Creates simple, carefully designed clothing and accessories using sustainable materials and production processes.
The average consumer buys 68 items of clothing per year, but wears each item only an average of seven times before it is discarded--and 60 percent of discarded garments end up in incinerators or landfills within one year. This year, Cuyana has stayed true to its mission of minimizing the impact of the fashion industry on the environment by creating staple apparel pieces that consumers value and wear longer. This female-led company also continues to support global craftsmanship by honoring its production commitments to small factories around the world, even amid the pandemic. The company recently launched the Zero Waste collection program, in which scraps from its production supply chain are used to create new products.
Sells fashion, jewelry, and accessories online and in over 100 standalone stores across the U.S., and in premiere retailers including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale's.
Kendra Scott entered the pandemic with a history of substantial philanthropic giving —having donated more than $30 million to local and national causes since 2010. To pitch in on Covid-19 relief, the company gave 4.1 million meals through Feeding America, created and donated more than 4,500 masks for frontline workers, and donated close to $500,000 to hospitals. Its Care @ Home program helps employees find care services for family members and offers enrollment discounts for child care centers.
Provides security awareness training for companies.
KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s most popular integrated new school security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 9,000 organizations worldwide. Founded by data and IT security expert Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness of ransomware, spear phishing, CEO Fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new school approach to security awareness training.
Number 139 on the 2016 Inc 500 list, #50 on 2016 Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, KnowBe4 is based in Tampa Bay, Florida.
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Cybersecurity firm KnowBe4 has been on the forefront of tracking pandemic-related security breeches and phishing traps. Its ongoing What Keeps You Up at Night series of reports surveys hundreds of business owners at home and abroad to create a real-time index of the health of our networked economy. Compromised credentials, ransomware, and negligent users surfaced as the most common security concern for gatekeepers this year. This year, the company launched a free compliance tool for companies to gauge the integrity of their systems.
Provides security for networked, IoT medical devices.
Nearly 70 percent of medical devices will be connected or connectable to a health care system network by the end of 2025, according to Deloitte. This year, Medigate has emerged as one of the clear leaders providing security for IoT medical tech. The company has partnered with Microsoft and VMware to provide hospitals with greater visibility into their clinical data and to uncover network vulnerabilities. In a health care system already taxed by the pandemic, Medigate systems are able to save hours and hour of precious manpower for more critical operations.
Builds identity-verification tools for companies, boosting conversion rates.
When it comes to ensuring the security of networks and software, human beings are almost always the weak link, with misappropriated security credentials still accounting for a bewildering amount of financial damage every year. Even in its early stages, Passbase's biometric identify verification product has become a go-to for companies looking for frictionless, fool-proof verification processes that are compliant with GDPR CCPA laws. Alphabet, Stanford, Kleiner Perkin, and EY are early investors in a technology helping provide the foundation for next-gen biometric verification.