Namaste on Yoga Day!
Even if you are not an avid practitioner of the art of yoga, we can all relate to the necessity to stay mindful. In her WORLDZ 2017 keynote address, Billie Whitehouse, CEO and founder of Wearable X, describes what it means to truly connect.
WORLDZ Best Dads
WORLDZ knows you gotta have heart to have hustle. In honor of the holiday, we're celebrating some of the Dads of WORLDZ by compiling the best quotes, memories and wisdom on fathers and fatherhood direct from our WORLDZ Masters. Check out soundbites from industry leaders like Gary Vaynerchuk, Alexis Ohanian, Coltrane Curtis and more.
Film & Culture
Superfly’s Clusterfest Hits San Francisco
The world's comedy elite descended upon San Francisco's Civic Center this past weekend for the second annual Clusterfest - a weekend of jokes and debauchery featuring Amy Schumer, John Mulaney, and the stand-up return of Jon Stewart. WORLDZ Report was on the scene, and we're bringing you the best highlights from the weekend.
Lifestyle & Travel
The Secret to Success Is in Your Snooze
When you neglect your sleep, your productivity suffers, but is "conventional sleep" for everyone? Here, Dr. Michael Brues - a.k.a, "The Sleep Doctor" - shares the top 5 Dos and Don'ts for more productive sleep.
Michael Crossland on Surviving an Incurable Cancer
Told he’d be nothing short of a miracle if he lived past 15, Michael Crossland has conquered his share of adversity. Michael has traveled across the globe telling his story, proving that the word "impossible" is merely another obstacle. Here, Michael reminds us that in this world, there are victims and there are navigators - and you are whichever you choose.
Film & Culture
The Revolution Will Be Televised
When Saudi Arabia re-opened its public cinemas last week for the first time in over 35 years, their debut film was Marvel's Black Panther, a rather fitting choice to usher in a new era of Saudi reform. We caught up with WORLDZ Master Mindy Hamilton to discuss how her role as Marvel's SVP of Global Partnerships helped Black Panther dominate the crowded marketplace and break new ground around the world.
WORLDZ Keynote Series
Gary Vaynerchuk is Rebranding Entrepreneurship
Business is not for the faint of heart. Gary Vaynechuk dives into the “hows” of succeeding in the entrepreneurial world; from auditing your inner circle and betting on your strengths, to learning how to fail and adapt alongside the constantly shifting universe of technology. Entrepreneurship needs rebranding, and it’s not going to happen by ignoring the value of raw, undeterred work ethic.
The Mis-Education of Aaron Levant:
Aaron Levant is one of the most well-known names in streetwear. His latest accomplishment, the much-heralded ComplexCon 2017 hosted more than 50,000 urban culture enthusiasts and a seemingly endless array of A-list artists and designers in only its second year. So why - after 15+ years in the game - is he now leaving it all behind?
Lifestyle & Travel
Wanna Get AWAY?
Jen Rubio turned her nightmare shopping experience in a Zurich airport into a direct-to-consumer luggage brand with superstar investors. We caught up with the AWAY co-founder for a crash-course on how to reach your customers and build a brand.
Life On Mars!
WORLDZ Master Bjarke Ingels has a vision for the future that is out of this world - literally. The celebrated architect’s latest project to build a human habitat on Mars has a due date of 2117, but that hasn’t kept him and his team from moving quickly towards a real-life terrestrial prototype.
Kandee’s Sweet Taste of Victory
Ten years ago Kandee Johnson found herself divorced and alone, struggling to get work as a makeup artist with three young children in tow. She found solace in posting makeup tutorials on a new website known mostly for funny cat videos. Four million subscribers later, the YouTube superstar is now launching her own line of beauty products and celebrating the debut of her new Lifetime show.
High Times with MedMen
The mad men of MedMen celebrated the sacred stoner holiday of 4/20 last month with their grand opening of their first NYC dispensary. We sat down with the soon-to-be-public company to find out how they transformed one lone Los Angeles dispensary into a billion-dollar business, while shattering the stereotype of the "stoner" stigma in the process.
The Path Not Taken
Unable to shake the nagging feeling that his life lacked purpose, a twenty-something Dave Green quit his high-flying tech job, gave away everything he owned, and set out on a six month hike through the wilderness. Fast forward ten years, the man recently honored as Central Floridian of the Year for his hurricane relief efforts is on a mission to use new technology to innovate an age-old problem: global hunger.
Marlies Dekkers Wants Women Everywhere to Dare to Dream
While sketching a live female nude in class, an ambitious young art student had an epiphany - what if she were to create art using the female body as the canvas? Over time Marlies Dekkers would turn that one simple question into an empire.
Tiffany Zhong is Summoning an ‘Army of Teens’
At 16, she became an investor. By 18, she was an analyst at Binary Capital. Now, at the wise old age of 21, she has built her own platform connecting brands with teens. Find out how WORLDZ Member and self-proclaimed "teen whisperer" Tiffany Zhong became Silicon Valley's go-to expert on Gen Z - and what we can expect from the generation poised to take over the world...
Women in Business
Living La Vida Loca
How do you cope with two small children and one high-profile career? For Marisa Thalberg, Chief Marketing Officer at Taco Bell and 2018 WORLDZ Master, the answer was to start a blog and grow it into a support group for Executive Moms everywhere. “[We need to] give up this idea that we’re all supposed to be living in this state of balance or equilibrium. No one I know, including stay-at-home parents, thinks that their life is in perfect harmony. There IS no perfection to this.”
An Emoji Is Worth A Thousand Words
Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian shares the story of how a 14-year old Austrian girl leveraged the power of Reddit to mobilize an entire online community around one common goal - to create an emoji for women who wear a headscarf.
The Eye of the Tiger
As the Head of Music and Entertainment for PepsiCo, Emma Quigley’s responsibilities include everything from finding emerging talent to launching new brands – and oh yeah – also helping put on a little thing called the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Georgina Pazcoguin: The Rogue Ballerina
Georgina Pazcoguin's journey into the world of ballet has been as much about discovering herself as mastering an art. Perhaps that’s why she calls herself the “Rogue Ballerina.” Now on the comeback trail from a torn ACL, New York City Ballet’s first Asian American soloist is going to have to prove herself all over again.
Daniel Flynn’s Mission Impossible
It's been quite a year for thankyou. co-founder Daniel Flynn. After delivering a remarkable keynote at WORLDZ 2017, he launched his scrappy non-profit into an entirely new country, made some difficult decisions about the future of his brand, and inexplicably found himself sitting down face to face with President Obama with little more than 24 hours notice. We have the full story here.
will.i.am Explains his Vision for a Personalized AI Assistant that Puts your Data to Work for You
will.i.am’s start-up, i.am+, is making big moves in the tech industry. After raising over $117 million in venture funding late last year, the multi-hyphenate is poised to become a player in the corporate computing market with a voice assistant for customer service - and that’s just the beginning. We sat down with him to get his views on the future of A.I. and personal data.