About Jeff


Jeff ChuJeff Chu, an editor and writer at Fast Company, leads the magazine’s coverage of China, philanthropy, and urban affairs. Before coming to Fast Company, he spent a very long nine months at the now-defunct Conde Nast Portfolio and seven years at Time magazine, where he was a London-based staff writer (his first cover story was on Britney Spears and her Swedish songwriter, Max Martin) and then a New York-based writer and editor. The grandson of a Baptist preacher, he has written and reported extensively on religion, both at Time and at Fast Company.


Jeff was born in California and went to high school at Westminster Christian in Miami, where he sat behind Alex Rodriguez in Mr. Warner’s world history class. A graduate of Princeton and the London School of Economics, Jeff was a 2004 Phillips Foundation journalism fellow (his project examined complaint in American history) and a 2011-2012 French-American Foundation Young Leader.


Jeff loves the San Francisco 49ers, the Book of Ecclesiastes, and clementines. He detests marzipan.



    • DWRDWR: A Modern Mess Fast Company
      December 2009/January 2010

      An investigation into the misdeeds and misfortunes of the furniture retailer Design Within Reach

    • Mullen-1Joint Venture Fast Company
      May 2010

      How Admiral Mike Mullen, America’s top military officer, taps the business world to reshape strategy

    • thumb-rosenbaumMarcelo Rosenbaum Fast Company
      October 2012

      Can the Brazilian designer who gained fame for creating glamorous nightclubs and shops use his skills and ideas to attack his country’s huge poverty problem?

    • thumb-where-did-god-goO Father, Where Art Thou? Time
      June 2003

      In 1966, Time asked, “Is God dead?” Some in Europe today would say he is, but the truth is, you just won’t find faith in the same old places.

    • thumb-rwandaRwanda Rising Fast Company
      April 2009

      Inside the African nation’s risky, audacious, and unprecedented plan to pull itself out of poverty and wean itself off foreign aid

    • thumb-singingSinging the Walls Down Time
      February 2003

      In repressive Zimbabwe, there aren’t many forms of protest left. The most promising, perhaps, is its music.

    • 3dollarflightThe $3 Flight Conde Nast Portfolio
      October 2007

      How Air Asia is converting bus riders into frequent flyers—and upending the airline business

    • thumb-ironchancellorThe Iron Chancellor Fast Company
      September 2008

      Can education reformer Michelle Rhee transform the woeful schools and navigate the tricky politics of Washington, DC?

    • thumb-jamesbondThe Man With the Golden Run Time
      November 2002

      The James Bond film franchise celebrates 40 years with Die Another Day. Behind the scenes with Pierce Brosnan’s 007 and his sexy foil, Halle Berry.

    • thumb-godwealthThe Prosperity Gospel Time
      September 2006

      Does God want you to be rich? To the dismay of mainstream theologians and Christian leaders, some Protestant evangelists—and a growing number of believers—say, “Yes!”

    • thumb-hitmanTop of the Pops Time
      March 2001

      To meet the hitmaking man who puts words in Britney Spears’s mouth, you have to go to one of the nerve centers of American pop music today: Sweden.

  • thumb-wwjdWhat Would Jack Do? Fast Company
    December 2010/January 2011

    Willow Creek, one of America’s biggest megachurches, trains evangelical leaders by turning to business