Most Disruptive Companies, Part 3

By Lawrence Walsh  |  Posted 2008-04-30 Email

Disruption means shaking up markets you are already in, or entering. In this installment of the Baseline 25 Most Disruptive Companies series, Lawrence Walsh and Chris Gonsalves take a look at the hottest companies on the list, which are disrupting not only their own markets, but have reached out into society to change it as well: Google, which used to be the company that promised to do no evil, is now so ubiquitous that it is in the gun sights of every major tech vendor; Facebook, the social network pioneer that has become a bona fide application platform, fueled by its developer program; and China's Alibaba and Baidu, which are creating their own rules in how to build Web markets.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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