Thinking About Berlin: Unleashing a Creative Opportunity

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There are a ton of fantastically creative people here. You have amazing creative talent and ridiculously sharp entrepreneurs--let 'em go on some crazy ideas that teach us what the future of technology in our lives will be.

How I Use Visualization to Drive Creativity

Both Sides of the Table

Creativity. So I thought I’d write a post about how I drive my personal creativity. (A As a practitioner of creativity rather than as an instructor of it I’m certain that there are many ways to get the creative juices flowing and how to release more creativity.

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Design Thinking: Refresh Your Business Model and Insert Creativity into Your Routine

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

With design thinking, “you use creativity and imagination to think outside the box and solve large-scale issues,” he says. Design thinking may inspire a teacher to present the same information through more creative means, such as a class game that quizzes students. Creativity is key!

Oklahoma startup Cage aims to change creative collaboration

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Cage provides a web-based tool that helps creative professionals—from freelancers to branding agencies to in-house creative departments—collaborate on projects and share ideas in one place in real time, no matter who is working on what. “We We are on a mission to transform the way creative professionals work on a massive scale,” said Sandip Patel, Cage founder and CEO. Constraints lend themselves to creativity and intentionality—and Oklahoma entrepreneurs are second to none.

How to Build a Successful Partnership in Work and Life

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Katty Douraghy, president at Artisan Creative , a member of EO San Franciso and the MyEO Women of EO Champion. . Katty Douraghy is president at Artisan Creative and an active member of EO San Franciso.

Bias Against Creativity

Tomasz Tunguz

In Bias Against Creativity , a team of researchers at Cornell discuss the bias against creativity they revealed in their study. It raises the question of how to evaluate creative ideas and how to engender internal incentives to support creativity. From the Cornell paper: People often reject creative ideas even when espousing creativity as a desired goal. Theoretically we all support the notion of creative ideas.

Want to get in front of a VC? Be a little creative--human even.

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Given that, the lack of creativity and ingenuity around reaching an investor really astounds me. There are a lot of ways to reach investors by being a little more creative--without being creepy. That's not to say you should follow me home and stand outside my house, but being a little bit creative about how to reach someone goes a long way. Since I launched my fund , I've gotten around 50 offers to work with me. For some reason, everyone wants to be a VC.

And don’t forget creative fund raising.

Berkonomics

These are just some of the ways to creatively raise funds without offering equity or taking on new debt. Since some entrepreneurs are completely adverse to sharing equity, and some greatly fear taking on any form of debt, creative fund-raising is certainly worth considering.

[Honeybook in Forbes] Martha Bitar’s Flodesk Is Making Email Marketing Easier For Creatives

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The Creativity of Entrepreneurship: Community Leader Spotlight with João Marinelli

TechStars

To João, the truly amazing thing about entrepreneurship is the way that it gives life to people’s creativity, and helps them use their creativity to change the world. “I He’s currently working for Darwin Startups, a Brazilian accelerator—named the best accelerator in Brazil by Associação Brasileira de Startups—where he has “freedom to use my creativity and entrepreneurship to develop new products or approaches.”. “If you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business.”

Creative Selection - An Inside Look at Some Key Moments at Apple

Tomasz Tunguz

His book, Creative Selection, is the first book that provides a view of the day to day environment at Apple. Ken calls this concept Creative Selection. I’ve wondered what it’s like to work at Apple.

2019 LaunchPad Propel Pitch Competition Winners Help Build Student Credit Scores, Connect Young Creative Talent to Opportunities, and Provide Healthy Snacks

TechStars

After struggling to balance her own successful creative content development work with the demands of school, Cllctve cofounder and Syracuse University student Kelsy Davis is developing an online marketplace to efficiently connect other young creators with companies needing talent.

The tension between predictability and creativity

Tomasz Tunguz

I think every startup, company and business must maintain tension between creative chaos and a drive toward predictive performance. In every one of my conversations with Peter Lehrman, founder of AxialMarket, he always speaks about AxialMarket as “the business.” Never the company, the startup or any other word.

These Music Innovators Are Shredding The Industry's Obsession With The Past

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Gamechanger Audio wants to build tech and tools that fuel musicians' creativity. Real Entrepreneurs

Funding Friday: The 7th RiffTrax Live Campaign

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

” I love the underground, indie creative community and these guys are a great example of that. These guys have been using Kickstarter, and a bunch of other online platforms, to support their live shows riffing on “campy B-movies.” I backed this project this morning. USV TEAM POSTS: Nick Grossman — Feb 17, 2020 Cryptographic Identity Albert Wenger — Feb 11, 2020 Birthday Wish: Contributions to Climate Crisis Collective. crowdfunding

Founders from Warby Parker, Plated, and The Muse to Speak at LaunchPad Propel

TechStars

LaunchPad accelerates student entrepreneurs’ growth by expanding their networks and providing access to founders and other business leaders to help students think more creatively, take more calculated risks, and thrive.”

Growing a Living Community

Co Starters

Since its early work with creative entrepreneurs beginning in 2008 and relaunch as a scalable program and brand in 2013, CO.STARTERS has equipped more than 630 leaders across 190+ communities, impacting more than 10,000 starters.

What is a Starter?

Co Starters

Has this narrowing of the language of business success suppressed our instinctual expression of (entrepreneurial) creative problem-solving? Why talking about “starters” more than “startups” can change the way you view entrepreneurship. By Enoch Elwell.

