Exclusive: Fast Company founder on corporate innovation challenges

TaylorPhotoThe magazine Fast Company started publishing twenty years ago, exploring the big ideas that were changing business and celebrating the leaders who were making it all happen. We sat down recently with co-founder Bill Taylor to talk about the challenges facing innovators inside large organizations today. Taylor blogs for Harvard Business Review and is at work on a new book, due out next year, titled, “Average Is Not an Option: Why Some People Own the Future and Others Are Stuck in the Past.” On Twitter, he is @practicallyrad.

He spoke with Innovation Leader editor Scott Kirsner, a former Fast Company contributor, in late December. Among the topics they covered: missionaries versus mercenaries; WD-40; the Grateful Dead; why “innovate or die” is a myth; Metro Bank and Quicken Loans; and why missing the boat can be much worse than sinking the boat. (We’ve also published five bullet-pointed highlights from the interview.)


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