POP CULTURE ~ 4.12.19

With the advent of social media, technology, Alexa listening to our conversations, Siri taking commands from the palm of your hand, it’s difficult to not be swayed by the influx of information that is shared daily. A perfect example of this technologic pop cultural phenomenon is the upcoming Coachella weekend and Game of Thrones finale.

How has the way we consume pop culture changed within the past 10 or so years? For starters, we’ve got a digital device that has become the extension of our well-being. Want to show friends you’re at the best party at Coachella? Snap a pic and share. Want to show friends you’re the best at predicting what will happen on GofT? Tweet about it. But what about the next 10 years? How will tech and the rise of digitization impact pop culture as we know it today? Can you picture it?

Will algorithms take over and tell us what rising star is more important than the other? Or will artificial intelligence be the moving force behind what we “perceive” to be cool? Take a moment to think about that as we head into the weekend. Perhaps a moment in time this weekend will inspire you to create new forms of pop culture awareness. After all, if Katie Bauman was able to construct the first image of a black hole, what unknown talents can you put to use to change the dynamic of pop culture for years to come?

Knowledge is power, but pop culture is a reflection of social change. What will you change? - CR

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Hillary Clinton announces she will run for the Democratic nominee for US President for the 2nd time (2015)


Digit is an iPhone app that strives to make saving money as passive as possible. To do this, Digit analyzes your income and spending patterns, and then automatically dips into your checking account and puts a few dollars into a savings account (typically $2-$17 every 2-3 days). It’s how we’re making #MoneyMoves 🤑 (DOWNLOAD HERE)


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That's What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together 

A recent Harvard study found that corporate “diversity training” has actually made the gender gap worse—in part because it makes men feel demonized. Women, meanwhile, have been told closing the gender gap is up to them: they need to speak up, to be more confident, to demand to be paid what they’re worth. They discuss these issues amongst themselves all the time.  What they don’t do is talk to men about it. 



FRI APR 12 - 2019

In conjunction with the annual Midas List, TrueBridge traditionally publishes a “Brink List” of investors who are poised to join the Midas ranks and have been making a name for themselves in the venture capital industry. Nominations and the selection of finalists were based on qualitative and quantitative metrics that weigh an investor’s momentum, position, reputation, and other variables. (FORBES)

Digifair365 is a buyer-demand driven platform: they allow fashion buyers to meet suppliers from all over the world, be it for an international fashion powerhouse or a small independent designer. The platform gives them a global reach and access to a worldwide range of textile suppliers, allowing fashion designers, creative directors, brand owners and so on, to create customized demand campaigns specifying all their needs, saving a considerate amount of time and resources. (DIGIFAIR365)

The Pentagon said Wednesday that Amazon and Microsoft were the final candidates for a hotly contested $10 billion contract to bring modern cloud computing to the Defense Department. IBM and Oracle had also bid for the project, known as the joint enterprise defense infrastructure, or JEDI. But the Defense Department concluded that they did not meet the minimum requirements for the program. (THE NEW YORK TIMES)

LVMH, the world’s largest luxury conglomerate, is planning to use the technology to track luxury goods and prove their authenticity, blockchain news site CoinDesk reported last week. The platform, dubbed “Aura,” is expected to go live as soon as May with Louis Vuitton and Parfums Christian Dior, before being extended to the group’s other brands and competitors. (THE BUSINESS OF FASHION)

The app is Scenechronize, a project-management app and platform developed explicitly for the TV and film production business. Launched in 2007, the platform has gone through a few different owners. The program allows producers to send access to a script to specific people, with the option to set a time limit on that access. It’s a bit like the DRM controls when you rent something on iTunes. Once it expires, that access is as dead as Ned Stark. (FAST COMPANY)