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NativeAdVantage 10-Q2BA:

(10 Questions 2B Answered)

What do you do best?
What makes you the best?
Biggest success?
What are your aspirations?
Most challenging moment?
Favorite Motto?
Favorite People?
Favorite Places?
Favorite Products?
Current Passions?


Featured NativeAdVantage:

Andy Weir: Author of "The Martian"

John Philipson: VP, Six Senses Resorts

Tom Sito: Chair of Animation, USC Film School

Elizabeth Wynn: Broker, Sotheby's RE

Leonard Greenhalgh: Professor, Tuck-Darmouth)

Ryan Blair: NY Times Best Selling Author/Entrepreneur

 

Featured NativeAdVice:

Shai Reshef: Founder of University of the People

Paul D'Arcy: SVP of Indeed

Susan Hatje: GM of Mandarin Oriental, NY

Dan Laufer: Co-Founder of RentLingo

Hilary Laney: President of Tri-Digital

Greg Marsh: Co-Founder of onefinestay

Omar Qari: Co-Founder of Abacus

Gabriell Weinberg: Founder of DuckDuckGo

Stacy Rauen: E-I-C of Hospitality Design Mag

Jon Gray: CRO of HomeAway

Joe Speiser: Co-Founder of LittleThings.com

Ben McKean: Co-Founder of HungryRoot

John Boiler: Founder/CEO of 72andSunny

Wayne Pacelle: CEO of The Humane Society of the US

Tom Guay: GM at The Sagamore Resort

Dr. Alejandro Junger: Founder of The Clean Program

Rob Flaherty: CEO of Ketchum

Neil Thanedar: Founder/CEO of LabDoor

Andy Grinsfelder: VP of Sales/Marketing, Delaware North Resorts

Laura Frerer-Schmidt: VP/Publisher of Women's Health

Avi Steinlauf: CEO of Edmunds.com

Kathy Bloomgarden: CEO of Ruder Finn

Gabriel Flateman: Co-Founder/CTO of Casper

Mark Bartels: CEO of StumbleUpon

Bill Hagelstein: President/CEO of RPA

Adam Singolda: Founder/CEO of Taboola

Jonathan Plutzik: Proprietor of The Betsy-South Beach

Jessica Scorpio: Founder/VP of Marketing at GetAround

Ralph McRae: CEO of Leading Brands

Warren Berger: Bestselling Author

Liz Kaplow: Founder/CEO of Kaplow Communications

Dave Girouard: Founder/CEO of UpStart

Dave Asprey: Founder of BullectProof Executive

Douglas C. Smith: President of EDSA

Val Difebo: CEO of Deutsch NY

Guido Polito: CEO of Baglioni Hotels

Doyle Graham, Jr.: CEO of Valencia Group

Oscar Farinetti: Founder of Eataly

Angelo Sotira: CEO of DeviantART

Ali Khwaja: CFO of Safecharge

Zach Erdem: Proprietor of 75 Main

Jim Beley: GM of The Umstead Hotel

Alexis Gelburd-Kimler: Proprietor of West Bridge

Elie Georges: Proprietor of Hotel San Regis

Kalen Caughey: Founder o VOKE Tab

Michael Friedenberg: CEO of IDG

Donna Karan: Founder of DKNY

Edward Nardoza: Editor-in-Chief of WWD

Scott Dadich: Editor-in-Chief of Wired

Rhona Murphy: Former CEO of The Daily Beast

David J. Pecker: CEO of American Media

Lilian Roten: VP of Swissotel Hotels

Kenny Dichter: Founder/CEO of Wheels Up

Joshua Tetrick: Founder/CEO of Hampton Creek

Paul James: Global Brand Leader of The Luxury Collection

Dr. James Wagner: President of Emory University

Amy Thompson: President of ATM Artists & Management

Neil Gillis: President of Round Hill Music

Brett Matteson: President of Columbia Hospitality

Jonathan Reckford: CEO of Habitat For Humanity

Phil Harrison: President/CEO of Perkins+Will

Chef Bill Telepan

Tony Horton: Founder of P90X

Beth Weissenberger: Co-Founder of The Handel Group

Michael Fertik: Founder/CEO of Reputation.com

Dana Cowin: Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine

Bob Proctor: Chairman of Proctor/Gallagher Institute

Dennis Turcinovic: Owner of Delmonicos

Vittorio Assaf: Co-Founder of Serafina Restaurant Group

Shafqat Islam: Co-Founder of Newscred

Matt Williams: CEO of The Martin Agency

Bruce Rogers: Executive Chef at Hale & Hearty

Caleb Merkl: Co-Founder of Maple

Candy Argondizza: VP of Culinary at ICC

Neil Sazant: President of The Sagamore

Matt Straz: Founder/CEO of Namely

Terry Couglin: Managing Partner of Marta/Maialino

Andrei Cherny: Co-Founder/CEO of Aspiration

Ronen Nissenbaum: Managing Director of Waldorf Astoria NY

Patrick Godfrey: President of Godfrey Q

Sarah Berman: Founder/President of The Berman Group

Michael Schwartz: Owner of Genuine Hospitality Group

Stephan Aarstol: Founder/CEO of Tower Paddle Boards

Peter Shaindlin: COO of Halekulani Corp.

August Cardona: Founder/CEO of Epicurean Group

Nick Kenner: Co-Founder of Just Salad

Monday
May182015

Raz Wasserstein & Doron Oded: Co-Founders of Remini

Bio:

Raz Wasserstein, Co-Founder: Graduated from Ben Gurion University, and holds B.Sc & M.Sc in Information System Engineering including a master thesis in information privacy. Raz has vast experience in technological positions in the ministry of defence, and the IDF.

Doron Oded, Co-Founder: Graduated from Ben Gurion University, and holds B.Sc & M.Sc in Information System Engineering including a master thesis in machine learning. Doron has vast experience in technological positions in the ministry of defence, and the IDF

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Remini uniquely combines the ease of instant group messaging and sharing, with the long term storing and documenting which is done seamlessly, in a private, secure cloud. Thus creating a new mix at just the right proportions of sharing, storing wrapped as one central platform with a dedicated meaning of the child’s life story. At any time there is an option to look back at all the special moments and memories and create beautiful slide shows, presentations, decorations and order prints with a tap of a finger. Some of our direct competitors (lifecake, tadpoles, etc..) offer features and experience which are more similar to Remini, but none of them uniquely integrates the early child education with the child’s life story. In Remini, each child can be linked to several classes, which in turn donate a lot of content, exciting moments and memories to their life story, which is then, very simply shared with the rest of the family.

