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Don Katz, Audible and NVP founder, speaking at Newark Venture Partner Demo Day

Newark New Jersey, my hometown, was originally founded in 1666 as a Puritan settlement and would eventually evolve into the nation’s third-oldest major city and played a big part in American manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution. Newark is also the city where Thomas Edison established his first factory, inventor Seth Boyden created his first Iron producing factory, and Malcolm Mclean would revolutionize the shipping container for transporting freight which has impacted the entire world. With a rich history of innovation from a variety of entrepreneurs, its no surprise that Newark would be the perfect microcosm of Silicon Valley innovation on…


Insights From Great Talks Given By Malcolm Gladwell, Simon Sinek, And Nir Eyal

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Over the last decade, I got to see three of the most insightful and prominent authors in their respective niches speak live and discuss their books in depth. Each of the authors viewpoints helped expand my personal worldview with the arguments they brought forth. Here are three key takeaways I got from hearing them speak live on topics ranging from social justice and finding your purpose to becoming laser-focused on your goals.

Malcolm Gladwell


Learn How To Think For Yourself To Produce Original Ideas

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If you reject anyone’s imaginative ideas solely based on other people’s formulas to create products and services, you probably are trapped in their dogma. This is one of the most dangerous things to do, and I admit I’ve done it, when you want to innovate. For instance, I have become trapped in Peter Thiel’s and Y Combinator’s dogma multiple times on what it takes to create a successful company, but their criteria and formulas are not the end-all, be-all. …


Keep your blood sugar stable to control your energy

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Do you look at the foods you consume as points or detractors from an overall score which is your health? Well if you struggle with staying productive and getting your goals completed, than you may be able to benefit from gamifying your diet to optimize each of your finite days alive. Over the past years, I‘ve become obsessed with the inputs and outputs of each food and drink I consume.

When I was ignorant to how each food I consumed effected my body, I would constantly become less energetic, complete less work, and worst of all become tired. I was…


Shake Shack’s decision to place their trucks in parking lots was a genius marketing move

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What’s the best way to build long lasting customer relationships? Being anywhere and everywhere your customers are to bring your products to them. Over the past month, I have noticed two Shake Shack food trucks with long lines full of customers driving up for their burgers, fries, and shakes.

An obviously smart marketing move, but still tactical, Shake Shack trucks have been pulling up to a parking lot near a Best Buy, Target, and a mall to meet customers as they head back to their cars from shopping.

With COVID-19 leading to the closing of multiple businesses, I asked myself…


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Lets face it, creating software that is used repeatedly by the masses is extremely hard. Over the past year I have been creating Amazon Alexa skills after learning Voiceflow’s No Code voice software. Like any other thing you want to do, its best to learn by doing and experimenting, so that is the approach I took.

While the first two skills I created had very few opens, my third one seemed to stand out and pick up steam among customers. I was shocked to say the least. The Alexa skills which I spent long hours and sleepless nights building with…


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After fighting a bout with procrastination to write and publish my first short story, I realized that there were two main ingredients which stopped me from taking action. Those two being the following:

  • Entropy — a lack of order or predictability ; gradual decline into disorder.
  • Parkinson’s Law — work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion

It seems that when we are procrastinating, we fluctuate from extreme order and discipline to complete inertia and indecisiveness. I recognized that this came from entropy, which is probably the most dominant inevitable force in the universe. We start…


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Over the past few months I have taken a role in which I am a vendor for Facebook, assisting with Oculus VR product sales at local retailers. This role has given me more insight into the consumer base of virtual reality products and the phase it currently is in based on Peter Diamandis projections for exponential technology. It has been a full circle experience for me having followed Palmer Luckey’s journey from Kickstarter for Oculus Rift for a few slices of pizza to having Oculus acquired by Facebook for $2 billion. …


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A year ago, I read an article where Elon Musk stated that the best way to learn something is by doing it and I wanted to try this approach of learning out. For most of the time being in school, with the exception of coding bootcamp, I learned primarily by reading textbooks and theories opposed to actually doing. Like most people, the only time I learned by doing was in biology class dissecting frogs or working jobs. After reading Peter Diamandis book “The Future Is Faster Than You Think”, I decided to try and create one of the exponential technologies…


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P.M. Dawn Accepting an award

Born in Jersey City, NJ in 1970 and 1971 respectively, Attrell Cordes Jr. and his younger brother Jarrett Cordes became Prince Be(Attrell) and DJ Minute Mix(Jarrett) of the music powerhouse duo known as P.M. Dawn. At the height of ‘Gangster Rap’ music’s rise to popularity, P.M. Dawn would go against the grain and innovate a new genre that some of their fanbase has dubbed ‘Cloud Rap’, which is composed of whisper-tone singing and rapping on beats and melodies sampled from other music genre.

Their journey began in Jersey City, where their biological father would die of pneumonia and younger brother…

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