After outflanking and outlasting competitors, it is on top of the genome-sequencing business—just as that market is about to soar in importance.
The startup automaker is putting together the pieces for a truly mass-market electric car.
It may have finally found the missing piece it needs to move beyond relying solely on advertising.
Maximizing the advantages of its vertical integration as it extends its lead in the smartphone market.
Its tools will be crucial in helping companies incorporate new data from the Internet of things.
Its business services are making cloud file storage more pervasive.
At the forefront of adding self-driving capabilities to cars.
These VCs don’t wait for biotech startups to come to them. They create companies themselves.
Not just giving merchants a way to collect payments on phone; now you can e-mail someone money.
Raising expectations for what e-commerce can deliver.
Building on its Twitter-like social media service in China with electronic payment technologies.
Meeting the need for online interactions that are ephemeral.
By making a cheaper LED lightbulb, the newcomer to the industry hopes to dominate the market for energy-efficient lighting alternatives.
Its online file storage service is becoming the basis for a wide range of applications that help people get work done.
Fired up the world's largest solar thermal plant in California.
Taking advantage of its retail heft as it rethinks payment and e-commerce technologies.
Its use of big data and sensors could help revive manufacturing.
Making breakthroughs in "neuromorphic" computing.
Has helped many organizations crowdsource data analysis; now focusing on certain industries.
Makes an artificial retina for people with certain kinds of blindness.
Where would NASA be without it?
Keeping crowdfunding pure, it won't let donors get equity in startups.
Chinese energy company is snapping up advanced solar technologies at fire-sale prices.
Its advances are bringing down the cost of offshore power.
The company has managed the nearly impossible for a solar startup over the last few years: it is still in business.
Disrupting the taxi business.
Its tools for managing information overload get ever more useful.
Chinese Web-search leader is expanding globally, heightening competition with Google.
This site for sharing computer code is part productivity tool, part social network.
This Chinese startup could outmaneuver big companies in the coming smartphone boom in developing countries.
Its soon-to-be-released virtual-reality headset should help the technology live up to its potential.
Leading Chinese antivirus company, moving into Web search.
Continues to dominate development and sales of genetically modified crops.
Just finished a production line to make its low-cost battery for storing electricity off the grid.
Its Watson system could deliver more answers from big data.
Making fitness tracking technology mainstream.
Continues to shrink life-saving implantable medical devices.
A rising force in video games with its open-source console and online game distribution.
Will run the U.K.'s project to make DNA sequencing part of the country's health-care system.
It's not clear whether it has invented quantum computers. But its machines solve certain problems remarkably well.
If it can convert natural gas to transportation fuels and commodity chemicals, it could reduce our dependence on oil.
Developing a novel non-GMO way to breed crops with improved yields.
Began as a project to spread cheap tablets to students in India; now selling devices everywhere.
Making tiny computers for the Internet of things.
You won’t believe how these guys redefined viral content on the Web.
Korean electronics giant's recent innovations include a smartphone with flexible, curved screen.
Its anticipatory software listens to your conversations so it can suggest relevant information.
Influential service acts as a matchmaker for early-stage investors and startups.
Tests crops designed to use less fertilizer and water or tolerate more salt.
This startup invented its own digital currency for exchanging money across borders.