What is the essence of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? advertisement advertisement Their descriptive name provides the basic biographical info, but, apart from Turtle Power, what are the heroes on a half shell really all about? Since its premiere on Nickelodeon on September 29, the updated animated version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) has averaged 3.4 million total viewers per episode–not bad for sewer-dwelling amphibians that first hatched in the mid-’80s as a self-published graphic novel and have been rebooted various times since. Now, Nickelodeon has tapped New York-based production company Starlight Runner Entertainment to answer the question of what the Turtles are really made of in order to prep the classic franchise for multi-platform growth–websites, apps, a toy line, and ultimately, a feature film. “We had to understand the essence of the property,” says Starlight Runner cofounder Jeff Gomez. “What are the archetypal … [Read more...] about Finding The Core Of A Story: How The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Are Evolving For a Multi-Platform World
Financial challenges facing nonprofits are driving organizational mergers and closings. Because the role of the nonprofit board is to ensure that the organization’s assets are used for designated purposes, the board must be thoughtful in deciding if and when a nonprofit is no longer viable, and then exploring options for the future. There are valuable leadership lessons to be learned from boards that have undertaken the serious responsibility of merging or closing a nonprofit. advertisement advertisement Consider that nonprofits provide vital services in education, housing, healthcare, employment, international development, and the environment, among others. The continuity of particular services might be essential to the welfare of certain people in a community; the legacy of a mission might be valuable to the future of the world. David H. Roe, a Rhodes Scholar, Brig. General USAF (Ret.), and successful business executive, chaired the board of the U.S. Center for … [Read more...] about Leadership Lessons From Nonprofit Mergers And Closings
With reports of a massive data breach at Capital One this week came a now-familiar warning: roughly 140,000 Social Security numbers of the bank’s credit card applicants had apparently been stolen, along with another 80,000 bank account numbers. advertisement advertisement Capital One’s announcement came shortly after a $700 million settlement was announced by the Federal Trade Commission in the 2017 data breach at Equifax, which exposed more than 140 million Social Security numbers. And even before vast breaches became common in recent years, Social Security numbers were far from secret. They’re widely shared with employers, doctor’s offices, schools, and banks. For decades, they were often printed on identification cards from driver’s licenses to college student IDs. Being used by so many different institutions makes them genuinely useful for making sure two different files actually refer to the same person named, say, John Smith. But it also … [Read more...] about Your Social Security number has already been hacked. Why do we still have them?
Download the Fast Company iPad app to hear exclusive excerpts from the lost Steve Jobs tapes. | Photo by Jorge Colombo A Lasting Legacy We so often see people point out the most irrelevant facts about Steve Jobs, but in the end, it comes down to results, as stated in “The Lost Tapes of Steve Jobs.” Sure, Jobs may not have been an engineer or a scientist. Instead, he was a businessman with vision, taste, and will, focused on technology. He was and is the stitching holding together Apple’s fabric–fabric that is some of the finest on the planet. Aco StrkaljSt. Louis advertisement advertisement Fast Company always brings it! Jobs was a genius and understood the necessity to keep the power in his hands–it had to be his way or the highway. Bringing others in the power matrix opens the door for a hater to slit your throat. How long will Apple churn on Steve’s vibe? We will see.Floyd YoungJeddah, Saudi Arabia This is a great article. I was … [Read more...] about Readers’ Feedback: May 2012