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CLICK HERE TO LISTEN It’s fitting that Abraham Maslow, the man behind the concept of the hierarchy of needs, was born in Brooklyn, the city that has come to define the twenty-first-century brand for living a creative existence. Born in… Read More

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Podcast #1: The Start of Something Big

Friends, A little over a year ago I released a book called The Age of Ideas about discovering your purpose and unlocking your creative potential.  As I recorded the audio book I realized it would be more generous to transform the story into a scripted podcast.  The book’s purpose is to guide, inspire, and share knowledge,…

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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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Good to Great Revisited

When I graduated college and commenced my professional journey I quickly realized there was a lot I did not know.  While I lightly considered continuing my education, I was earning good money and was tired of traditional schooling. I wanted to get to work.  So I began to round out my skill set and teach…

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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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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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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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Mar 28 , 2020

Podcast #2: And Then One Day Everything Changed..

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN It’s fitting that Abraham Maslow, the man behind the concept of the hierarchy of needs, was born in Brooklyn, the city that has come to define the twenty-first-century brand for living a creative existence. Born in 1908 to immigrant Russian parents, Maslow was raised in a very different Brooklyn. His early…

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Mar 18 , 2020

Podcast #1: The Start of Something Big

Friends, A little over a year ago I released a book called The Age of Ideas about discovering your purpose and unlocking your creative potential.  As I recorded the audio book I realized it would be more generous to transform the story into a scripted podcast.  The book’s purpose is to guide, inspire, and share knowledge,…

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Oct 02 , 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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Sep 23 , 2019

Good to Great Revisited

When I graduated college and commenced my professional journey I quickly realized there was a lot I did not know.  While I lightly considered continuing my education, I was earning good money and was tired of traditional schooling. I wanted to get to work.  So I began to round out my skill set and teach…

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Sep 17 , 2019

The Three Stages of Truth

Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa in 1564. His father wanted him to become a doctor and sent him to study medicine at the University of Pisa. While there he discovered a natural talent for math, and eventually left medical school to pursue mathematics. In 1609, Galileo learned about the spyglass, a new invention helping…

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Sep 15 , 2019

Apple Card & the Power of Brand

My son likes to play with Band-Aids.  I think he believes they are stickers or at least something he can stick them on things and he likes that.  Yesterday when we took our weekly pilgrimage to Target he insisted on getting a new box.  As I pushed the shopping cart alongside the bandage section as…

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Sep 08 , 2019

Entrepreneurship Is Hard

Entrepreneurship is not easy.  I know this may sound like a cliché, but creating a successful, sustainable business is hard. We have a tendency to romanticize things.  We like to tell stories and we focus on the good bits, the entertainment.  But it’s important that all potential entrepreneurs acknowledge and accept this truth about the…

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Aug 18 , 2019

Modern Marketing According to Uber (& Me)

Uber recently reorganized its entire marketing team. After letting go of its first CMO alongside a group of other senior executives, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi laid off 400 people from their marketing department, representing one-third of the employees with marketing responsibilities. I feel for those laid off, as I think a lack of understanding of exactly what marketing is and how it is best practiced often makes marketers easy…

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Aug 10 , 2019

The Brand Loyalty Equation

There is a lot of noise made about the end of retail.  How Amazon and the digital world will put an end to the need for traditional retailers.  While there is no doubt the retail landscape is inexorably being altered by digital, is it possible that understanding digital will make us better retailers?  Let’s discuss…

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Aug 09 , 2019

The Importance of Remaining Open

We all have two options when things get hard.  We can bring people closer and depend on them or we can push them away.  Self-preservation often leads people to isolate and protect themselves.  We do this to cut off negative stressors and threats, but in the process we also eliminate the positive inputs and opportunity. …

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