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Head First
For decades, bike helmets have been primarily designed to prevent one thing: skull fractures. Most products are made with EPS foam, the same material used in beer coolers, which simply cushions the head upon impact. But with increasing attention bei
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A Whole Different League
BACKED BY MAJOR INVESTORS, LACROSSE SUPERSTAR PAUL RABIL AND HIS BROTHER, MIKE, ARE LAUNCHING A GROUND-BREAKING MODEL FOR PROFESSIONAL TEAM SPORTS.
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It’s A Big World After All
The opening of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction at California’s Disneyland this month marks the biggest move Disney has made to enhance its global theme-park business. The company, which posted a $4.5 billion operating profit last year for its
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World Changing Ideas
Visionary entrepreneurs and companies are inventing new solutions to some of today’s most pressing challenges. Ten highlights from this year’s WCI Awards.
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Amazon’s People Person
AS AMAZON’S WORKFORCE SWELLS, SO DO ITS CHALLENGES. HERE’S WHY THE COMPANY HAS ENTRUSTED ITS COMPLEX HR NETWORK TO AN ELECTRICAL ENGINEER.
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‘Runway’ Success
HOW CHRISTIAN SIRIANO TRANSFORMED FROM REALITY STAR TO HOUSEHOLD NAME BY MAKING GLAMOUR ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYBODY
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Packing Power
THE HIT-MAKING FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCER TALKS ABOUT BREAKING INTO ENTERTAINMENT, THE CULTURAL IMPORTANCE OF ATLANTA, AND “THE NEW AMERICAN MAINSTREAM.”
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In The Weeds
TO STAND OUT IN THE CROWD, CANNABIS COMPANIES ARE GETTING CREATIVE WITH THEIR LIFESTYLE BRANDING.
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Leading Out Loud
FEMALE FOUNDERS IN THE INSTAGRAM ERA ARE FINDING THAT THEY HAVE UNPRECEDENTED INFLUENCE—WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT IT.
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A Wider Lens
“This entire enterprise has been a response to the question, ‘What if?’” Filmmaker and producer J.J. Abrams never set out to build an empire, but his company, Bad Robot, is one of the most diversified and ambitious media outfits to emerge from Holly
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Natural Selection
The fashion industry is awash in carbon-intensive plastic. As a climate crisis looms, upstart apparel brand Everlane is weaning itself off new synthetics entirely. Spoiler: It’s not easy.
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Your Robot Overlord
WHILE THE REST OF HOLLYWOOD CHASES NETFLIX, SUPER-PRODUCER J.J. ABRAMS IS APPROACHING ENTERTAINMENT IN AN ENTIRELY NEW WAY.
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33. For Mobilizing Against Toxins
Direct-to-consumer skincare and cosmetic brand Beauty-counter refuses to use more than 1,500 legal but questionable chemicals in its products, but for founder and CEO Gregg Renfrew, there’s another number that’s even more important: 40,000. That’s ho
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41. For Designing A Less Wasteful Fashion Industry
An estimated 15% of all clothes and shoes churned out daily in the $3 trillion global fashion industry go unsold and are dumped in landfills or—worse—incinerated. “Fashion is driven by guess-work months before something is sold in a store,” says Hal
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37. For Feeding The Hypebeasts
For his first game as an L.A. Laker last October, Kyle Kuzma entered the Staples Center in a pair of vintage 2003 Nike Zoom Flights. It was partially to honor teammate LeBron James, who had worn the style for his NBA debut, but also to build awarenes
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44. For Forging An Indie Film Community
The movie Eighth Grade, YouTube star Bo Burnham’s directorial debut about middle-school Sturm und Drang in the age of social media, was a hit among critics at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. But it became a commercial success a few months later than
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11. For Incubating Cult Brands In-house
One room is full of sequins and kids’ clothes. Another has lamps and tables, and yet another houses beakers of various dishwashing detergents. This is Target’s Minneapolis-based design lab, where Julie Guggemos, the company’s senior VP of product des
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06. For Flaunting Its Roots
With 91 restaurants in eight states and a network of 150 farmers across the country, Sweetgreen has created a fast-casual, farm-to-table empire that’s poised to expand by (at least) another 15 outposts this year. Here’s how the company has embraced i
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03. For Giving Every Fan A Courtside Seat
In an age of distraction, the NBA holds people’s attention. Last year, the league broke attendance records for the fourth straight season; its streaming service grew subscribers by 63%; and total revenue increased 25%. One reason: the year-old NBA 2K
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Finding The Spark
Is innovation dead? From some angles, it might look that way. Many of the companies we expect to churn out breakthrough technologies are instead, and rightly, focused on rebuilding trust with their employees, customers, and local communities. Facebo
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16. For Helping Us Believe Our Eyes
Early one morning in April 2017, a series of horrific photos and videos began hitting Facebook and YouTube showing civilians in a rebel-held area of northern Syria writhing on the ground and gasping for oxygen as deadly sarin-based gas—which witnesse
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27. For Turning Carbon Emissions Into Power
Last spring, a steel mill in a city east of Beijing began transforming carbon emissions into fuel, thanks to a first-of-its-kind bioreactor filled with microbes that eat waste gases and produce ethanol—as many as 16 million gallons a year at the mill
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01.–02. For Pioneering Transactional Super Apps
In the first half of 2018, Meituan Dianping—a Chinese tech platform that expedites the booking and delivery of services such as food, hotel stays, and movie tickets— facilitated 27.7 billion transactions (worth $33.8 billion) for more than 350 millio
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In The Grasp Of Big Tech
FACEBOOK, GOOGLE, AND OTHER MASTERS OF THE SURVEILLANCE ECONOMY HAVE BRED A VIRULENT MUTATION OF CAPITALISM.
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15. For Bringing AI To Market
Chinese commerce giant Alibaba’s Hema Xiansheng stores are the showpiece of what it calls “New Retail,” the seamless blending of the digital and physical experience. “Consumers don’t think about the world online versus offline,” says Alibaba Group pr
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45. For Rewarding Talented Educators
Founded more than a decade ago by public school teacher Paul Edelman, New York City–based Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) enables educators to sell peer-rated lesson plans to one another. In January 2018, TpT expanded its reach with TpT for Schools, whic
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50. For Cooking Up Delicious Social Spaces
When Robert Thompson opened the first Punch Bowl Social—an “eatertainment” concept that combines games and food—in his hometown of Denver, in 2012, he had one thing in mind: to encourage real, human interaction among millennials, inspired by the Vict
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40. For Scoring In The Clutch
Pro sports teams can now create merchandise that responds to fan demand near instantaneously, thanks to online retailer Fanatics. The company offers a new low-bandwidth shopping site that works in stadiums with poor cell service, and a platform for p
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38. For Rebuilding The Library
One of the first things you notice in the new Calgary Central Library, which opened in November, is what isn’t there: a reference desk. Instead, librarians roam the soaring, four-story building, approaching patrons the way salespeople greet customers
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39. For Scaling Higher Education For Africa’s Rising Generation
With 50% of its population under the age of 19, Africa will be home to the world’s largest workforce by 2035: a billion-plus people who will transform the continent. Statistics like these inspired Ghanaian entrepreneur Fred Swaniker, who opened the A
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