Smackdown: What the Arts Could Stand to Learn from Sports

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I like sports, but I love sporting events. Few experiences rival the theatricality and pageantry of, say, a pro football game, from fanatical fans to enthralling entrances – all with constant emotional engagement. Wait a second – isn’t that what live performance is supposed to do? The most popular sports go well beyond entertainment: they captivate the community, inspire across generations, and build unrivaled anticipation. So in team spirit, what if creatives borrowed from our […]

Putting Crowdfunding in Perspective: Respect Your Audience to Maximize Your Results

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Funding ain’t easy. Technology makes it seem easy, especially with platforms like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and GoFundMe holding the promise of access to new fans with open wallets. Of course, it takes a tipping point of personal contacts funding a project to a certain dollar amount in order to access your yet-unknown audience. Which means outreach to friends, family, and colleagues is a necessary part of the phenomenon that is crowdfunding. […]

But Would Anyone Buy a Ticket?

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When I was raising money for Broadway shows, I was approached by a LOT of creatives who would ask me to consider raising money for their project. In many of these instances, these individuals would spend most of the meeting explaining to me how their show was a “surefire” hit and how if they just had more support they’d break through. Now in some cases, they really did have something […]

Past Present Podcast:Incels, Mormonism and Race, and Millennials and Personal Finance

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In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate the “incel” community, the role of race in Mormon history, and the thrift-shaming of millennials. Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: In the wake of a Toronto terrorist attack, “incels,” or involuntary celibates, are gaining attention. Niki referred to this New York Times article about Jordan Peterson. Natalia cited Jia Tolentino’s New Yorker article on the origins of incel rage, Ross Douthat’s New York Times op-ed raising the possibility […]

A Diverse Portfolio

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In Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky speaks at length about the nature of power. He discusses various instances of creating leverage, thus creating power. One of his central tenets is the idea of not waiting for permission. In the struggle of radicals of any stripe, it’s almost a given that the establishment will be resistant to surrendering any of their power. Those who want to change the world and those […]

Spring Steps to Measure Your Financial Wellness

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  Happy Spring! It’s the season of transitions, renewal, hope, and growth; it’s also the season of makeovers, de-cluttering, and getting back to basics. Spring cleaning often bring order and the peace of mind. The same is true when your finances are in order and you understand what you are earning, spending, and where you can find cash flow to save and invest. This tax season is the perfect time to focus […]

Are You the Sum of the Five Bank Accounts You Surround Yourself With?

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Why Your Friendships Could Be Costing You Your Financial Freedom There is a common belief that friends and money don’t mix. Money has a way of complicating the dynamic of relationships, and the imbalance of power can strain even the strongest of bonds. Popular advice recommends resisting lending friends money altogether, or at least not any you care about losing. One awkward experience is enough to convince most of us […]

April 2018: Redefining Wealth

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Entrepreneurship is synonymous with money issues. Whether you’re raising money, investing money, borrowing money, calculating cashflow, stressing sales, creating contracts, or balancing balance sheets, the bottom line is a constant source of stress, energy, and everything in between. In my first business, consulting startups on marketing strategy, revenue varied wildly by workload. I had $2,000 months and $20,000 months and probably even a $200 month in there somewhere. Eventually, I learned […]

The Startup Sessions: How To Grow Your Business by Doing Less

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I’m out of the studio this week, so we took Episode 173 on the road to a cafe in Northern California. Certified Life Coach, mother of two spirited little girls, and simplification expert, Ashley Gartland, joins me to explore why saying “yes” to too much slows your business down, how & why to focus on less, not more, and why progress is more important than perfection. How can delegation can […]

Past Present Podcast: Bonus Episode 4 – The Equifax Hack

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In this episode of Past Present, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the Equifax hack. We discussed the Equifax hack in the context of the history of credit. Niki recommended historian Louis Hyman’s book Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink. Natalia commented on the cultural sensitivity of exposing financial information in particular, citing sociologist Rachel Sherman’s book Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence. Niki cited Hyman’s Wilson Quarterly […]