An artificial heart and its lightweight power drive. A better airline for Brazil. Chocolate from Madagascar, and a soccer shirt made of plastic water bottles. All this from one simple word: innovation.
The 50 companies on our 2011 list have chosen a unique path. Today’s business landscape is littered with heritage companies whose CEOs battle their industry’s broken model with inertia, layoffs, lawsuits — anything that squeezes pennies and delays the inevitable.