Coursera is one of Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators

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The education company checks in at position number nine. During the first quarter of every fiscal year, employees at any level at online learning platform Coursera propose ideas to grow the company’s revenue. At 2019’s “Hypergrowth” session, Mario Chamorro, then running the company’s operations in Spain, suggested Coursera focus on the Latin American market. Chamorro was given a small team to carry out his plan. Later that year, the team closed the biggest sale in the company’s history and has grown to 11 people, and the number of Coursera customers in the region has increased by 50%. 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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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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Tesla hits a major milestone: It’s now made 1 million cars

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It took Tesla 17 years to make its one-millionth car after the company’s founding in 2003. Electric vehicle maker Tesla has hit a major milestone. The company’s CEO Elon Musk has announced on Twitter that it’s one-millionth car has rolled off the production line. In the tweet, Musk said, “Congratulations Tesla team on making our 1,000,000th car!!” And included a picture of the one-millionth Tesla vehicle, a Model Y, as well as a photo of Tesla team members. Read Full Story

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I never thought I’d lead in a crisis. Here’s the technique that I found keeps workers engaged

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The power of the one-on-one check-in lies in its personalized format. This past year has tested companies, their senior management, and team leaders in ways that seemed unimaginable before. We’re in the middle of a once-in-century global health event while also working toward long-overdue changes in racial and social justice. As team leaders, we are navigating new territory without a clear map, trying to guide our teams under new environments and evolving rules, often without any in-person interaction . Read Full Story

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These were “Fast Company” readers’ favorite products of 2020

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From Everlane sweaters, to AllBirds’ running sneakers, to and MIT-designed face masks, here’s what “Fast Company” readers were buying this year. 2020 has brought an extraordinary number of ups and downs, highlights and lowlights, and rapidly-changing needs for daily life: From hand sanitizers and face masks, to home office equipment, to new “uniforms” for life at home. Throughout it, Fast Company ‘s Recommender researched, tested, and reviewed products that helped us feel safe, entertained, comfortable, and happy. These were the picks that resonated most with our readers this year. Read Full Story

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Cord-cutting service FuboTV is coming to the NYSE: Here’s what to know

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The stock offering comes as cable-TV subscribers ditch traditional bundles in record numbers. FuboTV has filed for a public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, the company announced this morning. The sports-focused streaming service, first launched in 2015 as a way to watch soccer games without cable, has been rapidly growing its subscriber count in recent years, despite a flood of competitors in the crowded streaming-TV space. Read Full Story

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Tesla ranks dead last on J.D. Power’s automobile quality survey

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Elon Musks’s car company came in dead last in the rankings. The good news for Tesla? The only way to go next year is up. J.D. Power has released its Initial Quality Study for 2020. The study, which ranks cars by the number of problems they have per 100 vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership, is in its 34th year now. And if you’re Dodge or Kia driver, you’ll probably be very excited about this year’s rankings. But if you’re Tesla fan, well . . . Read Full Story

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