Vancouver's PlentyofFish listed on World's 100 Most Valuable Startups

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

Business Insider this week released its "2011 Digital 100: The World's Most Valuable Startups."

Unsurprisingly, the number one spot is held by social network Facebook, although calling it a startup at this age and with billions in revenue seems ridiculous. Its estimated value is $80 billion, which many would agrue (including myself) to be grossly high.

Rounding out the top 5 are Zynga, Groupon, Twitter, and Dropbox. These four companies combined clock im at a value of $34, less than half of Facebook's.

The only Canadian-born company I could find is Vancouver's PlentyofFish, the online dating company founded by Markus Frind in 2003. POF ranks number 90. If you see any others in there, let me know.


PlentyOfFish (
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

PlentyOfFish is the world's largest online dating site, with over 60 million registered users. Launched in Vancouver, Canada, in 2003, POF was run out of our CEO and founder Markus Frind's apartment until 2008 when he hired his first employee. Since then we've extended the size and reach of our operation rapidly, with over 70 employees based out of our Vancouver headquarters. Our mobile and web platforms are... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. more

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