The 197 Companies That Had Their IPO In 2018

companies that had their ipo in 2018
Number of companies that went public197
Notable companies that went publicSpotify, Moderna, Dell, and Dropbox
Number of companies that have been acquired4
Largest company that went publicPinduoduo Inc (Market Cap of $113Billion)

2018 was a year of volatility.

Everything from trade wars to the cryptocurrency boom.

Things were shaky and financial markets were feeling the heat.

However, almost 200 companies still managed to reach the stock exchanges for the first time. This includes many tech companies, a biopharmaceutical company, a file storage company, a cloud software company, a music streaming service, and many more.

Keep reading to find out which companies went public and how they're performing today.

Major world events that happened in 2018 that affected the stock markets

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The trade war between USA and China: 2018 witnessed escalating tensions between the United States and China, with both countries imposing tariffs on each other's goods. As you can imagine, this had a widespread impact on global financial markets and the upcoming IPOs.

Facebook testifies: In April 2018, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the U.S. Congress regarding the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The event led to increased scrutiny of data privacy practices which undoubtedly affected the IPO landscape for internet-related companies.

Cryptocurrency boom (and bust): Bitcoin reached an all-time high of $25,709 in December 2017. However, the bull run slowed throughout 2018, with cryptocurrency facing a significant market correction.

Tech IPOs: Despite the Cambridge Analytica scandal, many tech companies still went public in 2018. This included some of the most successful companies in the industry including Dropbox (cloud storage provider), Spotify (music streaming), and Dell Technologies (personal computing).

Seven notable companies that went public in 2018

1. Aston Martin

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  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Stock Exchange: London Stock Exchange (LSE)
  • Industry: Auto Manufacturers
  • IPO Price: £19
  • IPO Date: October 3, 2018

Thanks to James Bond, Aston Martin is one of my favorite luxury car brands. They're a British automotive manufacturer that produces high-performance sports cars. Founded in 1913, the company has a long history of producing iconic vehicles that are renowned for their beauty, power, and craftsmanship. Some of their most notable cars include the classic DB5 to the modern Vantage, Aston Martin has a car for everyone.

2. Dell Technologies

Dell computer
Dell Laptop via Unsplash
  • Country: United States of America
  • Stock Exchange: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
  • Industry: Computer Hardware
  • IPO Price: $46
  • IPO Date: December 28, 2018

Dell Technologies is another company we're all very familiar with. They're a global technology leader that provides innovative products and services to customers around the world. They offer cloud computing, data storage, servers, networking, software, IT consulting, security solutions, and more. Dell's strong financial performance and strategic acquisitions have positioned it for sustained growth. Additionally, its dedication to corporate social responsibility, including environmental sustainability and community engagement, underscores its reputation as a great company.

3. DocuSign

docusign homepage
DocuSign homepage
  • Country: United States of America
  • Stock Exchange: NASDAQ
  • Industry: Software—Application
  • IPO Price: $29
  • IPO Date: April 27, 2018

DocuSign is an electronic signature and digital transaction management platform that I've used for many important deals. It enables users to sign, send, and manage documents in a secure way online. Since the platform is designed to provide secure and legally binding ways to sign documents, it eliminates the need for paper. On top of this, DocuSign offers features such as document tracking, audit trails, and digital signatures. However, the online signature and document space is becoming more competitive with the barriers to entry getting lower.

4. Moderna

moderna homepage
Moderna homepage
  • Country: United States of America
  • Stock Exchange: NASDAQ
  • Industry: Biotechnology
  • IPO Price: $23 per share
  • IPO Date: December 7, 2018

Moderna has become one of the most controversial companies listed on the stock exchange in recent years. Moderna Inc. is a biotechnology company focused on developing messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines. They had one of the largest IPOs in 2018 raising $604M but the company's financial performance has been volatile with its share price declining from September 2021.

