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88 For Filming Locally
A small film about two friends in Pretoria, South Africa, who use their expertise in botany to create a special strain of weed, became one of the top-performing films at the South African box office in January. Written, directed, and produced by come
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47–48 For Selling Out The Right Way
Peter Lord and David Sproxton have spent 40 years fashioning quirky and indelible Claymation characters such as Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, reaping more than $1 billion in box-office revenues along the way. They’ve also nurtured a creativ
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80 For Turning Veterans Into Teachers
Veterans have skills that can translate well to leading a classroom. Having conducted multiple studies of a Defense Department–funded program called Troops to Teachers that was congressionally enacted in 1993, longtime education researcher Emily Feis
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The Senses Of Intelligence
With their tenacious and prescient coverage of the beat of innovation, our Fast Company editorial colleagues uncover trends, opportunities, and insights well before they come into focus for so many others. Many of our marketing partners do the same w
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01 For Leading The FBI To Its Biggest Ad-fraud Bust Ever
THIS WAS NO ORDINARY BOTNET. On a February day in 2017, Tamer Hassan was going about his typical work of monitoring advertising-buying and -selling software for potential security issues when he noticed something strange. Hassan, the cofounder and t
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30 For Easing Podcast Listeners’ Pain Points
When Leah Culver started listening to the true-crime dramaSerial,it was because everyone was telling her to. (That, and she was training for a marathon.) But when she finished and began sifting through the glut of nearly 660,000 podcasts to find some
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Business’s Avant-garde
When Fast Company introduced the 100 Most Creative People in Business 10 years ago, it was a watershed. Other business publications ranked individuals by wealth or power, but this publication sought to take stock of something intangible and, as then
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14 For Fully Embracing Contract Workers At Microsoft
Four months after being promoted to general counsel last year, Dev Stahlkopf announced that Microsoft would require all its vendors to provide contract employees who do “substantial work”—from shuttle drivers to food-service workers to receptionists—
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15 For Making Legos From Plants
For 60 years, Lego made its signature building blocks from oil-based plastic. In 2018, the company launched its first pieces made from plant-based plastic, sourced from sugarcane. As one of the leaders of Lego’s larger environmental mission, Tim Broo
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96 For Influencing What Everyone Wears
With a client list that includes Olivia Wilde, Karlie Kloss, Justin Bieber, and Elisabeth Moss, Karla Welch is one of the most powerful—and prolific—stylists in Hollywood. (She dressed 20 people for the 2019 Academy Awards.) But Welch sees her role a
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36 For Seeing The Beauty In Truth
In an age when beauty standards have become wildly unrealistic, CVS Health—the country’s second-largest beauty retailer, with nearly 10,000 stores—is fighting back. Under CMO Norman de Greve, the company began assessing a year ago all the images in i
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06 For Discovering Water On Mars
Roberto Orosei RADAR SCIENTIST, UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA; CO-INVESTIGATOR OF THE MARSIS INSTRUMENT ABOARD THE MARS EXPRESS SPACECRAFT
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63 For Giving Athletes A New Edge
Most athletic wearables focus on heart rate, which can be helpful but conveys nothing about how your muscles are performing or how to adapt your workout. “You have more information about your phone, your computer, and your car than you do about your
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07 For Delivering Incisive Comedy At The Speed Of News
FIVE HOURS BEFORE TAPING ON A recent Thursday, the eighth-floor offices at 30 Rockefeller Center are a hive of focused activity. In the bullpen-like space that most of the 16 writers for NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers share, jokes about a woman ar
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67 For Connecting Black Wealth To Tech
Tech investment firm Andreessen Horowitz announced a $16.5 million Cultural Leadership Fund last fall that’s spearheaded by partner Chris Lyons and features limited partners with unusually high profiles, including Shonda Rhimes, Chance the Rapper, Qu
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37 For Widening Amazon’s Stream
Since joining Twitch, Amazon’s interactive streaming-video service, in January 2018, Sara Clemens has developed new audiences and revenue sources. Average concurrent viewers are up 35%, and minutes watched are up 42%, to more than 500 billion, thanks
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43 For Being His Brothers’ Keeper
Media executive Emil Wilbekin founded Native Son, an advocacy and networking group for professional black gay men, to create “not just a safe space, but a beautiful space,” he says, where members of the community can celebrate their influence. Wilbek
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18 For Defending The Vulnerable Online
As director of cybersecurity at Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has defended civil liberties on the internet since 1990, Eva Galperin identifies and exposes threats to the privacy of journalists, activists, and others online. That includes hund
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08 For Repairing Denim
“Speed to market and sustainability are two of the biggest challenges in the [apparel] industry,” says Liz O’Neill, who has overseen the supply chain at Levi’s for the past five years. Often, companies end up sacrificing sustainability for speed by o
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82 For Paving A New Way For Truck Drivers
Federico Vega’s three-year-old startup matches independent truck drivers in Brazil with loads of cargo that need to be moved, lowering transportation costs for shippers while boosting income for truck drivers, who rarely travel empty—and processing m
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02–04 For Serving Up An Assist To Women Athletes Everywhere
U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team co-captains Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe play by the same rules with the same ball on the same field as their male counterparts. Yet they brought home a combined $1,725,000 for winning the 2015 Women’s
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29 For Capturing The Moment
Dev Hynes, who performs as Blood Orange, pushes with his words, music, and indeterminate identity against rigid definitions of race, sexuality, and culture. His unstructured aesthetic is his one consistency, whether he’s producing tracks for Solange
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42 For Bringing Food To A Desert
The Problem: A 2018 Johns Hopkins study found that nearly a quarter of Baltimore’s residents live in “food deserts,” where poverty and lack of retailers make healthy food inaccessible. The Epiphany: When riots over the death of Freddie Gray, a black
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76 For Steering Lyft Users Toward Fun
Jessica Zhang’s role at Lyft is to delight the ride-sharing company’s 30.7 million users—and attract new ones. She does that through collaborations and glitzy events with celebrities like Cardi B and Demi Lovato, while “being careful to make sure we’
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33 For Financing Cures For Neglected Diseases
Numerous diseases afflict billions but lack good treatments because they are not profitable enough for drugmakers. Cholera, malaria, dengue, and Zika all fall under the “neglected disease” heading, as does river blindness, a parasitic infection. Mark
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62 For Penetrating North Korea’s Iron Curtain
When President Trump emerged from his Singapore summit with Kim Jong-un last June and announced that North Korea had offered to dismantle one of its nuclear sites, the website 38 North used satellite imagery to confirm that deconstruction was underwa
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68 For Easing Reentry After Prison
Elena Sigman DIRECTOR OF COLLABORATIVE LEARNING, JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE’S PRISONER REENTRY INSTITUTE
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51–54 For Rocking The School-house
“Most rock music is used for catharsis,” says OK Go bandleader and video director Damian Kulash. “That’s true for us, too, but our songs’ videos were also being used as teacher’s aids.” They figured, Why not make it official? Last year, the musicians
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35 For Clearing The Air
Michelle Pfeiffer’s new direct-to-consumer perfume company, Henry Rose—which launched in April—is bringing groundbreaking transparency to a stubbornly opaque industry. Henry Rose offers customers the full ingredient list for each of its inaugural fiv
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100 For Creating Lots Of Smart, Funny, And Black Experiences
A former MTV VJ with a master’s degree in African American studies, Amanda Seales uses her platforms to explore the black experience in ways that range from hilarious to humbling. Over the past year she has embarked on a sold-out, 23-city tour for Sm
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