Skip to Content

    United States

  • AR16

    Why

    Taking advantage of its retail heft as it rethinks payment and e-commerce technologies.

    1 billion

    Walmart.com page views in first five days of holiday season

    Company Details
  • CA1

    Why

    After outflanking and outlasting competitors, it is on top of the genome-sequencing business—just as that market is about to soar in importance.

    Company Details
  • CA20

    Why

    Makes an artificial retina for people with certain kinds of blindness.

    74

    number of people who have gotten the Argus II implant

    Company Details
  • CA49

    Why

    Tests crops designed to use less fertilizer and water or tolerate more salt.

    50 percent

    amount of nitrogen fertilizer needed by Arcadia's rice, compared with conventional strains.

    Company Details
  • CA48

    Why

    Influential service acts as a matchmaker for early-stage investors and startups.

    $1 billion

    amount startups have raised through the site

    Company Details
  • CA47

    Why

    Its anticipatory software listens to your conversations so it can suggest relevant information.

    8

    number of people who can participate in a conversation through the company's MindMeld app

    Company Details
  • CA41

    Why

    If it can convert natural gas to transportation fuels and commodity chemicals, it could reduce our dependence on oil.

    Company Details
  • CA36

    Why

    Making fitness tracking technology mainstream.

    28

    countries where the Up fitness band is sold

    Company Details
  • CA31

    Why

    Its soon-to-be-released virtual-reality headset should help the technology live up to its potential.

    21

    age of founder Palmer Luckey

    Company Details
  • CA29

    Why

    This site for sharing computer code is part productivity tool, part social network.

    10.7 million

    number of repositories of shared software on the site

    Company Details
  • CA27

    Why

    Its tools for managing information overload get ever more useful.

    $45

    cost of an annual subscription to Evernote Premium

    Company Details
  • CA26

    Why

    Disrupting the taxi business.

    69

    number of cities in which people can use Uber's app to summon rides

    Company Details
  • CA2

    Why

    The startup automaker is putting together the pieces for a truly mass-market electric car.

    Company Details
  • CA21

    Why

    Where would NASA be without it?

    14

    launches scheduled for this year—one more than it had from 2006 through 2013

    Company Details
  • CA50

    Why

    This startup invented its own digital currency for exchanging money across borders.

    Company Details
  • CA19

    Why

    Has helped many organizations crowdsource data analysis; now focusing on certain industries.

    144,000

    number of registrants for Kaggle data-analysis competitions

    Company Details
  • CA15

    Why

    Fired up the world's largest solar thermal plant in California.

    377 megawatts

    the plant's production when fully operational

    Company Details
  • CA14

    Why

    Its online file storage service is becoming the basis for a wide range of applications that help people get work done.

    1,000

    number of third-party mobile apps that work with Box

    Company Details
  • CA12

    Why

    Meeting the need for online interactions that are ephemeral.

    $3 billion

    size of buyout offer from Facebook, which Snapchat rejected

    Company Details
  • CA3

    Why

    It may have finally found the missing piece it needs to move beyond relying solely on advertising.

    Company Details
  • CA5

    Why

    Its tools will be crucial in helping companies incorporate new data from the Internet of things.

    2,150

    number of business apps in Salesforce's online marketplace

    Company Details
  • CA18

    Why

    Making breakthroughs in "neuromorphic" computing.

    30 percent

    2013 revenue growth

    Company Details
  • CA9

    Why

    Not just giving merchants a way to collect payments on phone; now you can e-mail someone money.

    $20 billion

    estimated annual value of transactions processed by Square

    Company Details
  • CA6

    Why

    Its business services are making cloud file storage more pervasive.

    200 million

    number of users

    Company Details
  • MA17

    Why

    Its use of big data and sensors could help revive manufacturing.

    $1.5 billion

    announced investment in the "industrial Internet"

    Company Details
  • MA25

    Why

    The company has managed the nearly impossible for a solar startup over the last few years: it is still in business.

