Share Without Shredding
It's a sentiment we hear again and again, from readers all over the world: "The trouble with Fast Company is that I tear out so many articles to send to friends, I wind up destroying the magazine." That's not a problem anymore. Thanks to a new feature on our Web site, you can share, electronically, ideas and techniques with people in your network - without shredding Fast Company in the process.
It's easy: Just find the relevant article on our Web site, click on the "Send this page to a friend!" icon, type in your friend's email address, your name and email address, and any message that you'd like to accompany the article. Then sit back and wait for the thank-you. Your friend receives an email message that includes your note and a link to the article.
This Company Just Keeps Growing
What's the fastest-growing company in London, New York, Toronto, Stockholm, and other cities around the world? It just may be the Company of Friends, a grassroots network of Fast Company readers - 3,000 strong and growing - who want to share meals, swap ideas, solve problems, and help each other navigate through the new world of work.
Talk about the business revolution! More than 20 cities now boast Company of Friends "cells." Members of the Boston cell, for example, recently spent an evening at Fast Company World Headquarters, where they ate pizza, toured the offices, and stayed until 10 p.m.
To see if there's a cell in your region, visit the Web http://www.fastcompany.com/community/friends.html . If you can't find a cell, we'll help you start one - just send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org .
He's in Fast Company
The company of friends is not a store or restaurant, so we couldn't drop balloons or strike up the band when member number 1,000 joined. But we thought you might like to meet him.
Who: Curt Wehrley
Company: Software Synergy in Indianapolis, Indiana
Title: Account Manager. Handles sales and account-management duties for a fast-growing computer-consulting company.
Background: Degree in chemical engineering and applied statistics. Spent 10 years as an engineer and 1 year in Free Agent Nation as a computer consultant. Joined his current company in 1997.
Top Priorities: "Definitely family" - wife (Mandy), three-year-old daughter (Samantha), and one-year-old son (Devin).
Outlook: "Even though I grew up in the Midwest, I have more of a West Coast attitude. I struggle with how I can implement West Coast thinking in a conservative Midwestern business climate."
Why He Reads FC: "To spot trends. I'd like to start my own company someday, and Fast Company helps me keep an eye on what's developing."
Book pick: Circle of Innovation, by Tom Peters (Knopf, 1997)
Favorite Activities: Running, golf, basketball, and watching "Barney" with his daughter ("I used to think the show was corny, but it's really not that bad - Barney just gets a bad rap").
Be Careful What You Ask For
The web team works hard to make our site as relevant as possible. So to find out what you're interested in, we pore over logs from our online search engine. But every so often, your interests strike us as a little, well, interesting. We thought you might enjoy a short review of some of the topics about which our readers are searching for information and advice. We are not making this up.
i am looking for . . .
a ceramic-gifts Web site
television rights to the NFL
50 reasons not to change
Where is Donald Trump?
Is Columbus a city?
I want five minutes with Tom Peters
dogs, frogs, and hogs
Why is my CEO such a buck-toothed monkey?
Can We Talk?
Mark it on your calendar. every Friday, at 2 p.m. ET, Fast Company readers, writers, editors, and friends will gather online for a real-time chat. You don't need fancy software to participate. All you need is something to say. For more information, visit our Web discussions forums http://www.fastcompany.com/community/forums.html .
A version of this article appeared in the August 1998 issue of Fast Company magazine.