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Muslim Americans have founded a disproportionate share of unicorns

Muslim Americans have founded a disproportionate share of unicorns.

Muslim-Americans have co-founded a disproportionate share of Silicon Valley unicorns despite being a smaller share of the American population.

According to VentureBeat, there were 229 unicorns as of January 2016. Unicorn is defined in this case as a company founded in the last 25 years that achieved at least $1 billion in valuation.

According to a new estimate in 2016, there are 3.3 million Muslims living in the United States, about 1% of the total U.S. population.

Muslim-American co-founded unicorns: Cloudera ($4-5 billion in valuation)

Jawbone ($1.5 billion)

Youtube (Acquired by Google, estimated valuation $80 billion)

Admob (Acquired by Google, estimated valuation $6 billion)

1.7% of unicorns are co-founded by Muslim-Americans despite being slightly under 1% of the American population, and this is despite probable undercounting due to a very secular/indifferent attitude to religion in the Valley.

PS: I sourced the companies founded by Muslim entrepreneurs based on this Quora thread. If you know of another unicorn Muslim founder or are one yourself, let me know at thinkthethoughtbasin@gmail.com!

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