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Forbes Cloud 100 - Legit?

Hey folks, the forbes cloud 100 list 2021 is out. Just wanna know everyone's thoughts on this list - legit? 
https://www.forbes.com/cloud100/ The Cloud 100 2021 A funding frenzy helped catapult 34 new companies onto the list and boost their combined market value to $514 billion, nearly double the total of a year ago. The No. 1 company on the list, America’s most valuable startup, accounts for nearly one-fifth of that sum.
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SaaSyBee
Politicker
+5
Sales Content Writer
This list actually seems to have a lot of great companies on it. But I also think all lists like this are somewhat bullshit.
apacsalesninja
Valued Contributor
+3
Sales Director
I have to agree with u! The criteria seems to be decided loosely by the “panel of judges” who remain mysterious and unnamed.
goose
Politicker
+12
Sales Executive
Show me a list of companies that earn the most revenue from paying customers rather than companies that have the highest valuation.
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+13
Senior Account Executive
Glad someone said it. 🥃
apacsalesninja
Valued Contributor
+3
Sales Director
amen
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NoSuperhero
Politicker
+7
BDR
Most of the Forbes listings is paid advertising, yes there's some truth in all of it but you gotta read between the lines.
FeedTheKids
Politicker
+3
Solutions Consultant
^^ 2x. 

Not saying it's a bunch of shit companies, but nothing to really care about. It's an advertising move to attract reps, investors, new business, etc. 
braintank
Politicker
+7
Enterprise Account Executive
As a former employee of Fortune's "best place to work" I take these lists with a grain of salt.
UrAssIsSaaS
Politicker
+8
SaaS Eater
I have a lot of issues with this list starting with gong being #28 and calendly even being on it at all 
LordBusiness
Politicker
+8
Chief Revenue Officer
These are all pay for play bullshit.  Just like the Forbes "Advisory Counsel" that they "invite people" to (and then it comes with a monthly fee).  Any of these "top whatever" lists should be taken with a grain of salt. 
LordBusiness
Politicker
+8
Chief Revenue Officer
All of these types of list are pay for play BS.  Just like Forbes "invite only" --- "Leadership Counsel", that comes with a monthly fee? Hmmmmmmm...Take any of these "top whatever" lists with a grain of salt.  Especially "best places to work" -- which really means "HR team is most proficient at signing up for awards" 
Upper_SaaS
Politicker
+8
Account Executive
Seems effortless... they just compile a list of companies that raised the most 💰 and said ThEsE cOmPaNiEs ArE gOoD 
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sickofthetoxic
Politicker
+7
down voters are marketing spies
We have these TOP X# EMPLOYER awards in Canada/Province etc. They are paid placements. There is no real judging or placement... You just pay money and fill out a form on a list. 

Complete marketing BS.
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
+10
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
Lists mean jackshit to anyone but your marketing team.
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