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Bold Proposal to Make Central Berlin a Mostly Car-Free Zone

A group of Berlin residents has put forward a proposal to turn all of central Berlin (an area larger than Manhattan) into a car-free zone. What would that mean in practice? Adele Peters at Fast Company explains: As in other cities, “car free” doesn’t literally mean that no cars could enter the area, but private car use would dramatically drop. Special permits would be given to emergency vehicles, garbage trucks, taxis, commercial and delivery vehicles (though many deliveries in Berlin already...
Tags: Berlin, Manhattan, Fast Company, Jason Kottke, Adele Peters


Jeff Bezos turns 58 today. Here are 14 things you might not know about the Amazon founder.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images You might not know that Jeff Bezos almost named Amazon "Cadabra." He survived a helicopter crash in Texas in 2003. In August 2020, he became the first person to accumulate a fortune of over $200 billion. His mother, Jacklyn Bezos, gave birth to him when she was a teenager. Jeff Bezos in 1997.Paul Souders/Getty Images According to CNBC, Bezos, then Jacklyn Gise Jorgensen, was barely 17 years old and a junior in high school when sh...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Jay Leno, California, Washington, Life, Wall Street, New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, Earth, Cnn, Features, Billionaires, Beverly Hills, Holland


Steve Jobs had 3 golden rules to make meetings truly effective

Meetings often end up being unproductive when there are too many people present.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Meetings can be useful, but many are just a waste of time and resources. Steve Jobs devised three ways to make his meetings more efficient. Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Sheryl Sandberg have all adopted Jobs' method. Meetings can be a good way of getting a project moving or coming up with creative ideas. However, they're often not done in an effective way and can waste a lot of ti...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spacex, UK, Steve Jobs, White House, International, Careers, Barack Obama, Trends, Strategy, Tesla, Jeff Bezos, Fast Company, Short, Huffington Post


Warren Buffett and Bill Gates have been friends for 30 years. Here are 6 other exec friendships that have thrived in the competitive world of Silicon Valley.

Warren Buffett, left, and Bill Gates.Reuters/Jason Lee Silicon Valley might be competitive, but it's also a breeding ground for friendships. Elon Musk is close friends with Google's Larry Page and Sergey Brin; Larry Ellison gave the eulogy at Steve Jobs' funeral. Here's a closer look at some of the friendships that have formed among Silicon Valley CEOs.  Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey Elon Musk, left, and Jack Dorsey.Joe Skipper/Reuters; Philippe Wojazer/Reuters While it's ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Jobs, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Drew Houston, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Tesla


Beatings, Doxxings, Harassment: the War Over Chinese Wikipedia (slashdot)

The Wikimedia Foundation banned seven high-level users in September and temporarily demoted a dozen others for abuses "unprecedented in scope and nature." Slashdot reader harrymcc explains: The foundation accused these volunteers of biasing it in favor of the Chinese government's viewpoint. This incident involves beatings, doxxings, and harassment designed to ensure pro-Beijing content. harrymcc is also technology editor at Fast Company, which got more details from Wikimedia's VP of of Commun...
Tags: Hong Kong, News, China, Wikipedia, Taiwan, Beijing, Wikimedia, Fast Company, Dennis, Foundation, Wikimedia Foundation, EditorDavid, Chinese Wikipedia, Maggie Dennis, Instagram Telegram


Beatings, Doxxings, Harassment: the War Over Chinese Wikipedia

The Wikimedia Foundation banned seven high-level users in September and temporarily demoted a dozen others for abuses "unprecedented in scope and nature." Slashdot reader harrymcc explains: The foundation accused these volunteers of biasing it in favor of the Chinese government's viewpoint. This incident involves beatings, doxxings, and harassment designed to ensure pro-Beijing content. harrymcc is also technology editor at Fast Company, which got more details from Wikimedia's VP of of Commun...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, Wikipedia, Tech, Taiwan, Beijing, Wikimedia, Fast Company, Dennis, Foundation, Wikimedia Foundation, Chinese Wikipedia, Maggie Dennis, Instagram Telegram


MCR Acquires Cloud-Based Hotel Management Platform Optii

MCR, the 4th-largest hotel owner-operator in the United States and one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Travel Companies of 2020, has acquired Optii, the only predictive, cloud-based technology for improved hotel operations.
Tags: Travel, United States, Fast Company, MCR


Fast Company is Wrong

Starbucks the Real Winner in Amazon Go Collaboration Recently Starbucks announced a collaboration with Amazon Go on a New York City store that combines Starbucks Pickup concept with Amazon’s Go concept. A Fast Company article titled Starbucks and Amazon team … Continue reading →
Tags: Amazon, Technology, New York City, Innovation, Starbucks, Fast Company, Amazon Go


