Looking at Unicorns per country and industry, we find that there are quite many spread around the world within the Fintech sector, yet still, the highest concentration are in two of the world's financial centers (the US and the UK). We also find that Artificial Intelligence (AI) Unicorns are mostly in the US and China. Another group of Unicorn outliers is within the US Internet Software & Services, having 111 out of the world's 148.
The number of Unicorns has risen dramatically over the last few years and is likely to rise further as valuations and available investment capital in the Venture Capital industry keep growing. What a few years ago was an eyebrow-raising valuation (e.g. Skype), is now becoming a mile-stone figure on the journey toward an IPO.
Another observation is that while many of the Unicorns have a high valuation, at par with industrial giants such as GE and GM, they still have some distance to catch up with digital giants such as Alphabet (Google), Apple, and other giants such as Microsoft and Amazon. Not all Unicorns will be able to reach the upper stratosphere of Google and Apple, but some are likely to do so from the e.g. Fintech and AI spheres - whose services can alter the way large groups of our population do their everyday tasks and work.