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Source: MIT Technology Review

Category: Corporate Management, Digital Media

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11 Responses to “50 Disruptive Companies in 2013”

  1. NoKidding says:

    This list of companies looks like the establisment to me. Who are they supposed to disrupt?

    i.e. Can Apple make something outside of the space it already dominates? If Apple, Microsoft and Google all disrupt each other does it cancel out?

    Toyota? They co-own reliability and fuel economy with Honda – best hybrid, prettiest middle class minivan, a selection of low cost lawnmowers.

    A Fiat worth buying could be disruptive.
    Netflix deploying LTE base stationsin populous areas could be disruptive.
    Shell adding battery chargers to gas stations could be disruptive.

    Maybe I’m not understanding the context of disruptive.

  2. tnoll says:

    Sorry BR, hope this isn’t one of those comments you hate, but what is meant by ‘disruptive’?

  3. clcole says:

    tnoll – click on the graphic, then click “Introduction” at the top next to the title. It gives you a summary of what they mean by “disruptive.”

  4. James Cameron says:

    In the case of Microsoft, I think it is very much the company’s hope that they’ll be disruptive, the sooner the better. I think this is far from certain.

  5. Singmaster says:

    Ditto on it being a strange list.
    Though I get ABB for robotics, not high-voltage DC lines
    I get Siemens for their new desalinization technology, not their wind or batteries.
    I get Google for their glasses and driver-less cars, not smartphone software.
    But Pinterest? Really? How is sharing photos going to change our lives?

  6. Singmaster,

    from that Link, where do you get Siemens and Desal Tech?

  7. JimRino says:

    Exxon no where to be found.
    What does the Board of Exxon specialize in?
    Do they get their rocks of about all that good propaganda about global warming they produce?

    When is Exxon going to hire a CEO capable of Leadership?
    This is embarrassing.

    And the Koch Brothers, blew 120 million on the 2012 election.
    What kind of 50 years of profits had that money gone into a WIND FARM.

  8. Singmaster says:

    Mr Hoffer,
    Not from that article, let me assure you.
    I’ve been watching Siemens after an article in The Economist a year ago about their de-sal efforts in Singapore.
    Apparently, it is coming into fruition:
    Google “Siemens desalination” and see the results for more info.
    Bought late (and probably not enough) but have done nicely with it so far. Same with ABB.

  9. louiswi says:

    I suspect ABB’s development of a DC voltage circuit breaker will truly be disruptive. This has been sought after for decades.

  10. Singmaster,

    thanks for the response.

    …Instead of using reverse osmosis (RO), which requires high pressure pumps to force water through semi-permeable membranes, the Siemens engineers turned to electrochemical desalination.

    The process combines Electrodialysis (ED) and Continuous Electrodeionisation (CEDI), both applying an electric field to draw sodium and chloride ions across ion exchange membranes and out of the water. As the water itself does not have to pass through the membranes, the process can be run at low pressure, and hence low power consumption…

    …Siemens’ Dr Lukas Loeffler described the Ames operations as “solid businesses with excellent employees, a rich history, and strong brand recognition. But these products are not a fit with our focus on portfolio differentiation, which is a key driver of our business overall.”

    When making the announcement, Siemens said that the sale reflects its “ongoing assessment of its portfolio, processes and operations and alignment of its municipal strategy with long-term business objectives.” It should come as no surprise that a company with the word “Industry” in its name should finally decide to sell its municipal water business…

    sorta funny, even those self-purported “de-sal”-dudes, don’t ‘see’ the link..