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Top 11 News Unicorn Startups in 2021

Here's a list of 11 news unicorn startups, including the well-known Reddit and BuzzFeed.

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The News space is filled with successful companies that have raised millions of dollars in VC funding that came from some of the top investors in the world.

Many of these successes have turned into unicorns—private companies worth over $1 billion.

If you want to achieve it, these 11 companies can be your inspiration.

Top 11 News Unicorn Startups

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BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed is an internet media company delivering news and entertainment to a global audience.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.70

    B (

    August 2015

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    New York

  • Started in:

    2001

  • Founders:

    Ankit Gupta, John Johnson, Jonah Peretti

  • Industries:

    Advertising, Digital Entertainment, Internet, Journalism, News, Publishing, Social, Social News, Video

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $496,300,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    8

  • Number of investors:

    15

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Dailyhunt

Dailyhunt

DailyHunt provides a 24×7 mobile application that keeps you updated on the news from across the globe.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    December 2020

    )

  • Country:

    India

  • City:

    Bangalore

  • Started in:

    2007

  • Founders:

    Umang Bedi, Umesh Kulkarni, Virendra Gupta

  • Industries:

    Information Technology, Language Learning, Mobile, News, Operating Systems, Social Media, Social News, Software

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    No Data

  • Number of funding rounds:

    No Data

  • Number of investors:

    No Data

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Flipboard

Flipboard

Flipboard combines the functionality of a social news platform with a tablet app to create a magazine-like experience.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.32

    B (

    July 2015

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Palo Alto

  • Started in:

    2010

  • Founders:

    Evan Doll, Mike McCue

  • Industries:

    Apps, iOS, Media and Entertainment, Mobile, News, Social

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $210,500,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    19

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Hupu

Hupu

Hupu provides news and commentary for sports fans. It is the premier destination where sports fanatics can congregate, discuss their favorite teams, and follow their favorite players.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.10

    B (

    June 2019

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Shanghai

  • Started in:

    2004

  • Founders:

    Shawn Cheng

  • Industries:

    Media and Entertainment, News, Social Media, Sports

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $337,927,040

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    5

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Lamabang

Lamabang

Lamabang is a Chinese ecommerce company that creates lifestyle products for modern mothers who are always on the go.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    March 2015

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Shenzhen

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Jin Zan

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Fashion, Internet, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Shopping

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $130,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    8

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News Break

News Break

News Break is a technology company dedicated to building digital experiences for individuals and brands.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1

    B (

    January 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Mountain View

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Jeff Zheng, Xuyang Ren

  • Industries:

    Apps, Artificial Intelligence, Journalism, Media and Entertainment, Mobile, News, Search Engine

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $151,400,080

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    3

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ONE Championship

ONE Championship

ONE Championship is Asia’s largest global sports media property with a unique vision for the martial arts industry.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1

    B (

    October 2018

    )

  • Country:

    Singapore

  • City:

    Singapore

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Chatri Sityodtong

  • Industries:

    Broadcasting, Media and Entertainment, News, Sports

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $336,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    6

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Reddit

Reddit

Reddit is a place for community, conversation, and connection with millions of users worldwide.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $6.00

    B (

    July 2017

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2005

  • Founders:

    Alexis Ohanian, Steve Huffman

  • Industries:

    Content, News, Social Bookmarking, Social Media, Social Network

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $919,049,748

  • Number of funding rounds:

    8

  • Number of investors:

    27

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SmartNews

SmartNews

SmartNews is an app that brings curated news from trustworthy sources to your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.20

    B (

    August 2019

    )

  • Country:

    Japan

  • City:

    Tokyo

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Kaisei Hamamoto, Ken Suzuki

  • Industries:

    Apps, Journalism, Media and Entertainment, Mobile, News

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $180,285,113

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    16

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Vice Media

Vice Media

Vice is a multi-platform media company. They make television, videos, magazines, and websites about the things that interest young people.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $5.70

    B (

    April 2011

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Brooklyn

  • Started in:

    1994

  • Founders:

    Shane Smith, Suroosh Alvi

  • Industries:

    Media and Entertainment, News, Publishing, Video, Video Streaming

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $1,470,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    11

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Yidian Zixun

Yidian Zixun

Yidian Zixun, a professional mobile news aggregator, provides users with concentrated and syndicated news feeds.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.40

    B (

    October 2017

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Beijing

  • Started in:

    2013

  • Founders:

    Jeff Zheng, Xuyang Ren

  • Industries:

    Media and Entertainment, News, Social News

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $178,200,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    2

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