The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies Just may Surprise You!


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I came across this today. What I find interesting is: how many of these companies I never heard of.

What didn't surprise me is:

2 Apple
3 Alibaba
4 Google

Netflix at number 30, Kickstarter 33, Samsung 41.

You can view the full list HERE
I'm not convinced their reasoning for their choices is all that sound. The rankings could be soundly debated forever.
never heard of Warby Parker.
I find it odd that Warby ranked first. It is even more odd that the reasoning behind Apple's number two ranking is that they make a lot of money. Surely many of the companies ranked below them are far more innovative by a long shot.

  1. (of a product, idea, etc.) featuring new methods; advanced and original.
    "innovative designs"
    • (of a person) introducing new ideas; original and creative in thinking.
Having read some of the comments here before clicking the link, I may have already had my mind made up before really looking into it.

I don't really know how you can quantify innovation. Number of people who've been impacted or adopted the idea(s) you innovated? Seems to me that a list like this is great for just telling who the 50 most innovative are, but I don't get the ranking system at all.
I actually read through quite a few of those and I don't doubt that those companies are innovative but I do question the rankings, big time. It doesn't say anywhere what the criteria was or who was involved in making those decisions.