“I started smoking a massive amount of weed. Even for me it was truly out of control. My cofounders were furious at me because I wasn’t doing shit. They said, ‘You have to get your act together.’”
Try to walk five blocks of any major city in the U.S., and you’re bound to come across at least one of Starbucks's 13,279 coffee shops. And if Starbucks has its way, a cup of tea could be the next cup of Joe.
We’re covering Apple’s 1 pm announcement live! Follow along. Right now we’re speculating about how nervous Tim Cook gets for these events:
"Steve [Jobs] would wig before keynotes. But it’s like the diva right before the opera. And Steve was brilliant at doing those presentations. And he’d spend months preparing. I mean, he was very passionate about this. He did a phenomenal job."
"The reason why I can produce beautiful sweatshirts with tons of needlework and paneling and gussets, and custom hardware, is because I’m investing way, way more into my product than my competitors are."
The "Greatest Hoodie Ever" is a bold claim. But American Giant makes a case for itself.
- Left: Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan, takes time for analog tasks like reading the paper at her treadmill desk. “It mitigates the exercise panic that sets in around 4:30.”
- Right: New Yorker writer Susan Orlean is a devotee of the treadmill desk. “I’m not sitting down at all any more to write.”
Some incredibly productive people have treadmill desks. Should you?
1) Your mind-set makes you smarter: Carol Dweck, the Stanford psychologist, has identified two mind-sets that shape, well, our minds. There’s the fixed mind-set, in which you think your thinking abilities can’t change. Then there’s the growth mind-set, in which your thinking abilities can be developed.
"These beliefs matter," Paul observes, "because they influence how we think about our own abilities, how we perceive the world around us, and how we act when faced with a challenge or with adversity."
The question, then, is how to own our development—which is a matter of deliberate practice.
2) Your concentration makes you smarter: If we consider intelligence to be our ability to solve complex tasks, then we need to appreciate how to deal with complexity—namely, with sustained focus, since that’s the only way we can load difficult problems into our heads.
"[The challenge] is getting communities and getting companies to truly keep pace with every single individual because this"—she waved her iPhone—"is enabling them," she said. "If you want to keep the next generation and if you want them to be united, you have to see this is how they live. You have to blow up all your existing policies—everything!—and rebuild them around this."
This summer, we asked Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts about her company’s greatest challenge. That her first thought was to compare Burberry’s hurdles with that of Apple’s is telling.
Today, Apple named Ahrendts as the company’s new senior vice president of retail.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing? On one hand, it allows for ease of communication, and could potentially take on the world of email. On the other hand… spam.
Two weeks ago, at Fast Company's Innovation by Design conference, Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts spent time on stage praising her company’s recent collaboration with Apple for a fashion show. What Ahrendts neglected to mention, however, was that her partnership with Apple would soon extend beyond the runway.
Today, Apple announced that Ahrendts would be joining the company as senior vice president of retail and online stores, a newly created position, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. In her role, Ahrendts will “have oversight of the strategic direction, expansion and operation” of the Apple “consumer experience on and offline,” according to a statement Apple released late Monday evening. Most significantly, she brings a reverence for design and customer experience that’s consistent with Apple’s DNA—unlike her predecessor John Browett—which will be crucial in rejuvenating Cupertino’s retail experience.
"6 million square feet of space, which is within spitting distance of the size of the Pentagon … Would you want the Empire State Building or the Pentagon in your backyard?"
Apple’s “spaceship” HQ is coming to Cupertino, and the neighbors are cranky.
Photos: Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group
"Big data is going to make us all healthier. What kind of diet should certain people be on? Are there things people are doing that make them really high-risk for cancer? There’s a whole group of people who are 100-plus and have no disease. Why?”
—Anne Wojcicki, founder and CEO of genetic-testing startup 23andMe, has two goals: bringing the power of genetic testing to everyday consumers so they can better manage their own health care, and using the aggregated data from those tests to help doctors, scientists, hospitals, and researchers discover new cures for diseases that emanate from troublesome genetic mutations. We spoke to Wojcicki about her plans to revolutionize DNA testing
"If you can cut an hourlong commute each way out of your life, it’s the [happiness] equivalent of making an extra $40,000 a year if you’re at the $50,000 to $60,000 level. It’s an easy way for us to get happier. Move closer to your place of work.”
If Instagram were to add a print button, allowing its massive community of shutterbugs to order physical copies of their photos right from the app, how much revenue could that drive? According to CanvasPop cofounder Adrian Salamunovic, a conservative estimate would peg that number at around $720 million annually.