YOUNGRY™ Is Debut Company on First Global TV Series Where Audience and Venture Capitalists Can Invest

The First Ever Crowdfunding Investment TV Show, Meet the Drapers, Premiered on Sony Entertainment Television on November 19th of 2017. Newport Beach, Ca. November 22nd, 2017 YOUNGRY, is a movement that utilizes content, curates events, and maximizes mentorship to help, inspire and expand the possibilities of an entrepreneur. YOUNGRY was the first company to present [...]

Why Product Packaging Is Critical

There are three hard facts that you can never ever (and I mean NEVER EVER) forget when it comes to trying to create a physical product and/or a consumer products goods (CPG) brand. When the consumer picks up your packaging that have to know exactly what the product is within the 1.5 seconds it takes them to skim [...]

How much a CEO should sell before hiring first sales person

“If you think you can you can, if you think you can’t, you’re right” Matthew Bellows Born 1989, Age 47 in 2016, married, 3 kids. I’d never met Matthew in person but heard great things about him from investors I really respect like David Cohen at Techstars who was an investor in my first company, […]

Seven Travel Technology Trends Every Startup Should Watch

  Technology is moving at a much faster pace than ever before. The process of digital transformation is no longer a business initiative but rather a business imperative. In order to keep up with the emerging digital transformation economy, each growing company must become a digital nativein the way the executives and employees of the […]

The NBA’s 70 million dollar problem

We’ve had an incredible NBA season this year. Harden vs Westbrook. LeBron chasing the ghost of MJ. Durant on the Warriors. Etc etc. There is however one glaring flaw in this season and that is directly tied to the new NBA collective bargaining agreement. Let me break it down. Paul George is the Indiana Pacers […]

Austin’s Best Place to Live (if you want to network)

“This day turned out dramatically different than I anticipated, I started the day thinking I was going to catch a coffee with my ex girlfriend, and now I am debating distributing Mezcal in London, I want to open up a Nandos in the States, I have a manufacturer connection in China and I’ve met a […]

Day 25 of the No Sugar Challenge

Not sure if you tuned in for week 1 of the no sugar challenge but Bridget was out on day 2. 25 days have gone by and I still haven’t eaten sugar. This brings me back to the point of what does not eating sugar even mean? Basically it means no processed sugars, or sweets […]

Are flavored crickets a sustainable future?

Aketta just launched new flavored crickets. The company says these flavored crickets are the future of sustainable food. The question is, can people get behind eating flavored crickets? This video of people eating crickets during SXSW is amusing, but how many people would actually buy crickets? That’s the question that needs to be answered. They have some […]

Week 1 Without Sugar! 40 day challenge.

If you haven’t read the original post, check it out here. The Spark Notes are, I’m going 40 days and nights without consuming processed sugars and I’m going to document the results with weekly articles. This is week 1! Day 1 without sugar 3/1/2017:  I made it through without any real struggle at all. I didn’t […]

Uber’s IPO Excitement Cools as Scandal Strikes

With the excitement of Snap Inc.’s IPO still fresh in everyone’s minds it is no surprise investors have started looking for the next initial public offering (IPO) opportunity. For some time investors have discussed a possible IPO announcement from Uber, a large privately held tech company. Unfortunately Uber’s IPO excitement has cooled recently following scandalous […]

40 Days and 40 Nights Without Sugar: The Intro

That’s right! I’m doing it! The no sugar challenge, aka Lent. I’m going to go the next 40 days and 40 nights without consuming sugar, and I’m going to document the results on my body and mind. First let’s talk about how this got started. I moved to Austin, Texas from sunny Laguna Beach mid […]

Aketta is Changing the World: By Changing What We Eat

How many of you would be willing to eat a bug? No, not a Fear Factor gimmicky challenge to eat a bug, but choosing to eat a bug because it was packed with protein and better for the environment. One company is betting that people will be willing to. That company is Aketta. Aketta is […]

Coffee: Biohacking Weight Loss with Caffeine.

