 mini 🦄
Nuffsaid helps people focus on the work that matters. Their product centralizes your work apps—email, chat, Salesforce, Jira, and more—and uses AI to prioritize the work that will move the needle in your role.
Spreadsheet.com works the same as the spreadsheet you already know, combined with the power of a database, the productivity of a project management system, and easy-to-use automations, integrations, and real-time updates.
Lightup is an enterprise-grade data quality monitoring solution that can be up and running in minutes, providing organizations with an ideal solution for ensuring data quality for SQL data stores such as Snowflake and Databricks and streaming data sources including Kafka and Segment
Workbase is a data visualization and analytics tool for account/growth teams, meant to help B2B companies reduce churn and grow customer spending.
Census is the data operational analytics platform that syncs your data warehouse with the apps you use. Get your customer success, sales & marketing teams on the same page by sharing the same customer data.
Deepnote is a new kind of data science notebook. Jupyter-compatible with real-time collaboration and running in the cloud.
Uiflow is a no-code platform for developers to build both the UI and logic of web apps visually. Developers can rapidly build secure, scalable, and custom applications or easily embed Uiflow components inside existing applications.
InCountry is a data residency-as-a-service platform that enables global data compliance for international business. The platform securely stores, processes, and regulates profile data in its country of origin, helping multinationals scale by providing easy integration in under ten minutes.
TruePlan is a collaborative headcount management platform built for agile, fast-growing organizations. TruePlan reduces time spent on manual tasks, creates instant alignment in hiring across teams, and centralizes all aspects of headcount management into a single platform.
WorkOS provides APIs to make applications enterprise-ready, with pre-built features and integrations required by IT admins. With WorkOS, users can start selling to enterprise customers with just a few lines of code.
Patch is the platform for negative emissions. Businesses can leverage their API to programmatically calculate emissions and make any transaction climate positive.
Merge integrates HR, payroll, recruiting, and accounting platforms into a unified API. Its drop-in component makes adding integration authorization to a product a walk in the park.
Temporal is a computer software company that enables its users to build and operate resilient applications using developer-friendly primitives.
Promethium is an augmented data management provider with the first AI-powered solution that combines natural language processing (NLP) with automated data prep to deliver true self-service analytics.
Transform is the first centralized 'metrics store' that empowers data analysts to deliver accurate, timely, confident, and fast insights.
Entos combines machine learning and automated chemistry to revolutionize small-molecule therapeutics design. Traditional therapeutic discovery is highly complex and entails prolonged timelines, vast training data needs and sub-optimal accuracy.
Island, the Enterprise Browser, is the ideal enterprise workplace, where work flows freely while remaining fundamentally secure. With the core needs of the enterprise naturally embedded in the browser itself, Island gives organizations complete control, visibility, and governance over the last mile.
UserGems helps companies generate more revenue by combining relationship data with trigger events to surface the most likely buyers for each company. These include previous customers that moved to a new company, new executives that joined a target account.
Hex is a collaborative data workspace that makes it easy to go from idea to analysis to sharing. Work in SQL and Python notebooks, collaborate live, and publish interactive data apps anyone can use.
Mutiny is a no-code AI platform that helps marketers convert their top of funnel demand into revenue, without engineers. Mutiny gives marketers everything they need to drive revenue and prove it — from data and analytics to AI-powered recommendations and content writing.
Supergrain is building data infrastructure to power modern business intelligence tools and data applications. With Supergrain, data analysts can define and manage business logic and metrics centrally, enabling business users to consume self-serve analytics in the tools of their choice.
Cohere provides unprecedented access to affordable, easy-to-deploy large language models. Their platform gives computers the ability to read and write - whether you want to better understand what your customers are saying, or you want to write compelling copy that speaks to your target audience.
Coiled scales Python to the cloud for data professionals. Based on Dask, the leading Python-native solution for distributed computing, Coiled has hosted more than 100M tasks for data professionals, scientists, and researchers around the globe.
Scribe lets users share how work is done, enabling anyone to automatically create step-by-step guides for any process. The Scribe platform seamlessly captures and shares knowledge workers’ “know-how,” building more productive and collaborative organizations and communities.
Stemma is a fully managed data catalog with automated metadata, personalized experience, and enterprise management - powered by the leading open-source data catalog, Amundsen. With Stemma, it's easy to make data-based decisions with absolute confidence.
