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How out-of-the-box thinkers disrupt industries and change the world

Our world, and the way we operate within it, is constantly being shaped by technology. From smart homes to smart cars and smart factories—the future is all about connectivity and creating a seamless experience for the end user, wherever they may physically be. As innovators continue to push the envelope in solving the pain points of tomorrow, it’s also important to look back at how far we’ve come. The following are some of our favorite trailblazers who disrupted their respective industries (and changed the world in the process)!

Everyone gets a car

Ford Motors, founded in 1903, was the bellwether of the 20th century. Just five years after it was founded, Ford introduced the Model T, the first mass-produced automobile. Cars had been in production since the 1880s, but they were unreliable and very expensive. This kept them as luxury items, unaffordable for most of the American public. Ford changed all this. By utilizing assembly line production techniques and interchangeable parts rather than slower, more expensive hand crafting, Ford’s innovation kept costs down across the production process. This enabled millions of middle-class families to buy the Model T, giving them an opportunity to more easily connect with people and places farther from home.

An Apple for everything

Another gamechanger was, and continues to be, Apple. Founded in 1976, Apple Computers went on to become the largest publicly traded corporation in the world by market capitalization. Apple first changed the way people thought of computers. Then, Apple changed the way people thought about music. (Remember the iPod?) Next, Apple changed the way people thought about phones. The iPhone set the standard for smartphones and opened the door to the app market we live in today. Since Apple creates a wide range of products, they touch every part of our lives. The clean lines and rounded edges of Apple products are easily recognizable and ubiquitous across their product offering.

Information in an instant

The internet has always been about making it easier, and faster, to communicate. Since the first message was sent over the ARPANET in 1969, the internet has revolutionized the way we speak to one another. As computers became more mainstream, so did the internet. Email quickly surpassed traditional mail as the preferred form of correspondence. Lengthy phone calls were minimized with instant messaging. And, voice over IP has made it possible for us to conduct meetings with multiple people all over the world. In addition to interpersonal communication, the internet allows us to stay connected on a global scale by tapping into a world of knowledge—opening up learning and advancement opportunities for the almost 4 billion people who are reportedly online.

The internet has always been about making it easier, and faster, to communicate. Since the first message was sent over the ARPANET in 1969, the internet has revolutionized the way we speak to one another. As computers became more mainstream, so did the internet. Email quickly surpassed traditional mail as the preferred form of correspondence. Lengthy phone calls were minimized with instant messaging. And, voice over IP has made it possible for us to conduct meetings with multiple people all over the world. In addition to interpersonal communication, the internet allows us to stay connected on a global scale by tapping into a world of knowledge—opening up learning and advancement opportunities for the almost 4 billion people who are reportedly online.

Changing the game

Ford focused on innovation to bring the automobile to the masses. Apple developed user-friendly, beautiful products that forced the competition to follow suit. And, the internet changed, well, everything! As these examples show us, digitalization can be a conduit for connecting us to the people, places and ideas that shape our perceptions of the world.

Of course, there are many more examples of products and services that have forced us to rethink entire industries. We look forward to seeing more businesses deliver out-of-the-box solutions to build a more interconnected world.

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