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Who Reads Fast Company?
Fast Company is written for the innovative pioneers who are transcending the boundaries of normal business conventions and shaping the business world. Fast Company showcases the individuals and companies who impact the world through creative ingenuity. With a unique focus on innovation, design and sustainability, Fast Company continues to advise and inform its readers in a way unlike any magazine.

Fast Company is printed on 100% recycled paper, and is dedicated to the preservation of the environment and makes sustainability part of its core mission.

What You Can Expect in Each Issue:

  • Fast Talk: A brief glimpse that focuses on a specific subject and highlights the players and innovators who are shaking things up.
  • Now: A summary of the major events and occurences that are happening during the current month
  • Next: A look at what is on the horizon in the future of design, innovation and sustainability
  • Columns: "Scobleizer," the tech guru's take on the emergence of new technology; "Made To Stick" a look on what is going on in the world of marketing; "Not So Fast," Elizabeth Spiers' column which explores the Pros and Cons of a business dilemma.
  • Features: Fast Company's feature articles cover everything ranging from the innovators in business who are currently shaping the world to the pioneers who will do so in the future. Recent features have covered the brand that is Barack Obama, a look at the competition for Steve Jobs and Apple, and Jonathan Goodwin's ability to turn a Lincoln Continental into a 100mpg gas saver. Fast Company also has annual features such as its Masters of Design and Fast 50 issues which showcase the leaders in the world of design and the top 50 innovators and companies who will soon change the world.
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Magazine Layout:
Fast Company approaches its visual imagery with style, attitude and verve. Fast Company's visual presence is edgy and elegant and truly breathes life into the story. Every issue of Fast Company is printed on high-quality, 85% post-consumer waste recycled paper giving it a textured feel unlike any other magazine.

Comparisons to Other Magazines:
Fast Company is the most creative business magazine in the industry today. Through its innovative focus on design and the movers and shakers in the business world, Fast Company offers its readers solutions and strategies unlike any other magazine. Fast Company separates itself from its competitors by striving to practice and promote sustainability. Fast Company is printed on 100% recycled paper and its staff works in a LEED certified green building.

Advertising:
Fast Company's advertisers are as affluent and diverse as its readers. The majority of advertisers are in the technology, financial, media and automotive industries.

Awards:
Fast Company has won numerous awards including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Recently, Fast Company was recognized as the Best Publication in the Delaney Report's quarterly issue. It was also recently named to the prestigious Adweek hot list.


Fast Company has been dedicated to covering the latest cutting-edge developments in the business world. With a unique focus on the emergence of design and the ever growing culture of sustainability Fast Company continues to advise and inform its readers in a way unlike any other magazine. It transcends the boundaries of normal business conventions by showcasing organizations and individuals who impact the world through creative ingenuity.

Customer Reviews:

  • Fast Paced
    Reading this magazine is like riding a roller coaster -- fast and furious. You're anxious opening a new issue, engaged throughout, and breathless when it's over. It's packed with ideas and inspiration, especially for entrepreneurs and anyone running a growing company. Not for the faint-of-heart.

    Steven K. Gold
    Author, Entrepreneur's Notebook: Practical Advice for Starting a New Business Venture...more info
  • One of the best
    I love reading Fast Company. Their perspectives are always refreshing. The insights are cutting edge. It has given me a much wider perspective on things. Whenever I read Fast Company, I always have a notepad next to me- to write down all the ideas that just pop up!...more info
  • Promotes illegal immigration and other liberal agendas
    Having just subscribed, I was thoroughly disappointed to learn this magazine is full of liberal rhetoric.

    I nearly fell off the toilet when I read how San Francisco is lauded for allowing illegal immigrants to open a checking account.

    If you're curious, here's the article in its entirety:

    'Many people joke about stashing their cash under the mattress, but what if that were really the only option?
    Bank on San Francisco, a public-private partnership formed by the city and several financial organizations, gives citizens access to bank accounts and financial education. When the pilot launched in September 2006, there were 50,000 unbanked households in the city.
    After two years, 25,000 of them had signed up for accounts.
    One reason many people hadn't had checking accounts is they lacked government-issued U.S. IDs. Under the Bank on San Francisco program, the 17 participating banks and credit unions must accept Mexican and Guatemalan IDs.
    The initiative allows participants a safe place to keep their money as well as an alternative to the check-cashing services that often take 5% or more of their net income each year.
    It also includes money-management training. Other cities across the country are copying the program, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill in December to expand it statewide in California.'
    http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/135/fast-cities-san-francisco.html
    (May 2009)

    Every penny an illegal immigrant makes IS "net income". Am I expected to feel bad about the 5% check cashing fee? At least there's a U.S. industry getting some money back (before it gets wired to Mexico).

