Google near the top of Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators

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Here’s why Google remains one of the world’s Best Workplaces for Innovators. Whether its famous “20% rule” ever actually existed has become a matter of some debate, but there’s no arguing that Google’s Nine Principles of Innovation (including “Aim to be ten times better,” “Ship and iterate,” and “Fail well”) spawned such high-profile products as Google News, Google Alerts, and Google Maps Street View. The relentless focus on innovation that turned Google into the world’s leader in web services is now driving its recent breakthroughs in quantum computing. Read Full Story

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Dell ranks near the top of Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators

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The company supports diversity among its employees around the world. Four years after its acquisition of EMC, the computer giant continues to spend more than $4 billion a year on research and development. Last year, more than 40,000 of the computer giant’s employees participated in 13 employee resource groups across 60 countries, and through a program called Project Immersion, Dell employees can also lead courses at select historically Black colleges and universities. Each year, the company honors outstanding contributors along its supply chain during its Innovation Olympics. 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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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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These architects popularized the open office. Now they say ‘the open office is dead’

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Clive Wilkinson Architects championed open offices for big companies such as Google and Microsoft. Now, as the pandemic has led to a massive overhaul of work life, they envision something completely different. As a longtime designer of office spaces for big companies such as Google, Microsoft, and the advertising firm TBWA\Chiat\Day, Los Angeles-based Clive Wilkinson Architects has helped define how offices around the world look and feel. One of its biggest innovations was a push toward the open office floor plan—the big, wallless room full of clicking and chattering desk workers that optimized the square footage of offices and democratized the workplace. Read Full Story

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ALSAC/St. Jude tops Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators

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After leading the fight against childhood cancer for decades, ALSAC/St. Jude remains at the forefront of innovation. Since its founding, in 1957, by entertainer Danny Thomas, the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC) has raised money to fund St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helping to drive the survival rate of childhood cancer patients from 20% to 80%. A few years ago, a young developer at ALSAC named Zach Whitten suggested tapping into the gaming industry to raise money. Backed by ALSAC president and CEO Richard Shadyac, Whitten created a fundraiser that brought in $500,000 its first year. Since 2014, the annual Play Live program has raised more than $26 million by inviting competitive gamers from around the world to raise small donations from followers during live-stream events. “I think you would be hard-pressed to find a more generous and caring community than gamers,” says Whitten, now an ALSAC director of …

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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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Enter Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards

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Tell us about your world-changing work! Fast Company is looking for the best products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that pursue innovation for good for its World Changing Ideas Awards , now in their fifth year. We want to honor clean technology, innovative corporate initiatives, brave new designs for cities and buildings, creative works that help drive change, the ways companies are responding to the pandemic, and so much more. Read Full Story

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I’m an immigrant startup founder who came for the American Dream. Here’s why it’s in danger

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An immigrant entrepreneur who’s navigated bringing a startup to the U.S. to grow explains how reforms to our current systems can help the American economy flourish. Silicon Valley has attracted smart, imaginative, enterprising, and talented people from all over the world for decades. Its name has become a shorthand for centers of innovation and startups. But while other regions might have a reputation for being a hub of innovation, the real magic of the Bay Area is that it is by far the best place on Earth to accelerate and scale a technology-based business. Read Full Story

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