Acryl Data empowers data teams with extreme productivity, using trusted, compliant data through a next-generation metadata platform powered by LinkedIn DataHub.
Rocketlane is purpose-built software to accelerate and streamline implementation and customer onboarding. With its unified workspace, it’s easy to collaborate with customers and deliver projects consistently, transparently, and delightfully.
Puzzle is a whole new way for founders and finance teams to work. They are the new center of a modern financial stack, creating a scalable, API-based financial data platform so the next generation of leaders can build their company using the best financial software on the market.
Osmos is on a mission to make cross-company data collaboration a simple, secure, and delightful experience. Powered by real-time data transformations, embeddable uploaders, and intuitive no-code experience for end-users, Osmos takes the pain out of importing and sharing data with external parties and systems.
Subskribe is the adaptive quoting and billing platform for modern SaaS companies. Totally unified. No silos. Zero reconciliation, from quote to revenue.
LinearB helps engineering leaders, managers and developers improve on a daily basis. They correlate hundreds of signals every hour across code, Git, project issues, releases and incidents to decrease bottlenecks, improve quality, increase planning accuracy, ship more features in less time and tighten alignment to your business.
Bitski is a developer-focused blockchain wallet infrastructure provider that allows creators, brands, and platforms to easily create, sell, and purchase NFTs. The company connects communities, creators, and brands through ownable digital content.
Cerby is a cybersecurity company focused on helping enterprises harness Shadow IT by enabling end-users to onboard and securely use applications of their own choosing.
Harmonic Labs connects entrepreneurs with the resources and capital to bring innovation and empower startups. Think: If LinkedIn and Robinhood had a baby👶
Balance lets B2B merchants provide businesses with a way to pay how and when they want, while getting the funds instantly and easily as card payments.
Enterpret bridges the gap between product builders and customers through automated customer feedback analysis. They build customer-specific NLP models to analyze customer feedback at scale.
Databook is an enterprise customer intelligence platform that drives enterprise sales productivity and performance at scale.
BrightHire is the first interview intelligence platform, transforming how the world's fastest-growing companies scale by making the hiring process better, faster, more equitable, and above all human.
Prefect makes it easy to build, test, and run dataflows right from your Python code. With an intuitive API and 50+ integrations, Prefect quickly turns even the most complex data pipelines into managed workflows.
Monad makes security data easy and accessible for DevOps and cloud engineering teams. Monad builds infrastructure to unite security data silos in your organization; normalize, transform, and enrich their data; and enable teams to build effective security and compliance workflows on the fly.
AssemblyAI is an AI company building a platform of APIs to transcribe and understand audio data. Their APIs transcribe, summarize, moderate content, detect topics, detect entities, and do other cool stuff.
Ponder Data provides enterprise-ready tools for rapid, flexible experimentation with data at scale. Ponder makes data teams more productive by enabling them to get insights faster with tools they know and love.
Syndio helps modern companies embed workplace equity into their core business so they can achieve enduring success. Syndio identifies pay gaps in seconds and constantly measure employee opportunity and representation so companies can build diverse and dynamic teams.
Loris is the one-click intelligence layer for fast-growing digital companies that integrates with leading customer service platforms - such as Zendesk, Salesforce, and LivePerson - to assist customer support agents in real-time for better conversation outcomes and generates voice of customer insights.
Fieldguide is an enterprise software company building automation and collaboration software for assurance and advisory firms. Built by former Big Four practitioners and experienced technology leaders, their platform digitizes the end-to-end engagement workflow on a single, cloud-native platform.
Truv is a one-stop solution powering income and employment verification for the US workforce. It integrates with 50+ payroll providers and 9,200 directly with employers (10X industry average).
Tonic automatically creates mock data that preserves key characteristics of secure datasets so that developers, data scientists, and salespeople can work conveniently without breaching privacy.
Scratchpad is a workspace built for sales to update Salesforce and take sales notes and daily todos. The software can be installed as a Google Chrome plugin or as a web application.
Mosaic combines big data and machine learning that provides predictive reporting capabilities, leveling the playing field, and giving startups tools and insights for large enterprises. Its one-click integrations and real-time analytics offer clear insights and straightforward recommendations.
