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Experimentation Zones
Amazon SEATTLE One way Amazon cultivates ideas from more than 600,000 employees is via a process called “working backwards”: Any employee with a big idea is encouraged to create a plan that includes a customer-impact statement, a mock press release
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Baseball’s Tech Revolution
Baseball has always been as much a science as it is a sport: A sportswriter introduced the box score in 1859, and 30 years ago the Padres’ Tony Gwynn pioneered video as a tool to improve his swing. Today, Major League Baseball’s commitment to technol
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Creativity Hubs
Intuit MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA The company behind QuickBooks, Turbo-Tax, and Mint supports employees developing new ideas for communities that most need them. Through a project called Mission Hope, Intuit’s customer-success team is opening new customer s
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Jewel In The Crown
With 65 million travelers passing through in 2018 alone and amenities that include a butterfly garden and a rooftop swimming pool, Changi Airport is one of the world’s leading transit hubs and a prominent part of Singapore’s identity. It’s now part o
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Collaboration Cultures
WHETHER THROUGH INTERDEPARTMENTAL TRANSPARENCY OR INTERNAL CROWDSOURCING, THESE 15 COMPANIES ARE FINDING EFFECTIVE WAYS TO ENGINEER CREATIVE CHEMISTRY.
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Well Versed
HOW WHO WHAT WEAR COFOUNDER KATHERINE POWER TURNED AN ONLINE FASHION COMMUNITY INTO A BRAND FACTORY
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Reduce, Reuse, Refurbish
Thibaud Hug de Larauze COMPANY Back Market POSITION CEO PREVIOUS JOB Managing merchant inventories on eBay and other marketplaces PHONE MODEL iPhone 6 Society’s obsession with new gadgetry has wreaked havoc on the environment: Close to 50 millio
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What Price, Burning Man?
The annual mecca for the experimental and weird has become one of the world’s most iconic arts events by keeping the forces of commercialization at bay. If only it weren’t so Instagrammable.
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Atlanta Rising
Startups, corporations, and aspiring entrepreneurs are fleeing the Bay Area for the so-called black mecca. Here’s why the tech world’s center is shifting—and what it means for Atlanta.
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Elon Versus The World
Yo Elon, you okay? Asking for a friend. I think you know her: the planet. Over the past year, Tesla cofounder and CEO Elon Musk’s leadership has been as erratic as his company’s performance. He announced that Tesla would close its stores, only to re
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Product Laboratories
“LEAPFROG TEAMS” AND AUGMENTED REALITY: 10 COMPANIES PIONEERING NEW WAYS TO DEVELOP THEIR PRODUCTS
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A World Of Experience
The impersonal nature of automation, e-commerce, and streaming has produced the inevitable backlash: Consumers and companies are prioritizing encounters and connections over more stuff. This is how we come together, right now.
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The Regulator
SENATOR MARK WARNER, A FORMER TELECOM INVESTOR AND ENTREPRENEUR, IS SOUNDING THE ALARM ON HOW CHINESE ADVANCEMENT AND BIG TECH’S MISCONDUCT ARE ALTERING AMERICA’S GEOPOLITICAL STATUS. NOW HE’S TRYING TO GET BOTH CONGRESS AND SILICON VALLEY TO DO SOME
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New Vantage Points
Five years ago, Fast Company published a profile of entrepreneur Tristan Walker, a Foursquare veteran who was building a shaving and skincare business called Walker & Company. Written by contributor J.J. McCorvey, it was a candid portrayal of an Afri
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Google, By Design
The secret behind Google’s breakout hardware products is its year-old Design Lab. Here’s an exclusive look inside.
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Desus And Mero’s Cold Open
WITH THEIR FREE-FLOWING SHOW, NOW RUNNING TWICE A WEEK ON SHOWTIME, THE TWITTER-BORN DUO ARE GIVING LATE-NIGHT COMEDY NEW LIFE.
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50 Best Workplaces for Innovators
Most companies these days claim to embrace innovation. Fast Company partnered with Accenture to identify 50 organizations that actually cultivate big ideas and encourage experimentation.
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37 For Widening Amazon’s Stream
Since joining Twitch, Amazon’s interactive streaming-video service, in January 2018, Sara Clemens has developed new audiences and revenue sources. Average concurrent viewers are up 35%, and minutes watched are up 42%, to more than 500 billion, thanks
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43 For Being His Brothers’ Keeper
Media executive Emil Wilbekin founded Native Son, an advocacy and networking group for professional black gay men, to create “not just a safe space, but a beautiful space,” he says, where members of the community can celebrate their influence. Wilbek
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18 For Defending The Vulnerable Online
As director of cybersecurity at Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has defended civil liberties on the internet since 1990, Eva Galperin identifies and exposes threats to the privacy of journalists, activists, and others online. That includes hund
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08 For Repairing Denim
“Speed to market and sustainability are two of the biggest challenges in the [apparel] industry,” says Liz O’Neill, who has overseen the supply chain at Levi’s for the past five years. Often, companies end up sacrificing sustainability for speed by o
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82 For Paving A New Way For Truck Drivers
Federico Vega’s three-year-old startup matches independent truck drivers in Brazil with loads of cargo that need to be moved, lowering transportation costs for shippers while boosting income for truck drivers, who rarely travel empty—and processing m
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02–04 For Serving Up An Assist To Women Athletes Everywhere
U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team co-captains Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe play by the same rules with the same ball on the same field as their male counterparts. Yet they brought home a combined $1,725,000 for winning the 2015 Women’s
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29 For Capturing The Moment
Dev Hynes, who performs as Blood Orange, pushes with his words, music, and indeterminate identity against rigid definitions of race, sexuality, and culture. His unstructured aesthetic is his one consistency, whether he’s producing tracks for Solange
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42 For Bringing Food To A Desert
The Problem: A 2018 Johns Hopkins study found that nearly a quarter of Baltimore’s residents live in “food deserts,” where poverty and lack of retailers make healthy food inaccessible. The Epiphany: When riots over the death of Freddie Gray, a black
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76 For Steering Lyft Users Toward Fun
Jessica Zhang’s role at Lyft is to delight the ride-sharing company’s 30.7 million users—and attract new ones. She does that through collaborations and glitzy events with celebrities like Cardi B and Demi Lovato, while “being careful to make sure we’
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33 For Financing Cures For Neglected Diseases
Numerous diseases afflict billions but lack good treatments because they are not profitable enough for drugmakers. Cholera, malaria, dengue, and Zika all fall under the “neglected disease” heading, as does river blindness, a parasitic infection. Mark
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62 For Penetrating North Korea’s Iron Curtain
When President Trump emerged from his Singapore summit with Kim Jong-un last June and announced that North Korea had offered to dismantle one of its nuclear sites, the website 38 North used satellite imagery to confirm that deconstruction was underwa
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68 For Easing Reentry After Prison
Elena Sigman DIRECTOR OF COLLABORATIVE LEARNING, JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE’S PRISONER REENTRY INSTITUTE
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51–54 For Rocking The School-house
“Most rock music is used for catharsis,” says OK Go bandleader and video director Damian Kulash. “That’s true for us, too, but our songs’ videos were also being used as teacher’s aids.” They figured, Why not make it official? Last year, the musicians
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