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The Most Innovative Companies of 2015

Here are the gutsiest, smartest, most interesting and forward-thinking businesses on the planet right now.

The Most Innovative Companies of 2015

1. Warby Parker

For building the first great made-on-the-internet brand.
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2. Apple

For creating magic with minutiae.
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3. Alibaba

For helping consumers save, spend, and be entertained.
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4. Google

For making the hit laptop nobody saw coming.
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5. Instagram

For its beautiful relationship with the fashion industry.
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6. Color of Change

For creating a civil rights group for the 21st century.
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7. HBO

For making itself the belle of the streaming-tv ball.
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8. Virgin

For perfecting customer service for an innovative clientele.
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9. IndiGo

For making it feel good to fly cheap.
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10. Slack

For slaying interoffice email.
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11. Houzz

For being a one-stop design shop.
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12. Catapult

For taking the guesswork out of injury prevention.
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13. InVenture

For introducing trust to an unsteady economy.
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14. Line

For marrying messaging with personality—and a business model.
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15. WeWork

For being the Ace Hotel of coworking.
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16. Gilead Sciences

For developing lifesaving drugs at the speed of need.
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17. Tesla

For pushing the limits of affordable battery power.
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18. Toyota

For leading the way in fuel-cell technology.
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19. Cree

For its speed and ingenuity in becoming the leading consumer LED brand in the U.S.
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20. Stripe

For becoming the go-to payments provider.
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21. Next Big Sound

For making music out of musicians’ data.
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22. DJI

For creating the gopro of the sky.
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23. Eataly

For building a grocery empire that looks nothing like a grocery store.
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24. Fuhu

For serving kids in ways the tablet giants don’t.
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25. Apricot Forest

For seeking the cure to what ails Chinese health care.
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26. E La Carte

For selling restaurants on an upselling machine.
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27. Panera Bread

For using tech to improve everything—including the food.
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28. General Assembly

For graduating to next-gen educator.
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29. Ammunition

For leaving its mark in the most visible places.
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30. Netflix

For making the content it knows (with data!) we’ll all love.
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31. Made In Kigali

For helping to build an industry from scratch.
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32. Soundcloud

For creating an audio empire.
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33. Kickstarter

For fostering every form of creativity.
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34. Wandoujia

For solving China’s mobile-app problem.
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35. Gumroad

For making e-commerce as painless as tweeting.
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36. Westfield Labs

For giving the mall a high-tech makeover.
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37. Anyperk

For bringing facebook-style benefits to the masses.
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38. American Giant

For breathing new life into U.S. apparel manufacturing.
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39. Revolution Foods

For selling good, cheap food to children who need it most.
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40. Ikea

For delighting customers at each and every turn.
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41. Samsung Electronics

For bringing Internet intelligence to more things.
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42. Algramo

For filling an ignored food gap.
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43. 72andSunny

For reflecting our modern culture back at us.
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44. Silver Crystal Sports

For outfitting fans the minute they want something.
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45. Anki

For using AI to reinvent slot cars.
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46. Perfint Healthcare

For attacking cancer with robotics.
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47. Omada Health

For improving health through coaching.
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48. ElMindA

For changing the way we see our brains.
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49. Mark43

For putting cops in the cloud.
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50. L’Oreal

For turning screens into applicator brushes.
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[Photo: Amanda Ringstad]