If you’re like me you enjoy any bio hacks you can get your hand on. If you’re also like me, you want to drop a few pounds around the waist. Maybe you just want to actually “fit” into your shirts again. You’re busy though. It’s hard to fit in a workout every day. (Unless you’re […]

How to Interview and Hire a Growth Hacker

As someone who has “growth hacked” the last 2 years, started a few companies in my (short) day, and is in love with marketing as a whole, I’m writing an article about how to sift through the BS. There is a lot of hype about this buzzword, and a lot of it just that, hype. […]

How Can Ecommerce Marketers Set Up Effective Cart Abandonment Campaigns

Nearly 69% of online shopping carts are abandoned. Be it shipping costs, a complicated checkout process, a better price on another site, or a simple lack of motivation to purchase, many customers just don’t take the final step. General wisdom is that if you haven’t implemented even the simplest of cart abandonment campaigns, you are […]

5 Hacks to be More Productive in the Morning

1. Start Waking Up Early. It may seem hard initially, especially if you’re used to being a hibernating forest creature. I’ve never been one of those people that can sleep for 10 hours and take 2 naps a day (Bridget) but it still isn’t easy to wake up earlier than you’re used to. I’ve also […]

Prop 57

Proposition 57, the measure to show leniency on non-violent criminals and releasing a number of them on early parole for good behavior has long been one of the more polarizing topics. It directly divides those who view it as an economic issue or a moral safety issue. To better understand the topic, the background of […]

Why isn’t anyone talking about Steph Curry? Nike…

Remember 2 years ago? Steph Curry set the world ablaze with unstoppable 3 point shooting, dazzling crossovers, and then he capped it off with an NBA championship. Then last year he did even better. He improved statistically across the board and won the MVP unanimously. He made shots that couldn’t have been made by anyone […]

Letter from the Editor: Why I Moved to Austin

Well, it’s officially been a week. I packed my bags (really my fiancée did all of the packing) from sunny side Laguna Beach and moved “down south” although, Austin is as blue of a city as they come. My first week was filled with rain and also with my good friend Justin saying it was […]

3 Strategies for Improving Your Business from The Inside

All businesses, especially startups, are constantly looking for ways to improve. Whether they’re refining established processes or innovating brand new products and services, everyone is looking to improve. Here are a few things that you can implement to improve your workings from the inside. Collect feedback from everyone. While customer feedback is important, it’s only […]

6 Ways Freelancers Can Maximize Productivity

If you’re a freelancer, you may be finding it difficult to juggle all of these different projects at once. It’s important to note that most jobs will only pay out when the final product is submitted, which means that poor productivity can be devastating to your schedule and income. Here are some tips that you […]

‘The OA’: TV Review

The OA is an American mystery drama web television series with science fiction, supernatural, and fantasy elements, which debuted on Netflix on December 16, 2016. Created and executive produced by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, the series is their third collaboration. The series consists of eight episodes, all directed by Batmanglij, and is produced by Plan B […]

La La Land

Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them […]

The Founder Movie

This biopic of businessman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) chronicles his work transforming McDonald’s from a small burger chain in 1950s California to a global franchise. Along the way, he wrests control of the company from its actual founders, the McDonald brothers (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch), who believe that Kroc‘s business decisions are stripping […]

Great Business Card Designs

Paul & Marigold Business Card by Foreign Policy Aborígens Barcelona by toormix The Kettle Black Cafe by Pop & Pac Personal Business Card II by Marcin Usarek 2015 Tu Design Office Business Card by Tu Min Shiang J.H. | Visual identity & business cards by Denis Mallet Summer business card by Maxime Archambault Don’t Try […]

STRANGER THINGS: TRULY ORIGINAL NOSTALGIA

The Skim: Stranger Things just launched on Netflix. This is another installment of their  “Netflix originals.” This one is truly original in the sense that I haven’t seen anything like it. However, it is set in the past is a pastiche to Steven Spielberg’s oeuvre. It also brought back some ET like nostalgia. That and the […]

The Politics of Hope: Obama’s Dream For The Nation

There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America. There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.” On July 27th, 2004 a young, relatively unknown state senator from Illinois with a funny sounding name spoke these now […]

LIL DICKY: A RAPPER WHO CAN TELL A STORY

The Skim: Lil Dicky knows how to tell a story through rap music. But he’s also creative and talented enough to do it in a way that makes you gravitate toward him. He is a lyrical wordsmith that is funny, but he is more than just that. Expect Lil Dicky to command more and more […]

WILL TWITTER BE ACQUIRED? THE ANSWER MAY NOT BE…

MY NOTES ON TWITTER’S POTENTIAL ACQUISITION. If you’re into startups or tech, you know Twitter has been on the chopping block for quite some time. Their stock jumped when potential suitors were named. Their stock also dropped when said potential suitors backed out. But what suitor actually makes sense to jump in and acquire Twitter? […]