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July 31, 2012

Most Valued Global Digital Start Ups in 2012

Businessinsider recently publisher the  100 most valuable digital startups in the world and well there are a few suprises in the list for the year 2012

Facebook tops the  list again, with a valuation of $80 billion, up radically from $25 billion last year and $6.5 billion the year prior.  Facebook continues to grow at a tremendous clip and now has more than 750 million users worldwide. The company reportedly earned $500 million on $1.6 billion in revenue during the first half of 2011 and is on track to do more than $4 billion of revenue for the year.

Rounding out the top five: Zynga, the social game developer; Groupon, the daily deals site; 360Buy, the Amazon of China, and Twitter, the massive microblogging network.

The Digital 100 Top Ten:
1. Facebook
2. Zynga
3. Groupon
4. 360Buy
5. Twitter
6. Dropbox
7. Wikipedia
9. LivingSocial
10. Craigslist
Notable companies not included on last year’s list include Airbnb, the apartment rental service, and Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, and dozens of others

1. Facebook

1. Facebook
Estimated Value: $80 billion
Last Year's Rank / Valuation: #1 / $25 billion
Business: Facebook is the largest social networking site in the world with more than 750 million users, up from 500 million users last year.
Location: Palo Alto, California

2. Zynga
Estimated Value: $11 billion
Estimated Value: $11 billion
Last Year's Rank / Valuation: #2 / $5 billion
Business: Social Gaming
Location: San Francisco, California

3. Groupon
Estimated Value: $10 billion

Last Year's Ranking / Valuation: #11 / 2 billion
Business: Daily deal website that sells "groupons" to users - the discount is only valid if a certain number of people sign up. 
Location: Chicago, Illinois (with a growing office in Palo Alto, California)
More Info: About Groupon 
CEO: Andrew Mason 

4. 360Buy*
Estimated Valuation: $10 billion

Last Year's Rank / Valuation: N/A

Business: E-commerce

Location: Beijing, China

More Info: About 360Buy 
CEO: Liu Qiangdong

5. Twitter

5. Twitter
Estimated Value: $8 billion
Last Year's Rank / Valuation: #6 / $3 billion
Business: Messaging, microblogging and social networking service
Location: San Francisco, California
More Info: About Twitter
CEO: Evan Williams