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Honorees By Rank
  • 01 Apple
  • 02 Netflix
  • 03 Square
  • 04 Tencent
  • 05 Amazon
  • 06 Patagonia
  • 07 CVS Health
  • 08 The Washington Post
  • 09 Spotify
  • 10 NBA
  • 11 Marvel Studios
  • 12 Instagram
  • 13 Stitch Fix
  • 14 SpaceX
  • 15 Walmart
  • 16 Bytedance
  • 17 Reliance Jio
  • 18 Nintendo
  • 19 Social Capital
  • 20 AliveCor
  • 21 Novartis
  • 22 OneOme
  • 23 Thumbtack
  • 24 Ford Foundation
  • 25 Peloton
  • 26 Kakao Bank
  • 27 Darktrace
  • 28 Waze
  • 29 VIPKid
  • 30 Gucci
  • 31 Paytm
  • 32 Slack
  • 33 Hopper
  • 34 Compass Group
  • 35 DJI
  • 36 Sephora
  • 37 Cava
  • 38 Activision Blizzard
  • 39 Patreon
  • 40 Everlane
  • 41 Pinterest
  • 42 Stripe
  • 43 Sugarfina
  • 44 Duolingo
  • 45 Diamond Foundry
  • 46 Alfred
  • 47 CommonBond
  • 48 Rover
  • 49 The Muse
  • 50 Graduate Hotels
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MIC 2018MIC 2018

The 2018 edition of the World's Most Innovative Companies spans more than 350 enterprises across 36 categories, from the world's most valuable firm and its continuing transformation of consumer electronics to a small outfit selling natural gum to preserve rainforests. We hope you're as inspired learning from these businesses as we were in selecting them.

01

Apple

For delivering the future today

<p>“Our North Star is making the best products in the world,” says Apple CEO <b style="">Tim Cook</b>.</p><p><br></p>

“Our North Star is making the best products in the world,” says Apple CEO Tim Cook. [Photo: ioulex]

For mastering the smallest screen

For extending the benefits of banking

For honoring content as king

05

Amazon

For becoming a larger-than-life presence

<p>Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has come to embody the outsize presence of his company.&nbsp;</p>

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has come to embody the outsize presence of his company.  [Illustration: MDI Digital]

06

Patagonia

For growing its business every time it amplifies its social mission

<p>“Somebody has to stop the madness,” says Patagonia CEO <b style="">Rose Marcario</b>, whose business is leading the way in promoting long-term solutions to environmental problems.</p>

“Somebody has to stop the madness,” says Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario, whose business is leading the way in promoting long-term solutions to environmental problems. [Photo: ioulex]

For bringing Amazonian ambition to news

09

Spotify

For pointing fans toward new artists

10

NBA

For leading the leagues in technology

<p><b style="">Melissa Brenner’s</b> team is using new technologies to create “snack bites of content that lead our fans to watch more games.”</p>

Melissa Brenner’s team is using new technologies to create “snack bites of content that lead our fans to watch more games.” [Photo: Eric T. White; Set design: Shane Klein at Workgroup]

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11

Marvel Studios

For forging the future of media

<p>With Marvel’s <i style="">Black Panther</i>, director <b style="">Ryan Coogler</b> says he’s made “a very personal film about African identity.”<br></p>

With Marvel’s Black Panther, director Ryan Coogler says he’s made “a very personal film about African identity.” [Photo: Matthias Clamer/Contour by Getty Images]

13

Stitch Fix

For sizing up its customers

<p>Stitch Fix cofounder and CEO <b style="">Katrina Lak</b><b style="">e</b> is harnessing data, and a fleet of stylists, to outfit a nation.</p>

Stitch Fix cofounder and CEO Katrina Lake is harnessing data, and a fleet of stylists, to outfit a nation. [Photo: Aaron Feaver]

14

SpaceX

For putting the cosmos within reach

<p>After delivering a payload of private satellites into orbit last January, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands on a drone platform off the California coast.</p>

