Founder: Bob Moog; CEO: Mike Adams (pictured)
Site: Moog Music
Lowdown: Inventor of the synthesizer
Awesomeness: Used by Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, David Bowie, and The Beatles
Since first revolutionizing the music industry with the Moog synthesizer, Moog Music relentlessly innovates and shapes the music industry with iconic electronic instruments from its Asheville headquarters. Its superior synthesizers like the MiniMoog have been endorsed by rock legends and musicians throughout the decades. The global brand, which became part employee-owned in 2014, recently has been consistently pushing annual growth around 20%. It hosts the internationally acclaimed MoogFest, a synthesis of music, art, creativity, and technology.