One of our designers at work. If there is this much attention to detail for an image to post on social media - imagine the attention we pay to event design.
Backstage at LeWeb. When I give a talk I write an outline in Google Docs, then share with the USV team, get comments, edit it, then before I go on I sync to my phone in offline mode, then go through it one last time and bold the key sound bites. This is me doing that backstage. Once I do that, I can almost always deliver the talk without pulling out my phone and referring to my notes. But its nice to have the safety net if need be. I don’t use slides or any other crutches. I just walk on stage and start talking.
A great interview that talks about corporate transparency, employee engagement and transforming culture. Dolf van den Brink, now 40, joined Heineken straight out of college and has worked in various roles on multiple continents before he settled in the U.S. as President and Chief Executive of Heineken USA. Here’s our favorite nugget of insight from van den Brink:
"The toughest part was creating a leadership team of high trust. One of the key things I learned the hard way is that the No. 1 thing that generates trust is vulnerability, and vulnerability starts with the boss."
Flags at New York’s City Hall and state buildings are lowered to half-staff today to celebrate the life and mourn the loss of one of the world’s greatest leaders, Nelson Mandela.
Mandela visited NYC twice in the last 15 years - once shortly after he was freed in 1990 and another after the 9/11 attacks.
Having Mandela in New York electrified the city in ways only those who experienced his presence in Manhattan could understand, it seems.
Many recount his visit to Yankee Stadium, which clearly stayed with him as he visited Washington after leaving New York City in 1990.
Finally, Mandela’s visit in November 2001 helped to revive our city’s sense of strength and hope following the attacks on 9/11, and for that, we are forever grateful.
The big-box hardware retailer and the app-based car service are joining forces to deliver Christmas trees in 10 U.S. cities, the companies said Wednesday.
Another stroke of customer service genius from our friends at Uber.
It’s that time of year again. Miami’s ‘delightfully odd’ factor pegs the needle and the city’s already daring color palate explodes with larger than life installations on walls, down alleys, on the beach and this year, even floating on water. Its Basel, baby.
If you’re not familiar, think a disruptive environment for the mind. An opportunity for the industry’s best & brightest to showcase their talents across the broadest of mediums. A reminder to first timers: as you peruse the streets of Miami this week, remember that art is intended to elicit an emotion - whether that of inspiration, euphoria or perhaps even disgust - a successful piece takes you there & back.
So what experiences and installations are drawing out emotions this year? Well to start, there’s the show’s epicenter at the Convention Center, where 258 galleries from around the world occupy eight sectors (Galleries, Nova, Edition, Positions, Kabinett, Magazine, Public and Film), so you’ll want to wear your most comfortably artistic shoes.
Basel has long expanded beyond the walls of the convention center though. Installations double as pop-up venues as is the case with “Curiosity" a floating snow covered chalet in Key Biscayne or the elusive, uber-secret "Club Silencio" courtesy of Director David Lynch, which opens tonight in a location still undisclosed to the public.
Yes, Lady Gaga, Dom Perignon and Lenny Kravitz are also among the notables hosting a fanciful affair, but you don’t need access to the exclusive, high dollar events to enjoy the show. Simply check out the lobby of the Mondrian to enjoy Friends With You exhibit “Somewhere over the Rainbow" or be present poolside this evening at the Delano to witness a "Hybrid Opera" by Brit artist Matthew Stone.
Enjoy, explore, disrupt your thinking and if you get lost along the way, just drop Whitney a line. He’ll help you navigate most obstacles throughout the city.
- The Frontier Live Team, Miami
When asked recently what they would want reinvented outside of Jawbone the two argued that airlines need to start rethinking the frustrating flight…
At TEDGlobal, I had the opportunity to sit in on a lunch/think tank hosted by Delta Airlines on this exact topic - how to improve air travel. Ideas tossed around included everything from redesigning airline interiors to resemble what we now know as co-working spaces, to serving meals in the airport prior to boarding rather than on the plane. The ideas were pretty amazing, and didn’t seem all that outrageous. The Delta team seemed to take it all pretty seriously, and since then I’ve seen incredible changes in the Delta experience, from the web & app design to the amazing terminals at JFK and LGA.
The key to this is, as Yves Behar said, “selling the journey not the destination.”
- KC, somewhere between EWR, LGA, and JFK.
Towards the end of last month, we spent a week running a program in New York with a brilliant group of execs from a major consumer packaged goods corp. Through several different experiences curated by Frontier Live, we examined emerging markets and shifting corporate cultural trends while Stevie guided us through change techniques.
For me, one of the most engaging sessions was the panel discussion with the leaders of Uber NY and Citi Bike. In a dull basement hotel meeting room (the carpet says it all), the room was alive with questions diving into two collaborative transportation models with business structures that are almost polar opposites. I’ll be appreciating the graft underneath both products next time I rent a bike or hop an Uber.
- SW, NYC
This is by no means a political rant, but rather a post to highlight an interesting idea about change.
We started as a nation of 13 colonies, but grew into a nation of 50 states. That said, according to the book Metropolitan Revolution, power is shifting away from the federal government and even states to cities and metropolitan areas. Cities and metros have emerged as the vanguard of policy innovation and action, taking transformative steps to grow jobs and remake their economies for the long haul.
Check out some of the videos on metropolitanrevolution.org, or even better, download the app or order the book. The app allows users to hear from metropolitan leaders from all sectors, see animations that illustrate important principles of economic growth, and learn more about how their own communities compare to metros around the country.
It’s really interesting to think that the cities we live in are not only changing things within their borders or even state lines, but also effecting change on a global level.
We mentioned the upcoming opening of Gotham West Market in a post about The Cannibal several weeks ago, but now it’s finally here! Opening last week, Gotham West Market is a first-of-its-kind retail and dining destination in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.
The inspiration for Gotham West Market came from some of the classic markets around the globe, like Les Halles in France, The Hawker Center in Singapore, The Ferry Building in San Francisco, etc. The upscale food hall features eight premiere artisanal food purveyors, including but not limited to The Cannibal, Blue Bottle Coffee, The Brooklyn Kitchen, and the Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop (a ramen noodle parlor).
Finally, the food complex also comes complete with a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen available for parties and events.
Cheers to Gotham West Market for putting 11th Ave on the NYC culinary map!
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