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100 Brilliant Companies 2013

We talk a lot about ideas: what inspires them, how to act on them. But it's really quite simple: The best ones come from just going about our lives -- encountering, then attempting to resolve, both major obstacles and quotidian annoyances.

Read More »Our choice of categories for this year's Brilliant 100 reflects this.
SUSTAINABILITY
Automated kiosks that buy back used electronics aim to ease the electronic waste burden and put cash in consumers' pockets.
INVENTION
Smaller, less expensive 3-D printers are unlocking the ability for more people to be part of the maker movement.
RURAL LIFE
Modern Meadow aims to combine 3-D printing and tissue engineering to meet the world's demand for beef and leather.
WORK LIFE
KISSmetrics has crunched customer data for AOL, Foursquare, Microsoft, and other major companies.
CROWDSOURCING / COLLABORATION
The online hosting service makes it easy for millions of developers to create and share software projects.
See last year's Brilliance report »
LOVE / CONNECTING
Wickr gives users the ability to send self-destructing files securely and anonymously.
URBAN LIFE
No more waiting for a ride. Hailo aims to connect passengers and taxis within two minutes in cities all over the world.
FOOD / BEVERAGE
Napa Valley tastemakers are giving traditional wine sellers a run for their money.
GAMING
The video game of the future just might remind you of toys of the past. Sifteo cubes give tactile appeal to technology.
SPORTS / RECREATION
NumberFire has built data models that have outdone the
experts at ESPN.

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