It’s only appropriate that Eric Ries is the subject of the first video for Fast Company's new series: The Pivot. He’s the author of a best-selling book, The Lean Startup, and the man who made the term “pivot” part of the business vernacular. During the course of his entrepreneurial adventures, he realized that some of the most iconic companies of our time—Twitter, YouTube, Groupon—had abruptly changed course before they achieved success. If they hadn’t, Twitter would have stuck with audio podcasting, YouTube would have been a video dating site, and Groupon would have continued organizing political protests (and you likely would have never heard of them). Virtually every startup he could think of had pivoted at one time or another. Ries’s observation quickly morphed into a kind of Moore’s Law for startups, which he believes are almost certain to change course before becoming successful.
TED-Ed’s New Video Tool Allows Anyone To Create Video Lessons Online
TED-Ed’s new free platform allows anyone to “flip” any video on YouTube by adding custom content to play alongside it, making it possible to turn any piece of video content into a teachable moment.
This is the latest video in The Unreasonables, a series tracking the participants in the most recent Unreasonable Institute. To see what’s coming up, watch a preview of the whole season and see a list of all the episodes here.
The most interesting and exciting part of the show is the relationship that I have with the audience. So in thinking about doing this again, that was certainly the first place that I looked. And thinking about, “Well, if I’m gonna do this, it’d be nice to get a little bit of a gauge of if they’re interested and whether they’re willing to support the effort.” The Kickstarter video was a little bit of a test in that way, saying that it was going to be different than the original. And it was just an amazing thing. I set kind of an arbitrary goal of $50,000 and we hit that in, I think, eight hours. And it ended up a little shy of $150,000. I ended up using Kickstarter as a background to actually start brainstorming about the show itself and reconnecting with folks who were interested in helping. I actually wound up meeting an animator through that experience; he’s now animating user dreams for a segment.
Berg Explores The Future Of Touchable Movies
We think of movies as linear progressions. It’s generally a story with a beginning, middle, and end—and it’s always something we consume from start to finish. Timo Arnall of Berg shows us all just how dated this view of video has become. In a project for Bonnier and Mag+, which I’ve dubbed “cinema glass,” he turns a movie into a swipeable, interactive entity on a tablet. And I don’t just mean that you can pause it or fast forward in some clever way. I mean, 2-D frames combine to become something that feels different than anything we’ve seen before.
Watch this time-lapsed video of one of the country’s largest and least sustainable cities, Las Vegas, as it inexorably expands and sucks up the resources around it.
Though he wasn’t involved in KONY2012, the other part of the organization’s original brain trust is also using video to highlight child soldiers in Africa, though perhaps in a less controversial manner.
I wanted to help tell this story specifically around the song that the mothers are helping to bring the children home.
Javan Van Gronigen of Fifty & Fifty, the firm behind Kony2012, talks about building the campaign to withstand a boom, a backlash, and a bust.
"There was a lot of celebrating when the film started to get such attention. It then quickly moved into strategy as the numbers became alarming. Orders for Action Kits kept coming in and donations were adding up and everyone quickly realized that the organization and its’ strategy for the year had to change quickly."
Sometime soon, Pinterest will expand the number of things users can pin, including videos from Hulu, Vimeo, and Netflix. “Driving traffic out is really fundamental for us,” he said. “The mission of Pinterest is not to keep people on the site forever. It’s to get people out and to find those objects.”
TED, the conference dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” took a step forward in its educational mission today by launching a TEDEd video channel on YouTube. Shorter than the 18-minute TED talks that have racked up 500 million views, these videos feature a combination of talking heads from TED stages and animation (artwork by Fast Company Most Creative Person Sunni Brown, among others) tackling topics like neuroscience and evolution for a high-school-aged audience.
Watch the choreographed chaos of the moving parts of Ho Chi Minh city in this beautiful time lapse video.
BoingBoing’s Rob Beschizza has said of Harris’ work, “Sometimes, I suspect that he is the Internet, trying to communicate with us in a language it thinks we understand.”
Tim Pool And Henry Ferry: The Men Behind Occupy Wall Street’s Live Stream
The best ground view of Occupy Wall Street has been through the lenses of a video phone-wielding former skateboarder and a one-time Realtor, aka Tim Pool and Henry Ferry of The Other 99. The media startup is already beating Fox, CBS, CNN, NBC, and others to many of the stories. They might soon have a better aerial view, too.
Feeding Everyone Will Take Every Inch Of The Planet
A new infographic video from WWF shows that we can grow enough food for everyone, it just won’t be pretty.