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Innovators of the Decade

Posted by: Michael Arndt on January 14, 2010

Who are the most innovative companies of the 2000s? Scott Anthony, managing director of Innosight Ventures, posed that question on his Harvard Business Review blog. (Actually, he asked for “the disruptors of the decade.”) He published his results today here, after receiving more than 3,000 nominations. Scott separated the top vote-getters into three categories—established high-tech companies, established non-tech companies, and emerging companies circa 2000.

The winners, I have to point out, are all in the Top 10 of Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Most Innovative Companies of 2009, while many of the runners-up make our Top 25. Here are the disruptors of the decade:

Winner: Apple
Runner-up: Cisco Systems
Other finalists: Hewlett Packard, IBM, Microsoft, and Dell

Established non high-technology companies
Winner: Wal-Mart Stores
Runner-up: Verizon
Other finalists: Dow Corning, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Ford Motor

Emerging companies
Winner: Google
Runner up: Amazon
Other finalists: eBay, Research in Motion, Facebook, Netflix

Anyone want to call for a recount?

Reader Comments


January 15, 2010 5:25 PM

why don´t recognize the nonprofits, the innovators?


January 17, 2010 6:40 PM

I totally missed the boat with Amazon, silly me, I use them so frequently and their stock was so low in 2002.
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January 18, 2010 2:36 PM

I would like Innosight to find the 'common threads' between these companies that make them Innovative; rather than just reporting the results/findings.

Mohsen M.

January 25, 2010 9:00 PM

Title this anyway you like, but here's a innovative solution helping the economy, creating a true health-care program, reducing energy waste, protecting the Earth's natural resources, and keeping the money making elite happy.
So, let us begin, the vital statistics show,there are 73% +/- overweight Americans with 35% of them being obese and in danger of bad health, which may result from over consumption, remember the word consumption.
That's 210 million overweight people with 105 million obese, times so many pounds = so many gallons = to so many barrels of "FAT OIL", compensating those privileged public sector for their share of sold goods, putting paycheck in their wallets, where afterward is deposited in the Banks, I think you get the picture.
Therefor, if the Government implemented a mandatory lipo-suction program of all men, women and children, regardless of age, color, race, religion, nationality, political motivation, converting the lip[o-sucked fat content to useful fuel such as heating oil, auto fuel, cosmetic supplies, you name the possibilities, first it would create a healthier society and then the environment.
While it would create new jobs in the Medical field, oil industries, textile industries and all the entrepreneurs of the world flocking with new money making scams, it would reduce Earth's natural resource consumption, as well as those excessive human gas emissions released into the atmosphere (making AL Gore and the Environment Protection Agency scientist very happy).
And by lowering the greenhouse gas effects, help lower Earth's temperatures, thus lowering Global warming.
With all the known reserve fat oil above the surface and the reduction in rigging and digging, should also lower gasoline prices at the pump too, it also will reduce our oil dependency on the Middle East, thus, eliminating those unnecessary crazy wars, saving human lives.
With winners like Exxon/Mobile and Shell, you won't need the likes of Bushes and the Chaney pulling tricks, however, Wall Street agents Bernanke & Gaithner should stay busy keeping Bank of America, Citi/Chase and rest busy selling "REVERSE FUEL MORTGAGE" loans.
To kick-off the program, all the big brother has to do is, entice the public with a onetime "Human Waste Reverse Fuel" recovery REBATE coupon of $300.00 per person or $1200.00 per family of five. And with the newly constructed "Lipo Fuel Recovery Clinic" around the nation, the construction sector also receive a much needed boost, placing thousands of unemployed to work.
Trading may be in Government supplied coupons, redeemable at the pump or for grocery purchase only, afterall, CONSUMPTION must continue in order to keep everyone happy.
All in all, it can be packaged under the Health-Care program while increasing tax revenues, quenching Detroit's gas guzzling SUV's, and a happy Congress.
So, what do you say, let's get this into an initiative and vote yes for the "Human Waste Reverse Fuel".
Animal fat is one of nature's greatest gifts recovered for many uses by human specises, perhaps it's time to accept the animal in us, and give back some of "WHAT WE TAKE"

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