A Q&A with Alan Adler, the Stanford lecturer, physicist, and toy maker behind one of the world’s most popular coffee makers.
An inside look at the inner-workings of Google’s top-secret research lab.
Google X isn’t like most R&D labs. In this month’s feature, Fast Company was granted first-of-its kind access into Google’s top-secret research laboratory, where “moonshots” trump real-world feasibility, and failure is openly encouraged. “If we can get to a no quickly on an idea, that’s almost as good as getting to a yes,” says Rich DeVaul, head of Google X’s Rapid Evaluation team in the video above. Hit play to watch what happens when the very active imaginations of some very smart people are given free rein to fail.
"Let’s be innovative and free ourselves from the old habits and beliefs that prevent us from inventing a better future."
The most exciting acts in the music industry are embracing the best of what technology has to offer and some fresh new takes on traditional marketing.
From teaching government a thing or two about education reform to deploying a data-centric learning platform that even a kid could use, these are the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Education. Read more>
From setting a sustainable example to providing affordable sanitation in African slums, these are the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies dedicated to Social Good. Read more>
Asteroid mining, orbital 3-D printing, and—of course—manned spaceflight are all part of the modern-day space race. Read>
Join Fast Company editor Kathleen Davis for a live Q&A with Tammy Tibbetts, founder and president of She’s the First, and Caroline Ghosn, founder and CEO of Levo League, on Tuesday April 1 at noon (ET).
In anticipation of Fast Company's Innovation Uncensored Conference on April 10 in New York City, we’re bringing together two conference attendees, Tammy Tibbetts and Caroline Ghosn, for a conversation about the the importance of mentorship and self-advocacy for women in all stages of their careers.
Newly engineered foods. A TV show satirizing Big Ag. Farming practices that reduce greenhouse gases. Here are the companies that are cooking up new ideas and changing how we think about our food.
In less than four years, Birchbox has grown from 600 monthly subscribers to more than 800,000. Founders Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna said they didn’t get there from taking no for an answer. Here’s how they’re changing the way we shop. Read more>
Inspired by techniques from molecular gastronomy, the Ooho is a magical way to have your bottled water and eat it, too. Just maybe bring a towel.
“People say they want to be in risky environments and do all kinds of exciting stuff. But they don’t actually know what risk means, that risk actually does bring failure and mistakes.”