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Creative Class

How to Scale Your Business, Make a Profit and Do Good (VIDEO)

Rana Florida | Posted 09.19.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

I sat down with Warby Parker co-founders Neil Blumenthal and David Gilboa in their New York headquarters and talked to them about start-ups, risk-taking, collaboration, creativity, and entrepreneurialism.

The Creative Class With Legendary Music Producer Bob Ezrin (VIDEO)

Rana Florida | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

This week features Bob Ezrin, one of the most commercially successful producers of all time. He's worked with many of the world's most important contemporary artists.

The Creative Class with Paddle8: Tips for Launching a Successful Startup (VIDEO)

Rana Florida | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

In just three short years Paddle8 an innovative marketplace infusing technology and art has held hundreds auctions with over $100MM in bidding activity and raising over $25MM for charities.

The Creative Class With Peter Marino

Rana Florida | Posted 09.06.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

From Chanel boutiques in Paris and Beverly Hills to Christian Dior stores in Shanghai and New York, Marino is an interior Design Hall of Fame member.

Miami, the Start-Up City

Rana Florida | Posted 05.20.2014 | Miami
Rana Florida

After a decade in which Miami has rapidly grown and urbanized (e.g., some 23,000 new condos in downtown, which are now more than 90 percent occupied) and distinguished itself as an international center of creativity; in order to compete on a global scale the city and region now need to take the next leap.

To Be or Not to Be in Detroit City

Vince Carducci | Posted 03.23.2014 | Detroit
Vince Carducci

For decades now, Detroit has been one of America's most notorious clusterf*cks. Once the nation's fourth-largest city, its current population of just over 700,000 is less than 40 percent of its postwar peak of 1.8 million, and it's predicted to fall even further.

In America, A New Asian Creative Class

Youyoung Lee | Posted 10.27.2013 | Arts
Youyoung Lee

I've encountered many stereotypes over the past three decades as an Asian American. Trendsetting has never been one of them -- until now.

Eleazar David Melendez

Bike-Friendly Businesses Thrive

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 07.18.2013 | Small Business

NEW YORK -- When Mary Walsh opened Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery in 2011, the business had all the markings of a venture destined to fail. Rather tha...

The Reinvention of Work: Projects Not Positions

Russell C. Smith | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business
Russell C. Smith

Over the last 20 years work has been reinvented, restructured, and rebooted. The top-tier and bottom level of what working means has been redefined by corporations, visionaries, technologies and individuals.

The Sincere Mustache and the Authenticity Aesthetic

Sarah Pappalardo | Posted 01.25.2013 | Arts
Sarah Pappalardo

At some point, your ironic mustache became sincere. Like the hippie parents who ended up voting for Reagan, we may have come full circle: from mocking the bourgeoisie to being it.

Can Selective Immigration Help the Innovation Crisis?

Christopher Newfield | Posted 01.20.2013 | Business
Christopher Newfield

Every element of the country's past success is coming under scrutiny -- the patent process, the higher education system, and the condition of the physical and digital infrastructures, among many others. One perennial target is the bottleneck in U.S. access to the world's technical workforce.

Better Bicycling Mean More Business, Cities Discover

Jay Walljasper | Posted 01.01.2013 | Business
Jay Walljasper

Bikes are improving the business climate beyond big cities and those not recognized as bike capitals.

Creative Spaces: 10 Brands With Street Cred

Rana Florida | Posted 09.23.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

How can big corporate brands earn street cred or a cool factor to get the early adopters on board? Here are 10 key tips.

The Creative Compact

Richard Florida | Posted 09.09.2012 | Business
Richard Florida

The tectonic upheavals our economy is enduring are the result not just of financial shenanigans by the global One Percent, but of a deeper and more fundamental shift -- the passing of the old industrial order as it gives way to the emerging Creative Economy.

Creativity Is the New Economy

Richard Florida | Posted 08.27.2012 | Business
Richard Florida

It's common to say we are now living in a post-industrial information or knowledge economy. But the shift is actually deeper and more thorough-going than that.

Asian-American Voters as a Republican Parable

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Leon T. Hadar

The GOP is probably not going to win the support of the majority of African-American and Hispanic voters anytime soon. But Republicans are now in danger of losing the votes of another important demographic group that could have been its natural political ally.

Crowdsourcing Creativity -- Is This Any Way to Get Ahead?

Russell C. Smith | Posted 05.06.2012 | Business
Russell C. Smith

One of the ways people and companies have altered the rules of the online marketplace is by embracing the practice of crowdsourcing creativity, often with questionable results.

Your Start-Up Life: Advice on Work, Life, and Play

Rana Florida | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

This week's conversation is with Tony Hsieh, who built one of the largest online companies in the world, Zappos.com. "My first 'job' was as a newspaper boy. It made me realize that I didn't want to spend my life delivering newspapers."

Your Start-Up Life: Advice on Work, Life, and Play

Rana Florida | Posted 04.17.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

This week I spoke with food entrepreneur Mario Batali: "Prove you can do something for someone else first and do not be afraid to work well below your pay potential to get essential experience at the ground level. All great workplace leadership positions merit five years of practice."

Israel's Version of the French Revolution: Liberty, Fraternity, Creativity

Carlo Strenger | Posted 10.15.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

Israel's creative class has had enough. The nation-wide protest against a political system run by parasites that disenfranchises the productive classes is only gaining momentum.

Corporations: Pillars of the Community?

Marian Salzman | Posted 08.06.2011 | Business
Marian Salzman

There's a real paradox today in the meaning of the word community. On one hand, we're building our communities online and forming tribes with like-min...

More Funding for the Arts, Please

John M. Eger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
John M. Eger

Today, the arts are being cut to one of the lowest points in history. It may seem ludicrous to say it, but we really need to be spending more on art education. Much more.

Creatives at a Crossroads

Janelle Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Janelle Brown

If the only real option left is to work in advertising, shilling Shrek 11, why would anyone bother? Certainly, people don't fantasize about moving to LA to make viral Pampers commercials.

Progressive Cultural Consumers Far From Socialists

Patricia Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Patricia Martin

98% of people who might otherwise be characterized as progressive (shopping green, recycling, and engaging in creative pursuits) agree with the statement, "My success depends on me."