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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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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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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Johns Hopkins University APL is one of Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators

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It’s the second straight year JHAPL has made the exclusive list. The state-of-the-art research facility is the kind of place where a random conversation between barely acquainted colleagues led them to enter an internal multidisciplinary innovation competition dubbed MOSH PIT (Meet Other Staff Hoping to Propose Innovative Technologies), combining research into navigational planning in brains with autonomous robotic swarms. After winning the competition to earn funding, the researchers scored a grant from the National Science Foundation to help advance the field of swarming technology. Read Full Story

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How conversational analytics helped StarKist grow their tuna pouch category by 75 percent

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30-second summary: StarKist, a 100-year-old company, was facing uncertainty in the market. It began launching new products in 2000 when it introduced the pouch category, but growth stagnated for another 15 years Traditional forms of market research like consumer surveys and focus groups didn’t get to the heart of what drove consumers to purchase StarKist’s products StarKist implemented social listening platform Netbase Quid to leverage social listening and better understand what consumers wanted By combining social listening intelligence with traditional sources, StarKist made product enhancements like reducing pouch size and unit price, introducing bolder flavors, and highlighting features consumers were interested in such as calorie count and protein content The changes resonated with consumers, growing StarKist’s pouch category by 75 percent and nearly doubling household penetration. Pouches now comprise over 40 percent of StarKist’s sales. Headquartered in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, StarKist, is a leading brand of tuna in the US. The …

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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 100 ethically made design objects cost less than $100 each

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Ethical design shop Goodee partners with Nordstrom on a list of 100 products that cost $100 or less. Here are our favorite pieces. If you’re unfamiliar with Goodee, you’ll want to remedy that. It’s a three-year-old design shop that sells beautiful, ethically made multicultural objects from designers from around the world. This year, Goodee has partnered with Nordstrom to curate the Goodee100, a selection of 100 home and lifestyle items that all cost $100 or less. 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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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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Ubersuggest Chrome Extension

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Please note: Once you install the extension all you have to do is go to Google and preform a search. That is where you’ll see data. It’s been a long time coming. And now, it is finally here. Today, I want to introduce you to the Ubersuggest Chrome Extension . From being in the SEO industry for over 21 years now, I know that it would be more convenient to do your SEO research while you are browsing the web or searching Google than constantly having to come back to Ubersuggest. That’s why I created this Chrome extension. So, what’s inside the Chrome extension? Well, the easiest way to know what’s included (it’s free), is to just go and install it and test it out. But here’s what’s included… Keyword overview When you are searching Google, you’ll see an overview within the search bar. You’ll see the monthly search volume …

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How to Choose The Right Facebook Ad Agency

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Facebook isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. With more than 2.6 billion users worldwide – or nearly 28.5% of the total global population – the platform has seen unprecedented success. This also translates to several other advantages that you may not be familiar with: Approximately 1.65 billion users see Facebook ads, out of which 1.21 billion are between the ages of 13 and 34. An average Facebook user clicks on 12 ads per month. Facebook users watch around 100 million hours of video a day. Plus, nearly 70 million businesses have a Facebook page, which sheds ample light on its importance in today’s world. In short, Facebook is still a force to be reckoned with – at least where ads are concerned. With such excellent stats, converting visitors into customers should be easy, right? Wrong. You see, there can be various reasons why your Facebook ads don’t convert . One of …

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