Marie Kondo’s fashion sensibilities veer toward minimalism, but she does wear many hats. She’s a best-selling author, most recently of a children’s book. She’s the star of a hugely popular Netflix show. She’s launched a program that allows consultants to be certified in the KonMari approach to home organization. And starting today, she’s adding a new title to her resume: e-commerce entrepreneur. advertisement advertisement Over the last few months, Kondo has been quietly building her online presence through her KonMari website, which features a blog about tidying along with details about her consultant network. Now, there’s an online shop where Kondo curates around 150 products from other brands. Everything on the site is an expression of Kondo’s philosophy and methodology, which she laid out in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which was first translated into English in 2014 and became an instant hit in the … [Read more...] about The next phase of Marie Kondo’s empire is here
I was about to pick up my cell phone when I realized I still had rhino horn lotion all over my hands. It wouldn’t come off. The lotion was surprisingly thick and creamy, and when I brought it to my nose it smelled faintly of a musty old couch. Once I finally gathered enough tissues to wipe the lotion off, I realized that my hands were noticeably softer. No rhinos were harmed in the process of softening my hands, however. advertisement advertisement I was checking out IndieBio, a new biotech accelerator in San Francisco where early-stage biotech ventures get mentorship, access to lab space, and seed funding. When I visited out the space, IndieBio had been open for just two weeks, but was already buzzing with scientists working on projects that sound like they’re straight out of Silicon Valley’s collective vision of an ideal future. Everything a science-based startup might want is available in the space, from basic biotech lab equipment (centrifuges and lots … [Read more...] about Egg Whites, Rhino Horns, And Stem Cells: IndieBio’s Plan To Bioengineer A Better World
Maybe you spend your workdays inside a wood-paneled, book-lined chamber with your feet propped up on a Cadillac-size desk, and an assistant who holds your calls and wouldn’t dare enter without knocking. But probably not. These days, you’re way more likely to toil in a huge communal room packed with rows of keyboard-tapping, phone-yakking, nose-blowing, stinky-lunch-chomping colleagues. To some, this is a fantastic development, allowing for easier collaboration and smoother workflow. For others, it signifies the death of privacy, concentration, and dignity. Who’s right? A pair of Fast Company editors debate the office space that defines their days. advertisement advertisement Jason Feifer: We both work at desks that sit out in a large, open-air pit. But we’re across the floor from each other, so let me tell you what I see: The colleagues who are nearest to me are all silent, with their earphones on. I am as well; if I were to take them off, I’d be … [Read more...] about Two Cube Dwellers Argue Over Open Offices. Who’s Right?