5. Farfetch

farfetch homepage
Farfetch homepage
  • Country: United States of America
  • Stock Exchange: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
  • Industry: Internet Retail
  • IPO Price: $20
  • IPO Date: September 21, 2018

Farfetch is a popular online luxury platform that connects customers with independent boutiques and brands from around the world. It offers a wide selection of designer clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, and beauty products. You can expect to see over 3,000 boutiques and over 700 brands. They raised a whopping $885 million dollars through their IPO but have been on a steady decline since their stock price peaked in February 2021.

6. Smartsheet

smartsheet homepage
Smartsheet homepage
  • Country: United States of America
  • Stock Exchange: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
  • Industry: Software—Application
  • IPO Price: $15
  • IPO Date: April 27, 2018

Smartsheet is a cloud-based platform that enables businesses to plan, track, automate, and report on work. I like to think of them as a more powerful and secure alternative to Google Sheets. They provide a range of additional features such as task management, project management, collaboration, resource management, and automation. Their main point of differentiation is that they help businesses streamline their processes, improve collaboration, and increase productivity.

7. Upwork

upwork homepage
Upwork homepage
  • Country: United States of America
  • Stock Exchange: NASDAQ
  • Industry: Staffing & Employment Services
  • IPO Price: $15
  • IPO Date: October 3, 2018

Upwork is an online platform that connects businesses with freelancers for a variety of services. It provides a secure and reliable way for businesses to find, hire, work with, and pay freelancers. It's one of the most reliable platforms I've used, however, there is growing competition from the likes of Fiverr and niche platforms such as Marketer Hire.

