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CALIFORNIA IS NOW HOME TO 22 ISRAELI-FOUNDED UNICORNS



THE GOLDEN STATE HAS THE MOST ISRAELI-FOUNDED UNICORNS OF ANY STATE IN THE USA.


Five privately held Israeli-founded companies in California have reached or surpassed a $1 billion valuation in 2021, boosting the state's nation-leading unicorn count to 22, according to the United States – Israel Business Alliance. Each of these 22 companies has at least one Israeli founder and maintains its global or U.S. headquarters in California.


"California continues to attract many of the best and brightest innovators in the world," USIBA president Aaron Kaplowitz said. "We're seeing today a new generation of Israeli entrepreneurs contribute to northern California's innovation ecosystem and benefit from a deep Venture Capital bench."


These unicorns are all located in Silicon Valley, except for Orca Security, a cybersecurity firm for cloud-based assets. In March, the Los Angeles company closed a $210 million round at a $1.2 billion valuation.


Eight Israeli-founded unicorns headquarter in San Francisco, the most of any U.S. city behind New York.


Deel, with its office just beyond Oracle Park's leftfield foul pole, is the most recent addition to the prestigious group. Last quarter, the payroll and compliance platform upstart announced the completion of a $156 million funding round, driving its valuation to $1.25 billion. Deel has raised $206 million total – all in the past 11 months.


Less than a mile away, ironSource, an app monetization and distribution pioneer, recently revealed its plans to go public through a special purpose acquisition company. The agreement with Thoma Bravo Advantage surges the company's value to $11.1 billion, surpassing the $10.4 billion SPAC merger between New Jersey-based eToro and FinTech Acquisition Corp. V. The hefty valuation follows ironSource's 83 percent year-over-year revenue growth in 2019 and 2020. The company anticipates 37 percent growth both in 2021 and in 2022. Trailing San Francisco, Palo Alto now has seven Israeli-founded unicorns, including insurance disrupters Hippo ($5.0 billion) and Next Insurance ($4.0 billion).


"Wiz has become the fastest growing security startup ever." - Assaf Rappaport (WIZ CEO)

On March 22, Wiz closed a $130 million round. CEO and co-founder Assaf Rappaport proclaimed that Wiz had become the "fastest growing security start-up ever," having achieved a whopping $1.7 billion valuation only "three months since emerging from stealth."


"Silicon Valley lives by the 'move fast and break things' mantra," Kaplowitz said. "Israelis, of course, have a word for that: chutzpah."


Mountain View is on the letterhead of Rapyd ($2.5 billion) and SentinelOne ($3.1 billion). It is also home to Coursera, which left the unicorns behind on March 31, when it debuted on the New York Stock Exchange. Coursera closed its first day of trading with a market capitalization of $5.9 billion.


Database management innovator Redis Labs ($2.0 billion) also lists its corporate headquarters in Mountain View. On April 7, Redis and San Francisco-based Trax ($2.3 billion), a retail analytics leader, raised $950 million combined. Although not yet unicorns, Blue Dot and WhiteSource, both based in Massachusetts, increased the total funding amount to $1.1 billion, setting a single-day record for Israeli-founded start-ups.


"When you unpack these astonishing figures," Kaplowitz said, "you begin to understand that the investments fund new jobs and boost local economic activity."


In San Mateo, Tipalti, the Hebrew word for "I took care of (it)," has grown its accounts payable and global remittance automation solutions into an enterprise valued at $2 billion.


Dremio, a big data curating engine ($1.0 billion), and Innoviz ($1.4 billion), a LiDAR manufacturer, maintain headquarters in Santa Clara. They could soon be joined by their neighbor Cloudinary, a provider of cloud-based solutions for image, video, and data asset management. Cloudinary has impressively approached unicorn status without taking a single investment from a venture capital firm.


Recently, USIBA published research findings on the 21 Israeli-founded unicorns based in New York, which trails Tel Aviv as the city with the most Israeli-founded unicorns in the world. Soon after, Outbrain, a unicorn from the list, filed a confidential prospectus with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for plans to IPO. This development came one day after Israeli-founded ad software company DoubleVerify – headquartered in SoHo – closed its first day on the New York Stock Exchange up 33 percent, enough for a market capitalization of $5.3 billion.


UNITED STATES - ISRAEL BUSINESS ALLIANCE

The mission of the United States – Israel Business Alliance is to strengthen the economic relationship between individual states and Israel. Headquartered in New York, USIBA recently opened its second office, in Miami.


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