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.
We’re thrilled to introduce the 1000 Most Creative People In Business, including Diane von Furstenberg, Dennis Crowley, Elon Musk, and more.
The Most Creative People in Business 1000, a new resource that defines an influential, diverse group of modern Renaissance men and women across the economy and around the globe. This is more than just a list: It is a rising community, an explosion of creative inspiration, the spur for so much breaking news across the quickly changing industries that Fast Company covers.
“Geniuses produce a lot of crap before they get to the good stuff.”
“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”
“As more than a decade’s research is showing, genius and madness are basically best friends. What’s interesting is why.”
“You have the power to determine how you’re going to look at a situation, and you don’t give that power to other people, particularly people who are bad or who hurt you.”
Why do some people persevere through trying circumstances while others begin flailing at the first sign of crisis? They’re resilient.
"Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something—anything—down on paper."
"A lot of the business people and creative people that I’m fascinated by all have something in common, which is a lot of failure—a lot of dramatic failure—and a lot of rejection." — Matthew Weiner
"The most natural and expressive tool for getting ideas on Paper—a beautiful blend of advanced technology and crafted design."
FiftyThree has a new stylus for its Paper app. It’s called Pencil.
“In this way we get “brain hubs,” places that contribute an outsized portion of the GDP and generate an unreasonable number of patents. This capital-ization has pretty far-reaching effects: the more high-tech, high-powered folks you have in a place, the more similarly gifted people will be attracted to moving there—and all these jobs actually generate more jobs. Moretti says that a high-tech job actually creates something like 10 service sector gigs.”
Designer Robby Leonardi made the second-best resume we’ve ever seen (the best belongs to Fast Company intern Natalia Rodriguez). The Super Mario-influenced side-scrolling website is a creative display of Leonardi’s formidable skills. Dive down the pipe to Fast Company for more.
Like Evernote? Like Post-it Notes? You’re gonna love this.
The two have teamed up to create new stickies, which the Evernote app recognizes by color, and automatically digitizes and organizes the notes into different categories.
"There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there. You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that."
—Ernest Hemingway, who got up insanely early and knew the benefits of a standing desk.
Ricky Gervais (whose new Netflix series, Derek, debuts September 12) shares a story about an early creative turning point that forever informed the way he writes and works.
“If you’re good at it, self-generated thought [mind wandering] can be life-affirmingly constructive.”