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Crowd of people at the Eiffel Tower

Reverse Check-ins

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This is an innovation that the introvert in me can really buy into. For many years now, social-focused apps have helped users find each other. But Avoid Humans is a new app that reverses the process. It helps the user find a place that has the fewest people.

It seems like you can’t find a restaurant, store or parking lot without coming across a horde of people that will inevitably ruin your day. Whether it’s waiting for a table, waiting for a parking spot or just trying to find a place to stand so you can breathe for a second, going out and socializing is becoming harder and harder to do because, well, we’re just running out of room. But now with a website called Avoid Humans, it’s actually easier to find a quiet place outside of your bedroom closet.

Kawaii Little Girl


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This article is the next in our series based on the Fast Company list of the 50 Most Innovative Companies. I want to take a step sideways and talk about the Japanese principle of Kawaii. Kawaii is the basis for Line, a Japanese company that fell into an entire line of products by accident – a great example of the reality that innovation is a combination of invention, implementation, and preparedness. First, what is kawaii? Kawaii is that “cuteness” that has been popular in Japan…