Interbrand launches inaugural Breakthrough Brands Report 2016 at NYSE

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Interbrand has launched the inaugural Interbrand Breakthrough Brands report, in partnership with Facebook, Ready Set Rocket, and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The Interbrand Breakthrough Brands report, entitled “Future Growth,” is unique in that it examines emerging companies that are brand-led— organizations that have both unique business models and strong brands. The report complements Interbrand’s annual Best Global Brands report, now entering its 17th year, by putting a spotlight on emerging brands—especially those that are affecting change and embodying growth.

“While it is certainly true that exciting startups abound, Interbrand and its partners have decided to put a spotlight on those organizations that have strong business models and strong brands,” noted Interbrand’s Global CEO, Jez Frampton. “From their earliest days, these Breakthrough Brands have been focused on managing their brands and delivering integrated experiences to their customers. We believe such efforts leave them well-poised to achieve significant growth in the months and years ahead.”

Approximately 200 brands were nominated by a global network of key influencers— individuals chosen by Interbrand, Facebook, NYSE and Ready Set Rocket because of their strong commitment to and interest in emerging brands.

Criteria & Methodology

  • Age: Is the brand 10 years or younger?

  • Change: Is the brand driving change by responding to a unique market place need, generating a new experience for consumers, disrupting an industry, adopting a new business model or developing a new technology?

  • Growth: Is the brand demon strating its ability to grow? Is it operating as a successful business? Is it stretching into new product or service categories—or new geographies? Is it attracting top talent?

  • Buzz: Is the brand grabbing attention and gaining momentum?

Of the 200 brands nominated, 60 are featured in the Interbrand Breakthrough Brands report. They are not ranked, but rather grouped against 10 insights, three sector-specific categories and two additional categories (“Innovation Incubators” & “Ones to Watch”).

Insights, Categories & Featured Brands

Growing together: Building businesses around people

  • Seenit
  • Glossier
  • VSCO
  • mymuesli

Growth in action: Living stories

  • Away
  • Casper
  • Shinola
  • Thinx

Growing potential: Performance-enhancing platforms

  • 90Seconds
  • FameBit
  • Percolate
  • WeWork

Growth for good: Purpose-bred brands

  • RubiconGlobal
  • Sensorbox
  • Sweetgreen
  • Zady
  • M-Pesa

Growth through clarity: Two-way transparency

  • DuckDuckGo
  • Everlane
  • LOLA
  • Transferwise

Personal growth: A better me

  • Betterment
  • Headspace
  • OneMedical
  • BlueApron
  • Duolingo

Growth in data: Data for value

  • BeMyEye
  • iCarbonX

Growing mecosystems: Network conduits

  • LINE
  • Tuluntulu
  • Carousell
  • DePop

Virtual growth: Machine realities

  • Niantic
  • Within
  • MagicLeap
  • CivilMaps

Growing global: Breaking borders

  • Xiaomi
  • DJIGlobal
  • WeChat
  • Paytm

Health & Wellness

  • iCarbonX
  • LOLA
  • OmadaHealth 
  • OneMedical
  • Peloton


  • Nubank
  • Nutmeg
  • Faircent
  • Acorns

Food & Beverage

  • Deliveroo
  • Zomato
  • BlueApron
  • dobem

Innovation Incubators

  • IBMWatson(IBM)
  • S’well(Starbucks)
  • Venmo(PayPal)
  • Oculus(Facebook)
  • AllState(Esurance)

Ones to Watch

  • Twist
  • Prizm
  • Maple
  • ProjectSeptember
  • OrchardMile
  • Sthaler/Fingopay 

To learn more about these insights and the 60 brands highlighted within the inaugural Interbrand Breakthrough Brands report, a downloadable report is available.


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