Turning Forty. Five Life Lessons.

I turned forty yesterday.  I was born on June 15th in the last year of the 1970s, in North Shore Hospital in Great Neck, New York. Since then, life has generally been good to me—or at least that’s what my…
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Embracing Your Reality

More often than not, life does not play out in the manner we desire.  For example, we are in a relationship with someone we think will turn out to be “the one,” and then it ends prematurely under negative circumstances.  Or we start a new business with hopes that it will result in us being…

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Laird Hamilton, Using Your Fear

Laird Hamilton is a big wave surfer.  He co-created tow-in surfing with Buzzy Kerbox and Dave Kalama in the 1990s. For those unfamiliar with the term, tow-in surfing is when a jet ski or helicopter is used to literally tow a surfer into a wave that would otherwise be too large or in too precarious…

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How Jerry Lorenzo Created Fear of God.

Before Jerry Lorenzo founded his luxury streetwear brand Fear of God, he was a party promoter in Los Angeles. I can relate to that because for a time I was a party promoter in New York.  It is a label I try to avoid, but it follows you.  Even as I am now a father,…

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James Jebbia

Founded in a small store located in downtown New York in 1994, James Jebbia’s independent label Supreme has become one of the foremost underground streetwear brands, boasting a cult following eager for it’s coveted range of tees, footwear and branded miscellanea. Produced in limited editions, Jebbia regularly collaborates with mainstream brands such as Comme des Garçons,…

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KITH, Making of a Modern Brand

In the Jewish religion, a bar mitzvah is the ritual induction of a boy into manhood at the age of thirteen. It’s recognized as the time when he, not his parents, becomes responsible for his actions. Ronnie Fieg took this transition quite seriously. Fieg’s first cousin is David Z, a legendary sneaker and sportswear retailer…

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A24, The Future of Film

Moonlight. Ladybird. The Disaster Artist. A Most Violent Year. It Comes at Night. Spring Breakers. The Lobster. The Florida Project. Amy. Supersonic Ex Machina.   Almost every movie that has meant something to me over the past five-plus years has been made by A24, an independent film company started in 2012 in New York. When…

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Jun 16 , 2019

Turning Forty. Five Life Lessons.

I turned forty yesterday.  I was born on June 15th in the last year of the 1970s, in North Shore Hospital in Great Neck, New York. Since then, life has generally been good to me—or at least that’s what my optimism tells me as I consider my past and present. I have a beautiful family. …

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Jun 09 , 2019

Why We’re Compelled to Love Difficult People

Theoretically we are free to select the kind of person we love. We might have chosen someone else. We’re not being forced into this by social convention or match-making aunts or dynastic imperatives. But in reality our choice is probably a lot less free than we imagine. Some very real constraints around whom we can…

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Jun 09 , 2019

Embracing Your Reality

More often than not, life does not play out in the manner we desire.  For example, we are in a relationship with someone we think will turn out to be “the one,” and then it ends prematurely under negative circumstances.  Or we start a new business with hopes that it will result in us being…

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Jun 02 , 2019

The Moral Peril of Meritocracy

Many of the people I admire lead lives that have a two-mountain shape. They got out of school, began their career, started a family and identified the mountain they thought they were meant to climb — I’m going to be an entrepreneur, a doctor, a cop. They did the things society encourages us to do,…

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Jun 02 , 2019

Laird Hamilton, Using Your Fear

Laird Hamilton is a big wave surfer.  He co-created tow-in surfing with Buzzy Kerbox and Dave Kalama in the 1990s. For those unfamiliar with the term, tow-in surfing is when a jet ski or helicopter is used to literally tow a surfer into a wave that would otherwise be too large or in too precarious…

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May 19 , 2019

How Jerry Lorenzo Created Fear of God.

Before Jerry Lorenzo founded his luxury streetwear brand Fear of God, he was a party promoter in Los Angeles. I can relate to that because for a time I was a party promoter in New York.  It is a label I try to avoid, but it follows you.  Even as I am now a father,…

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May 05 , 2019

Japanese “PechaKucha” Presentation Technique

Too many slides, the wrong kinds of slides, rambling and a lack of direction. These are just a few of the most common PowerPoint sins. But a Japanese-inspired presentation technique has become increasingly popular in the past few years. The PechaKucha (which means “chit-chat” in Japanese) technique was created in 2003 by Tokyo-based architects Astrid…

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May 05 , 2019

Manufacturing Scarcity

Have you ever been on a diet?  I am partial to juice fasting myself.  While there is a clear physical benefit in responsibly denying yourself calories, there is an even greater psychological impact.  The more times you deny yourself something that brings you pleasure, the greater your appreciation and desire for that thing becomes.  For…

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Apr 28 , 2019

Noam Chomsky

Amy Goodman from Democracy Now interviewed linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky and asked him to explain Donald Trump; in a mere 10 minutes, Chomsky explains where Trump came from, what he says about the GOP, and what the best response to Russiagate is. Well, why did that happen? It happened because the Republicans face…

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Apr 28 , 2019

The Bootstrapping Blueprint

Not a day goes by when I don’t read an article about a company’s valuation and the millions upon millions of dollars in funding they are receiving.  These media stories have created an epidemic of misinformation that is spread without any understanding of the underlying mechanics of valuations.  For instance, companies have different types of…

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