Free Enterprise Staff  | December 29, 2014

Our 5 Most Popular Stories of the Year: True Innovation

It’s been a big year for us at We completely redesigned the site, launched a new LinkedIn showcase page, and had the chance to interview incredibly successful entrepreneurs like Sir Richard Branson—and that’s just touching the surface.

With 2015 nearly upon us, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to highlight some of our favorite and most successful stories from 2014. So, starting today and stretching through the end of next week, we’ll be showcasing the most popular stories from each of our five content categories—Doing Good, Creating Opportunity, True Innovation, Smart Government, and America at Work.

Though we couldn’t have asked for a better 2014, we have even bigger plans for next year, so stay tuned for what’s in store.

True Innovation:

1. Could an M.I.T. Startup’s Liquid Metal Batteries Save the U.S. Electric Grid? 

A startup that is an M.I.T. offshoot has developed a revolutionary kind of battery technology that has the potential to transform the electric grid. But will it work?

2. Lighting Our Fire: How Zippo Manufacturing Keeps the Spark of Innovation Alive

The well-known lighter maker Zippo has been designing and manufacturing lighters in the U.S. for nearly a century. This piece features a video interview with Zippo CEO Gregory W. Booth, and it also breaks down 10 of the most interesting facts about the innovative company.

3. Skybox Launching First Satellite in Bid to Create the Facebook of Satellite Photos

A profile of Skybox, which revolutionized satellite imagery—so much so that it caught the attention of Google, which purchased the startup for $500 million in June.

4. 5 Technologies That Will Change the World

A rundown of five emergent technologies that have the power to, as the headline suggests, change the world.

5. Innovation Built on Pittsburgh’s Steel Skeleton 

A profile of how Pittsburgh has transformed over the past decade, emerging as a hub of innovation after suffering through decades of economic stagnation following the collapse of the country’s steel industry.