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Well, not so fast.
Sure, the IPO market has slowed in the last couple of months, after thousands lost money on Facebook's poorly managed debut in mid-May. But the market remains far from dead.
Even in this kind of weak, choppy climate we see right now, innovation always comes to the top.
America is still brimming with lots of entrepreneurs who want to change the world around them. And help line the pockets of some savvy investors.
Winning IPOs keep the tech sector moving forward. That, in turn builds the base for the next round of startups with big ideas looking to go public someday.
And when you look at the most successful tech IPOs of 2012, you can see, these ideas are big.
Imagine a new system that cuts air pollution at a coal-fired plant while the flame is still burning - providing cleaner output for any type of fuel.
Or consider a platform that gives viewers the ability to watch any TV show they want, anytime, anywhere, on any device, from a laptop to a smart phone, all with one simple login.
And if you can take a known drug and tweak a little bit so it fights depression, well, that will be a godsend for millions of Americans.
I mention these cutting-edge breakthroughs because they represent the tech behind stocks that have gone public this year with big gains for investors.
By the way, I'm calculating the "best" returns based on one simple stat - how much the price has risen since the stock began trading through the market close on Wednesday.
Let's take a look...