The latest news on the CNBC Disruptor50 companies upending the status quo in the markets:
Instagram and Tumblr fleeced?
Forty is the new 30, and 80 is the new 60, and in the land of capitalist milk and honey—otherwise known as Silicon Valley—is $4 billion the new $1 billion?
Pinterest just wrapped up a gargantuan round of funding, $225 million, that values the company at $3.8 billion. For that, Pinterest offers not even a single dollar of revenue, at least not yet. But it has a plan for world domination, and that's all that matters.
When Monsanto bought agricultural algorithm start-up Climate Corp.—founded by Google engineers—for $930 million recently, you could almost hear the screams in Silicon Valley for leaving $70 million on the table and ruining a sure billion-dollar thing for everybody else. It seems the billion-dollar payday given the likes of Instagram, Tumblr and Waze is downright cheap in the app arms race.
Pinterest's latest round was almost double its valuation in a fundraising earlier this year, but at least it's not like investors with a low risk tolerance are exposed to this type of bet: The lead investor was Fidelity Investments, one of the biggest managers of individual investor retirement assets in the U.S.
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