The 197 companies that had their IPO in 2018

Company nameYear foundedTickerCurrent status
Armo Biosciences Inc2010ARMOActive
Avalara Inc1999AVLRActive
Beijing Iqiyi Tech Co Ltd2010IQActive
Bionano Genomics Inc2003BNGOUActive
Cango Inc2010CANGActive
Carbon Black Inc2002CBLKAcquired by VMware
Constellation Pharm Inc2008CNSTActive
Cootek (Cayman) Inc2008CTKActive
Eidos Therapeutics Inc2013EIDXActive
Entasis Therapeutics Hldg Inc2015ETTXActive
Evo Payments INC1989EVOPActive
Focus Financial Partners Inc2004FOCSActive
Forty Seven Inc2014FTSVAcquired by Gilead Sciences
FTS International LLC2000FTSIActive
Golden Bull Ltd2015DNJRActive
GreenSky Inc2006GSKYActive
Gritstone Oncology Inc2015GRTSActive
Hancock Jaffe Laboratories1987HJLIActive
Hyrecar Inc2014HYREActive
Industrial Logistics Ppty Tr2015ILPTActive
Laix Inc2012LAIXActive
Level One Bancorp Inc2007LEVLActive
Liberty Oilfield Services Inc2011LBRTActive
Logicbio Therapeutics Inc2014LOGCActive
Menlo Therapeutics Inc2011MNLOActive
Neon Therapeutics2013NTGNActive
Orchard Therapeutics PLC2015ORTXActive
Origin Bancorp Inc1912OBNKActive
Osmotica Pharmaceuticals PLC1986OSMTActive
PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals Inc2002PHASActive
Pivotal Software2013PVTLAcquired by VMware
Principia Biopharma Inc2008PRNBActive
Provention Bio Inc2014PRVBActive
Quintana Energy Services Inc1998QESActive
Qutoutiao Inc2014QTTActive
resTORbio Inc2016TORCActive
Spirit of Texas Bancshares Inc2008STXBActive
SVMK Inc1999SVMKActive
Synthorx Inc2014THORAcquired by Sanofi
Tricida Inc2013TCDAActive
Unum Therapeutics Inc2014UMRXActive
Urovant Sciences Ltd2016UROVActive
US Xpress Enterprises Inc1986USXActive
Weidai Ltd2011WEIActive
Xspand Products Lab Inc2017XSPLActive
Pinduoduo Inc2015PDDActive
Moderna Inc2010MRNAActive
VICI Properties Inc2017VICIActive
Spotify Technology S.A.2006SPOTActive
Nio Inc2014NIOActive
Zscaler Inc2008ZSActive
Ceridian HCM Holding Inc.1992CDAYActive
Tencent Music Ent Grp2016TMEActive
DocuSign Inc2003DOCUActive
Axa Equitable Holdings Inc1900EQHActive
Dropbox Inc2007DBXActive
BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings1984BJActive
AmeriCold Realty Trust2006COLDActive
Inspire Medical Systems Inc2007INSPActive
Bilibili Inc2009BILIActive
Elastic NV2012ESTCActive
Elanco Animal Health Inc1954ELANActive
Smartsheet Inc2005SMARActive
ADT Inc1874ADTActive
Tenable Holdings Inc2002TENBActive
StoneCo Ltd2012STNEActive
Guardant Health Inc2011GHActive
Livent Corp1998LTHMActive
Cactus Inc2011WHDActive
Essential Properties Realty2016EPRTActive
Gates Industrial Corp Plc1911GTESActive
Yeti Holdings Inc2006YETIActive
Pagseguro Digital Ltd.2006PAGSActive
Bloom Energy Corp2001BEActive
Axonics Modulation Tech Inc2012AXNXActive
Endava Ltd2000DAVAActive
360 Fin Inc2016QFINActive
Goosehead Insurance Inc2017GSHDActive
Cushman & Wakefield Plc1984CWKActive
Corporacion America Airports1998CAAPActive
Victory Capital Holdings Inc2005VCTRActive
Sonos Inc2002SONOActive
Solarwinds Corp1999SWIActive
Upwork Inc1999UPWKActive
Farfetch Ltd2007FTCHActive
Construction Partners Inc2001ROADActive
Establishment Labs Hldg Inc.2004ESTAActive
Tilray Inc2016TLRYActive
Opera Ltd1995OPRAActive
Zuora Inc2006ZUOActive
Twist Bioscience Corp2013TWSTActive
Arcus Biosciences Inc2015RCUSActive
Studio City Intl Hldg Ltd2000MSCActive
Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals LTD2015KNSAActive
Arvinas Holding Co LLC2015ARVNActive
Eventbrite Inc2006EBActive
Replimune Group Inc2015REPLActive
GrafTech International Ltd1886EAFActive
Arlo Technologies Inc2014ARLOActive
Crinetics Pharmaceuticals Inc2008CRNXActive
Bain Capital Specialty Finance1984BCSFActive
SI-Bone Inc2008SIBNActive
Arco Platform Ltd2004ARCEActive
I3 Verticals2012IIIVActive
Brightview Holdings Inc1939BVActive
Huya Inc2014HUYAActive
Berry Petro Corp1985BRYActive
Greentree Hospitality Grp2004GHGActive
