Earlier this month, Recode published a list of the 10 biggest U.S. startups by valuation. Even with its recent PR and upper management struggles, Uber remains the most valuable startup by a considerable distance, and pretty much peerless, with Airbnb reportedly worth less than half of Uber's staggering $68 billion appraisal.

Source: Recode

Some of these are big names. Some not so much. Here, we go over each, so you can get a sense of the startup landscape. There are companies from biotech, the sharing economy, tech applications for payment and cloud storage, and space travel.

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The Companies

  1. Uber: Tech company based in San Francisco, Calif. It operates the ride sharing application and network Uber, and the food delivery application and network, Uber Eats. Uber also owns and operates the shipping application UberFreight, and a ride sharing network for businesses called UberBusiness.
  2. Airbnb: Online, community marketplace for buyers and sellers of traveling accommodations around the world. The Uber of travel accommodations, so to speak.
  3. WeWork: A company that provides a network of shared workspaces available for rent to freelancers, startups and small businesses.
  4. SpaceX: Space Exploration Corporation is a private aerospace manufacturer and space transport company founded and run by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The ultimate goal of SpaceX: enabling people to live on other planets.
  5. Pinterest: A social network that lets users visually share, discover and pin new interests. The company owns the Q&A start up Jelly, as well as the reading platform Instapaper.
  6. Samumed: A biotech company based in San Diego, Ca. Samumed focuses on medical research and development for tissue-level regeneration.
  7. Dropbox: A file hosting company that offers services like file synchronization, cloud storage, and a personal cloud.
  8. Stripe: A tech company focusing on software that allows for businesses and individuals to accept payments online.
  9. Lyft: A ride sharing service, similar to Uber. The company has gained market share in recent months.
  10. Outcome Health: A tech company dedicated to leveraging technology to improve health outcomes by educating patients and motivating them to take ownership of their health.

The valuation methodology here is unclear, though, so there may be room for interpretation. The startup business is fickle and volatile, so this is by no means how the list will remain. But for now, these are the most highly valued startups in the US.

(If you're interested in learning more about valuing startups, read: Valuing Startup Ventures)

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