What makes you the best?

Remini is always going through improvement and modifications according to our users feedback. We don’t believe there are other companies that pay THAT much attention to it’s users, and change the product accordingly. All of Remini’s development plan actually comes from the users themselves. In addition we pay much effort in making the app safe and private, one of Remini’s founding pillars are the privacy and security parents and teacher won’t find in facebook or other solutions.

What are your aspirations?

We aspire to become a billion dollar company, where the most common answer to the question “where should I store and share my children’s precious moments” is “Remini of course!”.

Favorite:

Children

Motto:

The customer is always right

People:

Shimon Peres- because he never gives up and always look at the future and what can be done to improve the world.

Golda Meir- the first Israeli female prime minister from 1969-1974. She contributed and encouraged women to take leadership roles.

Places:

New York

Products:

Smartphone

Passions:

Remini of course

https://remini.me/

https://www.facebook.com/weloveremini

https://twitter.com/reminiapp

Monday
May182015

Jon Katz: President & Co-Founder of eDivv Inc.

Bio:

I’m a hard-working & passionate person.  As a kid growing up, my passion was basketball.  I played on 3 state championship teams in AAU, was 1st Team All-State Group 4 in NJ, and 2005 Somerset County Player of the Year.  I was a walk on at Binghamton University in my Freshman year and decided after only a few months that it was time for me to call it quits and begin pursuing my academic and professional career.  At that point, I put all my efforts towards becoming a great businessman.  I went to work for McGladrey & Pullen as an Audit Associate upon graduation, passed the CPA exam, and 9 months later, decided to join my father in his startup, Ektio Inc, athletic footwear with ankle support technology.  In 2014, I started eDivv with my long-time girlfriend, Casey Casterline and in May 2014, we were accepted into the Start Co. Accelerator Program where we lived in Memphis Tennessee for 5 months.  We met a ton of great people and were fortunate enough to raise an angel round coming out of the accelerator.  Now, we’re raising our seed round and have 10,000 users on the site.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Stay motivated and work-hard.  Being an entrepreneur, it’s easy to get down and let your emotions take over.  I feel I’m good at staying level headed and keeping my eye on the goal.

What makes you the best?

Seeing other people succeed.  I get motivated when others are successful, it makes me want to get out and work harder to have the same kind of success.

What are your aspirations?

I aspire to be a great person at all times.  I like making people happy and doing the right thing.

Favorite:

Motto:

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take

People:

Steve Jobs

Places:

NYC

Products:

iPhone

Passions:

Overcoming challenges

NY Jets

A Good Meal

https://www.facebook.com/edivvofficial

https://twitter.com/edivvofficial

https://instagram.com/edivvofficial

Friday
May152015

Uwe Boll: Director

Bio:

Born on June 22nd, 1965, in Wermelskirchen, Germany, Uwe Boll was only 10 years old when he started filming short films on his Super 8 camera. His drive to become a filmmaker was undeniable. However, it wasn’t until 1995, when he began working with Taunus Film Production GmbH as a producer and director that Boll’s film career truly took off. Having since financed, produced and directed over 35 feature films with volumne of 700 Mio. $ , Boll’s body of work has continuously proven to be as divisive and controversial as it has diversely creative. His earlier film's based on videogames, came under extremely harsh criticism. The opinion of Boll's work changed in 2009’s with the release of Darfur, a film following the Sudanese genocide. Darfur received critical claim and was lauded as a successful new direction for the director, as well as deemed an extremely personal project close to his heart. The film won the Best Film Award at New York Film festival and was Amnesty International listed the movie as one of the best movies about Africa ever shot.  Boll's movies are shown in over 100 countries in the world, distributed by FOX, UNIVERSAL, LIONSGATE, E1 and have been screened in over 70 international film festivals.

Boll has continued in the vein of Darfur over the last few years with Auschwitz and Max Schmeling and his critically acclaimed drama-thriller Assault on Wall Street, starring Dominic Purcell and Edward Furlong (Terminator II). Never one to slow down, Boll recently released In The Name Of The King: The Last Job and his sequel to Rampage Rampage 2 Capital punishment. Uwe Boll on IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0093051/

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

I’m a very good multitasker and can switch very easily from father, to cook, to drafting a contract or talking to an actor.  In addition to making and selling movies, I just added a big restaurant to my life (www.bauhaus-restaurant.com) which turns into a lot of work and two different businesses to run.

What makes you the best and how will you become the best?

I’m actually not the best in anything but I’m very competitive in everything that I do.  I was a really good boxer, handball and soccer player  …I’m good at tennis , squash, table tennis, poker, cooking, making movies and running a business but in nothing I’m the best.  My movies are not super successful or critically acclaimed but every single movie I have made on budget and on schedule and have gotten  them sold around the world. 

What are your aspirations?

Personal: I want to be a happy and healthy person, a good friend, son, brother, father, and husband.

Business: I want to still make movies and have one of the best restaurants in Canada. I handled productions from 50.000 $ to 65 Mio. $ budgets and I made my investors more revenue than any other German Film funds but now I’m happy to only use my own money to make or buy movies.

Motto: What do you want to live by?

"What you don’t want other people to do to you – you don’t do to other people."

People: Who do you want to meet?

Obama

Places: Where do you want to go?

I don’t like travel to much and I traveled a lot already but I want to go to NOMA in Copenhagen to eat there and the Mugaritz in San Sebastian.

Products: What do you want to have?

A TESLA but I need a station wagon (dogs and kids).

Passions: What hobbies/interests do you want to learn/excel at?

