What VCs Look For In Robotics Startups (And What It Can Teac ...

A good reminder that the best pitches never just focus on the numbers. We have to “make magic” to really inspire and open wallets of investors.

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How Monte Carlo Is Embracing The Future Of Luxury

Monte Carlo has a fairly sophisticated strategy to promote itself which hinges on being about more than just gambling and opulence.

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Pop-Up Magazine Masters A New Live Storytelling Format

This story is about an event series called Popup Magazine put on by longtime media exec Chas Edwards. The event is an attempt to take the mid-length storytelling format from magazines and do them as live talks followed by enriching audience conversations. Judging by its early success, it’s a format that resonates among people hungry

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6 Awesome Ways Canada Is Celebrating Its 150th Anniversary

As we head into a time when both America and Canada celebrate their national birthdays – this week’s newsletter takes an inside look at some of the most significant ways that Canada is celebrating it’s 150th anniversary as a country. In contrast to the “melting pot” of America which has often been criticized for how

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Netflix Lets Kids Choose Their Own Adventure In New Episode

What if you could craft your own story in a television episode? Netflix is experimenting with letting kids do exactly that in a new episode of The Adventures of Puss in Boots by giving them half a dozen choices in the episode that each send the story in a different direction. It’s a bold experiment

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The Surprising Brand That Won Big At Cannes

The most famous portraits in history are all painted from the torso up. That was the interesting insight from Ogilvy that led to this campaign for shoe polish brand Kiwi which recently won big at the Cannes festival. By commissioning artists to draw the bottom half of famous paintings like the Mona Lisa – this

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Overrated Millennials And Why Brands Are Embracing Seniors I ...

Senior citizens now officially outnumber the young people in Taiwan, and there is a growing worldwide shift among brands to embrace older consumers instead of largely ignoring them in favor of their younger counterparts. This week’s stories feature brands in traditionally younger targeted industries like athletics and lingerie using older ambassadors. Meanwhile a new startup promises

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6 Powerful Stories Celebrating Women

As I am sure you have noticed, yesterday was International Women’s Day and it was hard to miss all the stories about women’s empowerment and marches and political statements. For me, the most powerful stories (and the ones I selected for this week’s email) had little to do with politics and much more to do

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How To Build Trust In An Era Of Desperate Truth Seeking Cons ...

It is hard to get away from the feeling that we are being manipulated all the time. This week there were plenty of new stories of divisive characters losing their audience, brands trying new ways to be more truthful, and talk show host John Oliver trying to define reality itself. The theme this week is the

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Tokyo Toilets, the World’s Rudest Billboard and Richar ...

This week’s stories span from a new design for the many buttons on Japanese toilets to a deeper look at the flaws inside one of the most frequently used metrics in business to measure loyalty: the Net Promoter Score. Other stories that stood out this week were a Swedish coughing billboard that may or may

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