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Blake Linder Shares His Advice On How To Grow Your Influence On Social Media

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Blake Linder is a 17 year old full-time highschool student that has a successful sneaker/streetwear YouTube channel. The content he creates is based on his love for filmmaking and his love for the culture of sneakers and fashion. Blake is from Los Angeles and takes to the streets in every video to record the hottest and newly released fashion. He also hits up Downtown Los Angeles to visit @havasole to hand out sneakers to the less fortunate. Blake has amassed a social media following with over 300,000 followers on Instagram and over 629,000 subscribers on YouTube. He started off as a young 12 year old with a few sneakers and a passion for creating videos. Being persistent with his uploads, attracting a bigger and wider audience with each one which has led to the following and impact he has now. I had the pleasure of interviewing Blake, here is what he had to say:

Hey Blake, why did sneakers and streetwear become a big part of your life?

Blake Linder: The culture and how basketball players that I looked up to were wearing the newest kicks really took me in. Fashion and how someone dresses depends a lot on what is hot and trending at the time.

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Can you tell us more about @havasole and why it’s important to you?

Blake Linder: A few years ago I was shown the Instagram account @Havasole. I was really interested in what the page was about with giving back to the less fortunate in a sneaker related manner, so I sent a message to the account and got a response back from Rikki, the founder. We set up a date for me to come down to the headquarters and see what it was all about. The first time I visited Havasole, I was astonished. Rikki explained and show me the 1000s of pairs he had collected from different sponsors and companies all for giving back to the people of LA that needed new shoes the most. From that day on, I would frequently visit Rikki and I would hand shoes to the homeless of DT LA with Rikki and his team which has always been an amazing experience. Being able to get so up close with someone who has been through so much and at the same time and be able to connect with that person over a common love and interest is one of the greatest feelings I have felt.

Wow, that’s amazing! Social media has obviously played a big part in your success. What advice do you have for someone who’s looking to take their social media serious and grow a large following and influence?

Blake Linder: Consistency and persistence is so important. With my channel, things didn’t take off at the very start. I had to create a lot of content and believe in myself and my skills in order to grow my channel. When things didn’t go how I had hoped, I had to keep creating more and more videos, instead of feeling down and wanting to give up.

Knowing what you know now what are two things you wish someone told you when you first started?

Blake Linder: I wish someone had told me that no matter what you do or say on social media, you still can’t make everyone happy. There are always going to be haters no matter what. Also, when I had my low times on YouTube, such as slow growth on the channel, I wish someone had told me that consistency was a key early on. This is something I recognize now.

Thank you Blake for this interview! How can our readers follow you on social media?

Blake Linder: My Instagram is @blakelinder and my YouTube channel is @BSNEAK

Jourdain graduated from Colby-Sawyer College, where he studied Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Finance. After graduation, Jourdain joined one of the most active Venture Capital Firms in the world, Alumni Venture Group. Before joining AVG, Jourdain Co-founded Beast Media Agency, a digital marketing, and PR company focused on helping founders get their stories featured in online publications. During his sophomore year of college, Jourdain worked for iComeUp Marketing, a start-up based out of Miami, Florida. Within 8 months he helped grow the business revenue from $20,000.00 a month to $130,000.00. In his free time, Jourdain covers success stories of founders and companies who are making an impact on the world for publications like The Hustlers Digest, Kivo Daily, Future Sharks, Thrive Global and Disrupt.

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How the Capsule Hackathon Bridges Sustainability and Corporate Innovation to Produce a Record-Breaking Event

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Hackathons are a special breed of events for their role in innovation. Originating in the tech industry, hackathons have been adopted across almost every segment and come in all shapes and sizes. The collaborative nature and mind share allows for rapid creation of ideas. Companies and industries continue to use hackathons to extract innovative ideas with individuals who can build them. If there is something that needs this innovative approach more than anything, its the climate crisis. 

Hackathons have become a crucial channel for generating new ideas and connecting with the people who can bring them to life. We’ve all heard how challenging it is for large companies to keep innovating, which is why Fortune 1000 companies are adopting hackathons as an integral component of their innovation pipelines. As large companies enhance their corporate social responsibility efforts, their interest in certain technologies overlaps with climate-focused solutions.

Seeing opportunity in the alignment of the need for corporate innovation, Experimental Civics is hosting Capsule 2020 with the participation of key partners. Capsule is a civic hackathon hosting over 4,000 hackers on June 20-21, 2020 in Austin, Texas to hack forward 500+ projects that all intersect with the environment.

Through various strategic partnerships with universities, corporate innovation labs, and non-governmental bodies, the innovation pipeline extends beyond the two-day hackathon event.

Early partner support

Nothing happens without the involvement of strategic and passionate partners. In the roster of community partners is Oxford AI Society, where VP of Partnerships, Ruben Drayton states, “Partnerships are very important for us in reaching more people and inching closer to our mission. Hackathons are where brilliant people come together to create novel solutions, and the spirit of Capsule reflects our goal of connecting AI talent with multidisciplinary problems for drastically improved answers to the most complex issues of our time. We are therefore excited to be able to see what comes out of the event, and hope to bridge Oxford’s AI knowledge with other communities around the world.”

