Millennials Get The Job Done, Wherever, Whenever

Millennials Get The Job Done, Wherever, Whenever

 

Great piece by Alex McClintock on the job market and his experience in hiring 6 digital producers (in Australia). Although written by a millennial, about millennials, his findings are broadly applicable.

There are no entry-level jobs anymore

  • In the past, companies would hire and train new grads, today “entry level” jobs require years of experience.
  • The best applicants have developed skills in multiple volunteer or unpaid intern roles. Those that don’t, slip to the bottom of the pile.

There’s a point at which a resume becomes overdesigned

  • A sizeable proportion of the résumés had more formatting than Word can provide. Bright colors, glyphs, textures and shapes abounded. Don’t do this!!

Millennials are impressive

  • Constant technological disruption means it’s a tough time to be in the early stages of your career, but young people generally respond with incredible flexibility and a willingness to learn new skills.

 

Read on below for more on how millennials and Gen X-ers are turning nomadic lifestyles into real money whether it’s through tech and social media or the gig economy.

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Exploring America Through The Prism Of Airbnb, Uber And The Funnel Cake!

Exploring America Through The Prism Of Airbnb, Uber And The Funnel Cake!

 

Feeling inspired! Just back from a long weekend in Atlanta and also in the middle of Brad Stone’s brilliant new book, The Upstarts about tech startups that have changed how we live, work and play in this country.

My goal is to experience firsthand what it’s like to live in different cities throughout America at this particular point in time.

  • How are people navigating change.
  • What trends are they noticing?
  • What’s the day-to-day of their lives look like?
  • Where do they shop, work, what do they do for fun?
  • Culturally – and socially – what’s happening in cities in America?

Besides Atlanta, I’ve recently been to Philadelphia, Washington DC and Savannah. I’ll be heading to Milwaukee in August and Los Angeles in September. I’ll be hitting up a few State and County Fairs along the way. Send me recommendations and tips for other cities!!

And maybe I’ll even run into Mark Zuckerberg along the way. He has made traveling America (all 50 States) his goal this year. He too wants to connect with more Americans to understand how they are thinking about the future.

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Tech Trends: Social Video Is The Name Of The Game

Tech Trends: Social Video Is The Name Of The Game

 

The big news in social video is that the user base for both snap and instagram is getting older with a quarter of 35-44 year olds increasing their usage over the last 6 months.

Here are two new snap accounts to follow. Both super interesting.

SnapListings

  • Video stories five days a week spotlighting new apartments and houses on the market.
  • Created by Dolly Meckler, 24, and Michael Hoffman, 27, SnapListings is run by four licensed real estate brokers four days a week — with a guest broker on Fridays. The brokers take followers inside listings, recording and posting videos of interiors and exteriors.
  • Based out of New York, SnapListings has expanded to Baltimore, Washington, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Chicago.
  • People can direct-message agents straight through the account.
  • To become a broker on SnapListings you have to audition and if you’re young and charismatic enough, you might get picked!

See below for EverestNoFilter (my absolute favorite snapchat account!).

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HEALTH ADVICE: Stay Active, Connect With People, EAT LESS

HEALTH ADVICE: Stay Active, Connect With People, EAT LESS

 

Three things popped out at me in reviewing recent health data:

  • We’re getting fatter (66% of us are now overweight or obese)
  • We’re giving up on trying to lose weight (only 49% trying vs. 56% previously)
  • We’re having way less sex (could that be connected to points 1 and 2?)

And since I know I am not alone with my arthritis, here’s an update on the latest medical findings (and note how weight factors in!):

  • Arthritis is hitting younger generations – at earlier ages – due to rising obesity rates
  • Severely obese people are 2.5 times more likely to report arthritis than people with normal (BMI)
  • Non-smokers are less likely to get arthritis
  • High-fat, high-carb diets are among the leading causes of osteoarthritis (Source: Eureka Alert)
  • Saturated fat is a key factor in the onset of osteoarthritis:  it changes the composition of cartilage, particularly in the weight-bearing joints of the hip and knee.

Read on below for 6 more trends including mindful exercise.

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100 Gates Project: More Cities Need To Do This!

100 Gates Project: More Cities Need To Do This!

 

Have loved this project since its inception in 2015. The first few gates in my neighborhood were by Buff Monster (above lower left) and are still among my favorites.