Ikea eyes mushrooms, brewery waste in bid to completely phase out plastics

In the Netherlands, furniture and home goods giant Ikea has vowed to eliminate plastic packaging by 2028.   While much of that plastic will be replaced with paper, some applications, like food, will require more outside-of-the-box thinking.   “Paper is a very good material to use because it does come from renewable sources, and it has quite strong circular capabilities,” Maja Kjellberg, packaging innovation leader at Ikea, tells Fast Company. “But we’re not limiting ourselves to paper. We do w...
Tags: Netherlands, Ikea, Fast Company, Kjellberg, Chemicals & Materials, Maja Kjellberg


Weekend reading: The cheerful way out of debt

What caught my eye this week. W hile I’ve made the case for running a big interest-only mortgage in recent years, overall I still loathe debt. The first thing I tell almost anyone who asks me about their finances? Get rid of the non-mortgage debt. It’s always surprising to me how much debt some people have. Especially those earning a reasonable salary. Sure, you can make a case for not paying off student loans, or even for financing a car versus buying new. (But better not to buy new!1) Genera...
Tags: Google, Amazon, UK, England, Singapore, Marketing, US, America, Debt, Bbc, Austria, Ussr, Fast Company, ESG, Maria, Cnbc


Seaweed bioplastics startup hopes to sway packaging industry

In California, a startup has developed a compostable bioplastic using seaweed as feedstock. Named Sway, the bioplastic is stronger than low-density polyethylene and can be delivered clear or in colors and textures that make it obvious it is based on seaweed. And, unlike the corn-based bioplastics that make up most of the market, Sway’s material does not require an industrial composter or acres of land and fertilizer that could otherwise be used for food production. Julia Marsh, Sway’s cofounder ...
Tags: California, Fast Company, Chemicals & Materials


Satya Nadella said reading his late mom's diary entry about a Danish philosopher reminded him what leadership is really about

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is known to read widely.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Satya Nadella said reading a diary entry from his mom reminded him what leadership is really about. Microsoft's CEO wrote for Fast Company about a quote from philosopher Søren Kierkegaard that was in the diary. The quote reminded him that leaders must "learn from the past and be inspired by what's possible in the future," he wrote. Leaders can find inspiration in many places — and for Microsoft CEO Satya ...
Tags: UK, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Fast Company, Carlisle, Stephen Jones, Justin Sullivan Getty, John Thompson, Kierkegaard, Nadella, Søren Kierkegaard, Colin Mayer, Clare Carlisle


The Three Most Innovative Companies of 2013

One can naturally debate any system that seeks to crown the world’s most innovative companies. Boston Consulting Group’s list, which relies heavily on surveys asking senior executives to name the companies they perceive to be innovative, risks succumbing to the halo effect, where generally successful companies are assumed to be good at everything. Forbes’s mathematical approach, which calculates an “Innovation Premium” baked into a stock price, suffers from market capriciousness. Editorial drive...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Asia, South Korea, Japan, China, Samsung, Sales, America, Strategy, Innovation, Alibaba, Korea, Tencent, AutoNation


Microsoft looks to algae and fungi to construct green data centers

In Washington, Microsoft is looking ahead to the data centers of the future, which it believes may be built with algae bricks and use hydrogen for energy.   The computer giant expects to build up to a hundred data centers to keep pace with the growing connectivity in everyday lives, but at the same time needs to meet its targets of becoming carbon-negative. Globally, data centers consume more energy than some entire countries.   The algae bricks would help Microsoft avoid the use of steel and ...
Tags: Microsoft, Washington, Fast Company, Microsoft Research, Garbin, Chemicals & Materials, JoAnn Garbin, Karin Strauss


Mozilla's Firefox named in inaugural Brands That Matter

Mozilla’s Firefox is thrilled to be named one of the nearly 100 brands within Fast Company Magazine’s inaugural and high-profile, Brands That Matter 2021 ranking and recognition program for companies and nonprofits that have had an undeniable impact on business and culture. Mozilla’s Firefox was recognized by Fast Company specifically for “continuing to do what […]
Tags: Firefox, Mozilla, Linux, Fast Company, Fast Company Magazine


Mozilla’s Firefox named in inaugural Brands That Matter

Mozilla’s Firefox is thrilled to be named one of the nearly 100 brands within Fast Company Magazine’s inaugural and high-profile, Brands That Matter 2021 ranking and recognition program for companies and nonprofits that have had an undeniable impact on business and culture. Mozilla’s Firefox was recognized by Fast Company specifically for “continuing to do what […]
Tags: Firefox, Mozilla, Linux, Fast Company, Fast Company Magazine


