Best Workplaces for Innovators 2020

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Our annual list of the top 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators. Now more than ever, businesses of every kind, from every industry, must innovate to survive and thrive. Our second annual list of the Best Workplaces for Innovators, created in collaboration with Accenture, identifies which companies are encouraging bold experimentation, not just from the C-suite or engineering groups but from every level of the organization. We scored every application we received to produce our ranked list of the top 100 companies. 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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Fast Company now accepting applications for Best Workplaces for Innovators 2021

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Our third annual ranking will identify companies and organizations from around the world that have created the most potent cultures for innovation. Winners will appear in the September issue. Fast Company is now accepting applications for our annual Best Workplaces for Innovators awards. This marks the third year we will be recognizing companies and organizations around the world that most effectively empower employees at all levels to improve processes, create new products, or invent whole new ways of doing business. Read Full Story

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Take a peek at some of this year’s Best Workplace for Innovators awards applicants

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More than 500 companies have applied—from 26 countries on four continents. With two weeks remaining before the March 20 final deadline, Fast Company has already received more than 500 applications for our second annual Best Workplaces for Innovators awards. This year’s pool—from 26 countries on four continents—includes companies and organizations of all sizes, from small nonprofits to Fortune 500 multinationals. Read Full Story

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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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4G Clinical is one of Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators

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The clinical trials company checks in at number eight on the list of 100. Small and nimble, clinical trials company 4G Clinical moves quickly to leverage technology to expedite medication for FDA approval. When the coronavirus hit, the team pivoted to focus on delivering drugs to step up clinical trials. “Starting in mid-March, we have been at the forefront of getting trials directly to people’s homes,” says founder and CEO David Kelleher. “When COVID-­19 hit, we acted fast.” Read Full Story

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Alibaba is one of Fast Company’s 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators

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The largest mobile and commerce company in the world checks in at number seven on the list. There is plenty of room for small-team innovation at the largest mobile and commerce company in the world. In 2017, Tmall, the largest B2C e-commerce platform in China, launched a retail innovation division called the Tmall Innovation Center. This past year, TMIC partnered with global food brand Mondelez to create snack packs specifically for the Chinese market. The product development cycle was only 130 days—less than half the industry average. Read Full Story

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Micro Startup Acquisition: The Definitive Guide to Buying and Selling Small Startups

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The problem with selling your startup is the long exit time. Sometimes it can take as long as seven years before you can sell your business and hop on the next idea. And the investors? They feel the same way. Who wants to wait almost a decade to buy a startup when the face of tech is evolving at such a rapid pace? Plus, the price tag on those more established businesses often run into the billions. That’s an expensive mistake if you make the wrong investment. The solution? Micro startup acquisitions. From Facebook to Microsoft, there is a massive trend to seek out tiny teams of five or less, buy them, and use the technology and talent to gain a competitive edge. In this guide, we’ll discuss the benefits of buying and selling a micro startup, the trends changing M&R strategy, and the top tools you can use to …

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