I read a lot and watch documentaries. My biggest hobby is watching boxing and I mean I follow up on boxing worldwide on all fights and fighters. I just love it.  The fights of Gatti – Ward can make me cry and nothing makes me normally cry. If I would go bankrupt I would not cry – to bring that in perspective.

http://www.eventfilm.us/ALL-MOVIES1.html

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2063316815/rampage-3-no-mercy/video_share

Thursday
May142015

Spandy Andy

Bio:

Born and raised in Red Deer, AB, Canada, Spandy Andy has enough energy and zest for life to spread happiness to everyone he meets. His mission is to encourage and excite those around him through his zany personality and quirky dance moves. Spandy is recognized internationally as a world class entertainer. From performing on the street, to hosting major festivals, Spandy’s ultimate goal is to leave everyone smiling, and maybe a bit confused as well.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

I make people smile. I show people there is nothing to be afraid of and that we all have the ability to dance and make others happy.

What makes you the best?

I have zero shame. When I first started Spandy Andy, someone asked me what my talent was once and I simply said ‘Nothing embarrasses me’.

What are your aspirations?

I would love to dance everywhere and anywhere that I can. I want to share my message with unsuspecting public and be able to impact someone’s life each day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16bX7kBRnmw

Favorite:

Motto:

Keep it TIGHT & BRIGHT!!

People:

Jim Carrey

Places:

Canada

Australia

UK

USA

Products:

JORD Wood Watch

Budgy Smugglers

Spandex

Passions:

Dancing, yoga, dogs, my girlfriend and sharing love.

http://spandyandy.com/

https://www.facebook.com/spandyandyfanpage?_rdr

https://twitter.com/spandyandy

https://instagram.com/spandyandy/

Tuesday
May122015

Frank Pears : Founder & CEO of MakerBloks 

Bio:

Francois is the founder and CEO of MakerBloks. In July 2014, he graduated with the best grade in Canada from the Founder Institute, which is the largest entrepreneurial accelerator in the world, and is now putting all his energy to change the way children are introduced to electronic circuits. With MakerBloks, Francois has been cumulating various achievements and awards, his latest being the first Montreal TechCrunch Pitch-Off. He is also now a mentor at the Founder Institute and helps the Montreal startup community and its young entrepreneurs grow to it’s full potential.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

I’m a problem solver. I am never faced with a dead-end and always find a way to “make it happen”.

What makes you the best?

I have a clear vision of the big picture and always try to think 3-4 moves ahead. That way, we don’t lose focus of the main goal and features and the tons of possibilities ahead of us do not distract us.

What are your aspirations?

I want to create a strong brand that will be a reference in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) learning for children. Education and knowledge are our biggest assets and it should be an every day priority. I want all children to have the best tools possible to become the best human being possible.

Favorite:

Enjoying good food with my girlfriend. I like to explore and discover new ingredients, recipes or little restaurant where we share an experience.

Motto:

It’s better to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission… in all legality.

People:

My parents: my biggest supporters, fans, counsellors and friends.

My brother: my first role model and he still are.

My girlfriend: my rock, my lighthouse, she is the one that allow me to push the limits and to be bold because I know she will always have my back.

My friends: a bunch a really funny people

My mentors: people dedicated to see me and other succeed to make Montreal a place where ideas come to life.

Places:

Montreal: My home and the place that defines me.

New York: The place I always love to go and would never want to leave.

Panama: The place that gets me back to reality.

Ireland: Where I learned the best things in life comes in the most unexpected way.

Products:

I love tech, but not at all cost. My iPhone is glued to me, my laptop and iPad almost never leaves my sight.

All “one-bite” food: Sushi, oysters, piece of cheese, crackers… and candies.

A good old-school cocktail.

I almost always wear a hoody… I need more of those.

Passions:

Exploring new (or old) places that I’ve never been to, especially small snack places.

Making, building and hacking stuff. 3D printing.

Walking in a new city.

Playing any type of games.

http://makerbloks.com/en/about

https://twitter.com/frankpearsid

https://www.facebook.com/makerbloks

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1981918570/makerbloks-kids-electronics-powered-by-imagination

Tuesday
May122015

Jacob Roz: Co-Founder & CEO of Flow Media

Bio:

Jakub Roz is the CEO & co-founder of Flow Media and mySchoolNotebook.com. He is an internet entrepreneur since his 14 and he already acquired a lot of experience doing either commissions for important clients like Vodafone CZ, Czech Radio, Pilsner Urquell, BRIT, T.M. Lewin, T-Mobile or his own projects.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

I am able to solve the problems and see opportunities everywhere. So I am constantly inventing new solutions and have ideas how to improve our lives.

What makes you the best?

Passion for what I am doing and ability to execute things fast. I prefer fast decisions and I can definitely say it works for me very well.

What are your aspirations?

I want to build something which change the world, which change how people live!

Favorite:

Motto:

The best things happens out of my comfort zone

People: None

Places:

Prague

Chicago

Products:

iPhone

Macbook

BMW cars

Passions:

Technology

Business

http://flowmedia.cz/

Tuesday
May122015

A’Lelia Bundles: Journalist & Author

Bio:

Journalist and author A’Lelia Bundles is passionate about history and current events. An admitted news junkie, she links the lessons of the past with knowledge of the present to weave a more complete and inclusive narrative of the American social, political and cultural landscape.

After three decades as a network television news executive and Emmy-award winning producer for NBC News and ABC News, she is at work on her fourth book The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, a biography of her great-grandmother and namesake. On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker (Scribner)—about her entrepreneurial great-great-grandmother—was named a New York Times Notable Book.

Currently chairman of the board of the National Archives Foundation, she also is a Columbia University trustee and on the advisory boards of the March on Washington Film Festival and the Schlesinger Library at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

www.aleliabundles.com
www.madamcjwalker.com
@aleliabundles

What's Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Communicate and connect. As a journalist, I gather news and tell stories in books, on blogs and social media. As a biographer, I excavate little known stories of African American entrepreneurs, political activists and cultural icons. As a friend and colleague, I love to connect people with common interests and causes.

What makes you the best?

I love what I do. I am determined to do it well and to do it with a purpose that I hope is greater than myself. I write about the women in my family because they represent generations of ancestors whose stories deserve to be affirmed and celebrated. I write because I believe our nation will not heal and reach its full potential until we embrace our vast diversity and our connections to each other.

What are your aspirations?

