The show’s premise is simple: it’s essentially a business pitch competition where entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas on live TV to a panel of investors known as the “sharks”. Continue reading
Just recently I was asked to interview Marcus Anderson, a brilliant young sax player that works with Prince and Sheila E and has performed at The Whitehouse for President Obama. Read on Continue reading
Sheila Escovedo is a world-class drummer, percussionist whose credits read like chapters in a music history book: Pete Escovedo, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Beyoncé, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Ringo Star, Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan and George Duke.
Having been Prince’s musical director, I was interested in Sheila’s ability to lead teams of musical giants amongst the many things we talked about. Continue reading
The Editors Pick this week is Derrick Ashong’s Take Back the Mic: World Cup of Hip Hop – a global competition for musically inclined youth and their fans. From Ghana originally, Ashong understands that the most powerful way for global youth to find their own powerful original voices is to (have them) Take Back the Mic. This is an IndieGoGo campaign worth checking out and funding. Continue reading
This post looks at Salut Salon, a string quartet and how they have redefined what a string quartet does to become immensely successful. There are lessons here that businesses can take away as well… Continue reading
Creative geniuses do not start by tinkering with what exists today. They do not listen to the demands of customers or bosses or critics. They start with their own revolutionary ideas and pursue them relentlessly. Continue reading
As I was walking in New York City down Lafayette Street in SOHO yesterday, I noticed a long line around a storefront that did not look like a trendy shop, or a pop-up sample sale location. Coming closer, I recognized a familiar sign– Central Perk – on the front door of a pop-up coffee shop recreated by Eight O’Clock coffee and Warner Bros. to celebrate 20th anniversary of once wildly popular show ‘Friends’. Continue reading