My Global Hustle

The Art of Strategy

Really interesting clip featuring some folks from McKinsey sharing their thoughts on the art of strategy. Check it out when you have a chance. – LOM (@youngglobal) (more…)

The Rules: How to Play the Art Game without Sacrificing Artist Integrity at SVA

Amani Olu, in conjunction with Larry Ossei-Mensah presents “The Rules: How to Play the Art Game without Sacrificing Artist Integrity” at the School of Visual Arts, taking place on Mondays from October 7 – 28, 2013 from 6:30pm – 9pm.

As curators and writers with many years of marketing experience, Olu and Ossei-Mensah have encountered many artists who have expressed frustration with the challenges of navigating the nuances of the contemporary art world.

For many artists, the concept of “doing business” – or engaging in any form of marketing, branding or networking – is intimidating.

“The Rules…” serves as their offering to equip artist with the proper tools to successfully navigate the rugged terrain called the “art world.” The course helps artists understand the “art game,” how it is played and which mistakes to avoid.

Participants will leave the course knowing how to:

  • Use marketing and social media as an extension of their artistic practice
  • Effectively navigate (and benefit from) the art world’s hierarchal system
  • Develop new art world alliances and support for their work
  • Elevate you profile in New York’s art world

Space is very limited. REGISTER HERE.

YG’s August/September Reading List 2013

The summer is winding down and it is time to get back on the hustle. One activity that I love to do that works my brain muscles is read. I tend to read books at a ferocious pace and over the years friends have always asked for recommendations.

I’m going to attempt to do a post every month and share with you books that I’ve read or seek to read w/in that 30 day period. It should be an interesting challenge and this task will force me to always keep a fresh crop of books in my reading rotation.

The books below are suggestions that I stumbled upon while attending Catalyst Week in Vegas. Check them out and let me know what you think. (more…)

TechCrunch Disrupt NYC Day 1

Today was the first day of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013. The day was filled with lots of information, insights and take-a-ways from an exciting group of folks from the tech community. For me the highlight of the day has to be listening to Chamath Palihapitya of Social + Capital Partnerships profess his love for Bitcoin (an open source P2P digital currency) and challenge technologist to create products that will radically redefine how we live our lives. Chamath also thinks EVERYONE should learn how to code… Food for thought… I might have to get back on my coding swag.

Other Highlights

  • Jim Bankoff from Vox Media announcing the launch of Vox Creative. This announcement is another red flag in a trend that I’ve been watching with media companies trying to control the whole the creative pipeline by forming an agency that could meet the needs of brands and better target consumers. Or the reverse, agencies trying to form media companies. Something to keep watching.
  • Dennis Crowley on the defense about the status and potential growth for FourSquare. I think the writing is on the wall and FourSquare is ripe for acquisition. Should be interesting to see how this shakes out.
  • I also stumbled upon a couple of really cool startups like Code 2040 founded by Tristan Walker, which creates more awareness to career opportunities in the tech industry for people of color. And Spacebar which allows you to live stream concerts via your mobile phone.

Overall it was a good first day. I’m looking forward to tomorrow. Troy Carter from the Atom Factory and Fred Wilson are high on my list of speakers to check out.

Inside Hasbro’s Model Workshop

Really cool clip that I stumbled upon on Gizmodo that gives me a new found respect for toy design. A much more involved process then we are lead to believe when you take into consideration the at times simplicity of the final product. Check it out.