Tell Your Stories Like Disney, The Right Way

It doesn't take much reflection to realize that almost all Disney stories mostly have the same basic plot, yet people still watch them. What does that have to do with branding? Well, your brand is a story in itself, and you need to learn how to tell it best if you want to grow your business. Authentic storytelling is more than how a lot of young and inexperienced startup founders...

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Greycroft Infused New Funding into Mighty Jaxx

Mighty Jaxx International (“Mighty Jaxx”), an award-winning urban culture company that designs and manufactures collectibles and lifestyle products in partnership with global brands is today pleased to announce that it has raised another S$4.5 million in new financing to conclude its pre-Series A funding round, raising a total of S$6.65 million (approximately US$4.7 million) to date as it looks to continue scaling its business. KB Investment Co (“KBI”), one of...

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Perch Provides Electric Scooter Juicers With On-Demand Portable Charging Pods

Electric scooters are everywhere, you see them piled up on random street corners, sidewalks, neighborhoods… whizzing by in bike lanes all over the place in Silicon Beach.  Ever wonder about the inner workings of how these scooters magically appear everywhere charged up and ready for use? Well, we looked behind the scenes and found an amazing disruptive startup “Perch” that is taking an interesting approach to solving the logistics behind...

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25 Best Podcast Episodes From Cathy Heller: Don’t Keep Your Day Job

Cathy Heller - Don't Keep Your Day Job We are a super fan of LA-based podcaster, Cathy Heller, she’s the host of the popular podcast Don’t Keep Your Day Job, which was given the #1 spot on iTunes recommend list of shows for the New Year in 2018 and 2019. Throughout the show, she interviews creative entrepreneurs like Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, SugarFina founder Rosie O'Neil,...

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Stylish Personal Pilates Loops Invented by Long-Time Pilates Instructor, Jacqueline Hinton

Good Citizen is the Los Angeles based company that has taken your Pilates workout and made it perfect. As long-time Pilates instructor Jacqueline Hinton was getting certified to teach over 13 years ago, she had an aha moment. She noticed everyone taking Pilates classes was putting their dirty feet and hands in the same unwashed communal straps that you use on the Reformer and Cadillac apparatuses. After being grossed out...

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This Fried Chicken Delivery Service Is New But Its LA-Native Chef Is Legendary

Have you heard great things about the new LA fried chicken delivery and pickup service called DFC Ghost Kitchen? If you have heard news about this setup, then chances are that you’re considering trying it out. Here are some cool facts you should know: The “DFC” in the name stands for Dante Fried Chicken, and that’s because it was founded by the legendary LA chef Dante Gonzales. This service’s headquarters...

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Minimal Design Desk by Pasadena’s ArtCenter Alumni Henner Jahns

The NIK Desk seems like a simple, common-looking desk at first glance but upon closer inspection, you’ll find that it has an array of clever features. These features are well-integrated into the desk’s basic frame and designed to increase your work productivity, as well as become a conversation piece in your office. The desk has a sophisticated design yet it’s relatively easy to set up and use.   Every NIK...

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Day of the Dead Playing Cards Made in LA by Local Artist Steve Minty

The Day of the Dead, or Dia de Muertos in Spanish, is a widely celebrated holiday in Mexico and the United States. The holiday actually spans several days when family and friends gather to remember and pray for their deceased loved ones. Most people also visit the graves of their loved ones, and light candles and place flowers on them, as well as enjoy a picnic with their family. In...

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Ultra Comfy Hoodie Made in LA by Former Art Director at Macy’s

Los Angeles is one of the biggest apparel manufacturing hubs in the United States, its where some of the coolest under-the-radar clothing is created (like Carbon38, Clare V, BackBeat Rags, The Great). Colby Kane the inventor of the Aviator Hoodie Collection, is a designer and art director who moved to Los Angeles, California from New York City, New York in search of a better work-life balance. During his search, he...

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This LA Food Startup Baked Up Some Super Delicious Low Carb Cookies

It is the bane of every cookie lover: you want to eat all those cookies but you’re worried about the calorie count and what it will do to your weight. Check out NUI Cookies, the low carb keto snack cookies. You get the best of both worlds, a delicious cookie with only two grams of carbohydrates. Keto Kookie is the product of Victor Macias and Kristoffer Quiaoit, buddies who discovered...

