‘The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us’ - Ted Sarandos
Apply that thinking to your business. We live in an era of disruption, so, will you be disrupted or disrupt the industry?
At SXSW Interactive this year I attended one of the most inspirational keynote talks I’ve ever been to. Tina Roth Eisenberg, originally from Switzerland, is also known as ‘Swiss Miss’, her popular design blog, which she runs out of Brooklyn. She has a European viewpoint and a love for clean, Swiss functional design. Swiss-miss.com has a growing audience of 1.3M monthly unique readers from all over the world and was selected by The Times as one of the world’s Top 50 design blogs. She also runs a Brooklyn-based collaborative workspace calledStudiomates, organizes a monthly lecture series called CreativeMornings, is the inventor of the popular to-do app called TeuxDeux and is the force behind the temporary tattoo shop Tattly.
At her SXSWi keynote, ‘Swiss Miss’ shared her passion and knowledge from her diverse business experience. Her life lessons include:
Brilliant Brunch at SXSW 2013 in Austin featuring: Bre Pettis (Makerbot, Founder), Baratunde Thurston (Comedian), Damian Kulash (OK Go), Beth Comstock (GE, CMO), David Karp (Tumblr, Founder), Carla Diana (Creative Director, Carla Diana Design), Jake Lodwick (Vimeo and Elepath, Founder)
I really love this idea for SXSW. Often you can’t make the panels you want to, you miss the people you wanted to meet and you don’t get to overhear awesome conversations between influencers such as these big dogs. It certainly makes me want to face the fear and do what these guys do, make something for the rest of the world to use.
‘Reluctant as I am to add to the mountain of interpretations of Somebody That I Used To Know seemingly taking over their own area of the internet, I couldn’t resist the massive remixability that such a large, varied yet connected bundle of source material offered.
I was directly inspired here by Kutiman’s Thru-You project:
Thankyou to everyone who has responded to Somebody That I Used To Know via YouTube. It’s truly amazing!
All audio and video in Somebodies is from the YouTube user videos featured, each of them a cover or parody of Somebody That I Used To Know. No extra sounds were added to the mix, but I used some EQ, filtering, pitch-shifting and time-stretching to make the music.
A full list of links to the original videos is available here:
I avoided using any existing remixes of the song, or any covers from tv talent shows.
As comprehensive and extensive as I tried to be with my downloading of source videos, I know there are many clips that I missed. Tay Zonday’s cover for instance, no internet mashup should be without him.
I used KeepVid.com to download the YouTube videos, Ableton Live for audio stretching, pitch-shifting and the initial video editing, and Adobe’s After Effects to put the final video together.
Big thanks to Travis Banko for assistance with downloading source videos, and to James Bryans for After Effects tutelage.
Thankyou to Barry for being Barry, and guiding us all.
Thanks to you for listening
Happy Father’s Day! To celebrate, I thought I’d share a photo of my Dad with you all. As an original hipster, ‘Bill’ was one of the first “J1′ers” to travel to America as part of the first US/Ireland international exchange program. He also took a road trip across the States in an old Bewick (sleeping on the trunk each night), something I hope to replicate for my 30th next year in a vintage Shelby Mustang.
My friend Dan brought this blog to my attention, and I thought, with the day that’s in it, you all might like to see it too. I’ll let the blog explains itself…
‘Sorry hipsters, your dad was the original hipster and he was killing it back in the day.’
Fore more photos, check out the blog HERE
This post is dedicated to my amazing Mum. This video from P&G London illustrates not only the physical but emotional support Mums around the world dedicate to their children. I’ve given my mum a relatively new nickname recently for her Twitter profile - Mumbserg and that’s because she’s probably the best Mum in the world! Thanks Mum for ALL your support, I look forward to having you visit me in the Park Avenue apartment
Filmmaker Casey Neistat embarks on a unique journey to show us what it means to Make It Count.
New trailer for the documentary about Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show’s railroad trip across America. The movie will premiere at the SXSW festival this coming March.
Directed by Emmett Malloy, the Big Easy Express documents the Railroad Revival Tour the bands embarked on in April last year. Playing sold out shows in 6 cities — from San Francisco to New Orleans — travelling on a vintage train.
Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and Old Crow Medicine Show are some of my all time favourite bands and I know I’m definitely going to be making some time to see this movie at SXSW when I visit next month. I’m sure after I see it, I’ll want to take a train ride of the Big Easy Express myself.
For those of you unfamiliar with the bands featured above, here are some of their best videos (which are actually my favourite songs)…
Daphne Guinness gives an unorthodox tour of her New York City apartment. I can’t wait to visit NYC in March!