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15 companies that will change the world

These game-changing startups are likely to upend existing industries - and spawn new entrepreneurial opportunities.

One laptop per child
Negroponte's new $176 laptops can provide connectivity to the Third World, and can also disrupt the industry.
One laptop per child
It isn't just Third World kids who will benefit now that Nicholas Negroponte's venture is producing its $176 laptops. The machine's innovations, such as Wi-Fi mesh networks and a power system that consumes 90 percent less electricity than standard laptops, could affect the rest of the industry.






Virgin Charter


Bloom Energy



A123 Systems

Renewable Energy Group

Desktop Factory


One laptop per child
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