The solely factor extra uncommon than a unicorn is an exited unicorn.
At TechCrunch, we cowl numerous startup financings, however we not often get the chance to cowl exits. This week was an exception although, because it was exitpalooza as Affirm, Roblox, Airbnb and Wish all filed to go public. With DoorDash’s IPO submitting final week, that is upwards of $100 billion in potential float heading to the general public markets as we make our solution to the top of a tumultuous 2020.
All these exits elevate a easy query — who made the cash? Which VCs obtained in early on a number of the greatest startups of the last decade? Who goes to be shopping for a brand new yacht for the household for the vacations (or, like, a flowery yurt for when Burning Man restarts)? The excellent news is that the wealth is being unfold round a minimum of a few VC companies, though there are undoubtedly a handful of companions who’re taking a look at a really, very good examine within the mail in comparison with others.
So let’s dive in.
I’ve coated DoorDash’s and Airbnb’s investor returns in-depth, so if you wish to know extra about these particular person returns, be at liberty to take a look at these analyses. But let’s take a extra panoramic perspective of the returns of those 5 firms as a complete.
First, let’s check out the founders. These are among the many easiest startups ever constructed, and subsequently, unsurprisingly, the founders all did fairly properly for themselves. But there are fairly huge variations which can be fascinating to notice.
First, Airbnb — by far — has the perfect return profile for its founders. Brian Chesky, Nathan Blecharczyk and Joe Gebbia collectively personal practically 42% of their firm at IPO, and that’s after elevating billions in enterprise capital. The purpose for his or her success is easy: Airbnb could have had some robust early innings when it was simply getting began, however as soon as it did, its valuation simply skyrocketed. That helped to restrict dilution in its earlier development rounds, and finally protected their possession within the firm.
David Baszucki of Roblox and Peter Szulczewski of Wish each did properly: they personal 12% and about 19% of their firms, respectively. Szulczewski’s co-founder Sheng “Danny” Zhang, who’s Wish’s CTO, owns 4.9%. Eric Cassel, the co-founder of Roblox, didn’t disclose possession within the firm’s S-1 submitting, indicating that he doesn’t personal larger than 5% (the SEC’s reporting threshold).
DoorDash’s founders personal a bit much less of their firm, largely owing to the money-gobbling nature of that enterprise and the sheer variety of co-founders of the corporate. CEO Tony Xu owns 5.2% whereas his two co-founders Andy Fang and Stanley Tang every have 4.7%. A fourth co-founder, Evan Moore, didn’t disclose his share totals within the firm’s submitting.
Finally, we’ve got Affirm . Affirm didn’t present complete share counts for the corporate, so it’s arduous proper now to get a full possession image. It’s additionally notably arduous as a result of Max Levchin, who based Affirm, was a widely known, multi-time entrepreneur who had a singular shareholder construction from the start (lots of the enterprise companies on the cap desk even have equal proportions of frequent and most popular shares). Levchin has extra shares all collectively than any of his particular person VC buyers — 27.5 million shares, in comparison with the second largest investor, Jasmine Ventures (a unit of Singapore’s GIC) at 22 million shares.