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'Team Obama' Efforts Recognized by Fast Company

Mark Marich

Fast Company’s latest list of “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” contains many of the usual suspects we see on lists of this type. It’s pretty commonplace to see Apple, Google, Cisco, and Intel in lists of innovative firms. However, this year’s No. 1 company might come as something of a surprise.

Fast Company editors picked Team Obama--presumably including Shepard Fairey for his ubiquitous design--for the top spot this year, recognizing the Obama team’s extraordinary ability to take “a skinny kid with a funny name and (turn) him into the most powerful national brand in a generation.”

The list is heavy on firms working in design, advertising, music, and information technology, but also includes a strong crew of clean energy firms such as wind power giant Vestas (Denmark) and Next Era Energy Resources (US), a top producer of wind and solar energy.

The list appears in the magazine’s March 2009 issue.

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