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Logo for the Fast Company 100 Most Creative listFast Company magazine has released its fifth annual list of the 100 most creative people in business, and it includes people from industries as diverse as television, automaking, retailing and social media.

Nate Silver, the New York Times blogger who has taken data analysis to a new level, was the top-ranked person on the list. His blog, FiveThirtyEight, had highly accurate predictions of last year’s elections, but he emphasized the need for creative thinking, going beyond the limitations of data, in an interview with Fast Company.

The top of the list also includes some familiar names, including actor Bryan Cranston from the acclaimed show “Breaking Bad,” and companies, including the National Football League, where Tracey Bleczinski, the vice president for consumer products, was mentioned for the rapid growth in women’s branded NFL apparel.

Fast Company has compiled multimedia presentations and lists of what it calls “precise, actionable ideas” for business.

“The list is just the beginning, too,” writes Tyler Gray. “Expect expanded stories, audio, and video on the people we’ve featured here and ongoing coverage of their creative endeavors, plus ongoing social conversations about the topics raised by our Most Creative People.”


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