FAR Lowers Private ‘HomeSafe’ Reverse Mortgage Qualifying Age to 55

Leading reverse mortgage lender Finance of America Reverse (FAR) has lowered the minimum qualifying age for its “HomeSafe” suite of proprietary reverse mortgage products to 55 in the majority of the states in which the suite is available, RMD has learned. While this makes FAR the second major reverse mortgage lender in the nation to lower the minimum age requirement on its proprietary, non-agency products, the new threshold applies across a very prominent brand in the private-label reverse mo...
Tags: Utah, Featured, Washington, Finance, United States, Fast Company, District Of Columbia, Products, Baby Boomer, North Carolina Texas, FAR, HECM, RMI, Finance of America Reverse, RMF, Finance of America Reverse FAR


Brooklyn start-up makes perfume (almost) out of thin air

In New York, a startup is using captured carbon dioxide to produce ethanol for a proof-of-concept perfume. Dubbed Air Eau de Parfum, Air Company’s scent includes notes of fig leaf, orange and jasmine. Indistinguishable from traditional perfume, Air Eau de Parfum uses ethanol made from captured carbon dioxide, as opposed to corn-based ethanol that, while technically renewable, requires land, water, and fertilizers to produce.   The company has already manufactured vodka and hand sanitizer using ...
Tags: New York, Brooklyn, Fast Company, Gregory Constantine, Chemicals & Materials, Air Eau de Parfum, Air Eau de Parfum Air Company


I’m Lovin’ It: McDonald’s to overhaul Happy Meal toys

In Chicago, McDonald has announced that it is phasing out fossil fuel-based plastic from its Happy Meal toys in more than 100 countries as it transitions to mostly recycled and renewable plastics and sustainable fibers by 2025.   Specifically, it aims to reduce the use of traditional plastics by 90% compared to 2018. The company is not committing to a full phase-out because some small pieces of the toys may be impossible to replace. “We will, of course, always look to push farther than that,” J...
Tags: France, Chicago, Mcdonalds, Fast Company, McDonald, McDonald 's, United Kingdom Ireland, Jenny McColloch, McColloch, Chemicals & Materials


Scaling up: French designer turns fish waste into building material

In France, materials expert Erik de Laurens is turning smelly fish waste into beautiful tiles that resemble marble. Dubbed Scalite, the material is a composite of the collagen polymers that naturally make up fish scales, combined with natural binders and dyes and squeezed together via hydraulic press.   Scalite is currently available in 12×12-inch tiles suitable for dry areas of a home or other structure. “It’s like MDF [medium-density fiberboard], it swells,” Laurens tells Fast Company, adding...
Tags: London, France, Fast Company, Royal College of Art, MDF, Laurens, Fish Waste, Chemicals & Materials, Erik de Laurens, Scalite


JUST Egg Launches National ‘Really Good Eggs’ Brand Campaign

  Eat Just, Inc., a company that applies cutting-edge science and technology to create healthier, more sustainable foods, today announced the launch of a bold new multi-million-dollar brand campaign for its popular plant-based JUST Egg products. The “Really Good Eggs” campaign kicks off this week with a series of ads distinctively narrated by comedian and JUST Egg mega-fan J.B. Smoove, known for his role on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which returns for an 11th season this fall. ...
Tags: South Korea, Hbo, New York City, Advertising, America, South Africa, Food And Drink, Fast Company, Hulu, Cnbc, Kelly, Wayne, Jane, Tommy, Inc, CHICAGO LOS ANGELES


Lab-grown coffee offers whole latte innovation

In Finland, researchers at   VTT Technical Research Centre are developing a process to grow coffee in a lab as a means to reduce the environmental impact of coffee plantations.   The process involves cultivating coffee plant cells in media in a bioreactor, then drying and roasting the resulting biomass. Taste tests confirmed the brew tasted and smelled like the real thing, which is a strong endorsement considering the Finnish, per capita, drink the most coffee in the world.   While the resear...
Tags: Coffee, Finland, Fast Company, VTT Technical Research Centre, Chemicals & Materials, Heiko Rischer


SCOTT GALLOWAY: Finance firm Aspiration claims its products 'can change climate change.' FYI: They make debit cards.

