Facebook, Zynga, Groupon, Twitter and LinkedIn built the heart of social Web being estimated to be worth more than $71 billion. Remarkable that all of them grew in the last decade, more exactly within the last 5 years.
Venture capitalists, founders, engineers and angel investors bring thos kind of start-ups from nothing to an IPO (groupon and facebook are expected to be the next in the row).
If you look closer to the ways money takes and who is connected to whom, same as you do with friends, colleagues or offers in social Web, you can come up with this kind of money network the New York Times did.
For example, the Russian billionaire Yuri Milner — who was virtually unknown in Silicon Valley before his first Facebook investment in May 2009 — is a critical connector in this ecosystem. Mr. Milner, the founder of the investment firm DST Global, has plowed more than $1 billion into Facebook, Zynga and Groupon in the last two years. He has also drawn the Wall Street elite into this world, joining with Goldman Sachs for a $1.5 billion investment in Facebook.
Jeff Clavier, silicon valley investor once said:
“Silicon Valley is not only building and investing in social networks, it is an efficient network of relationships where each individual can be activated or brought into a deal with just a few e-mails or phone calls,”
Research by Evelyn Rusli, graphic by Guilbert Gates for The New York Times