To do as much as I can to raise awareness that African Americans are inextricably and undeniably involved in the earliest efforts to create and build America. To do whatever I can to empower women and people of color to claim their place at all levels of leadership, citizenship and ownership.

Favorite:

Motto:

What’s past is prologue – Shakespeare

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it – George Santayana

As Americans we grow up not really knowing our own history, let alone the history of other nations and other people. Much of what we do manage to learn is incomplete. When history textbooks fail to acknowledge the centuries old labor, love and loyalty of our multi-ethnic citizenry, we develop amnesia and draw incorrect conclusions about who we are as a people. How can it be that we are re-fighting the battle for voting rights 50 years after the original March on Selma?

People: Women I Admire:

To name just a few

A’Lelia Mae Perry Bundles, my late mother, a brainy businesswoman with joie de vivre

Madam C. J. Walker, my great-great-grandmother, a pioneering entrepreneur and philanthropist, who empowered other women

A’Lelia Walker, my great-grandmother, a patron of the arts and legendary Harlem Renaissance party-giver

Drew Faust, Harvard president, a woman of intellect, vision and great common sense

Ava DuVernay, Selma director, who speaks her mind and stands her ground

Shonda Rhimes, CEO of Shondaland, who redefined television drama and opens doors for others

Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Counsel General, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, because of her sense of social justice and grasp of the law

Places:

The library in my house

Springtime under the wisteria vine in my backyard

Cecil’s in Harlem

Summer in Chicago

Radcliffe Yard in Cambridge, Massachuetts

The Rotunda at the National Archives

The Washington, DC skyline just before landing at National Airport

Sunrise just about any place (Paris, Martha’s Vineyard, Morningside Park with a view of Harlem)

Products:

Honeycrisp apples

Suede shoes

Kaleidoscopes

Black angels and dolls

Anything purple (jewelry, boots, scarves, shawls, bedsheets)

https://www.facebook.com/AleliaBundles.Author

https://twitter.com/ALeliaBundles

(With Steven Spielberg and Ken Burns at the National Archives in November 2013)

Monday
May112015

Louis Coraggio: Founder & CEO of trampoLEAN & Body Architect LLC.

Bio:

Exercise Physiologist Louis Coraggio is the founder and CEO of trampoLEAN and Body Architect LLC. A highly knowledgeable and sought after certified fitness trainer, Louis has designed programs for many bold faced names including Naomi Watts, Uma Thurman, Liev Schreiber and Valentino Garavani. With over 15 years in the industry, Louis is known for sparking new fitness trends that blend movement, science and a variety of athletic disciplines that maximize each individual's workout. Seven days a week, Louis teaches his popular trampoLEAN method, which was rated hottest class in NYC by W42ST Magazine and profiled in Well+Good as "One of the Best" classes in NYC.  This full-body fitness program offers a low impact workout that blends adaptable jump based exercises, elastics, light weights with athletic movements. Beginning on Memorial Day, he will expand his personal training and trampoLEAN classes to private clients on the East End in addition to teaching trampoLEAN classes exclusively for members at the Bridgehampton Tennis Club.  Louis has a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise. In addition, he serves as a fitness expert for Fox 5 News and is regularly recruited to contribute expert advice for media sources including; Redbook, Self, Weight Watchers and Cosmopolitan magazines. His ultimate goal is to empower the inner athlete that lives in each of us. For more information, please visit http://www.trampolean.nyc/ or http://bodyarch.com/

What's Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Trampoline fitness training.

What makes you the best?

My goal is to combine exercise science, musicality and rhythmic movement into each trampoLEAN class. When curating playlists I make sure all performance intervals are perfectly timed and bring out each persons inner athlete.  I’ve recently added 4 highly focuse specialty classes, trampoLEAN + Dance, Athletic Boost, Barre and Bootcamp,

What are your aspirations?

I’m preparing to open a trampoLEAN studio in NYC in fall of 2015. Soon after I’m planning to create an streaming trampoLEAN program. Eventually, I’d like to manufacture trampoLEAN fitness trampolines and franchise the company.

Favorite

Motto:

Do it with passion or not at all.

People:

Bruce Lee

Steve Jobbs

Oprah Winfrey

Tony Horton

Places:

Mykonos/Greece

Capri/Italy

Paris/France

Rio/Brazil

Products:

Isagenix supplements

Dr. Perricone skin care

Jack Black lip balm

Organic Coconut Oil cooking

Trader Joe’s peanut butter

Mayengurg Goat Milk

Passions:

Modern Dance particularly Paul Taylor Dance Company

Broadway Shows

Beach

Country

Traveling

Cooking

Music

http://www.trampolean.nyc/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Body-Architect-3-Dimensional-Fitness/171639402672?pnref=story

https://twitter.com/BodyArchitect

https://instagram.com/bodyarchitect/

Monday
May112015

Keenan Cummings: Product Design at AirBNB & Co-Founder of Wander

Bio:

After years of working as a brand strategist and graphic designer I decided to move into product design. I cofounded a company in NYC called Wander, launched a product called Days, and later sold to Yahoo. I now lead the Experience Architecture design team at Airbnb. We build design systems to support the quality and consistency of product work at Airbnb and we develop new platforms for our users. On the side I run an event series called Designers Debate Club and blog at blog.keenancummings.com

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

Someone described a T-Shaped creative as someone with “vertical expertise and lateral empathy”.

I have a few deep skills that set me apart: I work very fast, I can think and design in systems, and I can manipulate the gestalt of a logo or icon. (It’s the middle stuff that I tend to be clumsy and inexpert with.) These skills are where the “vertical expertise” comes from.

But I also feel that many designers have an inherent interest in all aspects of successful work. I am fascinated with the varied disciplines that are involved in making things. And even more so with the people and varied personalities. Engineers challenge my rationality; product managers challenge my diplomacy; writers challenge my clarity; etc. All of them challenge my humanity. This is where the lateral empathy comes from.

What do you do best?

Lead with energy and vision. I love the problem of getting a group aligned on a single big idea, and then keeping the energy level up so we can see the idea through.

What makes you the best?

I can never stick to something long enough to become great. I’ve had the privilege of being able to get just good enough at a lot of things. I’m lucky that I can make a career of that.

