Business 2.0 100 Launches

Posted on April 27, 1999

The May 1999 issue of Business 2.0 unveils the first annual Business 2.0 100, a unique new ranking of the sharpest companies taking advantage of the networked economy.

Those included in the Business 2.0 100 are a mix of pure Web companies, such as Amazon.com and eBay, as well as traditional companies pursuing Web revenues, such as Cisco, Dell, and IBM. The companies represent an overall market value of $6.7 trillion and have total combined web revenues of $48.3 billion. Cisco Systems ranked as the top Business 2.0 100 company.

"These are smart companies taking advantage of enormous new online opportunities," said James Daly, editor-in-chief of Business 2.0. "They not only represent the future of ecommerce, but the future of all commerce."

According to Walid Mougayar, who leads the effort to compile the Business 2.0 100, "This is the first rigorous process to identify the top 100 leaders of the Net economy. 34% are pure Internet companies, 66% are non-Internet traditional companies, and 73% are public companies. This illustrates that traditional companies are also benefiting from the new economy, once they decisively choose the right approach and are aggressive with it."

The Business 2.0 100 also highlights the best companies in key categories including: Most Innovative, Dell; Most Integrated with the Web, Cisco Systems; Most Diversified; CMGI; Most Recognized Brand, AOL; Fastest Growing, IBM; Most Comprehensive, Marshall Industries; Most Web-Centric, Yahoo!; Most Transactions, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.; Most Successful Infomediary, NECX; and Best Transition to the Web, Disney.

To derive the Business 2.0 100, a team researched the eligibility of 600 companies and then pared down the number to 100. A point system was devised, rating the remaining companies in five major areas: annual Web revenue, purity of Web business, growth momentum, market cap power, and the "B2 factor" (assessment of each company's overall strength, market reach, online competitiveness, and future positioning within the New Economy).

In order by rank the Business 2.0 100: (company, stock)
Cisco Systems, CSCO; Dell Computer, DELL; IBM, IBM; Intel, INTC; America Online, AOL; Amazon.com, AMZN; Marshall Industries, MI; 3Com, COMS; Ingram Micro, IM; MCI WorldCom, WCOM; Yahoo!, YHOO; Charles Schwab, SCH; CMGI, CMGI; EBay, EBAY; Walt Disney, DIS; The Sabre Group, TSG; United Parcel Service, N/A; FDX, FDX; Getty Images, GETY; E-Trade Group, EGRP; NECX, N/A; uBID, UBID; DoubleClick, DCLK; Excite, XCIT; CNET, CNET; Lycos, LCOS; Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch, TMCS; Preview Travel, PTVL; Time Warner, TWX; Infoseek, SEEK; Beyond.com, BYND; Buy.com, N/A; Tech Data, TECD; Thomas Publishing, N/A; Micro Warehouse, MWHS; L.L. Bean, N/A; Dow Jones, DJ; Washington Post, WPO; W.W. Grainger, GWW; Netscape Communications, NSCP; Toronto-Dominion Bank, TD; Inktomi, INKT; CDW Computer Centers, CDWC; At Home, ATHM; Onsale, ONSL; Network Solutions, NSOL; REI, N/A; Intuit, INTU; TMP Worldwide, TMPW; Pegasus Systems, PEGS; Value America, N/A; Insight Enterprises, NSIT; Ziff-Davis, ZD; MindSpring Enterprises, MSPG; Lands' End, LE; Ameritrade Holding, AMTD; Compaq Computer, CPQ; National Semiconductor, NSM; Citigroup, C; Sun Microsystems, SUNW; Microsoft, MSFT; General Electric, GE; Northwest Airlines, NWAC; PC Connection, PCCC; AT&T, T; Gateway, GTW; The Vanguard Group, N/A; New York Life Insurance, N/A; Fidelity Invstments, N/A; Advance Publications, N/A; Donaldson, Lufkin, Jenrette, DLJ; Creative Computers, MALL; Knight Ridder, KRI; United Airlines, UAL; Multiple Zones Int'l, MZON; PSINET, PSIX; Datek Online Holding, N/A; Delta Air Lines, DAL; Internet Travel Network, N/A; 1-800-Flowers, N/A; Auction Universe, N/A; N2K, NTKI; Fleet Financial, FLT; Cyberian Outpost, COOL; Prodigy Comm., PRGY; GTE, GTE; Hewlett-Packard, HWP; Egghead.com, EGGS; 1Travel.com, N/A; Cendant, CD; Barnes & Noble, BKS; British Airways, BAB; Silicon Graphics, SGI; Apple Computer, AAPL; CDnow, CDNW; Boeing, BA; Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, MWD; Peapod, PPOD; National Discount Brokers, NDB; and Arrow Electronics, ARW.

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