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Hostile takeovers can lead to new beginnings—just ask Dave Duffield, whose software company PeopleSoft was acquired by [f500link]Oracle[/f500link] 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 [f500link]Amazon[/f500link] to [f500link]Walmart[/f500link] 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.

Company Information

* Market value has risen above $20 billion since screening was completed.
Overall Score4.3
Computer Software
Aneel Bhusri
HQ Location
Pleasanton, Calif.
Revenues ($M) (Past 12 Months)$1,853
Profits ($M) (Past 12 Months)$-369
Market Value as of Oct. 9, 2017 ($M)$22,608