Nacelle is a headless progressive web app (PWA) solution built for online retailers who are dissatisfied with slow page load speeds and low mobile conversion rates. With Nacelle, retailers deliver lightning-fast customer experiences through PWA storefronts optimized across all devices, are SEO friendly, and pair seamlessly with eCommerce platforms.
Datafold builds tools for automating analytical data quality management. It helps companies extract more value from their analytical data by automating Data Engineering workflows like data quality monitoring.
Pinwheel is working to create a fairer financial system by unlocking API access to payroll systems. Pinwheel provides a platform allowing consumers to connect their payroll account to any app.
Sprig’s user research platform enables teams to evaluate their product's user experience in-the-moment, test new product concepts, and recruit research participants from their existing user base for longer studies.
Silo is a cloud-based online platform that enables customers to buy and sell wholesale produce, protein, dairy, and shelf-stable food in minutes. Its platform features automatic inventory, accounting, routing and logistics, and analytics on purchases, sales, customers, vendors, and products.
Anthropic is an AI safety and research company that’s working to build reliable, interpretable, and steerable AI systems. Large, general systems of today can have significant benefits, but can also be unpredictable, unreliable, and opaque: the goal is to make progress on these issues.
Panda is a stealth mode startup focused on using AI to help teams win more, work less, and be happier.
Hightouch syncs customer data from a data warehouse into tools like CRMs, email tools, and ad networks. They allow users to sync data from any source (data warehouses, spreadsheets) to 70+ tools, using SQL and without having to rely on favors from engineering.
RudderStack is a customer data platform for developers. Their tooling makes it easy to deploy pipelines that collect customer data from every app, website and SaaS platform, then activate it in your data warehouse and business tools.
Castled is an operational analytics platform, designed to empower the sales/marketing/support functions of your business with valuable customer insights straight from your data warehouse.
Polytomic pipes data from your app databases, data warehouse, and spreadsheets to Salesforce, Marketo, HubSpot, Zendesk, and others, all without involving engineers. Point and click and go.
Robust Intelligence eliminates AI Failures by detecting model vulnerabilities and automatically preventing bad outcomes. Their RIME platform reduces the amount of time data science teams spend firefighting issues in production and increases the confidence in production models.
TruEra provides AI quality management software solutions for enterprises to analyze machine learning, improve model quality, and build trust.
Fiddler’s next-generation ML Model Performance Management platform empowers data science and AI/ML teams to validate, monitor, explain, and analyze their AI solutions to accelerate AI adoption, meet regulatory compliance, and build trust with end-users.
Credo AI is the world's first comprehensive AI governance SaaS product which puts AI ethics into action. In addition, it empowers business and technical stakeholders to measure, manage & monitor AI introduced risks, to ensure ethical, auditable and compliant AI development at scale.
Cloudsmith is the leading Continuous Packaging platform for engineers looking to set up a secure, cloud-native artifact repository in 60 seconds. Cloudsmith offers support for 24+ formats, has 225 points of presence and integrates with all of the tools engineers already use and love.
Assembled aims to transform and elevate customer support. Their workforce management platform helps teams solve forecasting, scheduling, and analytics in order to provide great experiences for their customers.
Sardine is building a set of APIs to stop payment fraud, and increase customer conversion. By having to worry less about fraud, companies can offer better experiences such as instant settlement.
Commsor is your community operating system. When done right, community enables and improves customer acquisition, streamlines support and success, bolsters retention, and provides crucial product insights.
DataDistillr lets you join and query datasets from any Database, API, or file, no matter where or how it's hosted. It can combine data of all forms in minutes using built-in formatters so users don’t have to write the same function 100x again.
Rutter develops a universal API that integrates with every commerce, accounting, and payments platform. It enables users to connect to any platform and get a holistic view of any business.
Ascend.io provides advanced automation for data and analytics engineering workloads. Ascend unifies the core capabilities of data engineering—data ingestion, transformation, delivery, orchestration, and observability—into a single platform so that data teams deliver 10x faster.
Firstbase is a remote work SaaS platform that lets companies track and manage physical equipment assets. It aims to improve the quality of life by enabling remote work. The software platform helps companies set up, manage, maintain and retrieve all physical equipment remote workers need to work from home comfortably and effectively.
