The only thing that is a true constant in life is change, and it would be easy to argue that technology has advanced to the point where the world is changing now quicker than ever.
It seems like every year something new shakes up the market, and over the last few years there have been several companies that have changed the course of life more than most others.
As is usually the case, it is technology companies that tend to shape the world, and that holds true today as much as it ever has. From communication, healthcare, to autos, the world is a much different place today than it was just a few years ago.
To put things into perspective, keep in mind that it was not that long ago that if you wanted to call someone from the road you would have had to pull over and find a payphone. If you got lost you would have to pull a map out of your glove box, and if you wanted to listen to your favorite music you would need to put a tape into your Walkman. All of these things may feel like relics now, but it really was not that long ago that this was a normal way of life.
In today’s world, we can research anything on our phones, watch our favorite television shows on our tablets, and buy our weekly groceries from the luxury of our couch. The world has changed, and will continue to change.
The companies that have been reshaping the world are visionary companies, and their impact on our lives will continue to evolve moving forward, whether directly or indirectly through innovations they force competitors to make.
Let’s take a closer look at five companies that will continue to reshape the world as we know it.