Smartphone pinky, text claw, and cell phone elbow: They’re all real ailments in an age in which we constantly check our smartphones–sometimes more than thousands of times in a single day–as we triangulate between home, office, gym, bike commute, and everywhere in between. advertisement advertisement It can get pretty unruly to manage all of the clunky cases and holsters in the process, but entrepreneur Brian LeGette of the accessories brand ZeroChroma thinks he has a solution for all of those ways and places we use smartphones. His latest product, HaloEffect, is a hands-free kit that includes a universal base for your device that plugs into three unique mounts for driving, running or biking, and working. The all-in-one kit launches on IndieGoGo this morning. For $39, here’s what early backers will get: a fixed mount, a clip mount, and an activity armband made to work with a swiveling, 360-degree adjustable stand mount that’s built into … [Read more...] about This Hands-Free Smartphone Kit Is So Much Better Than Your PopSocket
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The Internet–time suck that it is–also serves as an important source of creative inspiration. We asked Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business of 2015 to point us to the Twitter and Instagram accounts they turn to the most when seeking insight, inspiration–or just a fun break in the middle of the day. Here’s what they said: advertisement advertisement Dao Nguyen, Buzzfeed, #3: “I kind of feel bad, but I love the BuzzFeed Food Instagram account. They’re really experimenting with a lot of new ways of talking about food and how to make food on Instagram. I’m kind of pitching my own company’s stuff, but I really think it’s great.” Rajan Anandan, Google, #2: “Marc Benioff (@Benioff). Marc is very broad, with a great grasp of social, tech trends, everything. He provides me a single window into cloud computing, San Francisco, and the Benioff magic.” Amazing good food manifesto about @hamptoncreek … [Read more...] about Who The Most Creative People In Business Follow On Twitter And Instagram
The experience, gushes the hotel website, will be delightful, with staff who will be your new best friends; luxuries beyond the dreams of Caligula. Just look at this shot of a couple lounging in bathrobes that are so fluffy they’ll have to sit on their suitcases when they steal them. advertisement advertisement Yet it’s not really infinity pools, spas, and marble staircases that create a hotel experience. Hotels could have risen to the challenge of designing for those of us mentally and physically incapacitated by long-haul travel, stress, alcohol or a day on the floor of CES. After all, designing for vulnerable people has led to some great breakthroughs. Oxo Goodgrips are a range of kitchen utensils created for arthritis sufferers. They became bestsellers because we can all benefit from a more comfortable potato peeler. That Aeron chair you’re probably sitting on was designed for elderly people. Nike’s Flyease, created for people with disabilities, is … [Read more...] about I’m Fluent In 5 Computer Languages. Why Can’t I Switch Off The Bedside Light In A Marriott?
Do you remember the day when Netscape became a $2 billion company, or when Amazon upended our online expectations by introducing 1-Click shopping? How about when Napster faced down Metallica and Twitter showed us what was really happening on the streets of Tehran? These are the moments of innovation that changed our world and continue to point us to the future. advertisement advertisement 1995: The birth of the fast company It was the IPO pop heard round the world: How Netscape’s triumph signaled the arrival of a new business model—and a new mind-set. I first realized that August 9, 1995, would be a day to remember when two coworkers bet each other on the opening and closing price of a new stock issue from a Mountain View, California–based company called Netscape Communications. Their excitement was electric, and it only grew as the stock doubled its offering price from $14 to $28 that morning; by the time it started trading after 11 a.m., the stock had … [Read more...] about 20 Moments From The Past 20 Years That Moved The Whole World Forward
Head over to Google and search for the term, “performance review,” and you’ll be instantly flooded by news stories on the latest companies to do away with it. My guess is that half the Fortune 500 will kill annual rankings and reviews by 2017. advertisement advertisement But as that institution of performance management fades away, what’s taking its place? To answer that, here’s a look at six companies (and many more here) that have recently put in place some of the most forward-thinking alternatives to the dreaded annual review. 1. General Electric GE’s performance management overhaul earlier this year is noteworthy, not just because the company is No. 8 in the Fortune 500, but because its formal, once-a-year review ritual had been around for decades. The yank-and-rank component–which resulted in a culling of the bottom 10th percentile–was scrapped around 10 years ago, but the system it was a part of had remained in force. … [Read more...] about Six Companies That Are Redefining Performance Management