Statsig’s modern and trusted experimentation platform automatically identifies which features are causing product metrics to move. This allows teams to focus on building great products without incurring the cost of manually setting up experiments and waiting for results.
Ledgy is the equity management platform built for growing companies. Ledgy provides your shareholders and potential investors a centralized source of truth for all equity related information.
Avenue is the Future of Operations Observability Avenue lets customers alert on business events & metrics so operations teams can proactively respond to critical events.
FlutterFlow is an online low-code builder for native mobile apps. Users can build beautiful and powerful apps in as little as an hour.
Kubit enables product teams to gain insights about user behavior, measure campaigns and A/B tests, and also drive engagement and retention in real-time instead of waiting for others to get answers.
TRM Labs monitors digital asset transactions to protect financial institutions from risks like fraud and money laundering.
Airplane is a platform for engineers to quickly build internal tools that power recurring workflows within their organization. Operations where engineers would typically run scripts or SQL queries on behalf of others can be turned into self-serve tools for support, ops, and other teams through Airplane.
Eppo makes your experiments reliably useful by automating analysis, diagnostics, and investigations, all on top of the modern data stack.
Cube is the headless business intelligence for building data applications. It helps provide access data, organize it, and deliver it to every tool so developers can build powerful, fast, and consistent data applications.
The Voiceflow platform makes it easy for any individual or business to build powerful voice applications without needing to code.
Searchlight offers a Predictive Talent Platform that measures and improves Quality of Hire by connecting candidate reference and self-assessment data to post-hire outcomes.
Treasury Prime is a Banking-as-a-Service company that connects banks and FinTechs through an API. Its full integration into core banking systems gives developers access to a wide range of banking services from opening accounts to making payments to issuing cards.
Cedar develops AI-powered operating and planning software designed for rail yards. The company's tool leverages proprietary AI and machine-learning algorithms to provide railroads and rail shippers with tools to maximize efficiency.
Glide is a platform that enables users to create mobile apps from spreadsheets.
Anomalo is a complete data quality platform that automatically detects and explains issues in enterprise data. All without writing code, configuring rules, or setting thresholds.
Common Room brings community engagement, product usage, and customer data into a single place. They use intelligence to surface insights from across your entire community and provide tools to act on those insights directly from the app.
Tabular is building an independent cloud-native data platform powered by the open-source standard for huge analytic datasets, Apache Iceberg. Iceberg is a project born out of Netflix where the founders worked before starting Tabular.
Onehouse delivers a cloud-native managed lakehouse service built on Apache Hudi, which was created by the founding team while they were at Uber.
Adept is an ML research and product lab building general intelligence by enabling humans and computers to work together creatively. In practice, they’re building a universal collaborator for every knowledge worker.
Baseten is an ML Application Builder for data science and machine learning teams. Baseten makes it simple to serve your machine learning models, integrate with custom business logic, and design powerful web apps for business users.
Descript builds simple and powerful collaborative tools for new media creators: podcasters, YouTubers, journalists, and more. Their software allows you to edit audio or video simply by editing a text transcript — cut, paste, and delete — and Descript edits the audio or video to match.
Syndicate is a decentralized asset management platform and social network. It creates an investing syndicate for 1000x less time and money.
Mozart Data is an out-of-the-box data stack that provides the quickest and easiest way to consolidate, organize, and get your data ready for analysis without engineering or technical knowledge. Go from unstructured, siloed, and messy data to analysis-ready with just button clicks, SQL, and a few hours.
Atlan is a modern data collaboration workspace (like Github for engineering or Figma for design). By acting as a virtual hub for data assets ranging from tables and dashboards to models & code, Atlan enables teams to create a single source of truth for all their data assets.
Narrator powers self-service analytics across all your data. It allows anyone to get answers in minutes instead of weeks, using the same data as your data team.
Galileo aims to provide ML teams with an intelligent ML data bench to collaborate on improving their data quality across their model workflows – from pre-training, to post-training and post-production.
Fulcrum is a SaaS manufacturing platform designed and built from scratch to bring modern and futuristic concepts to mid-sized production shops. Their long-term mission is to create a connected manufacturing supply chain, reducing tedious data entry, and increasing the speed and efficiency of the entire network.
Circle is a community platform that brings together the creators' discussions, memberships, and content.