So, just how long can a once fresh-faced startup remain on our list before it starts to smell iffy? Originally, there were six rules to which a startup must adhere to win a place on the list, but weve added two more. Why? Because we can. Seriously, though, the days of startups being acquired pre-revenue (or even pre-product) are long gone which is why we've added the following two rules:
Rule No. 7
Only companies shipping a product get a place.
Rule No. 8