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Which Technology Companies Are Truly Disruptive?

Innovation can be hard to define, but you know it when you see it.

Nov 15, 2012

The editors of the site you’re reading are hard at work compiling our next list of 50 Disruptive Companies in the fields we cover: energy, biomedicine, computing, communications, and the Web. If you’ve got an idea for one we should consider, let us and your fellow readers know in the comments below.

Keep in mind that this isn’t a quantitative evaluation: we’re not interested in comparing companies on metrics such as patent filings, R&D spending, research employees, market capitalization, or the number of masseuses on staff. We are looking for companies that have done something identifiably disruptive in the past year or so. What does a disruption look like? It is something that threatens the leaders of some existing market, cements a company’s dominance of a market, or creates a new market. Does that sound like any tech company you know?