The coverage also highlights Top 10 lists in 36 sectors and geographies, from artificial intelligence to health to travel.
Among the first-time honorees on this year’s list: Headspace, Open Whisper Systems, GoFundMe, Vivint Smart Home, Glossier, Clique Media Group, RewardStyle, Hypebeast, Related Companies, Nvidia, Home Depot, Pledge 1%, TaskRabbit, Medtronic, Thinx, MailChimp, BeyondMeat, Orbital Insight, Resy, Celmatix, Drone Racing League, One Medical, Farmers Business Network, and Simplify.
The Top 50 list features only 12 companies that made the 2016 list—Amazon, Airbnb, Apple, BuzzFeed, Facebook, Google, Huawei, Netflix, Snap (Snapchat), Slack, Spotify, and Uber. “These enterprises continue to set the pace for their industries, showing agility and aggressiveness that makes them undeniable,” says Fast Company editor and managing director Robert Safian. Additionally, six of the companies making the list are Chinese—Alibaba, Tencent, Xiaomi, BBK Electronics, Huawei, and Dalian Wanda—more than ever before. “This was not a strategic objective of ours, but a natural result of our bottom-up reporting. The days of dismissing Chinese businesses as mere copycats are long gone,” continued Safian.
Fast Company‘s Most Innovative Companies issue (March 2017) is now available online at www.fastcompany.com/MIC as well as in app form via iTunes, and on newsstands beginning February 21.