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Pinterest has officially filed for IPO. Here are all the tech startups that have taken steps toward going public in 2019 — and those rumored to be thinking about it

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., January 7, 2019.

  • This year was supposed to be the “year of unicorns,” but market volatility and the 35-day government shutdown have caused some companies looking to go public to slow down or delay their filing processes.
  • Some companies, including dueling ride-hailing competitors Uber and Lyft, have been taking their first official steps toward IPOs despite an uncertain economic environment.
  • Here are all the tech startups that have taken steps toward going public in 2019, as well as companies that are rumored to be gearing up for an IPO later this year.

Although the market for tech IPO offerings is being called a “s—show” in 2019, it hasn’t stopped some startups from taking steps toward going public anyway.

But thanks to market volatility at the end of 2018, as well as the government shutdown in January that put public filings on hold, 2019 as a “banner year” has started out slow. The down market has left many highly anticipated tech IPOs to be delayed, and bankers are now anticipating an inundation of IPOs in the second quarter of 2019, beginning in March.

Through the first two months of 2019, there have been only a handful of tech startups that have taken official steps toward going public. Some of the most highly anticipated startups have made their first moves already: Uber and Lyft are dueling it out to be the first of the two multibillion-dollar ride-hailing platforms to go public.

Here are the tech startups that have taken steps toward going public, and those that are rumored to make their first moves in 2019:

(Valuations and funding raised courtesy of PitchBook.)

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Beyond Meat

Company role: Animal-free meat products

Year founded: 2009

Headquarters location: El Segundo, California

Valuation: $1.35 billion

Total funding raised: $192.8 million

Reported revenue: $56.4 million in first nine months of 2018 (MarketWatch)

IPO status: Beyond Meat filed to go public under the ticker BYND in November 2018. However, the company has yet to list because of delays tied to market volatility and the 35-day federal government shutdown that continued through January.

Lyft

Company role: Ride-hailing app

Year founded: 2007

Headquarters location: San Francisco

Valuation: $15.1 billion

Total funding raised: $4.91 billion

Reported revenue: $2.16 billion in 2018, up 111% year-over-year

IPO status: Lyft publicly filed its S-1 registration form for an IPO on March 1 and began its roadshow with prospective investors the week of March 18. The ride-hailing company will list on the Nasdaq under the symbol LYFT, and expects to officially go public in early April. Lyft plans to raise $2 billion at a $20 billion valuation, according to its most recent filing.

PagerDuty

Company role: IT incident-management platform

Year founded: 2009

Headquarters location: San Francisco

Valuation: $1.3 billion

Total funding raised: $173.7 million

Reported revenue: $100 million in “annual recurring revenue” as of September 2018 (Forbes)

IPO status: PagerDuty confidentially filed to go public with the SEC in January but has faced delays because of the government shutdown, Bloomberg reported.

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