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Dow Jones & VentureSource rank country's most promising start-ups

Posted by Scott Kirsner  March 11, 2010 08:47 AM

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Sure, I can quibble with the methodology Are most successful companies founded by people who've been successful in the past? And raised the most capital? but the Wall Street Journal has released an interesting list this week of the fifty "most promising" private companies, compiled in collaboration with Dow Jones and VentureSource. 

Just three Massachusetts companies made the cut: battery-maker Boston-Power; datacenter management company Akorri Networks; and biotech Acceleron Pharma. (Notably missing from the list is Brightcove, the Internet video management start-up that has a CEO who sold his last company to Macromedia, and who has raised about $90 million. Perhaps that's because the list tilts towards companies that raised lots of funding in the past three years...) No other New England states managed to land a company on the list.

The Journal also presents this nifty chart of the companies, which you can sort based on the amount they've raised, the track record of their investors, etc.

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