An early partner of Capsule is The Earth Hacks Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to building grassroots environmental hackathons at universities. Also confirmed, is Tech Together, a student-run nonprofit that equips individuals with the tools and resources necessary to host an all-female and non-binary hackathon with the mission to end the gender hack gap in technology. Zero Waste Strategies, an Austin-based waste diversion, and consultancy group is a sustainability partner helping to reduce waste created at the event. Additional community partners include Welti, Youth Climate Leaders, and Key Conservation.

“Partnerships are at the heart of innovation. For Key Conservation, we are working to help conservation efforts on a global scale and to be able to do that we need to have our eyes and ears to the pulse of these efforts happening around the world. Our partnerships are crucial in allowing us to have these insights so we are not only building something that can be useful globally but they allow us access to local knowledge, personal in-field experiences, areas of expertise and to see the world from a different perspective, which is priceless. One of the more exciting features of the Key Conservation app is the ability for skilled professionals to use their skills to help conservation organizations. When we heard about how Capsule was bringing people from all over the world, from different skill sets to help tackle climate change we knew we had to be involved. We truly believe that no matter what you do for a living you can use those skills to make a difference which is exactly what Capsule is working to do.”

Megan Cromp, Director at Key Conservation

Innovation Pipeline

Capsule’s founder, Sarah Sharif, has successfully helped clients like Redbull, Google Fiber, and Mozilla to extract 6-figure ideas while also impacting their social bottom line. Sharif’s relevant, high-level unique experiences serve as a cornerstone in her efforts to execute on Capsule. Sharif is a former Director of ATX Hack for Change, winner of a Mozilla Science Grant in 2019 for her work with Life Sci Hack, and Judge for both the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund and City of Austin’s Gigabit Fund awarding over $310K to spur the generation of local social enterprises.

As an 18-month innovation program, Capsule uses the 2-day hackathon to bring together everyone that is involved throughout the process. Before the event, organizations and individuals are welcome to submit project ideas to lead and spread the word.

It takes a village

Hackathon projects are just projects at first, but the real goal is to see promising projects evolve into actual businesses. Diversity is key when it comes to organizing hacking teams with complementary skills. Participating hackers come from all sorts of backgrounds including students, developers, designers, scientists, entrepreneurs and more. 

A common misconception is that you need to have technical skills to participate in hackathons, but that is not the case with Capsule since the aim is to build a business that needs many diverse minds. Anyone looking to participate in Capsule to be a part of breaking a world record is welcome to share their project ideas during open call Jan. 27, 2020 – Apr. 15, 2020. Finalists will be announced on May 4, 2020.

“We need all the builders, doers, makers, creators, thinkers, and leaders to get involved now. The complexities of the climate crisis present certain challenges that I believe our hackathon formula is well equipped to overcome.”

Sarah Sharif, Founder of Experimental Civics and Founder of Capsule

Those who submit their project ideas will have their proposed idea go through the project selection process and finalists will have to be present at the event in order to run the project as a project lead. 

On-site support from a small army of volunteers will help the event run smoothly. Volunteers support all event functions from traffic control, runner duties, event setup, event takedown, greeter, information, etc. Volunteer training will be provided before the event and all volunteer-related affairs will be tracked using the volunteer management system, GivePulse. 

An ambitious goal of solving the climate crisis needs to be met with an equally ambitious approach. That’s exactly what Capsule offers with a civic hackathon, focus on open science, diverse participants, and a support network for the continued development of promising projects. 

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For Ryan Morris, Financial Security Just Wasn’t Fulfilling Enough

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The idea of financial uncertainty is an extremely unnerving thing in the entrepreneurship space. The concept that if your performance is lacking for an extended period of time, you will quite literally have no money to even put food on the table for yourself. While this draws many people away from entrepreneurship, Ryan Morris wound up quitting multiple high paying jobs in favor of chasing his dream of being an entrepreneur. Many outside observers would frown upon his decision, as he abandoned his financial security just to go work for himself. Morris knew that regardless of how much money he was pulling in working for someone else, he would never be quite fulfilled. So, chasing his dreams was a no brainer for him.

Ryan was no overnight success either. He spent the better part of 3 years experimenting with different ventures, with his fair share of failures along the way. Ryan admits that the journey is tough, with most of it feeling like a constant uphill battle coming from the bottom. He feels lonely at times, but ultimately is in love with the game, especially the process of finding success. He hasn’t ever been involved with entrepreneurship for the money, even though he is immensely successful today. He’s the owner of iFortune Marketing, a digital marketing agency, the owner of J&R Vacations, a real estate management company, a forex trader, and a professional network marketer. 

