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America's Best Young Entrepreneurs 2011

Today’s 25-year-olds were 9 when Netscape went public. They were starting middle school when Google (GOOG) was founded; they watched the tech bubble burst before they went to their senior proms; and some were dropping calls on iPhones before buying their first legal drinks. Many of the jobs they thought they’d get disappeared just as they were finishing college.

So maybe it’s not surprising that millennials are embracing entrepreneurship, albeit at lower rates than previous generations. The 25 companies run by founders no older than 25 in our 2011 roundup of America’s best young entrepreneurs are wired, global, and resilient, because the economy demands it.