After delivering a payload of private satellites into orbit last January, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands on a drone platform off the California coast. [Photo: courtesy of SpaceX]

For embracing its inner underdog

For putting India on the fast track

18

Nintendo

For changing the game--at home, on the go, and beyond

19

Social Capital

For putting values into its ventures

<p>“You can fix capitalism,” says Social Capital cofounder and CEO <b style="">Chamath Palihap­itiya</b>. He’s starting by overhauling the way his firm selects and develops startups.</p>

“You can fix capitalism,” says Social Capital cofounder and CEO Chamath Palihap­itiya. He’s starting by overhauling the way his firm selects and develops startups. [Photo: Justin Maxon]

For knowing its users' hearts

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21

Novartis

For turning T cells into cancer killers

For tailoring medication to a patients' DNA

23

Thumbtack

For giving the yellow pages an AI twist

<p>Atlanta-based <b style="">Nikki Bell</b> offers her personal chef and catering services over Thumbtack, which connects customers with local professionals. The site has helped her land nearly 200 jobs, from corporate events to private dinners.</p>

Atlanta-based Nikki Bell offers her personal chef and catering services over Thumbtack, which connects customers with local professionals. The site has helped her land nearly 200 jobs, from corporate events to private dinners. [Photo: Andy Ryan; Groomer: Anthony Prather at The Spin Style Agency]

<p>Ford Foundation president <b style="">Darren Walker</b> is finding new ways to use his resources to make an impact.</p>

Ford Foundation president Darren Walker is finding new ways to use his resources to make an impact. [Photo: Nathan Bajar]

25

Peloton

For bringing the boutique fitness experience home

For marrying social messaging with banking

For adapting to cybersecurity threats

28

Waze

For clearing the roads

<p>Clockwise from bottom left: Waze’s head of growth&nbsp;<b style="">Di-Ann Eisnor</b>, <b style="">Thais Blumenthal</b> <b style="">de Moraes</b>, head of Carpool strategy <b style="">Kate Balingit</b>, and program lead <b style="">Rebecca Resnick</b> are taking the pain out of urban driving.</p>

Clockwise from bottom left: Waze’s head of growth Di-Ann Eisnor, Thais Blumenthal de Moraes, head of Carpool strategy Kate Balingit, and program lead Rebecca Resnick are taking the pain out of urban driving. [Photo: Jennifer Hueston]

29

VIPKid

For making education a universal language

<p>VIPKid cofounder and CEO <b style="">Cindy Mi</b> is creating connections between the U.S. and China with her online language classes.</p>

VIPKid cofounder and CEO Cindy Mi is creating connections between the U.S. and China with her online language classes. [Photo: Juliana Tan]

30

Gucci

For giving a 96-year-old luxury brand streetwear swagger

<p>Twenty-five years after he shuttered his copyright-flaunting Dapper Dan’s Boutique—in response to pressure from Gucci and other labels—<b style="">Daniel Day</b> has opened a new Harlem atelier with help from the fashion brand. “[Gucci] approaching me, and this partnership we have, in my community, it’s a historical event,” says <b style="">Day</b>.</p>

Twenty-five years after he shuttered his copyright-flaunting Dapper Dan’s Boutique—in response to pressure from Gucci and other labels—Daniel Day has opened a new Harlem atelier with help from the fashion brand. “[Gucci] approaching me, and this partnership we have, in my community, it’s a historical event,” says Day. [Photo: João Canziani]

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For pioneering the cashless economy

For making inboxes obsolete

For encouraging users to take flight

35

DJI

For soaring beyond the rest of the drone industry

<p>DJI’s new gesture-controlled Spark drone “isn’t just about a short-term sales opportunity,” says <b style="">Michael Perry</b>. “It’s about getting more people familiar with and excited about drone technology.”</p>

DJI’s new gesture-controlled Spark drone “isn’t just about a short-term sales opportunity,” says Michael Perry. “It’s about getting more people familiar with and excited about drone technology.” [Photo: Michael Marcelle]

