"I started making mobile games 14 years ago. A long time before it was a good idea to make mobile games." —Tommy Palm, Games Guru for King Digital, the company behind the massive mobile gaming hit Candy Crush Saga.
Earlier this week, King filed for an IPO. But just as Zynga rode the massive success of a single game—FarmVille, if you’ll recall—all the way to Nasdaq, so now King must contend with the frightening possibility of being a one-hit wonder. Can the king of candy keep its throne?
"Feeling like you have a scarce sense of time will tunnel your vision toward getting the most done as fast as possible—rather than attending to long-term goals."
This 4,400 square-foot desk creates hiding holes for an escape within the office.
One creative agency decided to reinvent the idea of a “desk” entirely. Instead of installing a metal slide or set of pinball machines, the New York-based Barbarian Group built one giant “superdesk” out of plywood and a single pour of resin. The whole thing stands at 4,400 square feet, and undulates throughout the space, creating regular desk-like slabs, but also oddly-shaped nooks and crannies.
“We really wanted everyone sitting under a desk, but we also wanted to create spaces where people could escape to.”
Happening now! A live chat with the authors of Everything Connects, where we’re talking about what it means to be a great leader.
Recruiters are looking for every reason to put your resume in the no pile. Surprisingly, where you live is one of them.
- Council of Fashion Designers of America—For giving the fashion industry a conscience.
- Refinery29—For publishing fashion coverage that everyone wants to read.
- Editd—For using big data to analyze the whims of fashion trends.
- Farfetch—For creating a one-stop shop for browsing high-end boutiques around the globe.
- H&M—For branching out of the crowded chic-for-cheap space.
"There really are two kinds of food entrepreneurs," says venture capitalist Paul Matteucci, who encourages and connects food-tech upstarts through his not-for-profit, Feeding 10 Billion. “There are the ones that hang around Berkeley or Brooklyn, and build businesses mostly for the end consumer. Then there is a whole different group of highly technical people who are building robotics for the field, sensor-based technology, automated watering systems, new food-packaging technologies, and big-data-related inventory control to reduce waste.” These, he says, are “the people who are going to solve the big problems.”
A raft of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists made their money in tech, and now want to do something with an even longer-lasting impact. Meet the Silicon Valley companies trying to fix our broken food system
"Every year the editors of Fast Company pick 50 of the world’s Most Innovative Companies. We pick them not just for financial reasons, these aren’t just good businesses, but because we think they’re changing the way we live.”
The photos are in from this week’s San Francisco party celebrating the Most Creative People in Business 1000! We had a blast. Wanna learn more about these people (you should), check out the full list.
Happy Friday! Today, do the hardest things on your list first.
Getting lost in email or mindless tasks can suck away much of your energy. It’s also a great way to avoid tackling the tough projects. But ultimately, when you’re not focusing your greatest energy on your most important tasks, you’re wasting it. He’s a big proponent of doing the most challenging,most important things first-thing in the morning when you’re rested and less prone to distraction.
"I’ve been on sex toy sites where you have porn ads flashing boobs at you while you’re trying buy a vibrator. That, to me, is very uncomfortable."
Launching today AHAnoir, a beautifully curated marketplace for upscale sex toys. Shopping for sex toys can make you feel dirty, and not in a good way. With AHAnoir, it’s more like visiting an art gallery.
“This is a big deal for us,” says Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley. “If anything, this [deal with Microsoft] will illustrate how companies can improve existing products with Foursquare data. It’s a starting point.”
Getting around San Francisco just got easier, at least if you don’t mind a little bit of wind in your face. The Scoot Network and its fleet of electric-powered scooters just announced that it was expanding, adding five new locations for riders around the city for a grand total of 17 Scoot hubs.
What is Scoot, exactly? Think a CitiBike or ZipCar membership but for green-friendly, Vespa-like mopeds. Since launching 16 months ago, Scoot claims its members have treaded over 50,000 miles, and have kept 62,000 pounds of CO2 out of the environment.