And one of them is Iron Man. Image via Fast Company
Which company would you bestow the honor of 'Most Innovative' upon for its performance in 2009? Would it be a mammoth like Google, for continued innovation and investment in technologies of the future like clean energy and smart grids? Would it be a decades old entertainment company like Disney? A social media service like Twitter, which allowed protesters in Iran some much needed freedom of press? A solar technology company? A utility? Okay, enough with the speculation--here are Fast Company's most innovative companies of the year.Here are the first top 15 companies in Fast Company's annual list of 50:
1. Facebook - Ranked 15 Last Year
2. Amazon - Ranked 9 Last Year
3. Apple - Ranked 4 Last Year
4. Google - Ranked 2 Last Year
5. Huawei - New!
6. First Solar - Ranked 18 Last Year
7. PG&E; - New!
8. Novartis - New!
9. Walmart - Ranked 33 Last Year
10. HP - Ranked 12 Last Year
11. Hulu - Ranked 3 Last Year
12. Netflix - New!
13. Nike - Ranked 27 Last Year
14. Intel - Ranked 6 Last Year
15. Spotify - New!
And while not all of these companies are necessarily pushing the green envelope, I think you'll find a common thread in forward looking policies, environmental consciousness, and when applicable, a commitment to cleaner technologies. For the full list, and an interactive feature explaining the rankings, head over to Fast Company.
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