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2013/05 Seth Godin | Backwards

Seth Godin (sethgodin.com) was our speaker at this month’s CreativeMornings (creativemornings.com) themed “Backwards”.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Seth Godin has written fourteen books that have been translated into more than thirty languages. Every one has been a bestseller. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything.

American Way Magazine calls him, “America’s Greatest Marketer,” and his blog is perhaps the most popular in the world written by a single individual. His latest book, We Are All Weird, calls for end of mass and for the beginning of offering people more choices, more interests and giving them more authority to operate in ways that reflect their own unique values, and Seth once again breaks the traditional publishing model by releasing it through The Domino Project. His recent Kickstarter for his newest book (The Icarus Deception out in January 2013) broke records for its size and the speed that it reached its goal.

As an entrepreneur, he has founded dozens of companies, most of which failed. Yoyodyne, his first internet company, was funded by Flatiron and Softbank and acquired by Yahoo! in 1998. It pioneered the use of ethical direct mail online, something Seth calls Permission Marketing. He was VP of Direct Marketing at Yahoo! for a year.

His latest company, Squidoo.com, is ranked among the top 125 sites in the US (by traffic) by Quantcast. It allows anyone (even you) to build a page about any topic you’re passionate about. The site raises money for charity and pays royalties to its million plus members.

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The event was generously hosted by The New School (newschool.edu) in the beautiful Tishman Auditorium in Manhattan.

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ABOUT CREATIVEMORNINGS:

CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee! You can join us in numerous cities around the world. (creativemornings.com)

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A big thank you to Ben Hallman (hallmanproductions.com) for filming and editing.


Artist Samantha Kellis tells us more about her artistic process. Watch her art in timelapse here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_qNv4…


Untitled: 10 important questions for artists.

bobbychiu:

10 important questions to ask yourself. Read them constantly as a checklist to make sure your are heading in the right direction and using your artistic potential.

1. Does failure push you forward? How you deal with failure will determine how skillfull you will become.

2. What kinds of…

samsketch:

A little while back I was contacted by the awesome folks over at Soul Pancake to do one of their Art Attack videos! It was such an amazing experience, and definitely a challenge to come up with a painting out of thin air in about four hours. It’s funny, inevitably there are things about this particular painting that I would have changed had I had time to step back from the process of painting it, but I sort of like having this time-capsule of what my initial thought-process is like. It’s certainly enlightening, and I think has helped me to fix some bad painting habits I had developed. Just goes to show you, sometimes you need to see your work through the prism of another medium, in this case, video!

The Soul Pancake crew were wonderful, and I want to give a shout-out to Jacob Menache, Ethan Coco, Gary Haroldson, and the director, Bayan Joonam - you guys ROCK! Also, many thanks to Anabella Casanova for contacting me about this opportunity.

I also did a short interview about what I do, my process, and my thoughts on art and adventure, which can be viewed here!