INFLUENCERS: How Trends & Creativity Become Contagious

INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious. Rob Stone, CEO of Cornerstone says; “I think an influencer has a certain confidence that probably not many people have; that they know what they’re doing ‘cause they’re comfortable in it.”  

Although the focus here is on the music, fashion and entertainment industries, I think the perspectives of the interviewees are almost universally applicable. Hope you enjoy.

The Rise of the Angels - The New Startup Financing Ecosystem

Naval Ravikant at The Capital Factory 2010 Demo Day in Austin, TX outlines precisely how the entire ecosystem of startup financing is changing. Definitely worth your time.

From The Capital Factory: "Angels, super-angels, micro-cap VCs, and seed incubators are beginning to dominate early-stage consumer web investing. This is a permanent change because the underlying startups themselves have fundamentally changed. Startups also need to adapt to the new ecosystem of investors."

Grandma Knows Best, Explains Why You Love The Life Of An Entrepreneur

I love the movie "Parenthood", and one of my favorite scenes is the grandmother telling the RollerCoaster parable:

"You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me feel so frightened, so sick, so excited, so scared, so safe, and so thrilled, altogether! Some didn't like it. They wanted to go on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it."

Put another way, if you don't like the rollercoaster, it's unlikely you're going to enjoy the life of an entrepreneur.