04/24/2014 08:45 am ET Updated Apr 24, 2014

25 Companies That Are Changing The World

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What's an "audacious" company? It's a superlative we chose very carefully. On the one hand, such companies are defined as bold, courageous, even heroic. Yet, on the other, they are defiant, presumptuous, irreverent, and even cocky. They see a better way to do something and work to make it happen, fearlessly committed to not only making their vision a reality but also spreading that vision.

These are the companies we celebrate. Below, you'll find an interview with the crown prince of audacity, Mark Cuban, on what it takes to build and run a bold company. Then continue scrolling to see our list of winners divided into five categories: technology, marketing, social impact, design, and culture.

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