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How are business leaders finding creative ways to confront some of today’s biggest challenges?
Join Fast Company Senior Editor Amy Farley to dive into how companies are pointing the way forward for both their industries—and society at large. We’ll talk to business leaders about using cutting-edge AI technology to measure how forests are capturing carbon; we’ll discover how blockchain technology is transforming the gaming industry; and explore how Gen Z is using social networking to shop online. 

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How are business leaders finding creative ways to confront some of today’s biggest challenges?
Join Fast Company Senior Editor Amy Farley to dive into how companies are pointing the way forward for both their industries—and society at large. We’ll talk to business leaders about using cutting-edge AI technology to measure how forests are capturing carbon; we’ll discover how blockchain technology is transforming the gaming industry; and explore how Gen Z is using social networking to shop online. 

    How We Can Fix the Childcare Crisis by Making it Essential Infrastructure

    How We Can Fix the Childcare Crisis by Making it Essential Infrastructure

    We’re taking a look at some of our favorite moments from the 2021 Fast Company Innovation Festival. 
    Here’s a conversation about how we can fix the childcare crisis with Wendy Chun-Hoon, director of the Women’s Bureau at the Department of Labor, and Elliot Haspel, author and philanthropic program officer at the Robins Foundation.

    • 45 min
    How Depop is Tapping Into What Gen Z Wants with its Fashion Resale App

    How Depop is Tapping Into What Gen Z Wants with its Fashion Resale App

    In this episode, we’re talking about social media. While Facebook and Twitter still dominate the space, apps like TikTok and Clubhouse are offering people new ways to express themselves and form communities. 
    Amy chatted with Maria Raga, the CEO of Depop, the fashion resale app that’s become popular with Gen Z. The platform has 30 million registered users: 90% of them are under 26 years old. They discuss Depop’s unique approach to social commerce and how it has fostered a deep connection with younger users.

    • 32 min
    How NBA Top Shot is Transforming Trading Cards into NFTs

    How NBA Top Shot is Transforming Trading Cards into NFTs

    On this episode, we’re going to talk about the gaming industry, which is worth more than 160 billion dollars globally. Over the past year and a half, as people have gone from sheltering at home to tentative re-engagement with the world to….whatever is in store for us this fall, games have taken on an outsized role in our lives. 
    Amy sat down with Roham Gharegozlou, CEO of Dapper Labs, the company behind NBA Top Shot, to discuss why he wants to do far more than just digitize the age-old pastime of buying and selling trading cards.

    • 30 min
    Why Investors are Pouring Billions into This Miniature DNA Chip

    Why Investors are Pouring Billions into This Miniature DNA Chip

    In this episode, we’re talking about biotech and health. If this past year and a half is any indication, investment in these sectors is critical. We’ve seen how we can confront a global pandemic with fast-tracked RNA-based vaccines. We’ve harnessed genomics to track and diagnose illness as it spreads. And the rise of telemedicine has made healthcare more accessible to all. 
    Amy talked with Twist Bioscience CEO and Co-founder Emily LeProust about the MIC winner's cutting-edge technology that has pioneered what’s known as synthetic DNA. It’s used in therapeutics and precision medicine, but has applications across agriculture, biomaterials, and even data storage.

    • 28 min
    How We Can Fight Climate Change By Using AI

    How We Can Fight Climate Change By Using AI

    We're talking about AI in this episode. Once the villain of Sci Fi thrillers, AI is one of the most crucial—and misunderstood—sectors that we cover here at Fast Company. The truth is, AI—in some form or another—underpins the operations of just about every company these days, from powering self-driving technologies in our cars to serving up product recommendations when we’re shopping online. And though we’re increasingly aware of how algorithms can perpetuate and amplify inequities, AI is also being used by companies to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, increasing crop yields, fighting disinformation, and helping us track and control a global pandemic. 
    We're featuring one such company: Pachama, an MIC honoree that’s taking on climate change with the help of some advanced AI and data science. Amy speaks with Co-founder and CEO Diego Saez Gil about how Pachama is revolutionizing the fight against global warming. 

    • 32 min
    Fast Company Presents Most Innovative Companies

    Fast Company Presents Most Innovative Companies

    • 2 min

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