Allogene Therapeutics Inc.2017ALLOActive
Domo Inc2010DOMOActive
Amalgamated Bank1923AMALActive
Coastal Financial Corp1997CCBActive
Cardlytics Inc2008CDLXActive
Legacy Housing Corp2005LEGHActive
nLIGHT Inc2000LASRActive
Evolus Inc2012EOLSActive
Liquidia Technologies Inc2004LQDAActive
Autolus Therapeutics Ltd2014AUTLActive
Allakos Inc2012ALLKActive
The Lovesac Co1998LOVEActive
Meiragtx Holdings Plc2015MGTXActive
Scholar Rock Holding Corp2012SRRKActive
Xeris Pharmaceuticals Inc2005XERSActive
Bridgewater Bancshares Inc2005BWBActive
Niu Technologies2014NIUActive
Playags Inc2005AGSActive
Capital Bancorp Inc1998CBNKActive
ElectroCore Llc2005ECORActive
111 Inc2012YIActive
Sutro Biopharma Inc2003STROActive
Bank7 Corp2001BSVNActive
Y-MABS Therapeutics Inc2015YMABActive
X Financial2014XYFActive
Everquote Inc2008EVERActive
Bioxcel Therapeutics Inc2017BTAIActive
Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc2013VRCAActive
CNFinance Holdings Ltd2006CNFActive
First Western Financial Inc2002MYFWActive
Adial Pharmaceuticals Inc2010ADILActive
Evelo Biosciences Inc2014EVLOActive
Nine Energy Service Inc2011NINEActive
Kodiak Sciences Inc2009KODActive
Kezar Life Sciences Inc2015KZRActive
Cue Biopharma Inc2014CUEActive
Gamida Cell Ltd1998GMDAActive
Aptorum Grp Ltd2015APMActive
Aquestive Therapeutics Inc2004AQSTActive
RiverNorth Opportunistic Munic2018RMIActive
Sol-Gel Technologies Ltd1997SLGLActive
Mesa Air Group Inc1982MESAActive
Eyenovia Inc2014EYENActive
Permrock Royalty Trust2017PRTActive
Sunlands Online Education Grp2003STGActive
Uxin Ltd2011UXINActive
Homology Medicines Inc2015FIXXActive
Solid Biosciences LLC2013SLDBActive
Eton Pharmaceuticals Inc2017ETONActive
Viomi Technology Co Ltd2014VIOTActive
One Stop Systems Inc1998OSSActive
Surface Oncology Inc2014SURFActive
Neuronetics Inc2003STIMActive
Magenta Therapeutics2015MGTAActive
Jerash Holdings US Inc2000JRSHActive
AGM Group Holdings Inc2015AGMHActive
Translate Bio Inc2011TBIOActive
UNITY Biotechnology Inc2016UBXActive
Aurora Mobile Ltd2011JGActive
CLPS Inc2011CLPSActive
Anaplan Inc2006PLANActive
Entera Bio Ltd2010ENTXActive
Charah Solutions Inc1987CHRAActive
Farmmi Inc2015FAMIActive
Vaccinex Inc2001VCNXActive
Vapotherm Inc1999VAPOActive
Mogu Inc2011MOGUActive
TuanChe Limited2010TCActive
Onesmart International2007ONEActive
Iterum Therapeutics PLC2015ITRMActive
Medalist Diversified Reit Inc2015MDRRActive
Pintec Tech Hldg Ltd2012PTActive
Toughbuilt Industries Inc2012TBLTActive
Huami Corp2013HMIActive
Aridis Pharmaceuticals Inc2003ARDSActive
Hudson Ltd.1987HUDActive
Aptinyx Inc2015APTXActive
Summit Semiconductor Inc2010WISAActive
Senmiao Technology Ltd2017AIHSActive
Ra Medical Systems Inc2002RMEDActive
Motus GI Holdings Inc2011MOTSActive
Pluralsight Inc2004PSActive
Rubius Therapeutics Inc2013RUBYActive
Puxin Ltd2014NEWActive
iPic Entertainment Inc2007IPICActive
Companies that went public in 2018 and their current status

Frequently asked questions

How many IPOs were there in 2018? 

There were approximately 197 IPOs in 2018, according to Wikipedia, CrunchbaseYahoo FinanceTechcrunch, and Jay R. Ritter’s data from UF Warrington College of Business. However, it’s difficult to find a complete list of every company that has hit the stock exchange for the first time since the data is fragmented. Please do your own research to confirm this figure.

Which company that had its IPO in 2018 is currently valued the highest?

As of June 2023, Pinduoduo has a market capitalization of $113B followed by Moderna with a market capitalization of $38B. Of course, this is subject to change and you should check for the latest data.

Which companies that had their IPO in 2018 are now bankrupt or inactive?

Zero company has been classified as bankrupt or inactive, however, four have been acquired.

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