Fast Company

Eric Lefkofsky’s First Interview as Groupon’s CEO

The chairman and cofounder of the beleaguered company defends daily deals, opens up about its problems, and tried to redefine the service as a next-generation Costco.

Mar 2013

Andrew Mason’s Last Interview as Groupon CEO

In January 2013, I interviewed then-Groupon CEO Andrew Mason for a forthcoming feature on the future of Groupon. His performance—at turns, defensive, weary, combative, and naïve—foreshadowed his firing.

Feb 2013

Rebel Alliance

How a small band of sci-fi geeks is leading Hollywood into a new era.

May 2008
By Editors Recommend

Inside the Wild, Wacky, Profitable World of Boing Boing

It’s eccentric. It’s unprofessional. And it makes money. How four people who do exactly what they want run one of the most popular blogs on the planet.

Nov 2010

Do We Really Need More Plastic?

Bre Pettis's MakerBot has attracted millions in financing and is selling its 3-D printers as fast as it can. So how big can his business get? (And why does the world need more crap made out of plastic?)

Jan 2012

UFC Tries to Prove It’s Capable of a Knockout

The UFC turned a once-illegal blood sport into prime-time entertainment. But before it fully capitalizes, it has some battles left to fight.

Dec 2012

The Power of Pinterest

Pinterest, the social media phenom, has created the web’s new design paradigm—and maybe the greatest selling engine ever devised.

Oct 2012

The Zen Master of Silicon Valley Chatter

As a startup founder, Kevin Rose talked his way to Internet fame. Now he wants to use his gift for gab to find the next big thing before anyone else does.

Feb 2013

Star Power

In the fractured and fractious world of local advertising—and in the stock market—Jeremy Stoppelman and Yelp are shooting for the … you know.

Dec 2012

True to Its Roots

Kickstarter has made some people rich and sent others away angry—forfeiting millions of dollars in the process. For the first time, its founders explain why they refuse to act like other startups.

Apr 2013

Is This the Jeff Bezos of Russia?

Maelle Gavet is building a wildly ambitious e-commerce startup in the world’s last great untapped Internet market. How does she do it? By channeling her inner czar.

Aug 2012

Deal With It

Groupon’s journey from world’s hottest startup to most polarizing company in tech is delicious, disgraceful, and just plain weird. Inside its precipitous fall—and its audacious bid for redemption.

May 2013

Bloomberg’s Push for Corporate Sustainability

Why Bloomberg broke into the business of measuring other companies’ good deeds.

Mar 2011

Seth MacFarlane’s $2 Billion Family Guy Empire

“Family Guy” creator’s business sense is arguably even more shocking than his sense of humor.

Oct 2008

Unpacking the Global Human Egg Trade

Modern fertility technology has made parenthood a possibility for thousands more people, but it has also created a lucrative—and ethically questionable—global trade in human genetic material.
Sep 2010

Amazon Taps Its Inner Apple

By introducing the Kindle, Jeff Bezos is emulating Steve Jobs—and taking him on.

Jul 2009

Social Networking Affects Brains Like Falling in Love

Neuroeconomist Paul Zak has discovered, for the first time, that social networking triggers the release of the generosity-trust chemical in our brains. And that should be a wake-up call for every company.

Jul 2010
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How Much Are You Worth to Facebook?

Facebook and others have tapped into the power of viral loops to build massive audiences in record time. Now they’re using these growth engines to create the future of online advertising.

Oct 2009

Can’t Touch This

Working all but alone from his hardware-strewn office, Jeff Han is about to change the face of computing. Not even the big boys are likely to catch him.

Feb 2007

Man vs. Machine

Serial webmeister Jason Calacanis survived the dotcom bust and went on to sell Weblogs Inc. to AOL for $25 million. He says his new search engine—powered by people, of all things—will give Google a run for its money.

Sep 2007

The Personality behind Online Gaming Site Bodog

Mountains of cash, beautiful women, and a nonstop round-the-world party. Life was good for Calvin Ayre, founder of the online gambling powerhouse Bodog. Then he was gone.

Jun 2008

Soul Assassins

Employees are probably the worst thing that’s ever happened to a company, say the misanthropes at Despair.com, who have built a business on some very nasty ideas.

May 2005