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Fast Company’s ’50 Most Innovative Companies': Knerd Favorites

Posted in Knerds on February 15, 2012 by

Knewton Knerds are abuzz with excitement after hearing the news that Fast Company included us on their list of the world’s 50 most innovative companies. People are tweeting and “facebooking” how cool it is that we’re on a list with such greats as Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon and more. Some Knerds even decided to write little blurbs about the other companies on the list. Check it out!

Dropbox:

“When I’m not working at Knewton, I’m writing musicals. The team has a composer, arranger, orchestrator, director, designers, actors, producers, investors, stage managers, etc. We need to be able to share large music and text files with specific people at various stages of development. Dropbox allows us to do so very easily, and most importantly for us bohemians, it’s free! It always makes me wonder how anyone wrote musicals before the internet.”
David Ingber, Video Team

Chobani:

“You’d think caffeinated beef jerky is the food of choice at tech start-ups. Nope. It’s fat-free yogurt. Large Chobani orders arrive at our office and are gone within minutes. Devoured. And for good reason: 120 calories and 13 grams of carbs gets you a whopping 16 grams of protein. 16! That’s 36% of your recommended daily value. Mix in a little peanut butter and you’ll have enough energy to keep up with the 23 year olds—except that they’re eating it, too.”
Katie Kurtz, Business Development

Southern New Hampshire University:

“Southern New Hamshire’s online business feels nothing like the traditional undergraduate campus up the road. Physically, its office is a quirky mix of high tech and retro, with an open layout, scuffed wooden floors, and vintage neon signs advertising products like radios, refrigerators, and beer. Culturally, a visitor from conventional academe might be jarred by the sense that its staff members are selling beverages, at least judging by the office jargon: Professors are ‘procured.’ Programs are ‘flavored’ with concentrations like ‘social media.’ The education is called ‘a good product’. In many ways, it was hard to tell if we were on the SNHU campus or the Knewton office!”
Ken Goldstein, Sales

Gogo:

“Goodbye overhead monitors and movies I didn’t pick; hello in-flight internet! Thanks to GoGo, in-flight WiFi access has come to the sky. Knewton signed a deal last year with Pearson, the world’s largest (by far) textbook publisher to power all of their higher ed content and find ways to partner on their K-12 and International efforts as well. Somehow I naïvely thought this would take some of the pressure off and reduce my travel schedule. HAH! Instead my travel schedule exploded; I took three week-long trips in January alone. I used to hate air travel. Now it’s the only time I have to myself to watch movies on my iPad and – because of GoGo – aimlessly surf the Internet. And when I do need to work at 30,000 ft, I can. Thanks GoGo!”
Jose Ferreira, CEO and Founder