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Globe 100 | Letter from the business editor

An edition with a twist

Boston Globe business editor Shirley Leung Boston Globe business editor Shirley Leung
By Shirley Leung
May 22, 2011

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For 23 years, the Globe 100 has been about one list. This year, we bring you two.

As we continue to honor the best-performing public companies in Massachusetts, we have put together a second list highlighting 30 Massachusetts leaders who have innovated their way to success.

You’ll find some familiar names: Dr. Atul Gawande, Henri Termeer, Johnny Earle (aka Johnny Cupcakes). Others are better known among their peers than the general public — until now: David Vieau of A123 Systems, Douglas Bowen of PeoplesBank, Dharmesh Shah of HubSpot.

The list is a reminder of why Massachusetts is such an exciting place to do business. We have so much talent across so many sectors. To come up with the list, we enlisted the help of 70 judges, drawing from a pool that included local executives, academics, and venture capitalists.

Our annual list of companies is just as compelling.

For the second year in a row, we didn’t find 100 companies that qualified to be on the Globe 100. Blame the lingering effects of a bad economy. Only 90 firms made the cut; last year, it was 82. Covering the economy day in and day out, we expected this. We knew it would take time for corporate profits to return after suffering through the Great Recession.

But the recovery has been faster for one sector in particular, and that’s reflected in our list. Massachusetts technology is back — and in a big way. They aren’t household names like Google or Facebook, but Analog Devices, IPG Photonics, and Skyworks Solutions powered their way up the rankings to dominate the top 10. They make the chips and digital components that are critical to a variety of products, from cars to smartphones.

This magazine wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated staff. Assistant business editor Michael Warshaw once again served as editor. Assistant managing editor/design Dan Zedek was art director, while copy editors Andrew Reese and Mary Creane laid out the magazine. Boston.com senior producer Jesse Nunes added a multimedia dimension with videos, galleries, and charts at www.boston.com/globe100.

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