5 Reasons Corporations Seek Startups for an Innovation Infusion

UBI Global

A Question of Innovation… Corporations may recognize that they could use a good dose of innovation, and some seek startups as a shortcut to creative thinking.

Building Community Immunity

Co Starters

Nothing solves a problem like a little collective creativity. Panic and fear, on the other hand, stifle creativity. Guide your instincts to a productive place by taking a deep breath, collecting your thoughts and some fellow minds, and follow the creative process to see where it leads.

This Simple Tool Could Save Your Business

Co Starters

But it will require creativity, perseverance, and an openness to adaption. Don’t be down on yourself—negativity will only stifle creativity. Reimagining Your Venture with the CO.STARTERS Canvas. Not ideal” would be an understatement for these times.

A Scorecard: Should a decision be fast, or slow?

A Smart Bear

Online marketing teams are accustomed to throwing creative things at the wall, with new technology and platforms, because that’s the day-to-day reality of their job. We all know that startups should make decisions quickly.

10 Key Buildings in the Brooklyn Innovation Community

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Not only did I want it to include people working on the future of digital media at ABC, but I also had in mind the roll that other types of creative people have in the inspiration of a city.

Advancing Humankind Through Individual Consciousness

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Wellbeing and a self-aware mindset generate more and higher-quality thoughts and ideas, creativity, innovation, lives and experiences. There has never been a more crucial time for empowered, creative, inventive people to participate in the advancement of humankind.

Building an Entrepreneurial Culture

TechStars

Here it is: Creativity can be taught. By learning and applying creative thinking processes, we can teach creativity. . By Carley Jacobson, Techstars Innovation Coach.

[Honeybook in WebWire]HoneyBook’s Second Annual ‘20 On The Rise’ Honors 120 Freelance Solopreneurs Making Waves in 2019

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HoneyBook, the leading business and financial management platform for creative solopreneurs and freelancers, is announcing its second annual 20 On The Rise, a celebration of 120 independent business owners making waves in their creative industry.

How Big Business Could Help Small Business in Kansas City

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In 2008, America tried to rebuild the economy from the top down…This time, let's get creative and focus the bailouts on individual Americans and the communities where they live. For the first time, our small businesses are leading the recession. An article by Joel Mathis in The Week puts the crisis for small businesses in stark terms. Amazon seems to be doing well in the current crisis — it announced Monday it will hire 100,000 new workers for increased demand for delivery services.

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Five Years of Transformation

Co Starters

What we now call CO.STARTERS began in 2008 as a grassroots effort supporting local creative entrepreneurs in Chattanooga, Tennessee. By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary.

Navigating the Stages of Community Growth

Co Starters

Taking local institutional leaders by surprise, rapid economic and cultural transformation is occurring in unlikely places, often led by strange grassroots groups of creatives and non-traditional entrepreneurs. A Model for Starting and Sustaining an Entrepreneurial Community. By Enoch Elwell.

Funding Friday: Break Kickstarter

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

But there are many more super interesting and creative campaigns. Last month our portfolio company Kickstarter invited project creators to “ break conventions, but not our rules ” and create campaigns that were different from the traditional Kickstarter campaign. There are 99 “break Kickstarter” campaigns live on the platform now and I featured one of them last week. I backed a bunch of them this week and thought I’d showcase them to all of you today.

Funding Friday: Make 100

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

It’s a hodgepodge of creativity in the best sense of the word. Kickstarter kicks off the new year with a campaign called Make 100. The idea is to stimulate a lot of smaller projects where the creator makes 100 of something. Here are the current crop of Make 100 projects live on Kickstarter. I just went and backed a bunch of them. It’s so much fun. My favorite is this project where the creator, JJ Chuan, is going to make 100 city maps out of old cassette tapes. I just love that.

The Business of Who Makes is Changing

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The other day I had a conversation with a friend about Vine and Instagram--and the sheer amount of creativity they''ve unleashed. something that many creatives feel about technology, that for all it has given us is has also robbed us of expressiveness and the ease of making. He aims to bring the immediacy back with the goal of making more people more creative. ". The 1970''s was a boom for minicomputers.

[Honeybook in WebWire] HoneyBook Launches Scheduling Tool to Help Freelancers Take Back Their Time

OurCrowd

HoneyBook, the leading business and financial management platform for creative entrepreneurs and freelancers, today released its scheduling tool, a new feature that makes scheduling meetings easier and faster for its members.

Lighting the torch of change: Youth volunteering in Haiti

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Jimmy’s optimistic attitude can be summarized with the fact that he does not see problems, he only sees opportunities for creative solutions. By Elise Kemp. As a part of the YLAI Network’s mission, community involvement in fostering development is critical.

A Coronavirus Job Description

GAN

” The best way I’ve found to creatively remain relevant is to design a new “Coronavirus Job Description” for myself. I hope you can use my description as a guide for your own creative process to remain relevant and helpful. Now, more than ever, each of us needs to take a realistic look at what we need to do to remain relevant for our team members and customers.

Mental Health Should Be Your Top Priority Right Now. Here’s Why

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Clean or organize different areas of your house, or find creative projects to get that stagnant energy flowing. As COVID-19 devastates nations and businesses, there’s a potential casualty you may not have fullly realized: your mental health.

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Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Find creative ways to assess potential recruits. By Miranda Naiman, accidental entrepreneur, motivational speaker, member of the EO Tanzania chapter and founder of Empower Limited , a Tanzanian human capital consultancy firm.