  • The project connects local artists and merchants to collaborate on original murals that are painted on roll down security gates on the outside of these businesses. Over two years, the project has installed 100 gates in the Lower East Side. This year, they’re going to expand to other areas of the city. Harlem and Staten Island are next.
  • The project was initiated in 2014 by Billy Rohan, a local artist and pro skateboarder. The next year, it was brought to life by the Lower East Side Partnership (LESP), a not-for-profit economic development organization on New York’s Lower East Side.

I’m not sure how many other cities do this – but I highly recommend it. I’ve seen firsthand how it beautifies neighborhoods and creates community. For the most part, taggers and other graffiti peeps leave the works alone.

See below for current work up on Orchard Street and elsewhere downtown. Also, found a great rotating mural series displayed on the wall outside of Tictail Market at 90 Orchard Street. Currently featured: Miza Coplin, a Brooklyn-based illustrator. Images below.

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The Flower Shop: Avoid Food, Head Straight To The Basement Man-Cave

The Flower Shop: Avoid Food, Head Straight To The Basement Man-Cave

 

  • Best thing about our visit to this brand-new hot spot in Chinatown was being seated next to Tony Hawk, skateboard legend (and one of the investors).
  • A stellar group of hospitality pros is behind this place including several guys from the Major Food Group (Carbone, Parm etc)
  • It’s been open for about a month and is attracting hordes of cool skater/hipster boys (and the girls who love them).
  • Those in the know, immediately head downstairs because that’s where the action is.
  • The downstairs has been “decorated” to simulate a Wisconsin basement rec room: lots of fake wood-paneling, pool table, gas fireplace, orange carpeting, Budweiser lamps, and an assortment of knickknacks that dial up the midwestern vibe.

  • We made the mistake of ordering food – our cute waiter from Hawaii made it all sound so delicious but I would advise you to come here to drink and maybe order some fries.
  • Should you be starving and decide you need something more filling, here are some things NOT to order: the fried chicken, the tuna poke, the beet salad. I also would bypass the cocktails and go straight for beer, booze or wine.

Photos below as well as info on who is involved in this project. It’s a star-studded group so despite the food missteps, I see this becoming the new MAX FISH. Definitely has that kind of vibe.

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WEDDING TRENDS: More Authentic,Techie and Fun

WEDDING TRENDS: More Authentic,Techie and Fun

 

Weddings provide tremendous insight into cultural shifts and serve as great barometers of what’s trending in hospitality, ambiance, and design.

Two of my best trend sources are Etsy and Pinterest. The latter is getting a particularly bad rap these days from wedding planners who are put off by ALL the ideas that brides and grooms are finding on the site.

Weddings are clearly becoming more relaxed and less bound by tradition – although, fascinating to see that footwashing is coming back as a hot trend for Christian couples.

Read on below for the 7 wedding trends I’ve been tracking for 2017 weddings.

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LOVE Tony Hsieh, Incredible Visionary But What A Wacko!

LOVE Tony Hsieh, Incredible Visionary But What A Wacko!

 

I got involved with Downtown Las Vegas, Zappos and Tony Hsieh at the precise point Aimee Groth started working on this book. And I fell massively in love with the downtown scene. It felt exactly like early Brooklyn/Bushwick: up-and-coming, exciting, totally cool. I actually considered moving there for a short stint to track firsthand the concept of downtown as a start-up city.

I also met Rehan Choudhry at that time and attended the inaugural Life Is Beautiful Festival (and returned for 3 more years). That said, it was clear to me, after that first brilliant year of Life Is Beautiful, that something was amiss in Downtown Las Vegas. Businesses came and went at an alarming rate, crime spiked and rumblings of discontent were evident in many of the blogs and news stories that I tracked.

Aimee Groth lays it all out in her new book – the highs and the lows. Tony Hsieh is as brilliant as he is weird. I can’t say it’s an exceptional book but it does shine a light on the tech world’s “self-actualization set.” I also can’t tell how fascinating the book will be for anybody not connected to downtown Vegas. That said, I learned a lot about tech culture and the Silicon Valley way of doing things.

One last thing: If you read this book let me know what you think of the relationship between the writer and Tony Hsieh. I got the distinct impression by the end of the book that she had a huge, unrequited, crush on him!!

Read on below for more on Tony Hsieh, his way of doing things, his inspirations and his influences.

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