Fast Company's list of the World's 50 Most Innovative Companies is a looking glass into what's powering the world, what's inspiring us, and how we've grown in the past year.
Number one for 2019 is Meituan Dianping, a Chinese tech platform that has pioneered transactional super apps. This is in stark contrast to last year's number one, which went, somewhat predictably, to Apple.
What intrigues me most about the list is how far we've come in just 12 months. Apple, Netflix, Square, Tencent and Amazon made the top five last year. This year, Grab, the NBA, Disney and Stitch Fix rounded out the top five.
Apple dropped to number 17 this year, and the reason for its mention wasn't for an iPhone or tablet, but instead for its new A12 Bionic processing chip. Perhaps most interestingly, Amazon didn't even get a mention.
What stands out the most is the fact original disruptor brands are themselves being out-disrupted in 2019. And not just by the new kids on the block, but by established, legacy brands like Disney, who are turning the status quo on its head and producing offerings that align with our on-demand, fast-paced, mobile way of life.
Our 2019 ranking of the businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture showcases a variety of ways to thrive in today’s volatile world.