7 Ways to Catch Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies at SMWNYC



This year’s speaker lineup is jam-packed with some of the most respected business minds in the world. Get inspired this April 24 to 27 in New York.


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Fast Company’s annual “Most Innovative Companies” list is a who’s who of teams that are disrupting their industries, challenging decades-old models, and serving as points of inspiration for organizations across every vertical.

We’re pleased to share that our speaker lineup for SMWNYC includes seven of this year’s top 50 companies. Gain insights from these leading brands and companies by securing your SMWNYC pass today.


Away, ranked No. 5 in Travel, is a modern travel lifestyle brand that has emerged as a case study for how to successfully launch and scale a direct-to-consumer brand. Join Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer, Jen Rubio, who will discuss how Away is connecting with consumers by inspiring travel for a new generation of adventurers.

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Axios, a top 10 pick in Media, has grown an audience by breaking through the clutter and providing valuable news in an easy-to-digest format. At SMWNYC, Axios Media Reporter Sara Fischer joins Suraj Patel, Congressional candidate (NY-12), for an intimate fireside chat that explores the role of digital media in democracy and how politicians can embrace digital to drive civic engagement.

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Bucking retail tradition by dropping the “BrandTax,” the red hot CPG company Brandless landed at No. 7 in the Retail ranking. Rachael Vegas, Chief Merchant at Brandless, joins us at SMWNYC to describe how the direct-to-consumer startup is dominating the e-commerce space through a business model centered on community and transparency.

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Group Nine Media

Listed at No. 8 in Video, Group Nine Media is dominating the web by understanding the stories and content formats that are most likely to resonate with people and drive engagement. At SMWNYC, you’ll hear from Group Nine portfolio company, The Dodo, and more specifically, the company’s President (YuJung Kim) and Founder/CCO (Izzie Lerer). Their talk will explore how The Dodo became the No. 1 animal brand in social media by owning a niche content whitespace and using audience insights to inform content strategy.

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Undoubtedly, Instagram has become a massive platform for publishers alike, and its hyper growth led to the platform being named the No. 1 most innovative company in social media this year. Instagram’s Head of Global News and Publisher Partnerships, Lila King, joins SMWNYC alongside some of the platform’s most successful creators to educate you on how brands can better connect with millennials and Gen Z.

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Earning the No. 2 on Fast Company’s most innovative company in social media list “for discerning what users want based on what they like” is Pinterest. Pinterest’s Head of Global Marketing Communications & Industry Relations, Eric Edge, join SMWNYC to explore why personalized experiences must deliver tangible value to consumers and how Pinterest’s model presents a differentiated viewpoint on brands and personalization.

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Twitch was named the No. 4 most breakthrough company in gaming this year due to its ability to connect fans with each other.

Anthony Danzi, SVP Client Strategy at Twitch, joins SMWNYC to explore how the digital era has redefined the term “patronage” through the uptick in live streamers and the viewers who are supporting them through subscriptions, donations, and bits. He’ll also address how brands play into this relationship.

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Congratulations to our speaker honorees! We look forward to learning from you in April.

Don’t miss your chance to attend one of these sessions this spring at SMWNYC. Register today!

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