50 Most Innovative Company


 

Welcome to our annual guide to the businesses that matter most, the ones whose innovations are having an impact across their industries and our culture. Click a company name to view the entry, ordetermine your own ranking of the top four companies using a series of quizzes, games, and brainteasers.

1.        1

Apple

For walking the talk

 

2.      2

Facebook

For 800 million reasons to share

 

3.      3

Google

For expanding its hit lineup

 

4.      4

Amazon

For playing the long game

 

5.      5

Square

For making magic out of the mercantile

 

6.      6

Twitter

For amplifying the global dialogue

 

7.      7

Occupy Movement

For embodying all the traits that make a Fast Company

 

8.      8

Tencent

For fueling China’s Internet boom--and boldly moving West

 

9.      9

Life Technologies

For speeding up genetic sequencing

 

10.  10

SolarCity

For brightening up the sun-power business

 

11.  11

HBO

For being the only TV network to delight with digital

 

12.  12

Southern New Hampshire University

For relentlessly reinventing higher ed, online and off

 

13.  13

Tesla Motors

For boosting the art and technology of electric vehicles

 

14.  14

Patagonia

For selling more by encouraging customers to buy less

 

15.  15

NFL

For stoking insatiable, year-round demand for professional football

 

16.  16

National Marrow Donor Program

For matching technology with critical transplant needs

 

17.  17

Greenbox

For inventing the next-generation Chinese fashion brand

 

18.  18

Jawbone

For rocking the mobile lifestyle

 

19.  19

Airbnb

For turning spare rooms into the world’s hottest hotel chain

 

20.  20

72andSunny

For winning at the intersection of Hollywood and Madison Avenue

 

21.  21

Siemens AG

For its R&D ambitions in energy, transportation, and health care

 

22.  22

Dropbox

For transforming file storage into a very big business

 

23.  23

Kiva Systems

For turning squat robots into e-commerce giants

 

24.  24

Starbucks

For infusing a steady stream of new ideas to revive its business

 

25.  25

Genentech

For making targeted, genetics-based cancer therapies

 

26.  26

LegalZoom

For bringing tech and accessibility to the hidebound legal industry

 

27.  27

Tapjoy

For driving advertiser engagement in a million-app world

 

28.  28

Polyvore

For turning everyone into a fashion editor

 

29.  29

Red Bull Media House

For showing what it really means to transform yourself into a media brand

 

30.  30

LinkedIn

For making itself useful even when you're not job searching

 

31.  31

Liquid Robotics

For going deep in ocean monitoring

 

32.  32

Gogo

For delivering first-class entertainment to the coach-bound masses

 

33.  33

Bug Agentes Biológicos

For breeding a natural alternative to harmful agricultural pesticides

 

34.  34

Chipotle

For exploding all the rules of fast food

 

35.  35

James Corner Field Operations

For creating intimate green spaces out of industrial urban blight

 

36.  36

Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospitals

For bringing medical care to the masses

 

37.  37

Recyclebank

For making eco-friendly behavior a big game

 

38.  38

UPS

For solving its customers' number-one pet peeve

 

39.  39

Networked Insights

For using real-time social data to make better products and advertising

 

40.  40

Chobani

For becoming a dairy superstar

 

41.  41

Kickstarter

For connecting creatives with fans to raise funds

 

42.  42

SoundCloud

For giving the Internet a voice

 

43.  43

PayPal

For recharging the sale

 

44.  44

Berg

For wildly imagining the marriage of the digital and physical worlds

 

45.  45

Boo-box

For pioneering social-media advertising in Latin America

 

46.  46

Amyris

For driving biofuels into the mainstream

 

47.  47

Knewton

For teaching education a thing or two

 

48.  48

RedBus

For taking the wheel of the $2.5 billion Indian bus-travel industry

 

49.  49

OpenSky

For creating a social, celebrity-powered shopping experience

 

50.  50

Y Combinator

For building the next great Silicon Valley mafia

 

 

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