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When investing in a startup, there are different types of stages in which the investor can participate. The first round is called seed round. The seed round generally is when the startup is still in the very early phase of execution when their product is still in the prototype phase. At this level angel investors will be the ones participating.
The first known investment based crowdfunding platform for startups was launched in Feb. 2010. With the positive progress of the JOBS Act for crowd investing in US., equity crowdfunding platforms started to emerge in 2011. The idea of these platforms is to streamline the process and resolve the two main points that were taking place in the market. The first problem was for startups to be able to access capital and to decrease the amount of time that it takes to close a round of financing. The second problem was intended to increase the amount of deal flow for the investor and to also centralize the process.
Unicorn is a term in the investment industry, and in particular the venture capital industry, which denotes a start-up company whose valuation has exceeded (the somewhat arbitrary) $1b dollars. A new buzzword, "decacorn," is now used for companies valued over $10 billion, which includes companies such as Airbnb, Dropbox, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Uber