Issue 161

December 2011/January 2012




Fast Talk


  • Patton Oswalt Rips On KFC In New Comedy Album

    In the realm of popular culture, Fast Company shares its name with a forgettable 2007 Eagles song and a 1953 horse-racing movie. But to the best of our knowledge, our first actual appearance came this fall on Patton Oswalt's comedy album Finest Hour.


  • Which Startups Will Rule 2012?

    Venture capitalists, corporations, private-equity firms, and more poured billions into private companies this year--a huge boon for titans like Facebook and Groupon. Here, the best of the rest starting 2012 with supersize bankrolls.

From the Editor

  • From The Editor: The Creative Economy

    There are two economies at work in the United States right now. One is traditional, entrenched, powerful, and often highly profitable. These businesses account for a lot of revenue, and a lot of jobs, but they're not changing much--at least not for the better.