Never the best, occasionally great, usually good, always decent.

What are your aspirations?

Keep learning. Keep being challenged. Play to my curiosities not my strengths. Beyond that, I’d love to design a game.

Favorite:

Motto:

“Success is measured by your willingness to have awkward conversations.” Also, “Never not stoked”.

People:

I enjoy real people. I recently became fascinated by the idea of Normcore (not the misnomered, Larry David inspired fashion trend that was actually a concept originally called ‘Acting Basic’). From K-Hole, the coiner of the term and originators of the idea: “It’s the idea that an individual adapts to a situation at hand and embraces the normalcy of where they are and who they’re with.” To me this is what being real is. It’s more than being comfortable in your own skin, confident in your identity. It’s absolute comfort with changing who you are, adapting to your context, and sincerely, non-ironically enjoying anything that feeds mind and soul. It’s not putting on collegiate gear and ironically attending a game of “sportsball”. It’s the ability to jump between subcultures with it cynicism, fear, or irony, because those things and people are of genuine interest to you. It’s “fluidity of identity”, “empathy and connectivity.” To me that is what being real is.

And, above all, family. They are an extension of self and I am not whole without them.

Places:

From broad to specific: Anywhere in Korea; Stockholm, Sweden; Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; La Taqueria in SF’s Mission Neighborhood; a good chair with a stack of magazines; and, finally, in a state of creative flow.

Products:

Nexus 5 (so much more personality than iOS and more refined every day)

Kindle

Eero Saarinen Womb Chair

Honda Ruckus

Topo Mountain Briefcase in Duck Camo

Diecast Enamel Pins by Diagonal Press

Passions:

I like Video Games, Sci-fi, Debate, Children’s Toys, Identity, Youth Culture, Kanye West… it’s changing all the time.

http://keenancummings.com/

Monday
May112015

Soumyadip Rakshit: CEO & Co-Founder, MysteryVibe

Bio:

Soumyadip is a serial entrepreneur and founder of MysteryVibe. His vision is to apply Intelligence of Things to the world of Pleasure and create and immersive experience to transform bedrooms into sensual sanctuaries.  https://www.youtube.com/user/MVvibes/videos

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Connecting the dots – knowing who knows what and creating a nurturing collective where passion and talent work together towards one common far-reaching vision.

What makes you the best?

Nothing at all - creating something special requires a huge team effort. The team on the other hand is truly outstanding and what makes them the best is their unwavering passion towards challenging and disrupting the status quo in everything they do.

What are your aspirations?

To live in a world where we can truly be ourselves and free from being judged.

Favorite:

Motto:

"Elegance is a simplicity of design behind which you can intuit great complexity” - Alain de Botton

People:

Richard Branson

Places:

London

Products:

The Togo sofa (Ligne Roset)

Passions:

Food & Pleasure

https://mysteryvibe.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Mysteryvibe

https://twitter.com/mystery_vibe

https://mysteryvibe.com/press/

Friday
May082015

Jessica Martino: Founder & CEO of Clique Chic

Jessica Martino is the founder & CEO of Clique Chic (CliqueChic.com), a members-only shopping and personal styling destination for women’s designer fashion. Clique Chic aims to deliver the personalization and amenities of a traditional brick-and-mortar luxury environment to digital platforms (desktop, laptop and mobile) by marrying the human touch with technology, to build the ultimate experience in convenience and personal attention for individuals shopping for women’s designer fashion.

Jessica honed her incredible passion for luxury and fashion over a career that spans e-commerce (eBay), digital marketing and fashion (launched the NOWNESS brand for LVMH). Most recently, she held the position of Executive Director of Brand Marketing for Vogue Magazine, where she reported to Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour. She holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from McGill University.

Jessica resides in Manhattan with her husband and eight month old son, Christopher. She has traveled the world and speaks in English, French and Italian fluently.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

I make things happen by never accepting “No” for an answer. Doing so encourages me and the individuals that work with me to find, or create, solutions where at first glance it seems impossible to do so.

What makes you the best?

Being laser focused on the end goal, while being flexible to appreciate that adapting and pivoting is a key part of success.

What are your aspirations?

To develop Clique Chic into a successful global brand that becomes the standard that luxury customers expect when they shop for luxury fashion online.

To raise my son to be the best he can be at whatever he wants to be, to teach him to respect women as his equal (which does not mean he should not be chivalrous), and to always respect the elderly, for the wisdom they carry does not disappear with age.

To truly make a difference for woman entrepreneurs - moving away from simply discussing the problems women face to taking action that will actually help women be more likely to succeed.

Favorite:

Waking up Saturday morning and enjoying a cup of my husband’s home brewed coffee and uninterrupted playtime with my son.

Motto:

Better to regret something you did, than something you didn’t do. It was one of the reasons that I was motivated to leave a successful career in the corporate world to become an entrepreneur.

People:

Christopher – my son – he changed my life the second I met him

Philip – my husband – he is my rock, he makes me a better person and better entrepreneur

My family (Martinos + Enans) – I am blessed

Generally: Those who are authentic, comfortable in their skin, driven and always act with integrity.

Anna Wintour – A woman I respect for all she’s accomplished in the fashion industry and for philanthropic causes

Jackie Kennedy Onassis – My style inspiration

Places:

Italy – My heritage, a country that intrinsically defines me

Montreal – My hometown— North America’s European gem

NYC – My home city— there is no place like it

Paris – The chicest place on earth— I’ll never get tired of visiting

Japan – A place I long to visit, which I love for so many reasons

Products:

Sushi – I crave

Hermes Birkin – I want

Spa Days – I need

Chocolate gelato – I could never say no to

Ruinart Brut Rosé – I love

High heels – I can’t live without (continued wearing them through my 9 months of pregnancy)

Passions:

Shopping on Clique Chic – to access all the timeless chic designer pieces you need to have as part of your wardrobe

Fine Dining – from Jean Georges to Sushi Nakazawa to Eleven Madison

Traveling the world – I’m always adding cities to my “next to visit” list

https://cliquechic.com
https://instagram.com/mycliquechic/
https://www.facebook.com/CliqueChic
https://twitter.com/cliquechic

Thursday
May072015

Vincent Bradley: CEO & Co-Founder of Flashfunders

Bio:

Vincent is a serial entrepreneur with a diverse background in business and product development. He is currently the CEO & Co-Founder of FlashFunders, an online equity funding platform that is automating corporate securities law for early stage startups raising capital. Previously Vincent co-founded Ridotto, a virtual currency sports betting app. Vincent also spent time working with Osprey Global Solutions (OGS), a frontier market consulting firm. While at Osprey, he focused on international growth efforts for OGS throughout the Middle East, Europe and North Africa. Prior to Osprey, Vincent worked for FindTheBest, where he helped to build out their business development team.