With all of the success he’s recently found and the incredible connections he’s made, Morris has came into a position of helping others. He has been all about passing the wisdom he’s gained onto others, with his main piece of advice being straightforward: you don’t have to be perfect to get started. Imperfect action is the best course of action, as waiting for the right time to get started will have you stuck at square one for far too long. Take it from Ryan, trying and failing is completely fine. Failure is the greatest learning tool any entrepreneur can have, and the best knowledge will never come from any book or course but from firsthand experience. 

If Ryan was able to become successful from his lowest point, then anyone reading this will surely be able to as well. While having his back against the wall did give him the extra drive to work as hard as he could to find success, it was surely a trying time on him to the point where this is the first time he’s been able to share the ordeal with anybody. By accepting his extremely negative situation and emotions and being able to acknowledge that he was not in a good place, he gave himself no choice but to change his situation. No matter how unfortunate of a situation you may currently be in, there is absolutely a way out of it if you’re willing to put the work in. Ryan’s life has completely turned around, and he urges anyone going through tough times to dig deep and find the inner strength to overcome their struggles and make it happen for them.

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5 Event Trends That Will Shake up Meetings & Group Business in 2020

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The New Year is just coming in a couple of days and it is very much important for you to get to know about the real-time modifications in it. It is the best ever solution that will keep you aware of those changes that will be brought up with the help and support of modern technology. No doubt, modern technology is very much efficient and effective that is changing the whole scenario of things according to the demand and needs of the people respectively. if you are interested to join in an up-coming business event anywhere in the world, you should have to get this update that will entirely helpful for you by all means.

As we all know the importance of the business event in which every type and size of business can better utilize the real-time benefits from the market. it is a perfect solution for B2B dealing and there are a lot more chances to get enhance direct sales of the business respectively. Most of the businesses can better create contacts with the market giants in these events which is actually the real need of this time. Just you have to follow the instructions of modern requirements in which you can better get selected the standard of your appearance respectively.

The Role of Modern Technology in Future Business Events

No doubt, modern technology is performing its best to make everything perfectly like a pro and it is also providing the best and efficient services to deal with all types of intelligence respectively. Business events are totally meaningless without having these IT gadgets and you can better utilize iPad hire solutions to make everything perfect right on the track accordingly. There are several IT devices that can better help you out professionally to make everything right for the use in the business event respectively. Moreover, you can better utilize iPad hire solution compulsory because it is the most intelligent devices in these days. It will individually handle all types of tasks that will be completed in a better way. you have a complete choice to make everything perfect to attract people towards you by all means.

You also have another option to utilize for the business event in which you can better perform everything according to the standard of business. Here we will describe to you some of the best and intelligent changes in the field of business that will definitely provide you the best and impressive solution to get everything perfectly according to your targeted goals.

In future events, you will see these types of changes that we are going to discuss with you here.

IPad solution

As we have already discussed that iPad hire is one of the best and intelligent solutions that will provide you a long battery life solution that you can better utilize in the business event. Moreover, you have a complete choice in which you can better deal with great intelligence factor that it can easily perform all those tasks individually for which you need multiple devices. The perfect way is to get hire multiple quantities of iPad from trusted rental solution providers to get enjoy the real-time benefits in the professional event. You can better create your business presentation and charts by using different apps on the iPad respectively. we can just say in the simple world that the iPad is the perfect choice to manage any type of task intelligently. It will improve the efficiency of the business and its members. Prefer to provide every individual in the event to utilize it to grab the attention of the audience towards you.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Solution

No doubt, VR and AR have also developed the best factors in the field of business through which any type of business can present its ideas and future innovations in a better way. Moreover, you have a complete choice to utilize 3D effects in your presentations that can better engage the audience towards you without any hassle. VR and AR is the perfect solution that will lead viewers closer to the reality and the use of these two technologies have become common in these types of events respectively. well, we should have to appreciate modern technology that has provided the best and impressive solution to the business industry that is brilliantly boosting up high in the sky.

Chatbots in the event

Artificial Intelligence factor is also an amazing solution that you will also see in future events. Robots will act as per your instructions and you will get the right solution through it. Siri is the best example of voice recognition that has brilliantly provided the best ever solution to the whole world through which every type of task you can manage from robots as well.

Facial Recognition Solution

Gone are those days when you have to register your name for the business event manually. In the future, you will see the voice recognition solution that will entirely change the whole situation respectively. Future events will have the technology that will detect the invited attendees through facial recognition solution that will never make any type of mistake. It is the perfect solution that will enhance the security solution for the business events in which we can better get sure that only relevant community is present in the arena respectively. this type of technology really appreciated all over the world and it is the perfect solution that has provided by modern technology by all means.

Virtual Events

As we all know very well that it is really a time taking the solution to travel far away to attend the event. Now, the hurdle has removed efficiently and everyone can better be the part of the event through virtual event solutions through Facebook live streaming and other social media platforms respectively. this is an incredible solution that will be covered by the drones in the business event and it will also provide the live streaming solution. These types of modifications will really boost the business industry effectively all over the world by all means.

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