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Dave Harvilicz was an insider on Wall Street, K Street and in Silicon Valley before becoming a serial entrepreneur. His experience has given him a unique perspective on law, politics and business. Born and raised in Baltimore, he speaks Russian, German and Portuguese, and now lives in Santa Monica with his rescue dog Falkor.

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World Cup Jeitinho

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 10:06 PM

The real lesson England and America should take away from this World Cup is one of the golden un-rules of life in Latin countries, one which Brazilians have taken to a whole other level: Jeitinho.

Wikipedia offers this correct etymology:

"The word 'jeitinho' comes from the expression...
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Defending Zizek?

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 2:04 AM

Not that he wants or needs it, but Rebecca Schuman recently pleaded with us to stop worshipping Slavoj Zizek after he referred to most students "boring idiots." She also went on to call him a "world-class jerk." She bases this on a 10-minute Youtube video and on comments...

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Big Data for Hollywood

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 3:30 PM

Hollywood studios are slowly waking up to the tremendous opportunity for direct fan engagement and marketing gold mine that is consumer "big data." Companies like Facebook and Google are merely scratching the surface of the ultimate potential monetization of their big data sets. For example, in 2010 Facebook claimed that...

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'Spray and Pray'

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2014 | 1:01 AM

There is a lot of discussion about the future of the film industry. Jeffrey Katzenberg predicted recently at the Milken Conference that movie distribution will be completely reinvented in 10 years from now.

One major focus of the upcoming Digital Hollywood conference in LA is exploring...

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'Dinner and a Movie,' Not Dinner and an OTT Stream

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 5:28 PM

"Dinner and a movie" is one of the last affordable, middle-class family outings and has served as the venerable date night for countless romantic relationships both new and old. The American middle class has been losing ground for decades, and last week's news that it is no longer...

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The Democratizing Power of Crowdfunding and the JOBS Act

(2) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 6:19 PM

While discussing the stock market over dinner recently, John Mackey, the Founder and CEO of Whole Foods said unequivocally: "I wish crowdfunding had been around when I started Whole Foods." While he did eventually list several positive relationships with VCs and institutional investors, John's sentiment is common among founders after...

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