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Will this pop the startup bubble?

By Sheyna Steiner ·
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Posted: 12 pm ET

The best ideas always seem the most obvious. It just takes one visionary to pluck the idea out of thin air and make it visible for the rest of us philistines.

People have been speculating about an app bubble at least since 2010. But it's bigger than just apps.

The "app economy" added at least 182,000 new jobs and contributed more than $12.19 billion in wages and benefits to the U.S. economy in 2011, according to research from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

And in this week's earnings call, Facebook app install ads were front and center.

The enthusiasm for startups does seem to have parallels to the tech craze of the late '90s and early '00s. Back then, the Internet was the future. Today, the future is mobile. Back then, plenty of investors were willing to throw money at anything with a dot-com at the end. Today, everyone wants the next hot app, such as Angry Birds, or to fund the next Facebook. When the Securities and Exchange Commission issues rules on equity crowd funding, everyone will be able to get in on the action.

What do you think, is there an app or startup bubble?

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Senior investing reporter Sheyna Steiner is a co-author of "Future Millionaires' Guidebook," an e-book written for Gen Y by Bankrate editors and reporters. It's available at all the major e-book retailers.

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