    Company Details
  • MA8

    Why

    These VCs don’t wait for biotech startups to come to them. They create companies themselves.

    Company Details
  • MN37

    Why

    Continues to shrink life-saving implantable medical devices.

    2 grams

    weight of the world's smallest pacemaker

    Company Details
  • MO33

    Why

    Continues to dominate development and sales of genetically modified crops.

    Company Details
  • NC13

    Why

    By making a cheaper LED lightbulb, the newcomer to the industry hopes to dominate the market for energy-efficient lighting alternatives.

    Company Details
  • NY45

    Why

    You won’t believe how these guys redefined viral content on the Web.

    Company Details
  • NY35

    Why

    Its Watson system could deliver more answers from big data.

    $1 billion

    new investment IBM plans for Watson-related services

    Company Details
  • NY22

    Why

    Keeping crowdfunding pure, it won't let donors get equity in startups.

    $962 million

    money pledged onsite for 55,000 projects

    Company Details
  • PA34

    Why

    Just finished a production line to make its low-cost battery for storing electricity off the grid.

    $100 million+

    capital raised

    Company Details
  • TX44

    Why

    Making tiny computers for the Internet of things.

    $12 billion

    Freescale’s value in a proposed acquisition by a Dutch semiconductor maker

    Company Details
  • WA38

    Why

    A rising force in video games with its open-source console and online game distribution.

    65 million

    number of people using Valve's game-distribution network

    Company Details
  • WA10

    Why

    Raising expectations for what e-commerce can deliver.

    12

    the number of top online retailers whose sales would have to be combined to match Amazon's.

    Company Details
  • World

  • Canada40

    Why

    It's not clear whether it has invented quantum computers. But its machines solve certain problems remarkably well.

    30 minutes

    time it took in one study for a conventional computer to solve a problem that D-Wave's machines handled in less than half a second.

    Company Details
  • China11

    Why

    Building on its Twitter-like social media service in China with electronic payment technologies.

    $130 billion

    Tencent's market capitalization

    Company Details
  • China23

    Why

    Chinese energy company is snapping up advanced solar technologies at fire-sale prices.

    $1.2 billion

    onetime value of Miasole, a solar company that Hanergy bought for $30 million

    Company Details
  • China28

    Why

    Chinese Web-search leader is expanding globally, heightening competition with Google.

    8 miles

    distance from Baidu's new Silicon Valley research lab to Google headquarters

    Company Details
  • China30

    Why

    This Chinese startup could outmaneuver big companies in the coming smartphone boom in developing countries.

    Company Details
  • China32

    Why

    Leading Chinese antivirus company, moving into Web search.

    $12 billion

    Qihoo's market capitalization

    Company Details
  • Germany7

    Why

    At the forefront of adding self-driving capabilities to cars.

    2020

    when BMW expects to begin selling cars that are autonomous on highways

    Company Details
  • Germany24

    Why

    Its advances are bringing down the cost of offshore power.

    13,100

    number of its wind turbines installed worldwide

    Company Details
  • Israel42

    Why

    Developing a novel non-GMO way to breed crops with improved yields.

    $65 million

    investment raised in recent round

    Company Details
  • South Korea4

    Why

    Maximizing the advantages of its vertical integration as it extends its lead in the smartphone market.

    32 percent

    Samsung's share of global smartphones sold

    Company Details
  • South Korea46

    Why

    Korean electronics giant's recent innovations include a smartphone with flexible, curved screen.

    30 percent

    growth in LG's mobile phone business in 2013

    Company Details
  • United Kingdom39

    Why

    Will run the U.K.'s project to make DNA sequencing part of the country's health-care system.

    100,000

    number of genomes the company hopes to sequence in five years

    Company Details
  • United Kingdom43

    Why

    Began as a project to spread cheap tablets to students in India; now selling devices everywhere.

    $38

    price of its cheapest tablet

    Company Details