Vincent holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Michigan and holds Series 7 and Series 63 securities licenses.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Persistence. I’m a creative problem solver that will not take no for an answer – I believe my team and I can accomplish anything. We don’t limit ourselves with cultural constructions.

What makes you the best?

There’s a lot of really talented people and companies out there but I have an obsession to be the best. If I see another company doing something better than us – I can’t sleep until I know we’re better. I love to learn, compete and most importantly improve every day.

What are your aspirations?

To provide products, solutions, and ideas that improves the world. Hopefully in the not to near future those products and solutions will extend beyond the earth we currently reside on. Interplanetary travel is a must if humans are going to continue to procreate and ward off extinction. I’m a huge space buff and massive fan of Elon Musk – I’d like to help with the revolution Elon has started…

Favorite:

When you’re working on a new product or idea and the people around you are just as passionate and focused as you are. It’s incredibly exciting to work with smart and passionate people!

Motto:

If you’re going to do something than it’s worth overdoing.

People:

Passionate people that take pride in everything they do. I hate mediocracy…

Places:

NYC is my favorite place in the world to be. The energy of the city is infectious – millions of people competing to improve their lives – entrepreneurs hustling everywhere – can’t beat it!

Products:

Simple and Minimal – less is always more:
•    Yahoo News Digest
•    iPhone 6
•    MacBook Air
•    Uber
•    Instagram
•    Apple Pay

Passions:

Learning. At any given time I’m usually reading 2-3 books and have been known to spend hours digging into everything from Florentine renaissance art to theoretical physics. Knowledge is now accessible to almost every person on the planet via the mobile revolution – very exciting times!

https://twitter.com/flashfunders

Thursday
May072015

Tom Dolan: Founder & CEO of RovAir

Tom Dolan is the CEO & Founder of RovAir, a collaborative company that allows unrelated users to share mobile broadband data. Few individuals understand how mobile data is calculated and even fewer know how it is used. RovAir acts as a “host” to individuals that need mobile broadband for very short periodic times throughout the month or year and then only charges them by the day not the gigabyte. The wireless industry is one of the few remaining industries to be disrupted; allowing users to share mobile broadband data under a peer to peer model is a uniquely new concept

Tom is also a managing partner for the well-recognized hotel consultancy, HVS. The concept of “expiring inventory” in the hotel industry is not dissimilar to the way mobile data expires each month. A vacant guestroom can never being recaptured, but if you are able to sell that room at last minute through the use of technology, the inventory is more likely not to expire. This is the concept that RovAir  is applying to the wireless industry.  

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Honestly, I personally do nothing the best, but what allows me to have success is having a strong network of family, friends, and colleagues. These are the individuals that provide positive influence to become more intimate with my community, and want to give back more than I take.

What makes you the best?

As a founder of a start up, it’s hard for me to say we’re are the best at anything as we broke a lot of eggs to get where we are. I would more closely identify with taking the long road to a short destination, but arriving at a much better place. With this being said, we’ve discovered that we are only at the beginning of a more profound journey with greater destination.

What are your aspirations?

Creating the opportunity to deliver broadband a  community of users that cannot afford to pay for. The long road has provided the vision and a solution, that no other have been able to achieve.

Favorite:

Motto:

If you do what you have always done, you get what you have always gotten!

People:

Mother Theresa 

Anyone that delivers a strong positive message and gives more than they take

Places: Home

Products: RovAir ;-)

Passions:

Change and creating something that no one else has

https://www.rovair.com/

Wednesday
May062015

Justin Weiss: Founder/CEO of ClearDigs

Justin Weiss is Founder & CEO of ClearDigs, an online residential real estate marketplace based in NYC. Prior to that, Justin worked in tech investment banking at Goldman Sachs and Gridley & Company. He graduated from Georgetown University with a dual degree in mathematics and economics.

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Tuesday
May052015

Alex Littlewood: Founder of Motoroso

Bio:

After his Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo) education, Alex began his career in a brand strategy agency, and quickly moved into tech startups in the Silicon Valley. Alex spent 7 years in social media tech startups, including Wildfire (acq. by Google). Alex then founded Motoroso, a platform that combines content, community, and commerce for automotive and powersports enthusiasts. Outside of running Motoroso, Alex can be found on the racetrack or in the garage tinkering on bikes and cars.

Motoroso.com is a new platform for Automotive and Powersports enthusiasts. The site combines content, community and commerce to help enthusiasts discover, engage, and purchase all the products and content that powers their lifestyle. The company went live in beta in September '14, and has over 200+ brands including the likes of Ducati, Porsche, DuPont Registry and many more.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

:What do you do best?

I think what I do best is understand people. More specifically, I try to listen and identify with them to determine what they truly want and need.

What makes you the best?

I posses a genuine desire to help people achieve what they want/need, I’m a “service-oriented” person. This has driven my ability to empower, connect, and lead people.

What are your aspirations?

With Motoroso, our goal is to connect all automotive and powersports brands, manufacturers, publishers, and consumers on a single platform that serves all of our collective needs. This is a very aggressive and optimistic vision, but I like huge goals.

Favorite:

Motto:

“Under-promise, Over-deliver.”