    San Francisco is listed as one of twelve "fast cities" (due to this banking initiative) of which it's stated: "Their exemplary initiatives are improving neighborhoods, transforming lives, and helping build better, faster cities for the future."

    The previous issue had an article on jump starting the auto industry. The entire first page of suggestions spoke of capping carbon usage, $4 gas, nationalized health care, a pay-per-mile system, etc.
    One of the contributors to this article was the host of 'Pimp my ride'...

    Please, don't waste your time unless you like this liberal nonsense. If you want a decent business/entrepreneurial magazine subscribe to Inc....more info
  • I have not received a single copy yet
    I need to receive a copy of Fastcompany before I can review it. Sorry...more info
  • Incompetent customer service nightmare
    I forgot to renew my subscription so it lapsed about a few days. The earlier subscription ended with Dec/Jan 09 issue. I renewed and was told that the new subscription would begin with April 09 issue and end with March 2010 issue. So I contacted them asking that the new subscription period continued without and gap. They told me that they would mail me the Feb 09 issue and needed to adjust my subscription to end with Dec/Jan 2010 issue.

    I received 2 copies of Feb 09 issue!! I contacted them again asking for March issue. They replied that they would send me Feb issue!!! and would have to adjust my subscription down to Nov 09. So for this subscription I, at the current situation, will receive only 11 copies but of 8 issues!!...more info
  • Back on track...
    A ground-breaking magazine when it first came out, Fast Company kind of fell apart after the Dot-Com bubble. It was almost like they stopped employing journalists. Now it seems to be finding its way again by focusing on leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity rather just on the latest technology craze (there are blogs for that). This is a worthwhile subscription to have if you are interested in what's happening now and what's next in today's information economy....more info
  • Helps keep you on top of trends and new ideas
    I started reading Fast Company at a friends house and I was sold. The magazine focuses on the new trends that are going on and promise to shape the next two to five years. Here's a sample:

    There's a mechanic in Kansas (?) who tweaks Hummers to get over 75 mpg AND ramps up their horse power. The crazy part? Most of the parts he uses is off the shelf and Detroit could be doing it today.

    There is a video game control that should be out by the end of 2008 that you will wear on your head and it will read your brain patterns to determine if you go left or right.

    IBM has taken their top mathematicians out of the think tank and added them to their consulting services. The mathematicians get real world applications from the source, the consultants get more ideas.

    I could go on. If nothing else, it's fun to read about where things are headed. It also provides great discussion starters for parties....more info
  • A very good information source
    Fast Company is one of the best business magazines. Now that Business 2.0 is out-of-the-market, since a corporate decission by Time-Warner, Fast Company is probably the best source for creative, up-to-date business trends and insight, specially if you own or work for a micro-small business. Read it, you won't regret it....more info
  • New Ideas
    I really have been enjoying this magazine. It explores new companies and why they are being successful. I also really like the emphasis of the Green companies and their importance. I also like that the companies they feature are usually pretty different. Learning is a good thing. ...more info
  • jay40
    Exceptional resource; it should be part of every manager or business owner's monthly reading list. Topics are well thought out, practical and they always get you thinking about how they affect you. Consistently exceptional....more info
  • Greatest Business-related magazine out there.
    The business magazine for readers with Attention problems! This is right up my alley because it talks about the most important changes in technology, what's going on under the radar in business today, and who's making it happen. I walk away from every single issue with an idea that I can incorporate into our company. ...more info
  • Never have received
    I have gotten every other magazine that I subscribed to except Fast Company
    What's up?...more info
  • Love this magazine
    I've read Fast Company for years and this subscription was purchased for my son-in-law who is a sitcom writer. I felt it would help him stay on top of the trends....more info
  • Interesting articles, not too many ads
    Magazines are 99% ads these days, and 1% poor content.
    This is not the case so much. There are ads, there's bad contents, but overall it's pretty informative, and not too commercial. Interesting insights....more info
  • Attractive to a Limited Audience
    "Fast Company" provides the reader with anecdotal stories of entrepreneurs in high tech industries. I found the stories to be of some interest, but not directly helpful to someone outside of industries involving cutting edge electronic technologies. I think that it would be attractive to a limited audience, but not to the general reader....more info
  • Rich in Ideas
    Joe Mansueto, founder of Morningstar, has been a lifelong advocate for design and its value in business. He carries that belief over to his Fast Company magazine. It brings design and good writing together to give us a look into many of the most passionate minds in business today.

    Magazines, thanks to the subsidies of advertising, remain one of the great bargains out there and this is a prime example....more info

 

 
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