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“Unicorn” companies are privately held businesses with a market value above $1 billion. ITJuzi, the online database of China’s startups, provides an overview and thorough analysis of China’s unicorn companies in 2016. Apart from putting together a start-up lexicon with informative statistics, ITJuzi identifies areas of concern, such as the entanglement of the most successful unicorns with the three Chinese Internet giants. Also, ITJuzi questions the valuations of some of the companies: As many of these unicorns have yet to turn a profit and lack a convincing business model, time will tell whether they are more than make-believe. getAbstract recommends this article to investors, entrepreneurs and business managers. 

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ITJuzi is an online database of China’s start-ups and related business information. It published the industry report on ITJuzi’s WeChat account. 



In 2016, 71 Chinese companies qualified as “unicorns,” private companies with valuations of $1 billion dollars or more. Of these, 37 companies joined the “Unicorn Club” during that year. In the same year, 25 companies lost unicorn status. Combined, the 71 companies have a valuation of $351.6 billion. One company took only 15 months to reach unicorn status; another one reached its $1 billion valuation after 14 years. China’s unicorn companies are concentrated in Beijing (42%), Shanghai (27%), Guangzhou (17%) and Zhejiang (11%).

Companies that barely made unicorn status may never go public or find a way to turn a profit. That’s why companies and investors now vie for “decacorn” status – a valuation...

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