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A Look at the World's Most Innovative Companies

innovative companies around the globe

A Look at the World’'s Most Innovative Companies

Facebook

Facebook was founded in 2004 and has its headquarters in Palo Alto, Ca. The CEO is Mark Zuckerburg, and the company has more than 1,000 employees. During the most recent fiscal year, revenues were $500 million.

It was quite a year for Mark Zuckerberg and crew, whose site added a whopping 200 million users. Now, as they brush off the crumbs of MySpace and other competitors, it’'s time to look for their next meal. They are very, very hungry.

Amazon

Amazon was founded in 1994 and has its headquarters in Seattle, Wash. The CEO is Jess Bezos, and the company has 24,300 employees. During the most recent fiscal year, revenues were $24.5 billion.

Amazon is writing the book on how to diversify with ingenuity. It generated an estimated $24 billion in revenue last year, up 26 percent from 2008. This was done not simply through books, which it continues to dominate with the top ebook reader and iPhone reader apps, but also through its growing data storage and computing service, which is fast becoming an online utility for ESPN, eHarmony and others.

Apple

Apple was founded in 1976 and has its headquarters in Cupertino, Ca. The CEO is Steve Jobs, and the company has 36,800 employees. During the most recent fiscal year, revenues were $36.5 billion.

It’'s hard to fathom that Apple opened its App Store less than two years ago, and already it offers more than 140,000 apps. Consumers have downloaded around three billion apps, and it generates an estimated $1 billion a year.

Google

Google was founded in 1998 and has its headquarters in Mountain View, Ca. The CEO is Eric Schmidt, and the company has 19,800 employees. During the most recent fiscal year, revenues were $23.6 billion.

Even before the recent launch of its Facebook-like application, Buzz, Google was yet again generating plenty of buzz in multiple areas with new products. Once upon a time, it was all about Web search. No more. In 2009, Google introduced its first device, the Nexus One phone, a new collaborative tool called Wave and a new music service.

Huawei

Huawei was founded in 1998 and has its headquarters in Shenzen, China. The CEO is Ren Zheng-Fei and the company has 87,500 employees. During the most recent fiscal year, revenues were $23.3 billion.

Huawei shot past Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens in 2009 to become the world’s number two telecom equipment provider, powered by quality and product upgrades and its long-standing low prices. In the past year, it has won a slew of lucrative contracts. Huawei recently beat out Ericsson and Nokia Siemens for a deal to build Norway’s 4G cell-phone network, one of the world’s first- and showed continued strength in the burgeoning Indian and Chinese markets. These deals were good enough to double Huawei’s global market share to 20 percent and boost 2009 sales 17.5 percent to $21.5 billion.