It is difficult to say which of those companies were the most important. What constitutes a ‘top’ startup? Revenue? Downloads? Number of users? The importance of a startup is a tricky thing to measure. If you choose one metric, the results, in terms of a definitive ranking, will change depending on different countries or regions or sectors. Once you start digging into the data you’ll find hundreds of additional questions. Priori Data is a company obsessed with data so we think about this stuff a lot. (Maybe too much...)
Virtually every consumer-facing publicly traded company now develops apps. The importance of these apps to the overall business (and the role these apps play) is very different across companies, however, which makes it difficult to provide a concise answer. For example a mobile gaming company which relies on revenue from the apps has a different goal than a consumer bank which offers apps as an extension of their core service.
Hi, I’m Patrick, founder ofan app store intelligence provider. I interpret this question more as an app market research question and less as an ASO question.