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10 Recent IPOs We Admire

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The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

A. Zulily

2014-05-14-MartinaWelke.jpgZulily's growth since launch has been astounding, and their success story is a big win for the Seattle startup community. It's inspiring to see what a company can do with hyperfocus and calculated execution over such a short period of time.
- Martina Welke, Zealyst

A. Shutterstock

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Jon Oringer, the CEO and co-founder of Shutterstock (SSTK), is an exceptional leader who has built an amazing business. Oringer's personal experience as a photographer led him to a disruptive vision for the stock photography market. This vision has been executed on impeccably to build one of the New York tech scene's most successful poster-children.
- Robert J. Moore, RJMetrics

A. Annie's

2014-05-14-AndrewSchrage.jpgAnnie's, an organic foods company, went public a little over a year ago. I admire the company because its success is largely due to female entrepreneurs, something I think this country needs more of.
- Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance

A. Twitter

2014-05-14-JamesSimpson.jpgTwitter's real appeal is just how simple and focussed it is. You don't have to worry about all the bells and whistles of a service like Facebook. As one of the world's most recognizable tech companies, Twitter has truly impressed me by maintaining that same level of simplicity and focus, even through IPO.
- James Simpson, GoldFire Studios

A. Castlight Health

2014-05-14-DivyaDhar.jpgWith 2013 revenues at $13 million, Castlight Health offered an IPO at $200 million with $16 a share, valuing it at about $1.4 billion. Shares more than doubled in the first day of trading. Castlight's current valuation isn't representative of conventional analysis, but rather an expectation by investors on it's ability to meet a large market need -- enabling employers to lower healthcare costs.
- Divya Dhar, Seratis

A. Wix.com

2014-05-14-BrittanyHodak.jpgI'm a big fan (and customer) of Wix.com. The company went public in November 2013, trading at more than $125 million on opening day. The company has done a fantastic job of making HTML5 websites accessible to everyone. The drag-and-drop interface is gorgeous, and I love the company's internal goal for its employees of not letting perfection be the enemy of progress.
- Brittany Hodak, ZinePak

A. GrubHub

2014-05-14-MichaelPatak.jpgGrubHub has a way of staying witty, funny and successful. Their marketing has a distinctive voice -- when you get a GrubHub email, you know its from GrubHub because of the humor and the creativity. They deliver a sense of comfort and trust along with a lightheartedness that you don't get with other companies.
- Michael Patak, TopstepTrader

A. King

2014-05-14-joshweiss.jpgKing has been able to create a game, Candy Crush, with such widespread appeal and staying power that the company was able to achieve a $5 billion market cap almost solely off of it. Say what you want about its staying power going forward, but it's a very impressive feat.
- Josh Weiss, Bluegala

A. RocketFuel

2014-05-14-DanielWesley.jpgRocketFuel was one of the IPOs that caught my eye in 2013. They seem to really have themselves together, and since we can all see how much of a big deal mobile is and continues to be, it's great that they're ahead of the curve on it.
- Daniel Wesley, DebtConsolidation.com

A. Tableau Software

2014-05-14-AndrewVest.jpgSo much hard work has gone into Tableau going public. A lot of people think that Tableau was an overnight sensation, but they've been around over 10 years grinding away in the Seattle area. Christian Chabot went into a space that was saturated by big companies like SAP, Oracle and MSFT, and made his permanent mark. Even after their successful IPO they are acting like a tenacious startup.
- Andrew Vest, Preferling