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

Alexander Reben

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. […]

October 2018: Digital Life

Alexander Reben

The amount of time you spend on screens is directly related to your level of anxiety. Extensive social media use leads to depression and isolation. At least, that’s what I think someone said they heard from a study that may or may not have been published in a reputable journal and/or website. In a new normal, where all news is fake and all personal truth is fact and everything is […]

Human.School: Bringing Humanity to the Workplace

Kristen Gallagher Edify

Kristen Gallagher is an organizational strategies and learning designer. She is the founder and CEO of Edify, a learning strategy consultancy that solves people operations problems for growing companies. Kristen has architected and delivered onboarding programs for companies bringing on everything from 1+ to 100+ people a quarter. Specializing in onboarding systems, manager development, and knowledge management, Edify delivers programs that are designed to evolve and scale with rapid changes. This month, Kristen […]

Fabulous at 50 and Beyond: Creating a Revolution

BeFab Revolution

Gretchen Asher created BeFab Revolution after 20+ years as a successful management consultant to Fortune 500 companies. Her goal is to create a revolution where women 50+ are celebrated, admired, and inspired. What is BeFab Revolution? BeFab revolution is an online community of women better than (age) 50 from over 40 countries all around the world. Our online platforms include a Membership website, Facebook groups, and a first-ever Business Directory […]

Past Present Podcast: Bonus Episode 4 – The Equifax Hack

Hack

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 […]

How to Beat the Competition (It’s Not Who You Think)

Kronda Adair, Oz

I don’t think a lot about competition but I know it’s a big concern for some people. It’s always a sure sign of a young entrepreneur when they ask me to sign an N.D.A. (Non-Disclosure Agreement) before we’ve even laid eyes on each other. They’re worried someone will steal their idea, or get to it first. I have good news and bad news. The good news is that you mostly […]

Past Present Podcast: Boy Scouts, Eugenics, and Eloping

Boy Scouts

In this week’s episode of Past Present, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Trump’s divisive speech before the Boy Scouts, the return of eugenics in criminal justice, and the rising wave of elopements. Boy Scouts Donald Trump’s recent speech at the Boy Scouts Jamboree has earned criticism for its political tone and inappropriate remarks. Niki pointed out that other presidents have given political speeches to the Boy Scouts, including Franklin Delano […]

$40 Million for a Crappy WordPress Theme?!

Hush Harbor (detail), From the series Suspended Beliefs, 2013, Ink, collage and manual typewriter on paper 19.75 x 8.5 inches

Yup, this really happened. A South African government agency paid R40 Million to an agency, who basically setup a $40 WordPress theme. That’s roughly $3 Million U.S. dollars. For. A. Shitty. WordPress. Theme. You’re probably wondering how this could happen. Shortcut: Make sure this doesn’t happen to you Maybe you’re thinking, Well it’s the government. Everyone knows the government will pay $500 for a $5 wrench. All governments waste money. […]

Past Present Podcast: Coconut Oil, Genetic Testing, and Porn

Coconut

In this week’s episode of Past Present, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate the American Heart Association’s denunciation of coconut oil, the growing use of genetic testing for genealogy, and whether Pornhub is the new Kinsey Report.  Coconut Oil We discussed the American Heart Association’s recent report that called coconut oil as unhealthy as beef fat and butter because of its high levels of saturated fat. Genetic Testing A story in the […]

Impact: LaunchCode

LaunchCode

LaunchCode is a nonprofit organization that creates routes to economic opportunity and upward mobility through apprenticeships and job placement in technology. LaunchCode partners with over 300 companies, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative startups, and matches them with job seekers through a unique mentorship and paid apprenticeship program. Located primarily in the St. Louis and Miami areas, LaunchCoders also work in Chicago, Atlanta, Fort Knox, Seattle, Portland, and other locations. LaunchCode […]