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The 10 Most Innovative Companies In Food 2017

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:00 +0000

Chobani, Farmers Business Network, and others are changing the way we eat in 2017.

Chobani, Farmers Business Network, and others are changing the way we eat in 2017.

The food industry is rapidly changing as consumers develop an appetite for bold new flavors, healthier and more eco-friendly options, and more control over how their food gets served, delivered, and made. These 10 companies have hit on strategies that are serving up the biggest change in the industry.

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Patrick Kennedy Talks The "Turmoil" Of Protecting Mental Health Care In The Trump Age

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:00 +0000

We spoke to the former Congressman about the future of mental health treatment and his new project, Advocates for Opioid Recovery.

We spoke to the former Congressman about the future of mental health treatment and his new project, Advocates for Opioid Recovery.

After his father, Ted Kennedy, passed away, former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy chose not to run for re-election in the House of Representatives so he could devote more energy to the issue that he cares most deeply about: changing the way we talk about and treat millions of Americans who suffer from mental health disorders.

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The Digital Nomad's Guide To Working From Anywhere On Earth

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:00 +0000

The work-anywhere, travel-the-world fringe lifestyle is going mainstream—and these apps, services, and events are here to help.

The work-anywhere, travel-the-world fringe lifestyle is going mainstream—and these apps, services, and events are here to help.

Twenty years ago, a Hitachi executive named Tsugio Makimoto predicted a revolution.

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This Is What Caused Uber's Broken Company Culture

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:42 +0000

Uber's problems are a result of a company that refused to fix its dysfunctional culture.

Uber's problems are a result of a company that refused to fix its dysfunctional culture.

It's been a tough week for Uber's company-culture image. A blistering blog post written by former Uber engineer Susan Fowler chronicled claims of rampant sexual harassment, and an ambivalent response from HR.

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How To Master Your Brain To Overcome Impostor Syndrome

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:02 +0000

Imagine if an inner voice was constantly telling you that you are a professional fraud.

Imagine if an inner voice was constantly telling you that you are a professional fraud.

"Any moment, someone could come through the door, tap me on the shoulder, and tell me that it's been concluded that I'm really not very good, certainly not an asset to the business, and it would be better for everyone if I packed my things and left," says J.J.,* a professional in his 30s who works in marketing and communications.

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My First Year Of Parenthood Helped Me Reset My Career Goals (For The Better)

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

This writer was "so knee-deep in survival mode" during her son's first year that she no longer had real goals. Here's what came next.

This writer was "so knee-deep in survival mode" during her son's first year that she no longer had real goals. Here's what came next.

I worked myself into a lovely pickle at the end of 2016. I told my manager that I'd love to have a session on career planning and goals for my role in the company. I love these sorts of chats!

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This Bulletproof Shield Is Inspired By Japanese Origami

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

A research lab at Brigham Young University in Utah has created a bulletproof shield that can protect up to three people.

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What Happened When I Replaced My To-Do Lists With "Love-To-Do" Lists

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

Intentionally scheduling activities you enjoy takes real discipline, but one writer says it's made him more productive and creative.

Intentionally scheduling activities you enjoy takes real discipline, but one writer says it's made him more productive and creative.

To-do lists are for robots, which I've discovered I am not. In my experience, the more "grownup" you become, the more you're forced to mechanically check things off a list just to get paid. That's life—welcome to adulthood, kid. But life wasn't working out the way I'd wanted it to; I got stuff done, I just hated doing it.

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Meet The 3D Printing Factory Changing The Manufacturing Game

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

Voodoo Manufacturing wants to marry efficiency and automation like no other digital manufacturing company.

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Why This CEO Is Helping 20% Of His Employees Find New Jobs By Next Year

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

"One out of every five of my employees won't be in their roles next year," says Hootsuite's Ryan Holmes. "And I couldn't be happier."

"One out of every five of my employees won't be in their roles next year," says Hootsuite's Ryan Holmes. "And I couldn't be happier."

Concerns over rising rates of speedier job-hopping are now at a fever pitch. By one recent estimate, nearly half of employees could leave their jobs by the end of 2017. And according to another, millennials now expect to change their job every two and a half years—double the rate of their Gen X predecessors.

