Most Disruptive Companies, Part 4

By Lawrence Walsh  |  Posted 2008-05-09 Email

In this final installment of the Baseline 25 Most Disruptive Companies series, Lawrence Walsh and Chris Gonsalves take a look at some real innovators, which, though they may not all be technology companies, are disrupting their own markets as well as using technology in disruptive ways. Some examples: iRobot's gutter-cleaning robot and robots that are being built for the military and law enforcement that save lives; Tesla Motors, whose Roadster electric car can go from 0-60 mph in four seconds using conventional battery power, and is using CAD/CAM and Product Lifecycle Management tools in innovative ways; design firm IDEO, whose innovative designs challenge conventional wisdom and the status quo; and Amazon, which is breaking ground in online cloud computing and storage services.

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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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