People:

Valentino Rossi,

Paul Graham

Sam Harris

Places:

Laguna

Seca

Thunderhill

Austin

New York

Products:

Houzz.com

Ducati

Tesla

Apple

Passions:

Motorcycles, cars, startups

http://www.motoroso.com/

https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/motoroso

Monday
May042015

Leanne Shear: Co-Founder, President & Head Trainer of Uplift Studios

Bio:

Founder of Uplift Studios. Always an athlete, Leanne played competitive basketball through high school and ran Division I Varsity Cross Country and Track in college. Once she moved to NYC, along with weight training, biking, circuits, yoga and swimming, she became a part of New York Road Runners and started racing and eventually running marathons, with a PR of 3:29. Her love of athletics and fitness was the seed for the founding of Uplift, a women-only fitness studio that combines group classes and personal training with events, workshops and retreats, all of which are the underpinnings for the strong community aspect Uplift fosters, and how it helps empower women in all aspects of their lives. In her spare time, Leanne blogs at TheFearofFailing.tumblr.com.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Work with people, especially women, using fitness as a means to help them in any and all other aspects of their lives.

What makes you the best?

I can see most situations involving people with almost X-Ray vision. It's probably because I'm very intuitive, but I usually know how to perceive what any client or friend or random person is going through or needs and respond accordingly. I think this boils down to being a really good listener, because whether they say it in words or not, everyone projects what she is thinking or needs at any given time. I've built a business on picking up on that and as a result, Uplift embodies a place where empathy and a fun, welcoming atmosphere is combined with strength and empowerment.

What are your aspirations?

To continue to grow Uplift as a lifestyle brand. There are thousands of fitness studios and places to work out in the world at large. Where Uplift is different is that while we offer really intense strength workouts, and people certainly do walk in the doors for our fitness component, they stay because of all of the other things we offer: author readings, nutrition and meditation workshops, career, finance, wine education and dating seminars and day trips and retreats. Fitness is the means to an amazing end(s) for us, which is the perfect combination of all the things I love in life.

Favorite:

People:

Positive people. I don't mean the people who are in la-la land and totally unrealistic, but people who generally see the brighter side of life. It's amazing how many people walk around with a frown on their faces and default to negativity as soon as they open their mouths. Negativity is a poison I am always trying to find an antidote for.

Places:

Buffalo, NY, which is where I  was born and raised and still proudly call "home"

New York City, which has been my home for the last fifteen years and where I feel most at home

Paris, where I felt so at home that I moved there for five months to live by myself and write a book even through prior to going I didn't speak a word of French!

Products:

I am not a shopper or products person, but I love experiences so--an amazing meal, a great bottle (or two!) of wine, and workout gear, especially Lole, Lululemon and Athleta, since I wear it every day of my life!

Passions:

Spending as much time as possible with my amazing friends and family; reading; writing; running; learning

https://twitter.com/upliftstudios

https://www.facebook.com/UpliftStudios

Friday
May012015

Chef Deborah Racicot: Head of Pastry at Narcissa

Bio:

Deborah comes to Narcissa after time spent in some of New York’s most beloved restaurants including Gramercy Tavern, Gotham Bar and Grill and Savoy. She also has experience working alongside some of the nation’s most notable chefs such as Alfred Portale, Marcus Sameulsson and Terrance Brennan. Her stunning and inventive desserts served at Narcissa mirror John Fraser’s seasonal and vegetable-centric cuisine. With seasonality always in mind and the opportunity to utilize produce from Narcissa’s very own farm, Locusts-on-Hudson, Deborah often explores ingredients and flavors not often found on a dessert menu like fennel cheesecakes, curried banana and green strawberries.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best? 

I would say that making Ice Cream is what I do best

What makes you the best?

I love to create great interesting flavors; I believe that texturally my ice cream is extremely smooth, creamy and decadent.

What are your aspirations?

My aspirations are to open my own pastry shop in the city which provides people with a great selection of sweets, that include cakes, to cookies, to ice creams and even more.

It is important that what I will be doing is modern and artistic, as well as providing people with pastries that are different than all the other pastry shops and bakeries in the city.

Favorite:

Motto:

It is all about the little details that make us different than the rest.    

People:

My family

Places:

NYC

Seattle

Central America

Products:

Valhrona’s newest chocolate line from Ecuador

Passions:

Anything related to the arts.

I have always been into the arts from drawing to photography.

I love pastry and cooking, but what drew me to pastry was the artistry.

People eat with their eyes, so it is important to me to create my dishes so they first of all taste great, and also just as important , it must be visually enticing.

http://www.narcissarestaurant.com/

Narcissa, André Balazs and Michelin-starred chef John Fraser’s restaurant nestled next to the The Standard’s townhouse entrance, marries the clean flavors and impeccably-sourced ingredients of California cuisine with new techniques of roasting, rotisserie and slow-cooking. Featuring seasonal, local and organic produce from André Balazs’ Hudson Valley farm, Locusts on Hudson, the healthy, multi-layered American menu offers both simplicity and sophistication. The intimate neighborhood restaurant offers two dining rooms, one featuring a large open kitchen and chef counter, the other overlooking a charming private garden, allowing for al fresco dining in warmer months.

Friday
May012015

Crystal O'Connor: Founder and CEO of Moxie Entrepreneur

Bio:

Crystal O'Connor, CEO of the education based and marketing media company Moxie Entrepreneur, international speaker, and now, the celeb-adored author responsible for millions in client sales over the past twenty years.

Already, her fresh business insights have helped thousands of companies, big and small, to find financial success and balance, and she’s not slowing down anytime soon.  In 2015, Crystal launched “Unleash Your Moxie: A Girls Guide to Becoming Fiercely Bold, Incredibly Happy, & Practically Superhuman.”  The motivational read quickly generated buzz, where advocates like ABC’s Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran declared it “the ultimate ‘how to’ book for female entrepreneurs.”  Drawing upon her own journey as a homeless teenager turned successful entrepreneur, Crystal’s book is inspiring and transforming the lives of high-profile business owners and fledgling entrepreneurs alike.

Over the past twenty years, Crystal has developed razor-sharp systems to help her clients obtain financial independence and balance.  Whether working with small business owners or established entrepreneurs, Crystal’s fresh sales strategies and immense marketing knowledge consistently result in more customers, more revenue, and work to generate multiple income streams. Her clientele ranges from personal trainers to caterers, from event planners to midwives, and everything in-between. 

