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Fast Company inspires a new breed of innovative and creative thought leaders who are actively inventing the future of business.
Tamara Shopsin’s ‘LaserWriter II’ captures the feel of Tekserve, the best-loved Apple repair shop in the Tri-State region—and maybe the world.
Perhaps it was inevitable, growing up in a family restaurant that had a menu legendary for its unbelievable length, that Tamara Shopsin would find herself drawn to endless printed pages. Her new novel, LaserWriter II, is a work of love and beauty, with quirks and twists, following its slightly autobiographical printer-repairing protagonist’s time at Tekserve, an Apple equipment repair shop in Manhattan that thrived from the late 1980s until the age of Apple’s own retail presence. (Cupertino started up its photocopiers, and blurry reproductions of Tekserve and other independent repair shops flooded out, as Genius Bars.)
Companies have been taking a ‘sustainability-as-usual’ approach to the climate crisis—a slow and voluntary adoption of commitments—but that may soon come to an end.
In his 2021 letter to CEOs, Larry Fink, the CEO and chairman of BlackRock, the world’s largest investment manager, wrote: “No issue ranks higher than climate change on our clients’ lists of priorities.”
‘I started telling students to consider their careers, not as a linear progression straight up or ahead, but as a river delta—a fertile area to explore that flows toward an ultimate objective.’
Something seemed very wrong with the way I’d been taught to think about my career progression. Like so many of us, I’d heard professional journeys described as climbing a ladder or following a path. But as I moved forward in my work as a journalist, I wasn’t moving in a straight line. The field I was pursuing, called audience engagement, was relatively new. I certainly hadn’t taken any courses on it in college, and two of the companies I would later work for didn’t even exist when I graduated. How was I supposed to know which path to take when it was still under construction?
The Minnesota Democratic senator about the effects of the whistleblower hearing in Congress and other new developments on the antitrust front.
When I commented at the opening of my phone call with Senator Amy Klobuchar that things were “getting interesting” in the realm of tech regulation, she responded as if I’d just uttered an understatement the size of a Facebook server farm.
From a toaster that steams to a multitasking Dutch oven, these are my favorite kitchen goods—the ones that have passed my multitude of tests.
Over the past year, my kitchen has become a testing ground for Recommender potentials. On any given week, I could be putting a new Dutch oven or frying pan on my stovetop, experimenting for durability, ease of use, and overall design. Sometimes I’ll just brown a dusting of flour to test for even heat conduction. Other times, I’ll crack egg after egg into a hot, dry pan to see how its nonstick coating holds up. (Don’t worry: I eat all those eggs when I’m done.) I’ve even been known to take a hammer or heavy cans of beans to products to test their durability.
After a year and a half of pajamas and sweatpants, we know it’s harder than ever to pry warm, comfy clothing from your cold, pandemic hands.
Halloween is nearing, and based on loosened public health guidelines and a cursory scan of grocery store candy aisles, it’s going to be a block party. Trick-or-treating is greenlit and brands are churning out festive products with revived enthusiasm after last year’s dead season.
If you use a watch to track your runs and keep yourself entertained on the go, the new watch’s bigger screen and faster charging make a difference.
Over the past week, I’ve been running with the new Apple Watch 7, which goes on sale today. While the new watch is a package of incremental improvements over the previous model, some of the changes impact its value as a running companion.
Go ahead and trash your daily planner. And see how you feel.
I once had a job where every day, I’d get a list of what needed to be done. The list was always longer than was humanly possible to achieve.
A ‘Fast Company’/Harris Poll found that 47% of working adults would be more willing to accept a job offer from a company that mandated vaccines.
Americans are more likely to see employer vaccine mandates as a plus than a minus, according to a new Fast Company/Harris Poll.
A new study says classic Disney movies can encourage children’s cognitive and behavioral development.
For turn-of-the-millennium kids who grew up during a renaissance for animated films, Disney movies are sweet flashbacks of childhood. Who wouldn’t think fondly of school nights spent with popcorn and the remote control, watching colorful hand-sketched lions, dragons, and genies dash across the screen?
Food can spearhead gentrification. Just look at the City Heights neighborhood in San Diego, where home prices have risen 58% over the past three years.
Everybody, it seems, welcomes the arrival of new restaurants, cafés, food trucks, and farmers markets.
The new book ‘Woman Made’ is here to shatter all your stereotypes about women in design.
What does a piece of furniture that is designed by a woman look like? Whatever stereotypes you can think of, a new book is here to shatter them.
The FDA may soon approve a Moderna booster after a unanimous vote by the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.
If you received a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine earlier this year, you may soon be able to get another dose. That’s because the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) has voted in favor of granting Moderna boosters Emergency Use Authorization, according to a press release from Moderna.
Mmhmm’s new OOO service is a more playful alternative to the grids we’ve all become accustomed to during the pandemic.
Don’t worry, though. You’ll still be able to get something for everyone on your list.
I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it may already be too late to buy holiday presents for your friends and family.
Hybrid meetings introduce potential pitfalls that can prevent everyone from feeling engaged and included.
A year ago, most of us with office jobs were all virtual, all the time. And as much as that may have felt disconnected, tiring, or unsatisfying, at least we were all in the same boat.
Chef Kwame Onwuachi shares his reading list.
1. India: The Cookbook, Pushpesh Pant
This book opened my eyes to the depths of Indian cuisine. It also changed the way I build flavors.
Vuori has been profitable since 2017 and is now valued at $4 billion. Founder and CEO Joe Kudla reveals how he has succeeded where many others have failed.
Times are rough for direct-to-consumer retailers, at least if the financials disclosed in their recent initial public offering filings are any guide. Allbirds? Net losses are growing, and its IPO is now delayed. Casper Sleep? Lost half its value after widening losses spooked investors. Warby Parker? Over a decade in, it’s still burning cash. And then there’s Outdoor Voices, a slow-motion train wreck of managerial dysfunction. The #DoingThings brand won’t be going public anytime soon.
Microsoft’s latest operating system has plenty to recommend it, from smarter window management to a fresh new approach to widgets.
Windows 11 was officially released on October 5th and, throwing caution to the wind, I installed it on my main work computer that morning.
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