Every year, thousands of people gather in the scorching sun and blowing sand of Black Rock Desert for Burning Man, a weeklong festival in the middle of nowhere Nevada that celebrates art, music and culture and culminates in a massive bonfire. The event, known for its free-spirit nature and hedonism, is becoming immensely popular with the tech community, thanks to its focus on innovation and creativity — Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page have attended, as have Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.
When you gather all types of people from across the world and take them off the grid (the event lacks cell phone service and relies on generators for power), brainstorming is bound to happen. The outcome? These three organizations that got their start in the Nevada desert have been burning brightly ever since.