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What Taco Bell Learned From Red Bull

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:00 +0000

Ten years of innovation, lesson No. 5: Every company is a media company.

Ten years of innovation, lesson No. 5: Every company is a media company.

This is the fifth essay in our series of 10 Lessons From 10 Years Of The World's Most Innovative Companies.

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What Under Armour And HBO Have In Common

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:00 +0000

Ten years of innovation, lesson No. 7: Culture eats strategy.

Ten years of innovation, lesson No. 7: Culture eats strategy.

This is the seventh essay in our series of 10 Lessons From 10 Years Of The World's Most Innovative Companies.

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In An Uncertain World, These Are The Business Trends We Can Count On

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:00 +0000

Ten years of innovation, lesson No. 10: Agility will remain the ultimate imperative.

Ten years of innovation, lesson No. 10: Agility will remain the ultimate imperative.

This is the tenth essay in our series of 10 Lessons From 10 Years Of The World's Most Innovative Companies.

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10 Lessons From 10 Years Of The World's Most Innovative Companies

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:00 +0000

What we can learn from the challenges and the triumphs that have defined the last 10 years of innovation in business.

What we can learn from the challenges and the triumphs that have defined the last 10 years of innovation in business.

This month marks my tenth anniversary as editor of Fast Company; we are also releasing the tenth installment of our World's Most Innovative Companies coverage. During that time, the U.S. economy has experienced its share of adversity, but what stays with me even more are the amazing achievements that have emerged from it. What follows are 10 lessons gleaned from our Most Innovative Companies coverage. I hope it inspires you to reflect on what can go right in the midst of all that is wrong—and why.

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Why Nike Really Lets You Design Your Own Sneakers

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:00 +0000

Ten years of innovation, lesson No. 8: We're all open source.

Ten years of innovation, lesson No. 8: We're all open source.

This is the eighth essay in our series of 10 Lessons From 10 Years Of The World's Most Innovative Companies.

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Why The Music Industry Is A Model For Every Business

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:00 +0000

Ten years of innovation, lesson No. 6: Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Ten years of innovation, lesson No. 6: Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks.

This is the sixth essay in our series of 10 Lessons From 10 Years Of The World's Most Innovative Companies.

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Why Netflix, HBO, And Amazon Owe Their Success To Hulu

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:00 +0000

Ten years of innovation, lesson No. 3: You can't—and shouldn't—go it alone.

Ten years of innovation, lesson No. 3: You can't—and shouldn't—go it alone.

This is the third essay in our series of 10 Lessons From 10 Years Of The World's Most Innovative Companies.

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Why Apple And Google Are Titans

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:00 +0000

Ten years of innovation, lesson No. 1: The race goes to the swift.

Ten years of innovation, lesson No. 1: The race goes to the swift.

This is the first essay in our series of 10 Lessons From 10 Years Of The World's Most Innovative Companies.

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Why Facebook Beat Twitter

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:00 +0000

Ten years of innovation, lesson No. 2: Everybody stumbles.

Ten years of innovation, lesson No. 2: Everybody stumbles.

This is the second essay in our series of 10 Lessons From 10 Years Of The World's Most Innovative Companies.

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Three Perfectly Legit Alibis For Avoiding Last-Minute Meetings

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

For all those times you really can't "just touch base real quick."

For all those times you really can't "just touch base real quick."

A coworker sends you an email asking if you're available for a 2:30 p.m. meeting, and your first thought is: How am I going to get out of this?

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AI Can Make Us All Dress Better. So Why Isn't The Fashion Industry Using It More?

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:00 +0000

From sneaker bots to machine-human stylists, brands are exploring artificial intelligence. So far, results have been mixed.

From sneaker bots to machine-human stylists, brands are exploring artificial intelligence. So far, results have been mixed.

Fashion has always taken to the latest in trendy tech developments, from sparkly wearables and interactive dressing rooms to robots walking the Chanel runway. Increasingly, the industry is embracing AI and exploring how it can impact e-commerce productivity, retailer experiences, promotional campaigns, and even the clothes themselves.

