- 1Up 63Down 3Before it was the YouTube that everyone knows and uses regularly, it was a video dating site. YouTube has now grown into the largest video sharing site on the planet.
It was acquired by Google for $1.65 billion in stock.
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- 3Up 33Down 22Before it was Facebook or The Facebook, it was Facemash, where users (basically college-aged bros) could compare two faces side by side to vote on which was hotter. Needless to say, Facebook was the much more successful venture.
Facebook's IPO was one of the biggest in technology (and Internet history), with a peak imarket capitalization of over $104 billion.
- 4Up 25Down 26Months before making microblogging wildly popular, Twitter was founded as Odeo, a platform on which to post, subscribe to and listen to podcasts.
Twitter went public in 2013 and set their IPO price at $26 a share, which valued the company at $14.2 billion.
- 5Up 17Down 18Yelp founders, who previously worked for fellow pivoting company PayPal, originally created an email system that would allow people to contact others for recommendations on local businesses then made the leap to provide a one-stop shop for local business reviews.
The company's 2012 IPO valued Yelp at $900 million.
- 6Up 10Down 10Nintendo began as a playing cards manufacturer in late 18th Century Kyoto, Japan, and attempted to diversify many times over the next century. They tried their hand as a taxi firm, a TV network, a food company selling instant rice, and a "love hotel." Moving into the toy market in 1966, Nintendo eventually found its niche producing electronic games.
Nintendo is now worth $18.4 billion.
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