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.
Smartphone app shares location for set period of time.
At-home tech analyzes your sleep patterns.
Online platform highlights the most-talked-about web content.
Real-time maps reveal patterns for traffic, weather, and more.
Virtual marketplace sells stylist- and Kardashian-recommended merch.
Rovio Mobile, $42M
Budding mobile-games empire includes Angry Birds.
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.
Tiny dongle turns smartphones into credit-card readers.
Cloud storage service lets users access files from anywhere.
Groupon’s close competitor now touts 46 million members.
Brightsource Energy, $459M
New solar plant will power 140,000 homes.
Social-gaming empire includes CityVille and FarmVille.
Microblogging platform generates 200 million tweets per day.
Daily-deals pioneer filed for IPO in June.
The social-networking powerhouse now serves more than 800 million users.