Interesting Fact: The founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, put $70 million of his own cash into the venture.
Interesting Fact: The starting pay for most entry-level jobs at Netflix, like positions in call centers, is $18.00 per hour.
CEO: Reed Hastings
Product: Streaming Entertainment/Production
Founded by Reed Hastings & Marc Randolph on August 29, 1997
Headquarters: Los Gatos, California
Market Cap: $124.1 billion
YoY growth: 104%
Growth in last ten years: 6259%
Netflix is a company that started out as an innovative DVD-mail-service venture and slowly grew to nearly dominate film and TV on Earth – with its online streaming services, it truly transformed the way that human beings consume entertainment. Nowadays, some of the most popular films and television shows are produced and put directly onto the Netflix platform.
Netflix has grown to be an industry leader. With millions of subscribers and an enormous library of content, this company is arguably the most successful streaming company. This success did not come by size alone; the service innovates by adding new features or producing original content, all of which helps provide the best experience for its customers. With a massive library of exclusive and original content, an easy-to-use interface, numerous features and superior customer service, Netflix is our top pick movies.
Interesting Fact: This company was actually voted as one of the 10 worst business ideas of 1999.
CEO: Daniel Schulman
Product: Online Payments
Founded by Ken Howery, Luke Nosek, Max Levchin, Peter Thiel & Elon Musk in December 1998
Headquarters: San Jose, California
Market Cap: $95.6 billion
YoY growth: 89%
Growth in last ten years: 129%
PayPal went public in 2002, just four years after it was founded – and it got picked up by eBay in the same year of its initial public offering (IPO). It was originally called Coinfinity until it merged with Elon Musk’s X.com back in 2000. Since then, it has become one of the top online payments processors in the world – and we can see their label on tons of e-commerce sites globally.
PayPal is extremely transparent with its terms and pricing, and it doesn’t lock you into a contract with an early termination fee. The number of integrations offered is unreal, so you can be certain that PayPal will sync with your shopping cart, accounting application, or shipping software.
PayPal is absolutely set up in a way that will grow with your business from day one until you make it to the big leagues. With no contract, no monthly fees, and a strong suite of tools for merchants to sell virtually anywhere, anytime, there’s no denying the appeal, either.
- CEO: Elon Musk
- Product: Automobiles & Energy Storage
- Founded by Martin Eberhard, Marc Tarpenning, Ian Wright, Elon Musk & JB Straubel on July 1, 2003
- Employees: 33,000
- Headquarters: Palo Alto, California
- Market Cap: $59.5 billion
- YoY growth: 40%
- Growth in last ten years: 1728%
Tesla has been one of the global images of innovative technology and renewable energy since its all-electric sports cars hit the road. Its Model S was the global top seller when it came to plug-in electric cars for both 2015 and 2016, and has since released a crossover as well as its latest model (the Model X).
Interesting Fact: Salesforce actually created the first App Store before Apple did, even registering the name 3 years before the iTunes giant did.
- CEO: Marc Benioff
- Product: Cloud Computing
- Founded by Marc Benioff & Parker Harris
- Employees: 25,178
- Headquarters: San Francisco, California
- Market Cap: $83 billion
- YoY growth: 43%
- Growth in last ten years: 704%
Salesforce.com is one of the biggest cloud computing companies around, and it actually became the first enterprise cloud computing company in history to rake in $10 billion in yearly revenue – starting in Summer of 2017. It has grown spectacularly since its 2004 IPO, which even got an investment from Nancy Pelosi – the current minority leader in the US House of Representatives.