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The 10 Best New Podcasts of the Year So Far

It’s often difficult to tell how good a podcast will be from its first few episodes. Given time, hosts will adjust their banter, interviewers will refine their questions and a true crime investigator may receive an unexpected tip. That’s why we often wait until a podcast has had years to develop before adding it to […]

Three Podcasts to Listen To in May: A Study of Classical Music, The Legacy of “Cops,” and Healing in Toronto’s Gay Community

A few months ago, I was swept off my feet by “Aria Code,” from WQXR, a wondrous narrative podcast about opera with an amusingly ridiculous name. Recently, another enjoyable podcast about music, from American Public Media, made its début, with an even more ridiculous name: “Decomposed.” (It’s about composers!) It’s hosted (and co-written) by Jade […]

Don’t Sell Your SoulPancake: A Conversation with Golriz Lucina

For years now, the name “SoulPancake” has been floating around the Internet, attached to unapologetically feel-good (and unstoppably viral) videos like Kid President, Kitten Therapy,and Heart Attack!, as well as disarmingly philosophical series like Metaphysical Milkshake.Yeah, we’d heard of SoulPancake. But for a long time we weren’t exactly sure what SoulPancake was. A creative agency? A Rainn Wilson side project? […]

Why You Can't Choose Between Creativity And Data

The advertising industry has changed dramatically. Brand CMOs have become responsible for business objectives in addition to brand goals — and that impacts everyone in a leadership role, big brand or not. In today’s C-suite, data makes the rules, which is why executives have increasingly turned to tech-enabled consultancies for marketing advice over the past […]

Surprise, Your Next Customer is Closer Than You Think

You know the scene: A sleek-looking storefront, a velvet rope, stone-faced security guards—and a line 100-people deep trying to see if they can score a pair of rare sneakers or a limited-edition T-shirt. The so-called “drop” has become a quintessential part of the modern retail experience. It’s a way for brands to build hype, influence […]

Black Panther Costumer Designer Ruth E. Carter on Three Decades of Dressing Superheroes

Ruth E. Carter’s resume as a costume designer reads like a roll call of some of the most culturally significant films of the past three decades: Malcom X, Selma, Do the Right Thing, What’s Love Got to Do With It?, Mo’ Better Blues. But her latest film, the revolutionary and deservedly much-hyped Black Panther, might be her most notable project yet. With […]

A Morgan Stanley Exec Explains Why the Bank Is Investing In a Business Opportunity That's Been Under the Radar for Years

As I like to say, where there’s a market inefficiency, there’s a commercial opportunity. We know that only a tiny fraction of venture capital investment flows to women and people of color. Whether because of lack of experience with this demographic, or lack of imagination or understanding, the consequences have had profound societal ramifications. From […]

The Woman—and Program—Changing the Game for Female Entrepreneurs

First, the good news: Female entrepreneurship is expanding. Female-owned businesses grew 58 percent from 2007 to 2018, according to the eighth annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. And businesses started by women of color grew by 163 percent in that same period. Now the bad: Female entrepreneurs get less than 10 percent of all venture capital. And […]

Will Equity Crowdfunding Live Up to Its Hype?

The JOBS Act, with its crowdfunding provision, was supposed to be kick off a revolution. Now anyone could invest in high-risk startup equity. It was supposed to disrupt the entire business of venture capital. Equity for all! And then it took four years to implement. Equity crowdfunding for everyone finally became legal last May. And […]

ICOs, Crowdfunding And Our Convenient, Complicated Futures: An Interview With Slava Rubin

“Every opportunity deserves the right to fail.” Slava Rubin knows what he’s talking about. Co-founder of Indiegogo, Rubin was rejected by 93 venture firms before successfully creating the first major crowdfunding platform. (I’m proud to share I was an original angel investor in Slava’s vision.) Today, the platform generates funding, ideas and insights for everyone from […]

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