Fast 50 2004


They are the doers and the dreamers, the truth tellers and the trendsetters. For the third year in a row, Fast Company asked our readers to tell us about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The results were overwhelming. More than 1,650 entries—the most we've ever received—poured in from around the world, generating more than 15,000 comments online. The range of entrants was remarkable, from heads of multinational corporations to garage inventors. Follow along with the winners for a year, and trace an inspirational chronicle of creativity, struggle, and triumph.


Also check out this year's honorable mentions
January 1, 2003 Pursuing a Higher Calling
Father Bernard McCoy
Abbey Steward of Temporal Affairs and CEO,
January 1, 2003 Going for Growth
Ping Fu
President and CEO, Raindrop Geomagic
January 6, 2003 Sticking to a Vision
Randy Boudouris
CEO, MagnetNotes Ltd.
January 8, 2003 Saving Kids' Lives
Robert Jechart
CEO, RJE Technology
January 11, 2003 Marketing with a Whisper
Neal Stewart
Senior Brand Manager, Pabst Brewing Co.
January 21, 2003 Cooking Up Fresh Ideas
Steve Ells
Founder and CEO, Chipotle
January 21, 2003 Sniffing Out Trouble
Bogdan Maglich
CEO and Chief Scientific Officer, HiEnergy Technologies Inc.
January 31, 2003 Making Ready
Lieutenant Colonel Donald Donahue
Medical Operations Officer, Office of the Chief, Army Reserve
February 21, 2003 Improving Quality
Margaret Blohm
Nanotechnology Program Leader, General Electric
March 3, 2003 Putting Information Technology To Work
Greg Baroni
President, Global Public Sector, Unisys
March 15, 2003 Giving Voice
Ben and Mena Trott
Founders, Six Apart
March 20, 2003 Designing for the Future
Cameron Sinclair
Founder and executive director, Architecture for Humanity
April 12, 2003 Driving for Success
Elaine Hodgson
President, Incredible Technologies Inc.
April 17, 2003 Getting Beneath the Surface
Dale Setlak
Chief Technology Officer, AuthenTec Inc.
April 28, 2003 Building an Information Gold Mine
Paul Zullo
CEO, Muze
May 12, 2003 Refreshing a Category
J. Darius Bikoff
Founder and CEO, Energy Brands Inc.
May 13, 2003 Cleaning Up
Rick Terrien
President, Universal Separators Inc.
June 11, 2003 Acting with Courage
Noreen Harrington
Former Executive, Stern Asset Management
June 11, 2003 Creating A Spectacle
Emile Aarts
Vice President of Research, Philips Electronics
June 12, 2003 Putting Your Best Foot Forward
Ken Block and Damon Way
Cofounders, DC Shoes Inc.
June 17, 2003 Trusting Your Instincts
Asya Muchnick
Editor, Little, Brown & Co.
June 19, 2003 Turning—and Saving—a Leaf
Jeff Mendelsohn
CEO and COfounder, New Leaf Paper
July 1, 2003 Making Smart Material
Bill Flowers
CEO, ETREMA Products Inc.
July 8, 2003 Channeling Energy
Luca Bentivoglio
Executive Director, Latino Public Broadcasting
August 1, 2003 Making Constant Improvements
Jeffrey Hollender
CEO, Seventh Generation
August 7, 2003 Stretching an Idea
Steve Alexander
President and COO, Integrated Medical Systems Inc.
August 12, 2003 Offering That Personal Touch
Robert LoCascio
CEO, LivePerson
August 14, 2003 Applying Energy
Mary Powell
Senior Vice President and COO, Green Mountain Power Corp.
August 14, 2003 Shedding New Light
Fabio Rosa
Founder, Agroeletro Sistema de Tecnologia Adequada
August 14, 2003 Supporting Bright Ideas
William Drayton Jr.
CEO, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
August 21, 2003 Gunning For The Honor Roll
Mark S. Wrighton
Chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis
August 28, 2003 Preserving Precious Assets
David Kravitz
Founder and CEO, Organ Recovery Systems
August 30, 2003 Dishing Up Results
Bob Page
CEO, Replacements Ltd.
September 9, 2003 Setting an Expiration Date
Alan Blaustein
CEO, Flexplay Technologies Inc.
September 10, 2003 Cushioning A Blow
Michael Novick
CEO, CMI Enterprises Inc.
September 24, 2003 Inventing A Better Way
James Dyson
Founder and inventor, Dyson Ltd.
October 16, 2003 Partnering For Profit
Joseph Tucci
President and CEO, EMC Corp.
October 26, 2003 Raising The Bar (Code)
Sanjay Sarma
MIT Professor and Founder, MIT/Auto-ID Center
November 3, 2003 Scouting For Insights
Ron Pompei
Pompei A.D.
November 4, 2003 Changing The Game
Richard Marks
Special Projects Manager, R&D, Sony Computer Entertainment America
November 19, 2003 Empowering The Little Guy
12,008 Independent Booksellers
November 26, 2003 Tracking The Consumer
Herb Sorensen
Founder and President, Sorensen Associates
December 1, 2003 Factoring Growth
Barbara Brewitt
CEO and Chief Science Officer, Biomed Comm Inc.
December 1, 2003 Reporting Reality
Marie-Anne Neimat
CoFounder and Vice President of Engineering, TimesTen Inc.
December 1, 2003 Connecting For Growth
Michelle Peluso
CEO, Travelocity
December 4, 2003 Building In The Green
William McDonough
COfounder, McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry
December 9, 2003 Going Against The Grain
Lala Wang
Founder and CEO,
December 9, 2003 Litigating For Less
Mark Harris
CEO, Axiom Legal
December 12, 2003 Making The Call
Hong Lu
Founder, President, and CEO, UTStarcom
December 31, 2003 Thinking Locally, Acting Globally
Roberto and Andy Milk and Armenia Nercessian

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