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Hostile takeovers can lead to new beginnings—just ask Dave Duffield, whose software company PeopleSoft was acquired by Oracle in 2004. Duffield and cofounder Aneel Bhusri pivoted and launched Workday, providing cloud-based, easy-to-use software for HR and finance departments. In just 12 years, companies from Amazon to Walmart have bought into Workday’s array of applications, resulting in a record $1.57 billion in revenue last year and a soaring ­market value. Workday is now using machine learning to analyze a mountain of data on workers, and has features that can identify employees at risk of leaving and recommend actions to take to retain them.

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Overall Score

4.3

Sector

Technology

Industry

Computer Software

CEO

Aneel Bhusri

Employees

7,400

HQ Location

Pleasanton, Calif.

Revenues ($M) (Past 12 Months)

$1,853

Profits ($M) (Past 12 Months)

$-369

Market Value as of Oct. 9, 2017 ($M)

$22,608

Revenue and net income for 12 months ended July 31, 2017. Source: S&P Global.* Market value has risen above $20 billion since screening was completed.
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