Washington State is no stranger to innovation. Experts in state history can list local inventors, entrepreneurs and business people who have changed the way the world operates. Seattle Business has released their list of the top 25 entrepreneurs for 2010 in their November 2009 article.
The pick of the crop is Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon.com and listed as Entrepreneur of the Year. Bezos is the mastermind behind the world’s largest online retailer. Then created the Kindle, one of the industry’s top ebook readers. Now the company is working to change the way people use their computer software with a plan to implement “cloud computing.” When asked about Bezos’ innovation approach his reply was to start first with the customer’s needs…
Jones Soda, what was once the most in-demand stock in Wall Street, is now on the brink of becoming a one-hit brand. Analysts wonder if a change in the company’s leadership will be able to pull the brand back up to its former glory.
The Rise of Jones Soda
Jones Soda was founded in 1987 by Van Stolk. The company originated in Canada and was initially named Urban Juice and Soda Company. Originally, the company only distributed branded beverages. It began to market its own brands in 1995 and 1996, and this included Jones Soda.
China’s prominence as a world economic power is now well-known. Events like the 2008 Olympics and the 2010 World Expo, both hosted in China, have done a wonderful job of illustrating that. And the numbers back up this assertion, as China now ranks number 2 among world economies, right after Japan.
Over the last 30 years, the country has seen amazing change and economic development. Highlights include construction projects that have yielded the world’s largest dam and light rail system, the largest telecommunications network, and policy reforms that have liberated many citizens from the throes of poverty. The result is a densely populated company with a thirst for new technology and a desire to innovate.