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Why Did the Chicken Cross Flatbush Avenue?
1 TECH • Land Grab Compass's bid to remake real estate via generative AI reveals its IRL limitations.
Screentime with less stress • HOW TCL IS REVOLUTIONIZING DEVICES TO HELP REDUCE THE IMPACT OF UBIQUITOUS DISPLAYS
2 RETAIL • An Honest Effort Amid flagging sales and rising competition, Honest Company CEO Carla Vernón is preparing to reinvent the brand.
3 REAL ESTATE • Field of Schemes The farming community of Solano County, California, is facing down a group of Silicon Valley titans with dreams of building a utopia.
4 WORK LIFE • Actor and SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher takes our career questionnaire.
5 HOLLYWOOD • AI Is Going to Transform Hollywood But it won't be the horror story everyone's afraid of.
DISRUPTERS • NOW YOU CAN TRACK THE PERFORMANCE OF FAST COMPANY'S MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES’ PUBLICLY TRADED HONOREES, TAKEN FROM THE DEFINITIVE LIST OF INNOVATORS TRANSFORMING BUSINESS AND SOCIETY.
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THE HELPFUL HARDWARE MAN • • MARQUES BROWNLEE HAS REWIRED THE WAY PEOPLE SHOP FOR GADGETS-AND HOW COMPANIES SELL THEM. INSIDE THE HUMBLE FACTORY WITH THE POWER TO SHAPE THE $1 TRILLION CONSUMER ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY.
Next Big Things in Tech • FOR THE PAST YEAR, THE TECH WORLD— and pretty much everyone else—has been enraptured by generative AI. Innovations in large language models and chatbots continue to power progress in everything from fitness to edtech. But that's not to suggest that advancement is only being delivered via AI; as the 117 honorees in this year's Next Big Things in Tech show, improvements to blockchain platforms, data storage, and more are revolutionizing the economy.
Wiliot • MORE THAN A DECADE AFTER THE “INTERNET OF THINGS” EMERGED AS A SOLUTION TO ALL MANNER OF SUPPLY-CHAIN PROBLEMS, WILIOT HAS INTRODUCED ITS TINY SMART STAMPS THAT CAN BE ATTACHED TO NEARLY ANYTHING AND MAY FINALLY BRING THE IOT PROMISE TO FRUITION.
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CHICK-FIL-A'S NEW TESTAMENT • BOYCOTTED FOR YEARS BY LIBERALS—AND NOW BY CONSERVATIVES, TOO—A CHRISTIAN-DRIVEN BRAND IS TRYING TO WALK THE NARROW PATH TOWARD GROWTH. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT COULD BE ENLIGHTENING FOR BUSINESSES EVERYWHERE.
FAN WITH A PLAN • FANATICS CEO MICHAEL RUBIN PARLAYED A SKI SHOP IN SUBURBAN PHILLY INTO A $31 BILLION SPORTS- APPAREL JUGGERNAUT. NOW, HE'S ADDING TRADING CARDS, GAMBLING, LIVE EVENTS, AND MORE.
PASSION POINTS • HOW FANATICS IS EXPANDING ITS EMPIRE TO TOUCH ALL PARTS OF SPORTS FANS’ LIVES
THE OFFICE YOU WANT • Business leaders want workers back. Workers are loath to resume their commutes. We asked five leading design firms to create plans that might make leaving home seem worthwhile.
PIZZA, ROBOTS, and MONEY • THE ZESTY TALE OF ONE OF THE BIGGEST FLOPS IN SILICON VALLEY HISTORY
NO BAO IDEAS
THE REBRAND • VESPERTINE AGENCY RENAMES THE MBA