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Andy Rubin’s Essential is Now a Billion-Dollar Company

Andy Rubin’s Essential is now a billion-dollar company, according to Bloomberg columnist Tim Culpan. Thanks to Foxconn’s FIH Mobile $3 million investment in Essential to own 0.25 percent of the company, Rubin’s brand that has yet to ship a single product is now valued at $1.2 billion, therefore rendering Essential a unicorn, as is the reference to a billion-dollar company in Silicon Valley.

It’s pretty staggering to think that a company who has delayed their first smartphone again and again without shipping any other products beforehand is already valued at over a billion dollars. It isn’t exactly clear how Essential has already reached such a feat, but early estimates back in July indicated they were close to the $1 billion mark. You could blame this at least partially on Rubin’s history as he is the father of Android, the third largest operating system in the entire world and one of the biggest players in mobile computing. This makes Essential extremely valuable on its own. And thanks to added funding and such investments as Foxconn’s recent one, it’s safe to assume this company probably is a unicorn by now, even though their goals still haven’t been met yet.

VIA: The Verge

Photograph via: Recode


Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

2 comments on “Andy Rubin’s Essential is Now a Billion-Dollar Company

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