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More "Unicorn" Startups Valued at $10 Billion Coming: Venture Capitalist

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    Venture capitalist Jason Green says the next hot thing is startups valued at $10,000,000,000. (Published Friday, Dec. 19, 2014)

    Venture capitalist Jason Green said that the world can expect more "unicorn" companies, or startups valued at $10 billion.

    Green, founder and general partner of Emergence Capital, said they are rare, but they exist.

    "They're called unicorns because it's supposed to be mythical," he told Press:Here. "(But there's been) Dropbox, Airbnb and Uber."

    When asked what makes a company worth $10 billion as opposed to $1 billion, Green said that it's both positive and negative.

    "I think (when that happens) there's cause for optimism and concern," he said. "There can be a lot of frenzy."

    Christina Farr of Reuters pointed out that valuation can seem inflated. "Snapchat, for instance, still doesn't have a confirmed monetization strategy," she said. "But regardless, the valuation is spiraling out of control."

    When asked how he determines the value at a company without a profit, Green said that he must rely on the potential of the company and start early with the companies themselves. Emergence Capital is an early investor in cloud-storage startup Box, which hasn't yet had its initial public offering.