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Launched in November 1995 by Alan Webber and Bill Taylor, two former Harvard Business Review editors, Fast Company magazine was founded on a single premise: A global revolution was changing business, and business was changing the world. Discarding the old rules of business, Fast Company set out to chronicle how changing companies create and compete, to highlight new business practices, and to showcase the teams and individuals who are inventing the future and reinventing business.

The supertall skyscrapers boom is out of control

We’re gonna need a bigger earth.

In 2008, developers around the world built a grand total of four “supertall” skyscrapers, a term that refers to buildings that shoot 1,000 feet or more into the air. Fast forward 10 years later, and that number has more than quadrupled. In 2018, developers built more tall buildings than any other year in history–a grand total of 18.

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Why does luxury fashion hate Chinese consumers?

A Dolce & Gabbana ad highlights luxury fashion’s entrenched racism–but the consumer response suggests the world has had enough.

In a recent Dolce & Gabbana advertisement, a Chinese woman struggles to eat spaghetti. She looks baffled and confused, an ingenue who has limited experience with pasta. She is so provincial that she uses her chopsticks to awkwardly twirl the noodles. What an imbecile, the viewer is supposed to think, having a good laugh at her expense.

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Over My Dead Body wants to design your headstone

The studio offers an experimental service that matches clients with artists who can design their dream memorial. Will it catch on?

We’re all going to die–but how many of us have given real thought toward how we want to be remembered? Do you want a nice simple tombstone? An urn where your family can keep your remains? What about a grandiose mausoleum, or even sculpture by a famous artist?

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Pocket will now read the internet aloud to you

The bookmarking service wants to help you read (or listen) deeply, without distraction.

The internet today is so cluttered with stories, it’s hard to find–and keep track of–the really good stuff. That’s where the bookmarking platform Pocket comes in, giving you an easy way to curate articles you want to save or read later, and then providing recommendations based on what people are engaging with most deeply. But there’s still the matter of carving out time to read everything that strikes your fancy.

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This chic phone charger costs $175, but I want it anyway

Courant creates leather-wrapped wireless chargers that are more than just functional–they’re covetable.

While Apple and Samsung are hard at work engineering sleek smartphones, the experience of charging most phones is still less than elegant. In my case, it means plugging my phone into one of several wall outlets around my house, connected to ugly power strips and a jumble of cords. It’s enough to ruin the entire feng shui of a room.

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Ikea’s latest recall is terrifying

The company is recalling Calypso lamps that pose “laceration hazards.”

Months after Ikea recalled a product that killed two dogs from its first line of pet furniture, Ikea announced a sweeping recall of a popular ceiling lamp that has a tendency to fall off by surprise above unsuspecting people (and their pets), showering them with dangerous glass shards and “posing impact and laceration hazards.”

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Ikea’s latest recall is terrifying

The company is recalling Calypso lamps that pose “laceration hazards.”

Months after Ikea recalled a product that killed two dogs from its first line of pet furniture, Ikea announced a sweeping recall of a popular ceiling lamp that has a tendency to fall off by surprise above unsuspecting people (and their pets), showering them with dangerous glass shards and “posing impact and laceration hazards.”

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See Mailchimp’s weird new branding

While other software giants are simplifying their branding, Mailchimp is keeping it quirky.

As companies grow up, their branding usually does, too. That often means that the initial quirkiness of a startup logo fades into the slick, streamlined branding you see everywhere today–like that same sans serif font that has become the basis for Google, Airbnb, and Pinterest’s wordmarks.

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Ikea’s latest collection is an ode to the best parts of childhood

Look away, helicopter parents.

A giant monster hand. A loom. A 32-foot-long coloring book tapestry. A paint roller. You read that right, parents. A. Paint. Roller. This is the Ikea Lustigt collection, the company’s latest limited edition collection developed in conjunction with the design agency Vår–and not for you, but for your kids, ages 6 and up.

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