Aetion cracks top 10 of Fast Company’s 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators

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The healthcare company checks in at number 10. The healthcare technology company uses data and predictive modeling to answer questions about how certain treatments will affect different sectors of the population. The company has a separate labs team completely focused on innovation. The labs team, says CEO Carolyn Magill, “makes sure that our scientists have time to do research with academic partnerships to support the latest thinking and participate in peer-reviewed research.” Read Full Story

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The main reasons employees don’t speak their mind at work

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For many companies, it’s not leaders’ fear standing in the way of progress—it is thousands of small, missed opportunities when employees do not speak up and share their insights. In our research conducted in collaboration with the University of North Colorado Social Research lab, we found five reasons that people don’t speak up to contribute solutions, suggest micro-innovations, or advocate for customers. Read Full Story

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Top 10 marketing-related AI thought leaders to follow

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30-second summary: AI can help marketers deliver better overall customer experiences across all digital channels. The key to success is in using it logically, ethically and in key areas where it can assist, save time and resource and help scale campaigns and performance. To gain a better understanding of the benefits to marketing it is best to build your knowledge from a wide range of perspectives to identify the best use cases. We look at 10 influencers worth following to get a good handle on how AI can and should effect the marketing sector. Adoption of Artificial intelligence (AI) is growing worldwide, with a recent IDC report identifying the ability to deliver a better customer experience, greater employee efficiency and accelerated innovation as the leading drivers for adoption. AI now powers marketing processes across the customer journey, from insights, search optimization and content marketing to personalization conversion optimization, predictive analytics, …

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Sonatype ranks sixth on Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators

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The software company cracks the list for the second straight year. The open-source software development company encourages employees to take one day every other week to work on a passion project—more than half of Sonatype’s products began as “innovation day” experiments. Employees can also take advantage of biannual hack-o-­vations, forming small teams to devote an entire week to developing a new idea. Last year, the company launched Sonatype Labs, an internal think tank and incubator focused primarily on open-source security. Read Full Story

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The 10 most innovative health companies of 2020

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This year’s honorees include Maven Clinic, Northwell Health, and RxSense. In 2020, healthcare seems more expensive and harder to get than ever, despite the industry representing a third of the U.S. economy. Legacy business and heavy regulations means change comes slowly. This year’s Most Innovative Health Companies are trying to bring care up to 21st-century standards faster by bringing it online and finding clever ways to bring down cost. While major shifts are happening inside big companies like Amazon and CVS, Fast Company chose to highlight some lesser known movers and shakers like Lyra Health, which is combining offline and online mental healthcare for maximum success, or Suki AI, which is transcribing doctors’ speech so they don’t have to take notes during an exam. Read Full Story

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Google’s secretive ATAP lab is imagining the future of smart devices

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The consumer-electronics research arm has been quiet for years—but it’s also been busy. Its new mission: Make Google hardware as smart as Google software. In 2015, Dan Kaufman, the director of the information innovation office at the U.S. Department’s fabled DARPA lab, began talking to Google about joining the company in some capacity. Maybe he could work on Android. Or take a job at X, the Alphabet moonshot factory formerly known as Google X. And then another possibility came up: ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects), a Google research skunkworks that was “just like DARPA, but in Silicon Valley,” as he describes it. His reaction: “That sounds awesome!” Read Full Story

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The 10 most innovative companies in robotics

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From reseeding forests to befriending children to handwriting correspondence, DroneSeed, Embodied, and Handwrytten have innovative robots on the case. Robotics and automation have already transformed how certain industries work, like the auto industry. But the technology is still being realized in many other sectors, and some of those businesses–like retail, food, and healthcare–became more reliant on automation and robotics during the pandemic. That change is likely permanent. The fact is that there are still many, many jobs that machines can do better than humans. The companies on this year’s list not only have great technology, but they’re applying it in ways that make a difference. Read Full Story

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Introducing the 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators

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Here’s how we compiled our second annual list. For the second year, Fast Company is recognizing organizations that have created cultures enabling employees at all levels—not just top executives, computer scientists, or researchers—to innovate. We’ve expanded the list from 50 to 100 companies, schools, and nonprofits of all sizes, from SōRSE Technology, a 30-­person startup, to Siemens, a 173-year-old conglomerate employing nearly 400,000 people worldwide. We’re also introducing a whole new category to this year’s list, having invited companies to nominate internal groups for recognition as Innovative Team of the Year. Read Full Story

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