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

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    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.

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

    $1 billion

    amount startups have raised through the site

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

    $100 million+

    capital raised

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    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.

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    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

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

    2020

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

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

    377 megawatts

    the plant's production when fully operational

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    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

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  • 13

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

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    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.

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

    $38

    price of its cheapest tablet

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  • 6

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    Its business services are making cloud file storage more pervasive.

    200 million

    number of users

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    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

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  • 27

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    Its tools for managing information overload get ever more useful.

    $45

    cost of an annual subscription to Evernote Premium

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    Making tiny computers for the Internet of things.

    $12 billion

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

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    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

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  • 3

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

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    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

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

    $1.5 billion

    announced investment in the "industrial Internet"

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  • 23

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    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

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    Its Watson system could deliver more answers from big data.

    $1 billion

    new investment IBM plans for Watson-related services

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

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    Making fitness tracking technology mainstream.

    28

    countries where the Up fitness band is sold

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

    $962 million

    money pledged onsite for 55,000 projects

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

    144,000

    number of registrants for Kaggle data-analysis competitions

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

    $65 million

    investment raised in recent round

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

    30 percent

    growth in LG's mobile phone business in 2013

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    Continues to shrink life-saving implantable medical devices.

    2 grams

    weight of the world's smallest pacemaker

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    Continues to dominate development and sales of genetically modified crops.

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

    21

    age of founder Palmer Luckey

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    Making breakthroughs in "neuromorphic" computing.

    30 percent

    2013 revenue growth

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    Leading Chinese antivirus company, moving into Web search.

    $12 billion

    Qihoo's market capitalization

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  • 50

    Why

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

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    Its advances are bringing down the cost of offshore power.

    13,100

    number of its wind turbines installed worldwide

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  • 21

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    Where would NASA be without it?

    14

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

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

    74

    number of people who have gotten the Argus II implant

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  • 41

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

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  • 12

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    Meeting the need for online interactions that are ephemeral.

    $3 billion

    size of buyout offer from Facebook, which Snapchat rejected

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  • 9

    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

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  • 5

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    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

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  • 4

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    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

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  • 2

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

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

    $130 billion

    Tencent's market capitalization

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  • 8

    Why

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

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    Why

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

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  • 26

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    Disrupting the taxi business.

    69

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

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    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

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    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

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  • 30

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

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