50 Genius Companies of 2018 – according to Time Magazine

Time magazine has come up with its list of 50 companies that are shaping the future.

The list comprise of companies that have come up with solutions to change the world by driving progress now.

Majority of the companies are based in the U.S. with a few coming from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Its also interesting to note that quite a number of the companies were founded in the last five years with four being one year old.

Here’s a list of the companies that made it.

23andMe (U.S., founded in 2016) – a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company based in Mountain View, California.

AgriProtein (South Africa, founded in 2009)- specializes in nutrient recycling to create sustainable sources of protein for the mono-gastric animal feed industry by breeding fly larvae from food waste and converting them into a high-protein diet for fish, poultry and pigs, as well as family pets.

Aidoc (Israel, founded in 2016) – analyzes reams of medical images (like CT-scans) to help radiologists identify abnormalities at high speed.

Airbnb (U.S. founded in 2008)- operates an online marketplace and hospitality service which is accessible via its websites and mobile apps.

Amazon (U.S., founded in 1994) – one of the world’s most successful online shopping sites.

Apeel Sciences – (U.S., founded in 2012) – helps farmers and retailers naturally improve produce quality and greatly reduce food, water and energy through its plant-derived solution which doubles the lifespan of harvested fruits and vegetables—even without refrigeration.

Apple –  (U.S., founded in 1976) – a multinational technology company that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and online services.

Away – (U.S., founded in 2015) a brand designing thoughtful luggage for modern travel.

Babymigo.com – (Nigeria, founded in 2017) -a platform that helps mothers ask, chat and connect with certified experts.

Bird – (U.S., founded in 2017) – provides fleets of scooters that riders can locate through a smartphone app, rent for $1 (plus 15 or 20 cents per minute, depending on the market) and then park wherever their trip happens to end.

Bitland – (Ghana, founded in 2013) – uses blockchain technology—which can create tamper-proof digital public records—to help people prove their land belongs to them.

BRCK – (Kenya, founded in 2014) – is an integrated hardware and software company that has developed a portable modem that uses phone SIM cards to beam wifi connectivity to multiple devices.

Bumble (U.S., 2014) – is an app to bring dating, friend-finding, and career-building into a single social networking platform.

Cameo  (U.S., founded in 2016) – a marketplace where fans can book personalized video shoutouts from their favorite people.

Clue – (Germany, founded in 2013) – a period tracking and fertility app whose mission is to empower people to be in charge of their lives while moving science and health research forward.

CommonBond, – (U.S., founded in 2011) – an online lending platform that connects borrowers and investors to make education finance better.

Disney (U.S., founded in 1971) – a diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate.

DJI – (China, founded in 2006) – produces commercial and recreational unmanned aerial systems.

Domino’s – (U.S., founded in 1960) – provides fast, reliable pizza delivery services.

Duolingo – (U.S., founded in 2011) – the most popular way to learn a language online, with over 300 million users worldwide.

Epic Games – (U.S., founded in 1991) – a video game development company that offers Unreal, Gears of War, and Infinity Blade series of games.

Everlane – (U.S., founded in 2010) – designs, manufactures, and sells luxury clothing items at a low retail markup via an online e-commerce website.

Fenty Beauty – (U.S., founded in 2017) – Founded by the singer Rihanna with luxury goods giant LVMH’s Kendo division, Fenty aims to cater to all women, regardless of skin color.

GoFundMe – (U.S., founded in 2008) – a crowdfunding platform, enabling people to raise money for different life events.

GW Pharmaceuticals – (U.K., founded in 1998) – works with a range of controlled drugs for medical research purposes, with the lead programme being the development of a product portfolio of cannabinoid prescription medicines to meet patient needs in a wide range of therapeutic indication.

Houston Astros – (U.S founded in 1962) – an American professional baseball team based in Houston.

Impossible Foods – (U.S., founded in 2011) – develops a new generation of meats and cheeses made entirely from plants.

Intermedia Labs (U.S., founded in 2015) – consumer video technology firm inventing the future of television.

Lishtot – (Israel, founded in 2015) – builds products for quickly detecting contaminations in drinking water.

Lockheed Martin – (U.S., founded in 1995) – a security company engaged in the research, development, and manufacture of advanced technology systems and products.

Merck – (U.S., founded in 1891) – an American pharmaceutical company and is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.

Netflix – (U.S., founded in 1997) – an online platform that enables users to watch TV shows and movies on smart TVs, PCs, Macs, mobiles, tablets, and so on.

Nike – (U.S., founded in 1964) – an American company that designs, develops, and markets footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessory products.

Nintendo – (U.S., founded in 1889) -a  multinational consumer electronics company that develops game consoles.

Obvious (France, founded in 2017) – collective of friends, artists, and researchers, driven by a common sensibility regarding questions bounded to the increasing advent of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

Oculus – (U.S., founded in 2012) – develops virtual reality platforms and products, including Rift, that let people experience anything, with anyone.

Ona – (Kenya, founded in 2013) – uses satellite imagery and information from such NGOs as Zambia’s Akros to create a simple digital mapping system that helps health workers locate remote dwellings and identify what health services they need, in real time, in the field—vital in interventions like malaria spraying and vaccine distribution.

Oportun – (U.S., founded in 2015) – provides affordable loans that help people with little or no credit history establish credit and build a better future.

Paytm – (India, 2010) – an Indian electronic payment and e-commerce brand based out of Delhi NCR.

Peloton – (U.S. 2011) – uses technology and design to connect the world through fitness, empowering people to be the best version of themselves.

Pinterest – (U.S., 2009) – a visual bookmarking tool for saving and discovering creative ideas.

Singapore Airlines – (Singapore, founded in 1947) – a global company dedicated to providing air transportation services.

Slack – (U.S., founded in 2009_ – an enterprise software platform that allows teams and businesses of all sizes to communicate effectively.

SpaceX – (U.S., founded in 2002) – an aviation and aerospace company that designs, manufactures, and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft.

SpotHero  (U.S., founded in 2011) –  parking reservation platform, with 20 million+ cars parked and the largest network of connected parking facilities.

Spotify – (Sweden, founded in 2006) – a commercial music streaming service that provides restricted digital content from a range of record labels and artists.

Volvo  – (Sweden, founded in 1927) – a Swedish automobile manufacturer.

WeWork – (U.S., founded 2010) a platform for creators that transforms buildings into dynamic environments for creativity, focus, and collaboration.

Wonderbag (South Africa, founded in 2008) – a heavily insulated container that functions as a non-electric, go-anywhere slow cooker.

Xiaomi – (China, founded in 2010) – an electronics and software company that focuses on mobile devices and technology.

Get the full profile of each of the 50 companies here.




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