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… Read More

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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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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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Your Best Self

Historically, there has been a clear separation for most people between what they did for a living and what they did in their free time. It was universally accepted that work was filled with struggle and sacrifice. The payoff was financial gain and, if you were lucky, a hint of passion on the weekends and…

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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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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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Apr 14 , 2019

Why George R.R. Martin of Game of Thrones Almost Quit Writing

On Sunday, the much-anticipated eighth, and final, season of HBO’s massively popular series “Game of Thrones” will finally debut. Over the previous seven seasons, millions of viewers have become obsessed with the fantasy world filled with dragons, knights and frozen zombies — all of which was created by author George R.R. Martin. As the author…

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Apr 12 , 2019

Your Best Self

Historically, there has been a clear separation for most people between what they did for a living and what they did in their free time. It was universally accepted that work was filled with struggle and sacrifice. The payoff was financial gain and, if you were lucky, a hint of passion on the weekends and…

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Apr 07 , 2019

Byron Katie’s Four Questions

Byron Katie is an American speaker and author who teaches a method of self-inquiry known as “The Work”. She is the founder of Byron Katie International, an organization that includes The School for the Work and Turnaround House in Ojai, California. TIME describes her as “a spiritual innovator for the 21st century.” I was blown…

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Apr 07 , 2019

Why Do You Want It?

Thoughts and feelings precede actions.  What this means is that you must think or feel something before you do something.  The first time you do something—for example, swing a baseball bat or ride a bike—you are highly conscious of all aspects of that action.  But over time, conscious thought falls away and your habitual system…

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Mar 31 , 2019

The Cult of Homework

From The Atlantic: America has long had a fickle relationship with homework. A century or so ago, progressive reformers argued that it made kids unduly stressed, which later led in some cases to district-level bans on it for all grades under seventh. This anti-homework sentiment faded, though, amid mid-century fears that the U.S. was falling…

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