There is absolutely no field she can’t tackle. Crystal’s modern approach to “business coaching” leverages the mastery of product development, strategic planning, email marketing, and goal setting, so entrepreneurs may obtain the financial independence and freedom that led them to pursue an entrepreneurial life path to begin with. “Entrepreneurial overwhelm” sets in when owners get caught working for their business when rather, it is their business that should be working for them. Via her proprietary programs, such as The Moxie Money Making Blueprint System and Rapid Cash Infusions, and of course her book, “Unleash Your Moxie,” Crystal has been able to continuously guide clients towards financial success, life balance, and control. Her extensive experience and track record give her an advantage over any other program.

What's your Native AdVantage:

What do you do best?

I get started when others are still thinking about the HOW or over-analyzing details.   I know the resistance that comes when starting something new naturally diminishes when the ball gets rolling. Whether it's writing, putting up a website or bringing an idea to fruition I'm best at ignoring the enormity of the project and whittling it down to actionable steps fully aware of how answers appear during the process of starting.   

What makes you the best?

I'm not afraid to look at the bigger picture and I'm not afraid of taking risks while using my intuition to guide my decisions while getting there.

What are your aspirations?

To dramatically increase the income and potential of thousands of Women dreaming of being successful Entrepreneurs/ business owners but lack the confidence and awareness to make it happen.  To guide them on the journey of leaving a legacy of success.  Strategically creating more opportunities for them and their families. To teach them the technical, marketing,  and mindset skillsets to make huge leaps in their business and income.

Favorite:  

Motto: 

Do what the majority isn't doing. Instead of focusing all your energy getting  job, saving for years and doing with less than until retirement....  teach yourself how to expand, grow and elevate your life and income.  It's a skill you can't unlearn.

People:

My kids

Abraham Lincoln

Oprah Winfrey

Margaret Keane the Artist

Coco Chanel

Mary Kay Ash

Places:

Bermuda

Maui, HI

Anywhere my kids are

Italy

Hilton Head Island

Products:

Anything Apple

The fragrance Chance by Chanel

Zappos

Chocolaterie Stam

Christian Dior lipstick

Passions:

Horseback riding

Writing - novels, marketing campaigns & copywriting

Reading biographies & autobiographies

Sunsets on white beaches

My Kids

Babies

Traveling

The smell of lilacs

Clothes

Anything Cherry

High Heels

http://www.moxieentrepreneur.com/

Thursday
Apr302015

L.T. Brady: Founder of Style Saver 

Bio:

L.T. Brady, a native New Yorker, has built a career in the digital and cosmetic industries.  Earning her stripes at Scripps Networks Interactive and Viacom, she became a phenom in Marketing, Branding, and Sales.

Melding her degrees in Studio Art and Women’s Studies, L.T. launched her own beauty brand – PISTOL polish (www.pistolpolish.com) - in 2012 with the intention to enfranchise women through the power of cosmetics.  Originally a subscription-based business, it quickly developed into direct distribution to salons, spas, and retailers due to high demand.

Her latest product, Style Saver, launched on Kickstarter and was fully funded within 2 hours.  Currently ranked as the 8th most popular fashion project sitewide, her Kickstarter campaign continues to gain attention. (http://kck.st/1A8Wm6S)

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

I feel that a woman’s time is her most precious resource.  It’s the one thing we all want more of and are unable to buy.  I like to find small ways to improve women’s everyday lives by quickening existing beauty routines.  I’m the best at doing something once and doing it right – I don’t like to touch something twice – and I apply that philosophy to my beauty and brand innovations.

What makes you the best?

I love life. It sounds ridiculous, but I am so laser focused on my friends, family, and experiences that I get angry wasting time on things that aren’t important, like hair and makeup.  But, I also know that I feel my best when I’m put together.  Thus why I love tricks to speed up the beauty process and make it last!

What are your aspirations?

I truly want to empower women and give them the tools to empower themselves.  The beauty industry is a fascinating field – the juxtaposition of telling a woman how she should look and what is beautiful paired with the true power that comes from within when you look and feel your best is an enigma to me.  I’m working to shift the focus from what you should look like as dictated by society to how you should look your best if that makes you feel awesome.  

Favorite:

Motto: 

YOLO

People:

My husband

My dog

Gloria Steinem

Cleopatra

Elizabeth Taylor – the ultimate queen of glamour.

Places:

Blowout bars and New Orleans

Products: 

Style Saver, the best shower cap on Earth.

Passions:

Empowering women.  All day, erry day.

http://stylesavercap.com/

https://www.facebook.com/StyleSaverCap

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1008315326/style-saver-the-best-shower-cap-on-earth

Tuesday
Apr282015

Rebecca Bryden

Bio:

I am a fourth year student at The Pennsylvania State University graduating in May with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Advertising through the College of Communications. I have held internships in NYC the past few summers in various areas of the media industry specifically at Hearst Corporation. Additionally, I have furthered my education and language skills by studying abroad in Barcelona and extensively traveling Europe while familiarizing myself with the local culture. I enjoy meeting new people, socializing, traveling, pop culture and brunch.

What's Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

I am skilled in a variety of areas that will allow me to excel in life. I adapt well in difficult situations and am able to stay organized and on task. I have learned how to delegate within groups. Furthermore, I excel at small talk and can talk to people of all backgrounds about network efficiently.

What makes you the best?

I am very passionate about my commitments. If I have committed, I give 100%+ of my time and efforts into making sure that the task is completed, and completed well. One should not skimp on quality and I am no exception.

What are your passions?

Favorite: 

Drinking champagne in bathtubs (claw foot is optional)

personal shoppers

rooftop bars

FCBarcelona Football team (soccer for all you Americans)

Winning big in casinos in Monaco (6 euros)

Attending tennis tournaments (I see you,Nadal)

Mimicking Don Draper (minus the womanizing and the AA meetings)

Motto: " It's a hard life, but somebody's gotta live it", WWBWD? (What would Blair Waldorf do?)

People: 

Dan Humphrey

Grace Kelly

Marlon Brando

Ronald Reagan

John D. Rockefeller

Kanye West

Picasso

Places: 

Manhattan

Barcelona

the Hamptons

French Riviera

Paris (macarons anyone?)

Prague

Products:

Anything Apple

Rolex

Dom

Vogue

Elle Decor

Uber