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The Idiot's Guide To Networking, No Work Experience Required

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

What can you possibly talk about when you're only in an entry-level job—or looking for one? Wrong question.

What can you possibly talk about when you're only in an entry-level job—or looking for one? Wrong question.

Long before you enter the workforce, you're told over and over again that you need to network. And for many years afterward, you're given loads of advice on how to schmooze tactfully, talk yourself up, meet VIPs, make introductions, and even make your way to the door when the time comes. But there's surprisingly little advice for people who may have cause to worry that they don't have anything to talk about.

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How Robots And AI Could Save American Water Utilities Half A Trillion Dollars

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:00 +0000

HiBot USA's technology combining robots, big data, and AI could upend the way municipalities replace aging water pipes.

HiBot USA's technology combining robots, big data, and AI could upend the way municipalities replace aging water pipes.

The future of your drinking water may depend on databotics.

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How This Hedge Fund Billionaire Turned Activist Plans To Take On Trump

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:00 +0000

One of Tom Steyer's acts of dissent: Copying the entire EPA website and making it available to the public.

One of Tom Steyer's acts of dissent: Copying the entire EPA website and making it available to the public.

Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues.

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Navy Sends Out An H.O.S. Challenge—Hack Our Ship—To Woo Millennial Tech Talent

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:36 +0000

If you're looking to serve your country with science—but not don the uniform—Uncle Sam has a job for you.

If you're looking to serve your country with science—but not don the uniform—Uncle Sam has a job for you.

Hey millennials: Uncle Sam wants you ...No uniform required.

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The 10 Most Innovative Companies In Travel 2017

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:00 +0000

Airbnb, Marriott, and others are changing the way we see the world in 2017.

Airbnb, Marriott, and others are changing the way we see the world in 2017.

The past year in travel has been marked by consolidation: Marriott created the world's largest hotel company with its acquisition of Starwood Hotels; Paris-based AccorHotels took over the luxury portfolio of Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel; and China's ambitious Ctrip booking platform announced its global ambitions by taking over the U.K.-based travel search engine Skyscanner.

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Stories You Should See, In Case You Missed Them

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

Here's your weekly roundup of some of the top stories we're watching at Fast Company.

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From Negotiating Harder To Handy Slack Hacks: This Week's Top Leadership Stories

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

This week's top stories may help you tame Slack notifications, become a better negotiator, and sit up straighter in your next interview.

This week's top stories may help you tame Slack notifications, become a better negotiator, and sit up straighter in your next interview.

This week we learned what not to say during salary negotiations, the top reasons why people are quitting their jobs, and how to correct iffy body language during interviews.

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3 Of The Toughest Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

Don't sweat it if you don't know the exact number of fire hydrants in L.A. The question is about more than counting.

Don't sweat it if you don't know the exact number of fire hydrants in L.A. The question is about more than counting.

Job interviews can feel a lot like going on blind dates with prospective employers. While there is plenty of advice for how to answer both the most common and the most annoying interview questions, when an interviewer throws a curveball question, even the quickest thinker can get unnerved.

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Your Conference Calls Sound Terrible, But You Don't Have To

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

These five tips can help you get your point across, no matter how crappy the audio or how distracted your listeners.

These five tips can help you get your point across, no matter how crappy the audio or how distracted your listeners.

When I recently asked the CFO of a major retailer if he'd had time to do some "homework" I'd assigned him, he told me, "No, but it's okay, I can do it on my conference call!"

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I Had Career Experts Make Over My Crappy Cover Letter

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

This cover letter I sent in 2013 didn't get me the interview. So I asked the pros to whip it into something that might have been successful.

This cover letter I sent in 2013 didn't get me the interview. So I asked the pros to whip it into something that might have been successful.

When I was a couple years into my career and trying to leave my first job out of college (starting salary: $28,000), I sent around many truly horrendous cover letters. Recently, I discovered one languishing at the bottom of my "sent" folder, where it very much belongs. When I clicked the attachment, I was greeted with a hefty 482-word missive that now makes me shudder, and the hiring manager who never called me in for an interview probably had the same response.

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