In its three-part special series on innovation, Inc focused on companies and company leaders that have made innovation an integral part of their business strategies. The articles from "The Innovation Factor" reveal how continually innovative companies keep the creative fires burning, what makes innovative leaders tick, and how corporate powerhouses regularly harvest ideas from upstart innovators.
In the second installment of our three-part series on innovation, Inc examines in depth the men and women who are coming up with today's market-transforming inventions, where those individuals get their ideas, and how they operate.
Wondering where the next hot food ... hit toy ... big band ... miracle drug will come from? Chances are, from entrepreneurs just like you who are furiously creating new products for the country's biggest corporations. Are small companies America's new R&D labs?
Many of the revolutionary products of the last century sprang from small companies. If you don't already appreciate the impact that entrepreneurial businesses have had on your every waking hour, just try to imagine life without these inventions.