Innovation is in the DNA of great companies. So, after reviewing hundreds of companies, we attempted to rank the top 5 innovative companies of all time.
Founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne, Apple, became the centerpiece of the technology lexicon. Starting with the personal computer competing against behemoth IBM, they later reinvented themselves. Bringing to life the iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and more. Their use of the app store and iTunes later revolutionized marketplaces.
The original Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company came to life in 1902. Transforming over the next century, 3M became an innovation hub. Creating waterproof sandpaper, scotch tape, and beloved post-it-note. Their ethos centered on design as their patents ranged from tamperproof pharmaceutical packaging to electronic screens.
Founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998, Google later transformed the world. The companies main revenue source and mission has always been an internet search. However, that never stopped the company from stretching their creative insights into autonomous driving, Google Books, YouTube, and the Android operating platform. They’ve maintained their creative edge by hiring the best and brightest and then giving them a day a week to autonomously work on their own pet projects.
One of the very first cloud-based companies, Salesforce, transformed customer-relationship management. Founded in 1999 by Marc Benioff, Salesforce grew its initial platform. Making Salesforce unique though is that they used open-sourced technologies and developers to then build upon and improve their offering. They originated the application store model and used a crowdsourced technology to race far beyond their competition.
The premiere entertainment company, Disney captured the hearts of the world shortly after Walt and Roy Disney founded the company in 1923. Bringing to life Mickey Mouse and cartoon movies, Disney became the new American storyteller. This led to the creation of Disneyland and World which helped fuel their expansion across the entertainment worlds and consistently developing new and unique content for the masses.
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