Monday Morning Inspiration: Fast Company

Screen shot 2010-05-30 at 5.40.00 PM Fast Company just came out with their annual list of The 100 most Creative People in Business.  The list consists of people who have never been featured in the magazine and is one of my favorite issues each year.   While all of the people selected are obviously creative, what sets them apart is that they are changing the way in which we interact with the world and engage with each other.

There's no way for me to narrow this list down any further, but if I were to pinpoint some particularly inspiring folks I would say spend some time checking out:

Scott Belsky--Founder, CEO, Behance This guy has changed my life.  Seriously.  I've heard him speak a couple of times in the last two months and both times I've left the talk feeling motivated to get things done.  Read his new book, Making Ideas Happen and you'll understand why I give him so much credit.

Bonnie Brooks--CEO, The Bay I want to work for this woman.  Spend 15 minutes in a Lane Crawford and it's obvious that she knows how to lead, inspire and empower a team.  I have no doubt that she'll leave the same mark at The Bay.

Perry Chen--Cofounder, Kickstarter Kickstarter is a game changer.  It uses crowdsourcing to fund creative ventures from creating rooftop gardens to supporting Trade School, where students barter with teachers for instruction. What sets it apart from other crowdsourcing platforms is the fact that it's an all-or-nothing situation. The entrepreneur sets a fundraising goal and a timeline (up to 90 days).  If the goal isn't reached in the time allotted, the entrepreneur gets none of the pledges.

Michael Williams--Blogger, A Continuous Lean One of my favorite blogs because it stays true to it's mission--supporting and representing only American-made wares.  I once spent five hours checking out every brand listed on his American List.

Chris Anderson--Curator, TED Conferences No explanation needed.  Just watch this. or this. or this.