36

Sephora

For leading the beauty industry into the future

<p>From Fenty Beauty’s luminizing foundations to Pat McGrath Labs’ bright eye shadows, Sephora is championing brands with wide appeal.</p>

From Fenty Beauty’s luminizing foundations to Pat McGrath Labs’ bright eye shadows, Sephora is championing brands with wide appeal. [Photo: Hannah Khymych; Hair: Michiko Boorberg at Bryan Bantry Agency; makeup: Holly Gowers at Atelier Management]

For elevating e-sports to the big leagues

40

Everlane

For building the next-gen clothing brand

<p>Everlane has scored big hits in the past couple of years with its $100 cashmere collection and the launch of its first denim line, which is ethically sourced.</p>

Everlane has scored big hits in the past couple of years with its $100 cashmere collection and the launch of its first denim line, which is ethically sourced. [Photo: Stephanie Gonot; Set design: Natalie Shriver; stylist: Annie & Hannah; hair: Hailey Adickes at Celestine Agency; makeup: Amy Chance at Celestine Agency]

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41

Pinterest

For turning cameras into keyboards

<p>Pinterest chief product officer&nbsp;<b style="">Evan Sharp</b>, left, and CEO&nbsp;<b style="">Ben Silbermann</b> are focused on building a social network that empowers people.</p>

Pinterest chief product officer Evan Sharp, left, and CEO Ben Silbermann are focused on building a social network that empowers people. [Photos: Chloe Aftel]

For writing the new startup manual

44

Duolingo

For making new languages irresistible

45

Diamond Foundry

For bringing diamonds into the technological age

46

Alfred

For being the city dweller's secret superpower

<p>Alfred cofounders <b style="">Jessica Beck</b>, left, and <b style="">Marcela Sapone</b> have made their on-demand-services business part of the infrastructure for luxury apartments.</p>

Alfred cofounders Jessica Beck, left, and Marcela Sapone have made their on-demand-services business part of the infrastructure for luxury apartments. [Photo: Erik Tanner]

For training Fido to fetch dollars

49

The Muse

For being a millennial whisperer

50

Graduate Hotels

For bringing team spirit to university towns

<p>Graduate Hotels infuses its college-town properties with local design elements, from a <i style="">Hoosiers</i>-inspired pennant at the Bloomington, Indiana, outpost to a little red Corvette lamp at the Minneapolis hotel.&nbsp;</p>

Graduate Hotels infuses its college-town properties with local design elements, from a Hoosiers-inspired pennant at the Bloomington, Indiana, outpost to a little red Corvette lamp at the Minneapolis hotel.  [Photo: Jeff Brown]

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Top 50
Top 10s

Most Innovative Companies 2018

  • 01 Apple
  • 02 Netflix
  • 03 Square
  • 04 Tencent
  • 05 Amazon
  • 06 Patagonia
  • 07 CVS Health
  • 08 The Washington Post
  • 09 Spotify
  • 10 NBA
  • 11 Marvel Studios
  • 12 Instagram
  • 13 Stitch Fix
  • 14 SpaceX
  • 15 Walmart
  • 16 Bytedance
  • 17 Reliance Jio
  • 18 Nintendo
  • 19 Social Capital
  • 20 AliveCor
  • 21 Novartis
  • 22 OneOme
  • 23 Thumbtack
  • 24 Ford Foundation
  • 25 Peloton
  • 26 Kakao Bank
  • 27 Darktrace
  • 28 Waze
  • 29 VIPKid
  • 30 Gucci
  • 31 Paytm
  • 32 Slack
  • 33 Hopper
  • 34 Compass Group
  • 35 DJI
  • 36 Sephora
  • 37 Cava
  • 38 Activision Blizzard
  • 39 Patreon
  • 40 Everlane
  • 41 Pinterest
  • 42 Stripe
  • 43 Sugarfina
  • 44 Duolingo
  • 45 Diamond Foundry
  • 46 Alfred
  • 47 CommonBond
  • 48 Rover
  • 49 The Muse
  • 50 Graduate Hotels