On April 9, 2012, facebook purchased instagram for $1 billion. The New York Times, on that same day, had a market capitalization of a little over 946 million, based on a $6.40 stock price. The fact that a 2-year-old startup with 12 employees could theoretically be valued higher—by Mark Zuckerberg, at least— than one of the world’s most venerable media companies, raises a lot of questions.
Instagram is just one example of how new tech startups are beating the odds with large valuations. The comparisons below put younger companies face to face with their older competitors. Take a close look at the trendy and timeless businesses in the food, fashion, print, photography, gaming, film and technology industries.
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