For a college research paper I am looking at the effects that innovative companies like Apple, Google and 3M have had on our every day lives here in the US and around the world. Apple obviously has made a large impact with the iPod and Google with the Google search technology, but I am looking for more than just that. If you have any ideas on how any one of these three companies has altered our lives that would be great. Any links or suggestions on where to look would be welcome. Also if there is an innovative company that I havent thought of please tell me. In addition to looking at how they changed culture around their products I am also looking at why. Why did their product change culture and why are these companies so successful at making these changes? My thoughts so far are that the open and creative atmosphere that these companies have created leads to a product line that attracts successful business. I know that Apple is not so much creative as it is cooperative, but it is a unique environment that may be the key to their success. Your comments would be greatly appreciated.