Tristan Walker is in the house. advertisement advertisement He is posted up in the vestibule of the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, California, where the hottest venture-capital firm in Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, has just hosted a screening of a new documentary starring the rapper Nas. Nas is here, too, but from the way Tristan Walker works the crowd of nearly 1,000, you’d think it was his premiere. Sporting a light-gray Bailey fedora and a speckled charcoal sweatshirt bearing the logo of his new startup, Walker & Company Brands, the debonair 30-year-old dives into the masses, vanishes, reemerges in a corner deep in conversation, and makes introductions all around, exclaiming, “You two should meet!” During a stationary second, a young black man who can’t be more than 20 years old walks over. “I’ve been following your moves,” he says. “And I’ve been really inspired by you.” Walker is a celebrity in Silicon … [Read more...] about Tristan Walker: The Visible Man
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According to the 2015 Kauffman Index on startup activity, American startups are on the rebound, with approximately 310 entrepreneurs for every 100,000 adults in the U.S. today. That translates into roughly 530,000 new business owners coming onto the scene every month. advertisement advertisement Yet the rate of failure for new businesses remains high. It’s that very failure rate that’s led to the creation of an entire industry of startup support programs designed to help entrepreneurs beat the odds. It’s working–for some, anyway, even if they’re not who you think. Accelerators As Far As The Eye Can See There are literally thousands of startup accelerators, incubators, coworking spaces, innovation hubs, government-funded small business associations, university programs, and more. AngelList alone shows over 4,233 incubators on offer, while F6s lists some 3,851 accelerators at the time of this writing. And accelerators are just the tip of the … [Read more...] about Do Accelerators And Incubators Serve Themselves Better Than Startups?
Over the course of the year, we’ve devoted ourselves to figuring out what makes creative people tick and what keeps their ideas flowing. Here are some of the best tips we’ve gathered; none requires a big budget or an in-house creative lab. Each one of them can be shamelessly stolen and applied by anyone who wants to up their creative game going into 2015. advertisement advertisement Share Your Work If you don’t know where to start, it’s here. Whatever creative projects you want to undertake, start by sharing your work and pointing yourself in the direction of others who share your interests, says Austin Kleon, 2014’s SXSW keynote speaker and author of Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered. It can be small, it can be incremental–just get it out there. “The technology is really important, and we all have tools that turn us into media producers now,” says Kleon. “But what’s more important … [Read more...] about 11 Simple Ways To Push Your Creative Boundaries
A few words one ought never begin any speech or piece of writing with are “Oxford Dictionaries defines [thing] as [definition],” so I am definitely not going to do that. advertisement advertisement Oxford Dictionaries defines its official Word of the Year, post-truth, as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” See what I just did? How I said I wasn’t going to do something but did it anyway? That about sums up this year. At home and abroad, 2016 was the year facts truly did not matter. It was a year in which anyone with a loud enough megaphone could spread an aggressively false message and, through sheer amplification, watch that message reverberate to unprecedented reach. Matters of fraudulence, hypocrisy, and easily disprovable lies became, if not something to believe, then something to not dispute and probably repeat. … [Read more...] about Welcome To The Year In Post-Truth. Day One: Hillary, Trump, And The Birther Movement
Earlier this year, Ashley Haby spotted a gig that piqued her interest: Walgreens was asking social media influencers to apply for a new digital campaign that advertised their flu shots. advertisement advertisement Haby, who runs the Southern Suds and Simple Living account (self-described “Jesus lover, wifey, blogger, and mompreneur”), signed up. Although she rarely posts about health—and herself eschewed the shot for several years—Haby changed her mind when her great-grandmother grew increasingly sick. Suddenly, she had to get a shot in order to be around a loved one. “We had always gone to my kid’s pediatrician to get the shot,” she recalls, “and there’s nothing against that, but the wait is horrendous. It’s anywhere from two to three hours—just for a flu shot.” Those are the exact anecdotes and authentic personal stories that Walgreens was looking for—and Haby was … [Read more...] about ‘It’s sort of the Wild West’: How Instagram influencers are disrupting healthcare