Like a lot of people I’ve got much more in podcasts recently, and my go-to is without doubt Shane Parrish’s Knowledge Project. I think I'm pretty safe in assuming his most popular interview (and also longest - something of an oxymoron today...) is with Naval Ravikant, founder of Angelist. Just one of the gems of … Continue reading Why do we ignore our middle chapter?
Spartan by name, Spartan by (the call of) nature: Sly Stallone as John Spartan in Demolition Man For the last few years the electronic music website Resident Advisor (RA) has run a weekly podcast called ‘Exchange’. Despite RA’s focus sometimes being a little high-brow and esoteric for my tastes, there are some real gems in … Continue reading Lifelong Learning: Going spartan
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This is part of a series of articles on building creative businesses. Sign up here for access to the full set. The concept of 'Hipster, Hacker, Hustler' (aka designer, engineer, marketeer) has become pretty well known in the world of tech startups since the term was coined in 2012. Since then quite a few riffs on … Continue reading Building creative businesses: The Power of 3
Why it’s worth knowing which role you’re best suited for, and how valuable it can be when looking to join a new community. Last week I received an email from someone in London asking how life in NYC was going for me, and what I thought of The Met museum. They knew I’d had to … Continue reading Are you an artist or a frame maker?
NPR run a popular podcast called Planet Money. I started listening recently - it’s been going a while, so I was pretty late to the party. One of my areas of curiosity is food - not just eating and cooking it, but how the logistics work and more broadly how the world is going to … Continue reading Finding your hook: Merchandising the Stallone way
I recently met with an artist manager who was looking for a new agent for his client, an electronic music producer and DJ. This manager isn’t a music industry lifer, in fact he’s spent more of his career in adjacent fields. So whilst he brings a lot of very useful skills, experiences and questions to the … Continue reading Music Business: How to choose an agent