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Super Versatile Swimwear Designed by Surfer, Nadja de Col

Necessity is the mother of invention – and Nalla is certainly proof of it! Nadja de Col, a Peruvian designer and surfer, was inspired to create it when her bikini bottom was ripped off from her while she was surfing in Hawaii. She then created a versatile swimwear that can be twisted, knotted and arranged in different configurations – the Nalla.   Basically, Nalla is a single cut of stitch-less...

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Comfy Organic T-shirts Designed by Local Artists in Playa del Rey

Clean {aesthetic}, the manufacturer of Clean {tee} shirt, began as an entrepreneurial venture of two art school graduates who printed T-shirts in their distinctive style in their kitchen. Over the years, the duo grew their venture into a business with its own brick-and-mortar store and gallery in Playa del Rey, California. Today, it’s a popular place for locals and tourists alike to browse and buy colorful artworks and basic shirts....

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Amazing Mechanical Flip Books Invented by Kinetic Artists in LA

In 2010, Mark Rosen and Wendy Marvel collaborated in the creation of what they termed as “LED-less tech art”.  Among their art projects was a split-flap art piece inspired by the old-fashioned arrival/departure signs used in train stations. Rosen, however, has to build his own mechanism from used ink-jet printer parts. Kinetic Artist Mark Arnon Rosen Invented a  Despite the DIY quality, the duo’s first flip-art book became hugely popular...

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Self-Rolling Fitness Mat Invented by Local Yoga Enthusiasts in LA

Aaron Thornton, a yoga enthusiast, invented the YoYo Mat as a better alternative to traditional yoga mats that are difficult to roll up, as well as become bulky when rolled up. The YoYo Mat, in contrast, rolls up on its own and stays tightly rolled up even without straps and carrying bags.   This yoga mat is made from TPE, a latex-free, PVC-free biodegradable material that also doesn’t contain harmful...

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YES PLZ, Great Coffee For Just $1 a Cup

Tony “Tonx” Konecny is a Los Angeles based coffee professional making coffee since early 2000. In 2011, frustrated with how the top roasting companies focused more on their baristas and selling beverages than in giving honest footholds for would-be coffee connoisseurs, he started Tonx Coffee. It pioneered a direct to consumer subscription service, sourcing great coffees from around the world and empowering coffee lovers to brew stuff at home that...

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Super Cool Prop/Art Display Wall Mount Invented by Two LA Designers

Jack Bogdan and Brooklyn Short, who are Los Angeles-based designers, created Prop/Art as a way of displaying their record and comics collection as wall art. They initially wanted to display their art prints but it was too expensive to have them framed – and thus Prop/Art was born. Prop/Art, or Prop/Art, is a wall-mounted, single-item display shelf that can easily be nailed on a wooden or concrete wall.  Made from...

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Certified Yoga Teachers Launches Stylish Indie Artist-Designed Yoga Pants

Yoga pants in solid colors like black, white and gray can be too boring. Enter the printed yoga pants manufactured by Sankalpa and you will never wear solid-colored yoga pants ever again! Josh and Elyse Nickell, the husband-and-wife team behind Sankalpa, are certified yoga teachers who wanted to incorporate colors into their yoga mats. They commissioned independent artists from around the world to design prints and patterns for yoga mats...

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Renowned Product Designer, Yves Béhar is Redefining The Way Music Lovers Interact With Vinyl Records With LOVE

Vinyl records are becoming popular again and LOVE billed as the world’s first intelligent turntable, offers a contemporary way of playing them. Think of the traditional turntable concept but with a high-tech twist – the entire hardware comes in a giant tonearm placed above the record. Designed by Yves Béhar, the renowned product designer, LOVE is a more stylish, more portable and simpler solution than the turntables in the market...

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Former Dreamwork Animator Published Beautiful Coffee Table Comic Books

Jason Brunaker is an up-and-coming graphic artist who has self-published remind: Volume 2. He has also self-published reMIND: Volume 2, a decision borne of his realization that self-publication gives him the freedom to make important decisions about his books. He can make his books the way he wants them to feel and look, as well as reprint them whenever he wants and focus on his priorities. reMIND: Volume 2 is...

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