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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:
Runner-up: Cisco Systems
Other finalists: Hewlett Packard, IBM, Microsoft, and Dell
Established non high-technology companies
Winner: Wal-Mart Stores
Other finalists: Dow Corning, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Ford Motor
Runner up: Amazon
Other finalists: eBay, Research in Motion, Facebook, Netflix
Anyone want to call for a recount?
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