Ira Glass on the Secret of Success in Creative Work.
Shopify just announced the five winners of this year’s Build-A-Business competition!
During the 8 months of this year’s Shopify competition, over 10,000 entrepreneurs created Shopify online stores that sold more than $55 million in products. The five businesses that sold the most over any two months of the competition each win a $50,000 US investment.
But not only that, the fine folks over at Shopify are also sending each of the winners on a trip to New York City to meet with the industry experts who served as mentors to the participants throughout the competition (Tim Ferriss, Daymond John, Eric Ries and moi).
I can’t wait to meet and hug Debbie Sterling, the winner of my category, Art & Design! Debbie is a female engineer from Stanford University and created GoldieBlox, a construction toy that encourages young girls to get into engineering, develop spatial skills and hone problem-solving abilities. What’s not to like?
Congratulations to all the winners! And congrats to team Shopify for making this comeptition happen! I am honored to have gone from winner to mentor! Yay, for e-commerce! Yay internet!
Read about the competition over on the Shopify blog.
I guess, dropping the mic is not really an option in space, huh?
(via Business Insider)
“The internet has resulted in the biggest explosion of creativity in history.”
— Andy Baio
Watch Andy’s CreativeMornings talk.
Well, that just put my day into perspective. Thanks, Neil deGrasse Tyson.
For the past two years Cesar Kuriyama has been recording 1 Second Every Day so he’ll never forget a day ever again. Cesar says that The One Second Project has had such profoundly positive impact on his life, that he decided to develop an App that will make it easy for anyone to create these day-memories.
Watch his TED Talk on the project.
Trailer for the documentary film “Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement,” a true love story about two New York women whose relationship spans over four decades. Film premiered in June of 2009.
Definitely worth watching considering, especially considering what’s currently being discussed in the US Supreme Court.
(via Rachel Maddow)
A team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a computer program that reveals colors and motions in video that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye.
Radiolab, one of my favorite radio shows, is known for its striking sound effects to communicate big ideas. You can currently listen to excerpts in this sonic gallery over on The New York Times. My favorite is ‘the sleeping cat’s brain”.
I am a bit sad they didn’t include the crazy audio metaphor of the episode where they explained with a chorus how Mantis Shrimp can see more colors than we can. Well, I dug it up, here it is:
Here’s my SXSW talk in which I speak on my path of becoming a designer in Switzerland, making the transition moving to New York and establishing my various businesses. I speak on my 11 rules and values I live by, both in my professional and personal life. In fact, I speak on the fact that I barely distinguish between the two and that my kids have been my biggest career catalysts. Enjoy! (I come on at 4:35)
Also, here’s a Recap Rap by Saul Paul.
I asked the audience during my SXSW talk to do the wave for me. Why? I realized that there were more people in the room listening to me than lived in the Swiss village I grew up in. In this fleeting moment of authority, I figured I might as well see what it would look like if my entire village did the wave. And it worked! Dave Racine was sitting in the way back and took a vine. His perspective was such much better than mine from the stage! Thank you Dave!
ps: Watch my talk here.
I am currently in Austin, Texas, attending the massive SXSW conference. I have the honor to be be giving the Keynote for SXSW Interactive which will be live streamed: Tune in here for the live stream, at 2pm Austin time, 3pm New York time or 8pm Zurich time. Today, Sunday March 10th!
UPDATE: You can watch my recorded talk here.