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Which Startups Will Rule 2012?

Venture capitalists, corporations, private-equity firms, and more poured billions into private companies this year--a huge boon for titans like Facebook and Groupon. Here, the best of the rest starting 2012 with supersize bankrolls.

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Glympse, $8M
Smartphone app shares location for set period of time.

Zeo, $12M
At-home tech analyzes your sleep patterns.

StumbleUpon, $17M
Online platform highlights the most-talked-about web content.

Inrix, $37M
Real-time maps reveal patterns for traffic, weather, and more.

ShoeDazzle, $40M
Virtual marketplace sells stylist- and Kardashian-recommended merch.

Rovio Mobile, $42M
Budding mobile-games empire includes Angry Birds.

ZocDoc, $75M
Free web directory helps customers book doctors.

Gilt Groupe, $138M
Flash sales for fashionistas and more.

Coda Automotive, $147M
Flagship car gets 150 miles per charge.

Square, $159M
Tiny dongle turns smartphones into credit-card readers.

Box.net, $162M
Cloud storage service lets users access files from anywhere.

LivingSocial, $400M
Groupon's close competitor now touts 46 million members.

Brightsource Energy, $459M
New solar plant will power 140,000 homes.

Zynga, $485M
Social-gaming empire includes CityVille and FarmVille.

Twitter, $800M
Microblogging platform generates 200 million tweets per day.

Groupon, $966M
Daily-deals pioneer filed for IPO in June.

Facebook, $1.5B
The social-networking powerhouse now serves more than 800 million users.

[Infographic by Peter Oumanski]

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  • Christopher Harris

    Here are my predictions regarding which startups will rule 2012:

    1. Waze
    2. Unrabble.com3. Visual.ly4. Conferize5. Schedulicity6. Socialbakers7. Iconfinder
    8. VisualBee9. Aurasma10. LiveLoop

  • Jeremy Bersin

    Thinking of the smaller/earlier stage startup companies, here are a few others to look at:
    - Gemvara: Allows the world to design custom jewelry through their platform
    - Hubspot: An internet marketing company specializing in inbound marketing for small/medium-size buisnesses. (Inc 500's #2 Fastest Growing Software Company and #33 Fastest Growing Company Overall)
    - Drync: Carefully selected artisanal wines delivered straight to your doorstep.
    - EverTrue (took part in both MassChallenge and TechStars): Connects donor databases with the social graph to offer better prospect intelligence and engagement
    - Invup: A web platform that makes it fun and easy to manage volunteering and donation programs.
    - Privy: Promotions 2.0: Empowering local merchants with a modern marketing platform
    - The Tap Lab (took part in both MassChallenge and TechStars): Makes mobile games that allow players to compete with real people, at real places, in real time

    Note, some of these were winners of MassChallenge and a disclaimer: I'm the Marketing Coordinator for MassChallenge.