The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies 2012

by Megzuson Business, Design, Finance, TechnologyFebruary 21st has one comment already!

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, or determine your own ranking of the top four companies using a series of quizzes, games, and brainteasers.

1  Apple  – For walking the talk

2  Facebook   -For 800 million reasons to share

3  Google  – For expanding its hit lineup


4  Amazon  – For playing the long game

5  Square  – For making magic out of the mercantile

6  Twitter –  For amplifying the global dialogue

7  Occupy Movement  – For embodying all the traits that make a Fast Company

8  Tencent  – For fueling China’s Internet boom–and boldly moving West

9  Life Technologies  – For speeding up genetic sequencing

10 SolarCity  – For brightening up the sun-power business

11  HBO  – For being the only TV network to delight with digital

12 Southern New Hampshire University  -For relentlessly reinventing higher ed, online and off

13 Tesla Motors   – For boosting the art and technology of electric vehicles

14Patagonia  -For selling more by encouraging customers to buy less

15  NFL   For stoking insatiable, year-round demand for professional football

16 National Marrow Donor Program   For matching technology with critical transplant needs



17  Greenbox  -For inventing the next-generation Chinese fashion brand

18 Jawbone  -For rocking the mobile lifestyle

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

20 72andSunny  – For winning at the intersection of Hollywood and Madison Avenue

21  Siemens AG   – For its R&D ambitions in energy, transportation, and health care

22 Dropbox   – For transforming file storage into a very big business

23 Kiva Systems   –  For turning squat robots into e-commerce giants

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

25 Genentech  – For making targeted, genetics-based cancer therapies

26 LegalZoom – For bringing tech and accessibility to the hidebound legal industry

27 Tapjoy – For driving advertiser engagement in a million-app world

28 Polyvore – For turning everyone into a fashion editor

29 Red Bull Media House – For showing what it really means to transform yourself into a media brand

30 LinkedIn -For making itself useful even when you’re not job searching

31 Liquid Robotics – For going deep in ocean monitoring

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

33 Bug Agentes Biológicos – For breeding a natural alternative to harmful agricultural pesticides

34 Chipotle -For exploding all the rules of fast food

35 James Corner Field Operations -For creating intimate green spaces out of industrial urban blight

36 Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospitals – For bringing medical care to the masses

37Recyclebank – For making eco-friendly behavior a big game

38UPS  – For solving its customers’ number-one pet peeve

39 Networked Insights  – For using real-time social data to make better products and advertising

40 Chobani  – For becoming a dairy superstar

41 Kickstarter – For connecting creatives with fans to raise funds

42 SoundCloud  – For giving the Internet a voice

43 PayPal -For recharging the sale

44Berg – For wildly imagining the marriage of the digital and physical worlds

45 Boo-box  – For pioneering social-media advertising in Latin America

46 Amyris – For driving biofuels into the mainstream

47  Knewton – For teaching education a thing or two

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

49 OpenSky -For creating a social, celebrity-powered shopping experience

50 Y Combinator – For building the next great Silicon Valley mafia

Source : Original article from FastCompany – view it here

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1 Comment

  • Janice on February 23rd, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Wow, nice list, I actually knew of a few of these companies, but I will try research all of them.. Its always good to see what others are doing right and in this case we can see what the market (consumers) are going for aswell

    Nice site and work btw.. :-)

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