Fast Company stuff worth reading slowly

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As I've said before, while I work at IDEO, this is not a blog about IDEO and I don't talk much at all about what's going on there.  However, I wanted to point out two cool things involving IDEO which I think have broad appeal to all of us trying to make a dent in the universe.

The first one is about David Kelley.  I hope you can read it.  After my parents and my family, he's way up there in my personal you-changed-my-life-forever-and-ever category.  He's been a teacher, boss, fellow gearhead, accomplice, hero. 

The second is Fast Company's list of the world's most innovative companies.  Yes, IDEO is in there (we're in the top 10!  Woo hoo!), but it's also super instructive to read through the list of 50.  It's also a really nicely designed web experience.  For me, it's affirming to see that so many innovative companies are also ones whose brands are part of my life or consciousness.  If I were to draw up this list on my own, it might look a bit different (where's Mozilla?), but here are some of the Fast Company 50 that are part of my life (some are major time sinks: hello Hulu and Facebook and Zappos!):

  • Google
  • Hulu
  • Apple
  • Amazon
  • Facebook
  • Zappos
  • NPR
  • Gore
  • Lego
  • Aravind
  • Toyota

Enjoy!  Have a great weekend.