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Bringing Wine Into the 21st Century

I’m Philip James, Founder and CEO of Penrose Hill – a wine company aiming to bring the wine industry into the 21st century. At Penrose Hill, we rely on data analytics to gain unconventional perspectives into a somewhat conventional industry. We want to see things in new ways, especially if it allows us to eliminate inefficiencies so that we can provide…
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Driverless Cars, The Future of Ground Transport

Dashride, by creating software for ground transport companies,  has empowered their customers to compete with companies like Uber and Lyft. I interviewed Dashride’s CEO and Co-founder, Nadav Ullman, about their work with the tech for driverless cars and the future of the automotive industry. As an Administrative Assistant, my seat at the reception desk at Loeb.NYC gives me the perfect…
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Loeb.NYC at SxSW

While Loeb.nyc has historically participated in various conferences as attendees, in March, 2018, we hosted our first activation at SxSW in Austin, Texas. With Bonin Ventures, we hosted two days of content with some rockstar panelists, including Gary Vaynerchuk (CEO of Vayner Media), Swan Sit (VP of Global Digital @ Nike) and Kris Skrinak (Machine Learning Architect @ Amazon) — not…
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Speakers Series: Crypto’s

Around the Loeb.NYC offices, I’ve noticed chatter about cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Given the nascent, confusing, and somewhat mysterious nature of the technology and its ecosystem, I suggested that we host Alyse Killeen for the monthly Loeb.NYC Speakers Series.Alyse is a Los Angeles-based venture capital investor who focuses on data science, network infrastructure, fintech, e-commerce, and blockchain. She has contributed to…
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Offensive Content

What can be done about Offensive Content on Social Platforms? Content moderation on social media is a weird pet obsession of mine. The internet is full of garbage, but a number of recent headlines bring the issue into stark relief: Google links to hoax articles during breaking news. Twitter is filthy with Nazis. YouTube’s algorithm has been suggesting and promoting bizarre,…
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Silicon Valley Valuations

My Dad, the great Marshall Loeb, told the joke of “this guy” (joke maker-uppers are evidently misogynists – or is the opposite the case?) and the $10,000 dog. Each day he goes to a bar, mangy mutt in tow. This guy is subject to unrelenting derision from his fellow revelers, which only intensifies when in defense of his pet, he…
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Office Culture and Startup Success

Is establishing an office culture important to startup success? One of the best things about starting your own business is that you get to (try to) build whatever type of company you want — including the culture. Everybody has been in organizations where the overall culture and values, or at least certain management styles, were toxic. Or maybe a lack…
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The Entrepreneurs’ Gene

So… you want to start a business. And you want to know the most important thing? Forget capitalization, the right industry, the board of directors or the business model. Why it is the entrepreneurs’ gene, of course. For decades, scientists have been trying to isolate and replicate this elusive gene but have thus far been unsuccessful. The objective is to make…
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Top 3 Transferrable Skills

National Job Action Day Didn’t realize it was Job Action Day?  Me neither – and I’ve been working in career development for almost 10 years (with my company, WORKS – a partner to LoebNYC). So I did a little research and discovered that this auspicious occasion was created in 2008 by LiveCareer. In the spirit of this year’s theme; “Survive…
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Our Company Factory

“Michael, what you have here is unique, isn’t it?” Swinging by our Midtown Manhattan office not long ago was a brilliant and remarkably successful entrepreneur, Jonathan Klein. Jonathan and Mark Getty, were founders of the eponymous Getty Images. All that company did was revolutionize the stock photo, editorial photo and film business. With his work largely done – Getty was…
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Bitcoin: Things You Don’t Know

If you’re involved in startups, finance, or investing, you have likely heard of Bitcoin, Initial Coin Offerings (ICO’s), and Blockchain. You probably have a good idea of the basics and are aware of the social, philosophical, and economic issues. Here are 10 things you may not have known about how Bitcoin’s Blockchain actually works: 1: The Bitcoin Blockchain is a…