President, AOL Huffington Post Media Group
The Acumen Fund: "I'm an admirer of this organization, which is headed by one of my favorite women, Jacqueline Novogratz. It invests in startups—from Kenya to Karachi to Dubai—that improve the lives of those powerless to do so on their own."
Cofounder, Boing Boing
Adrian Tomine's new comic book, Optic Nerve #12: "I love his beautifully illustrated stories about the emotional inner lives of quiet people."
DIY coffee roasting: "I've been using a hot-air popcorn popper. It's easy to get good results and is a fun way for espresso geeks like me to take our obsession to the next level."
Leila Chirayath Janah
Quora: "The question-and-answer site has become mandatory in my office. The rule is if you haven't Googled or Quoraed your question first, don't bother your colleague."
Cellist Matt Haimovitz: "His compilation with pianist Christopher O'Riley is like classical Radiohead."
Founder, Dogfish Head
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: "I'm reading this book to my 11-year-old son. I'm enjoying doing the voices of Jim and Huck even though my son, Sammy, seems to be enjoying it as much as he does broccoli. Both are good for him."
David Mitchell's novel The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: "For me, the mixture of 18th-century Dutch and Japanese cultures is an irresistible combination for dramatic fiction."
Granada Television's Sherlock Holmes series: "Aside from enjoying Jeremy Brett's eccentric rendition of Holmes, the art direction and dialogue are so authentic that I often had to remind myself that I was watching something made in the 1980s, not 100 years before."
Garance Dore: "I love reading her style blog in French and living vicariously through her travels and fashionable friends."
Muji stationery: "It's simple and all about function and design. If a Muji store opened in L.A., I'd go broke!"
A version of this article appeared in the December 2011/January 2012 issue of Fast Company magazine.