Now It's Your Turn to Rank the Most Innovative Companies

In the March issue of Fast Company—careful, it's hot off the press—we unveil the new and improved Fast 50, aka the Fast Company 50. This year's list is our first-ever ranking of the most innovative companies in the world. But wait, you say, that's impossible. Can't be done. The world's too big! There's too much innovation out there to keep track of! Sloooow down, Fast Company!

Well, that's what you pay us for. To take journalistic chances. To venture where others fear to tread. Besides, the ranking felt like a natural for us given that we write about, talk about, and obsess about innovation all day. It's in our blood, people. We've been chronicling innovators large and small from the beginning, back when the Internet really was "a series of tubes," as Senator Stevens so eloquently put.

Take a gander at our list and let us know what you think. Who'd we leave off who belonged on there? And who should we have left off? Who did we rank too high? Too low? Here's where you can make your case. Let's hear it.

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  • Robert Safian

    At the magazine, the choice to put Google at the top of our "most innovative companies" list was almost a fait accompli. No one seriously argued for any other player to head the list. Check out our various Google insights at

  • Robert Safian

    Thanks for the Oracle suggestion. I'm the editor of Fast Company magazine, and you're quite right that the concept of "fast" or "innovative" is a squishy one. You're also right that, in the framework of 2007, Oracle performed well, at least as reflected by investors. I take it you would have pushed Microsoft off the list in favor of Oracle? If not, who would you have downplayed?

  • Ethan Pierse

    Great article and list. Plenty of food for thought. I'm not sure some of the companies, like Toyota, are truly 'innovative,' but I do believe they deserve credit for recognizing trends and innovative ideas and not being afraid to follow/lead.

  • Subhashish Acharya

    I think the concept of a Fast Company is not very fast and tidy.

    In this "fast" , jet speed era , where predictability is a misnomer, the companies should be known traditionally as Sustainable companies.

    Whats your sustainable model? Will wall street ever, ever listen.!! They wont , cause they are just like the Media companies- They live on the success or fall of the markets.

    My fast company for this year is Oracle. There are reasons why:

    a. Long term vision.
    b. Software Breed- the best.
    c. Platform independent.( unlike Microsoft products)
    d. Software fuses with any environment.

    No other company , ever thought of it.
    Today ,Oracles a powerhouse.