Scott Galloway says finance firm Aspiration claims its consumer business will triple in 2021. mixetto/Getty Images Scott Galloway is a bestselling author and professor of marketing at NYU Stern. The following is a recent blog post, republished with permission, that originally ran on his blog, "No Mercy / No Malice." In it, Galloway breaks down the claims of finance firm Aspiration that its products "can change climate change." See more stories on Insider's business page. Note from Sco...
Tags: Elon Musk, Hollywood, Microsoft, White House, China, Elizabeth Warren, US, NFL, Trends, Linkedin, Eu, Paypal, Dave, Delta, Aspiration, Marriott


What Hybrid Approaches and Younger Borrowers Could Mean for the Reverse Mortgage Industry

The reverse mortgage product category is very specifically focused on serving one primary demographic cohort: American seniors. While reverse mortgage industry professionals and even some commentators have commented on the potential that a reverse mortgage could have to help a wider segment of the population, the restriction of reverse mortgages for seniors is unlikely to go anywhere especially as it pertains to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program sponsored by the Federal Housing ...
Tags: Cook, Featured, Finance, United States, Fast Company, District Of Columbia, Commentary, Baby Boomer, FHA, FAR, Federal Housing Administration FHA, HECM, Finance of America Reverse, Reverse Mortgage Funding, RMF, Finance of America Reverse FAR


Developer Returns To Game After Four Decades, Discovers and Fixes Typo So It Works (slashdot)

joshuark writes: Harry McCracken is not the name of a Cold War superspy, but a man who is now the tech editor of Fast Company and, in his younger days, a developer of games for Radio Shack's TRS-80 microcomputer. McCracken, who is also a regular Slashdot reader, recently went back to have a look at his first game, Arctic Adventure, which he wrote when he was 16 around 1980-81 -- a text adventure inspired by the work of Scott Adams in particular, a pioneering designer of the Adventure series of g...
Tags: News, Radio Shack, Fast Company, Scott Adams, Harry McCracken, McCracken, Msmash


Developer Returns To Game After Four Decades, Discovers and Fixes Typo So It Works

joshuark writes: Harry McCracken is not the name of a Cold War superspy, but a man who is now the tech editor of Fast Company and, in his younger days, a developer of games for Radio Shack's TRS-80 microcomputer. McCracken, who is also a regular Slashdot reader, recently went back to have a look at his first game, Arctic Adventure, which he wrote when he was 16 around 1980-81 -- a text adventure inspired by the work of Scott Adams in particular, a pioneering designer of the Adventure series of g...
Tags: Tech, Radio Shack, Fast Company, Scott Adams, Harry McCracken, McCracken


personal branding

Tom Peters ushered in the age of personal branding with a 1997 cover story in Fast Company titled “The Brand Called You.”   He wrote: “Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You… “As of this moment, you’re going to think of yourself differently! … ...
Tags: Linkedin, Jeff Bezos, Fast Company, Branding, Ann Handley, Tom Peters, Brand Management, Me Inc, Cart Corporate Blog Sponsored Post


Biden Launches US Digital Corps To Bring Young Tech Talent To Government (slashdot)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company, written by Mark Sullivan: On Monday the Biden administration announced a new program, called the U.S. Digital Corps, designed to attract young tech talent to roles in the government. The Corps offers early-career technologies a chance to get engaged in government via a two-year fellowship focused on major Biden administration priorities, including coronavirus response, economic recovery, cybersecurity, and streamlining government services. T...
Tags: News, Biden, Fast Company, GSA, Medicaid Services, Corps, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mark Sullivan, BeauHD, US Digital Corps, U S Digital Corps


Why the Solana Cryptocurrency Is Surging

An anonymous reader shares a report from Fast Company, written by Michael Grothaus: One of the biggest movers on the cryptocurrency market in the past 24 hours is Solana. As of the time of this writing, Solana is up almost 20% over the past day, according to Coinbase. In the past week, it's up over 58%, and in the past month, it's up 275%. As for the past year, Solana has surged over 2,348%. What is Solana? Solana is a decentralized blockchain platform. It facilitates the transactions of the S...
Tags: Tech, Fast Company, Nasdaq, Ethereum, SOL, Solana, Michael Grothaus


Biden Launches US Digital Corps To Bring Young Tech Talent To Government

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company, written by Mark Sullivan: On Monday the Biden administration announced a new program, called the U.S. Digital Corps, designed to attract young tech talent to roles in the government. The Corps offers early-career technologies a chance to get engaged in government via a two-year fellowship focused on major Biden administration priorities, including coronavirus response, economic recovery, cybersecurity, and streamlining government services. T...
Tags: Tech, Biden, Fast Company, GSA, Medicaid Services, Corps, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mark Sullivan, US Digital Corps, U S Digital Corps