THE BILLION-DOLLAR CLUB: 12 Startups With Skyrocketing Valuations

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After watching startups like Facebook, Zynga, and Groupon explode in valuation, VCs are now pouring money into the next crop of startups.Valuations are skyrocketing as VCs compete to get in the next hot deal. They don’t want to miss out.

And suddenly, a lot of founders are finding themselves in the billion-dollar club.

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Quora has an $86 million valuation but thinks it's a billion-dollar company already

Quora is an $86 million-dollar company with a billion-dollar state of mind.

So far it has raised $11 million at an $86 million valuation from Benchmark Capital and individual investors.

Earlier this year it was rumoured to be raising another round, but was rejecting offers that would make its valuation a 'mere' $300 million.

The founders think Quora has far more potential than that. It supposedly turned down a $1 billion acquisition offer.

Foursquare hasn't found a way to make money, but it is valued at $600 million.

Location-based check in startup Foursquare closed a $50 million round in June. That's in addition to the $20 million it previously raised.

Foursquare's rumoured valuation has been as high as $1 billion, but it is likely closer to $600 million .

Appnexus raised a $50 million round, sending it closer to the billion-dollar club.

Last year, ad bidding network Appnexus raised a $50 million Series C round.

It has raised $65.5 million so far, and is well on its way to a $1 billion valuation.

ZocDoc closed a $50 million round yesterday at a $700 million valuation

ZocDoc, a service for booking appointments online, closed a $50 million round from DST yesterday.

The company launched in 2007 and now has an estimated valuation of $700 million.

Spotify's latest $100 million round shot it up to a $1 billion valuation.

The music company raised $100 million in June from Kleiner Perkins, Accel and DST, giving it a $1 billion valuation.

We've yet to see a wildly profitable online music company, though, and Spotify needs to figure out how to make money. It has to pay record labels a lot, so without a clear business model, the valuation looks airy.

Storm8 is rumoured to be raising a $300 million round, which would give it a $1 billion valuation

TechCrunch says mobile gaming company Storm8 is raising a whopping $300 million round. Accel Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures could be leading the charge.

If it closes, Storm8 will be bumped up to billion-dollar-valuation status.

Square also has a $1 billion valuation.

Jack Dorsey's mobile payment solution, Square, is another billion-dollar startup.

Kleiner Perkins led a $100 million round of financing at the end of June. Now the company has a $1 billion valuation; some wonder if it could be worth as much as $2 billion.

Gilt Groupe raised $138 million in March and has a $1 billion valuation.

Earlier this year, the flash sales site raised an additional $138 million.

It's on track to generate $500 million in revenue this year.

Airbnb recently joined the $1 billion valuation club when it raised $112 million.

Despite all the negative press, Airbnb is doing very well.

In 2010, bookings grew 800% to 800,000; that number is increasing by 40-50% per month.

Last month it raised a massive $112 million round, reaching a billion-dollar valuation.

Vente Privee is a $3 billion company that's trying to become a $15 billion company.

Private sales site Vente Privee currently has a $3 billion valuation, but its founder, Jacques-Antoine Granjon, wants that number to be much higher.

In 2010, Vente Privee's revenue was $1.3 billion. This year it is on track to do $1.5 billion. Granjon wants that number to become $15 billion by turning his site into the Amazon of Europe.

Dropbox is leading the pack with a valuation between $5 and 10 billion.

Dropbox closed a $7.2 million round in 2007, but it is rumoured to be raising a more substantial round now.

TechCrunch heard that the file storing/sharing company is raising between $200 and $300 million.

Depending on the final number, Dropbox's valuation could jump from $2 billion to $5 or $10 billion.

WILD CARD: Rovio only has a $200 million valuation, but if Angry Birds keeps its momentum, it could become a billion-dollar company.

Last year, the Angry Birds maker generated $5 million in revenue and $3 million in profits.

In March, Rovio raised a massive round, shooting its valuation up to $200 million. It's a bit of a stretch, but if Angry Birds keeps up its momentum, it could turn Rovio into a billion-dollar company.

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