It’s no secret to anyone that we as a society are repressed when it comes to sex. It is one of life’s true natural pleasures. It can be funny and silly and messy. It can be both powerful and empowering. Oh, and it also creates life and is quite literally what keeps the world going. But nipples get censored, accounts get taken down, and entire communities are prevented and blocked from using online platforms. Sextech — that is any technology designed to enhance or innovate human sexuality — represents one of the most direct paths towards the destigmatization of sex…

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You’ve been working hard on your company (or on your art), and you’re ready to share something with the world. Congratulations! Getting to the place where you feel prepared, and proud enough, to do this is a big step. It can be hard to self-promote, but including PR into your overall plans and objectives is imperative to reach a much wider audience.

Key elements needed

  1. News story angle
    To answer this think of why it matters now. Was there a new release? Did you secure some funding? Maybe there’s something that coincides nicely with an annual event or cultural movement. Find your hook.

Being financially literate does not come with a nest egg or a rainy day fund. It does mean, however, that you are more likely to be better equipped to deal with uncertainty because you know you have to plan for the unexpected. And if 2020 taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected.

A Pew Research Center study found that 19 percent of Americans have had trouble paying their bills in full since COVID and only 47 percent could cover their expenses for three months in an emergency. For Black and Latinx Americans, only one third say they could cover…

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I’ve been experiencing an extended creative block. Swinging back and forth between feeling like my work doesn’t matter, not right now at least, to just feeling creatively and emotionally drained in the truest sense. It’s been hard to know where to focus my energy. I’ve reflected on this, I’ve spoken about it on the podcast with Dan and George in hopes that saying it out loud would hold me more accountable, or push me to examine the underlying reasons, and try to break through it. As I sit down to write these words, I know progress is being made. …

Spotify released their second annual report, Culture Next: Global Trends Report 2020, and after going through the US and Canadian versions, I actually felt hopeful. According to Spotify, 62 percent of Gen Zs are ready to rebuild society from the ground up, and 65 percent plan to be their own boss. And while those are the two main stats they’ve highlighted on their website, there are a lot of insights within the report that are worth the consideration of anyone who is building, or looking to build, a company or product.

The 26-page report focuses on Gen Z (15–25) and…

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So you read our Persona-Driven Marketing piece and now you want to know how to incorporate this tactic into your marketing? Great! We’ve put together a step-by-step template to help take you from idea to execution. Best of all, we’re using ourselves as a guinea pig. To help you get the most of our content, we’re being completely transparent. The examples used in this article are personas we’ve created for Entrepreneurship & Art. This is Part 2 of a 4 Part Series. …

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The design of our physical surroundings can impact how we interact within them. We know this to be true of places like grocery stores and casinos; both designed to keep people inside as long as possible. It’s also particularly true in an environment where there are several options to choose from, say for example, a cafeteria. The layout of a cafeteria can subtly, albeit it substantially, affect the outcome. If the salad bar is front and center, while pizza is tucked away in the back corner, a good portion of people who may have opted for pizza instead leave with…

How to define and better understand your key users

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“I think some young people want a deeper experience. Some people just wanna be hit over the head and, you know, if they get hit hard enough maybe they’ll feel something. But some people want to get inside of something and discover, maybe, more richness. And I think it will always be the same; they’re not going to be the great percentage of the people. A great percentage of the people don’t want a challenge. They want something to be done to them — they don’t want to participate. …

The power of the sound around us and what to do when it all changes

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Your day begins with the buzz of an alarm. What follows may be the sound of the shower running, or coffee brewing, or children buzzing around the house. You get into your car or begin your commute, and choose between the radio, music, a podcast, an audio book, or perhaps simple silence. It blends in with the surrounding traffic, or birds singing, or passing emergency vehicles. Before you’ve reached what many of us classify as the beginning of our day, an entire soundtrack has been created for each of us and it never stops playing.

Today as we practice social…

Last month BigchainDB and IPDB hosted a special mid-month meetup welcoming George Howard of Open Music Initiative (OMI), Erik Beijnoff of Spotify and Peter Harris of Resonate to discuss the future of music.

George Howard kicked off the evening with a brief history of the music industry at large — exploring the shift from analog to digital to the streaming platforms of today — before introducing OMI.

“When music transformed from analog to digital… it became information. People share information.”

OMI is working on an open-source protocol to simplify the way that music rights holders and creators are identified and…

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