Fast Company is a monthly American business magazine published in print and online that focuses on technology, business, and design. It publishes 10 print issues per year. Robert Safian has been the editor-in-chief since 2007,[16] having previously worked at Fortune, Time, and Money. Fast Company is owned by Mansueto Ventures and is headquartered in New York, New York.


Fast Company was launched in November 1995[17][8] by Alan Webber and Bill Taylor, two former Harvard Business Review editors, and publisher Mortimer Zuckerman.[4][5]

The publication's early competitors included Red Herring, Business 2.0 and The Industry Standard.[3]

In 1997, Fast Company created an online social network, the "Company of Friends" which spawned a number of groups that began meeting in person. At one point the Company of Friends had over 40,000 members in 120 cities, although by 2003 that number had declined to 8,000.

In 2000, Zuckerman sold Fast Company to Gruner + Jahr, majority owned by media giant Bertelsmann, for $550 million.[3] Webber and Taylor left the magazine, and John A. Byrne, previously with BusinessWeek, was brought in as the new editor. Although the magazine was not specifically about Internet commerce, readership declined sharply following the collapse of the dot-com bubble. By 2003 newsstand sales had declined by half, and advertising pages were one-third the 2000 numbers.

In 2005, Gruner + Jahr sold the magazine, as well as Inc. magazine, to Joe Mansueto's company Mansueto Ventures for $35 million.[3]

Fast Company was named by the American Society of Magazine Editors as the magazine of the year in 2014.[3]


Launched in 1995,[3] covers leadership and innovation in business, environmental and social issues, entertainment and marketing, and, through its Co.Design site, the intersection of business and design, from architecture to electronics, consumer products to fashion. Fast Company also previously operated sites called Co.Labs, Co.Exist, and Co.Create. Co.Exist and Co.Create were rebranded as Ideas and Entertainment sections in 2017.[3][3] Co.Labs was shut down in early 2015.[3]

Current activity


Fast Company currently operates a number of franchises such as "Most Innovative Companies", "World Changing Ideas", "Innovation By Design", and "Most Creative People". For their Most Innovative Companies feature, Fast Company assesses thousands of businesses to create a list of 50 companies it considers the most innovative.[3] The Most Creative People in Business is a list of 100 people from different industries.[3]


The Fast Company Innovation Festival is an event hosted in New York City each year since 2015. In 2016, 8,500 attendees attended keynotes, workshops, and Fast Tracks hosted in corporate offices centered on design, technology, social good, leadership, entrepreneurship, and creativity.[3]