Some of the 50 Most Innovative Companies we cited in March have found one another as intriguing as we did. We named Pure Digital Technologies, maker of the supersimple Flip digital video recorders, No. 7; that month, Cisco Systems (No. 5) bought the company for $590 million in stock.
Nintendo, never content to create gaming products that are simply for gaming, is taking its portable DS system to school. Partnering with program developer Sharp System Products, the company that turned the Wii into a home gym is debuting Nintendo DS Classroom, a program that will help educators in Japan communicate with students through Nintendo's DS, DS Lite and DSi portable gaming devices.
Every year, Fast Company magazine releases their Fast 50, the fifty most innovative companies doing business. And every year, since I've been working here, FastCompany.com asks users to submit their own suggestions of who the most innovative companies are and, in turn, to rate the submissions. This year is no different and after tallying yours votes we have published FastCompany.com's list of the Fast 50 Reader Favorites.
In our Fast 50 issue, we praised Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner for its lightweight construction and streamlined design—features that contribute to the aircraft's remarkable fuel efficiency. The interior of the plane is roomy, with wider seats and aisles, and it has cool passenger-comfort features like overhead lighting that imitates the changing colors of the sky and a cabin that is pressurized at lower altitudes. Aviation geeks who were present when the prototype was unveiled last July described it as an almost religious experience.
Is Chipotle a one-trick pony? Is dependable Safeway actually more innovative than trendy Whole Foods? Should we have jettisoned AirAsia to make room for Virgin Galactic? Innovation expert Dev Patnaik thinks so.