It was a year of IPOs, product launches,
breakthroughs, and, yes, notable missteps for
the class of 2011’s Most Innovative Companies.
The microprocessor firm announced its most
energy-efficient application-class processor—
clocking in at five times more efficient than the
previous model. Set to power smartphones, the
chip will potentially increase battery life by 70%.
Continuing its commitment to digital and
social strategies as a driver of growth, the
global luxury brand unveiled a 4-D hologram
of Rosie Huntington- Whiteley—the face of its
new Body fragrance—and a “Tweetwalk” to
post twitpics of new looks during runway
shows. Revenue was up 27% for the year.
The corporate IT giant shed some pounds as
it abandoned its consumer-product strategy,
first dumping the Flip video camera in April,
then quietly stopping sales of its home-videoconferencing hardware as 2012 arrived.
2011 Ranking Description
The London-based, Oscar-winning visual-effects firm continued to wow audiences with
such flicks as Captain America: The First Avenger
and the final installment of the Harry Potter series. Next up: The Dark Knight Rises.
In December, the crowd-funding organization—
currently totaling more than 700,000 donors—
launched its largest campaign in which Donors
Choose.org matched funds, dollar for dollar. In
total, the campaign generated $1,275,608.
Since May 2011, the company has doubled in size
and now boasts 15 million users and 600,000
participating merchants. The app expanded its
offerings and is now available in Spanish, French,
Driven by comedian Louis C. K.’s second
season of Louie and the success of new fan-favorite American Horror Story, this risk-taking
cable network saw its nighttime viewership
jump 17%, according to Nielsen.
MA T T HOYLE ( WALKER); RODRIGO CORRAL (ARM); ERIN PA TRICE O’BRIEN ( TEENS)
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Walker; ARM, by the