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5 Things You Need to Know Today. 
Forget cool: There’s a trend called Normcore. And GAP is one of the brands using “normal” in its latest marketing campaign. #dressnormal
Long read: The beautifully designed Compass Cultura brings back travel journalism in long form, via online publication or mobile. Good for crowded subway rides or short plane rides. Small subscription fee, $2/month. (50% goes to charity)
Events to attend: The New Yorker Festival program is out, and it’s a good one. Oct 10-12 in NYC.
Also coming up, PopTech, Oct 23-25 in Camden, ME. (no better place to be at the end of October, in our opinion). John Maeda is curator and host this year, which means it will be brilliant. 
And Richmond’s Underground Kitchen is expanding to DC. The super cool supper club debuts this month.
Oh, and that picture? It’s the Palihouse in Santa Monica, where we’ll be hosting our B-Sides conference in December (a good time to be in LA, don’t you think?). High-res

5 Things You Need to Know Today. 

Forget cool: There’s a trend called Normcore. And GAP is one of the brands using “normal” in its latest marketing campaign. #dressnormal

Long read: The beautifully designed Compass Cultura brings back travel journalism in long form, via online publication or mobile. Good for crowded subway rides or short plane rides. Small subscription fee, $2/month. (50% goes to charity)

Events to attend: The New Yorker Festival program is out, and it’s a good one. Oct 10-12 in NYC.

Also coming up, PopTech, Oct 23-25 in Camden, ME. (no better place to be at the end of October, in our opinion). John Maeda is curator and host this year, which means it will be brilliant. 

And Richmond’s Underground Kitchen is expanding to DC. The super cool supper club debuts this month.

Oh, and that picture? It’s the Palihouse in Santa Monica, where we’ll be hosting our B-Sides conference in December (a good time to be in LA, don’t you think?).

We could listen to Jason Ashlock talk all day. As the founder of Frontier Press, the next-generation publishing unit of The Frontier Project, and a former NYC publisher, we’re lucky to call Jason a colleague. 

In the early months of the global recession, when the publishing industry was anxious and contracting, Jason launched a literary firm from standing start. In a few years, it had become a known industry force. He packaged books for Hall of Fame athletes and Oscar-winning actors, for Pulitzer nominees and Grammy winners, for indie film stars and fledgling novelists. In the process, he honed his skills in narrative design and product development, and then pivoted to a new mission: break the book out of its ghetto. FrontierPress is how he’s chipping away at the wall.

Frequently speaking at industry conferences, Jason is an open book on stage. Frankly, the way he speaks is intoxicating. In this interview clip, find out what Jason is inspired by at the moment, what’s on his playlist, and what he thinks YOU should be paying attention to in 2014.

5 Things You Need To Know Today. 
There’s this thing called the third wave that’s disrupting how people consume coffee.
Jewelry design meets wearable tech in the Q bracelet - a chic, minimalist bracelet that charges your phone. Also: great idea for event swag. (currently in pre-order)
You should go to: Detroit. One of the most incredible places we’ve been to in the last few years. Each time we do a client event there, it’s life changing (for them, and for us). Watch this brief chat with Tyree Guyton, the artist behind the Heidelberg Project (always a stop for us when we’re in town).
That (above) is Levitated Mass, 340 tons of granite suspended over a concrete walkway at LACMA. Standing under it is oddly awesome, a must-do when in Los Angeles. LA also happens to be where we’re holding our first original conference, BSides. Dec 3-4. Join us.
Finally, The Frontier Project landed on INC Mag’s list of 5000 fastest growing companies. So, that’s cool. High-res

5 Things You Need To Know Today. 

There’s this thing called the third wave that’s disrupting how people consume coffee.

Jewelry design meets wearable tech in the Q bracelet - a chic, minimalist bracelet that charges your phone. Also: great idea for event swag. (currently in pre-order)

You should go to: Detroit. One of the most incredible places we’ve been to in the last few years. Each time we do a client event there, it’s life changing (for them, and for us). Watch this brief chat with Tyree Guyton, the artist behind the Heidelberg Project (always a stop for us when we’re in town).

That (above) is Levitated Mass, 340 tons of granite suspended over a concrete walkway at LACMA. Standing under it is oddly awesome, a must-do when in Los Angeles. LA also happens to be where we’re holding our first original conference, BSides. Dec 3-4. Join us.

Finally, The Frontier Project landed on INC Mag’s list of 5000 fastest growing companies. So, that’s cool.

Imagine a doctor who really listens to you – you know, the human behind the lab coat. Now imagine that doctor is also an internationally recognized medical educator and pioneer in clinical medical communications. Meet Dr. Alan Dow

Trained as a clinical generalist with an eye for identifying pragmatic innovations in healthcare, Dr. Alan Dow is well equipped to provide a hypothesis on the future of the healthcare industry, from provider-patient relationships, to technology applications, to how businesses might evolve employee health and benefits programs. As a speaker for Frontier Live, Dr. Dow is an open book on stage and shares insights garnered from the front lines of the medical field. 

Get to know Dr Dow in this short interview clip!

SXSW 2015: mark your calendar & pick your panels

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If you haven’t already, we recommend marking your calendar for SXSW 2015: March 13-22. Come mid-March, you won’t want to be missing out on the buzz coming out of Austin. After we attended this year’s conference, we posted on a few of the highlights & major themes coming out of interactive.

One of the unique things about SXSW is that they allow the public to weigh in on content ahead of the conference. SXSW typically receives over 3,000 speaking proposals, and they solicit the public’s help in narrowing that down to about 800 via the conference panel picker. This year, 4 of our speakers are in the running! We encourage you to surf some of the panel submissions and weigh in.

Links to our speakers below:
Amanda Richardson: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/39747
Zoe Romanohttp://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/32412
Scott Waynehttp://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/32177
Jason Ashlockhttp://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/32244

Happy hunting!

The Female Factor

We came across two articles this morning in Fast Company on women in the workforce, one article on how women make better investors, and another on how the most successful organizations have women in charge. We couldn’t help but think of Frontier Live speaker Amanda Richardson who talks about the female factor and how hiring women is a competitive advantage for companies.

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After spending over a decade in the fast-paced, never-stop, cut- throat world of global tech, Amanda is truly on the front lines of the great gender awakening. In her keynote on the female factor, Amanda discusses some of the innate skills and abilities that women possess - including discipline and patience - that provide them with a growing competitive advantage in today’s business environment. 

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You hate them right? Corporate meetings. They jam up your day. Half the participants don’t need to be there, the other half are plugged into their email instead of the meeting.

Enter our modern meetings flipdeck. A visual reminder of the contemporary rules of modern meetings. Each one…

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