Mar 9, 2021

Hugo Named to Fast Company’s List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021

Hugo’s meeting notes and tasks app among top-ranked in the Workplace category.

Rob Lennon
Rob Lennon
Customer Education Lead at Hugo
Hugo Named to Fast Company’s List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 9, 2021) -- Hugo has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021.

The list honors the businesses that have not only found a way to be resilient in the past year, but also turned those challenges into impact-making processes. These companies did more than survive, they thrived—making an impact on their industries and culture as a whole. This year’s MIC list features 463 businesses from 29 countries.

“Meetings spiked 42% in the wake of the pandemic,” said Josh Lowy, Hugo’s Co-Founder and CEO. “We spent the last year not just making software for better meetings, but sharing research and tools to help people navigate the new normal. We’re honored to be recognized.” 

The Fast Company honor comes as Hugo continues to make collaborative meeting preparation, note-taking and follow-up easier and smarter than ever before. It’s goal—allowing users to eliminate unproductive meetings and reduce overall attendees. 

Following March 2020, Hugo experienced a massive surge in demand, powering 200 percent more meetings than it did pre-COVID and surpassing 20,000+ customers. More than two million people have attended meetings powered by Hugo, including teams at Adobe, Netflix, Slack and Spotify.

Fast Company’s editors and writers sought out the most groundbreaking businesses across the globe and industries. They also judged nominations received through their application process.

The World’s Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company’s signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy. 

“In a year of unprecedented challenges, the companies on this list exhibit fearlessness, ingenuity, and creativity in the face of crisis,” said Fast Company Deputy Editor David Lidsky, who oversaw the issue with Senior Editor Amy Farley.

To coincide with the issue launch, Fast Company will host its first-ever Most Innovative Companies Summit on March 9 and 10. This virtual, multiday summit will celebrate the Most Innovative Companies in business, provide an early look at major business trends, and offer the inspiration and practical insights on what it takes to innovate in 2021.

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March/April 2021) is now available online here, as well as in app form via iTunes and on newsstands beginning March 16, 2021. The hashtag is #FCMostInnovative. 



Hugo is the San Francisco-based company behind the leading tool for better meetings through centralized, actionable notes. Their software provides one place to collaboratively prepare, take notes, assign tasks and share, and integrates with more than 20+ work apps. Backed by Google’s early-stage AI-fund, Gradient Ventures, along with the Slack Fund and other well-known investors, the team is on a mission to connect the way you meet to the way you work. Today, they’re powering more than 15,000 customers including Netflix, Shopify, Adobe, and Twitter. Learn more about Hugo.


Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies, and thinkers on the future of business. The editor-in-chief is Stephanie Mehta. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication Inc., and can be found online at www.fastcompany.com.


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