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

Rana Florida | Posted 10.26.2014 | 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.

Creative Entertaining: Game, Set, Match! (VIDEO)

Rana Florida | Posted 08.24.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

Whether you're cheering for last year's reigning British champ or this year's French Open winner, what better time to don your tennis whites and host a viewing party for friends and family?

All the Single Ladies: 10 Great Tips for a Red Hot Valentine's Day

Rana Florida | Posted 04.12.2014 | Style
Rana Florida

This Valentine's Day, why not throw the clichés out the window? Forget the stress of date night and those over-priced dinners. Think creatively about celebrating love.

Host a Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Party (VIDEO)

Rana Florida | Posted 04.05.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

From setting up an après-ski bar, a coffee or hot chocolate bar to featuring a feast using the foods and drinks of Sochi, no matter what you do, it's a great occasion to get creative and go for gold!

What Did You Fail at Today?

Rana Florida | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

We need to create a new definition of failure. Truly successful people embrace failure as part of the learning process, as an opportunity to grow, reflect, reinvent, and ultimately to push forward.

Lead by Serving

Rana Florida | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

Leaders who inspire, mentor, and teach -- rather than dictate and order -- will have more productive, more engaged and more loyal teams.

Kill the Breakfast Meeting

Rana Florida | Posted 11.10.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

It's time to kill the breakfast meeting. Kill it dead. I seriously think the first breakfast meeting was convened by a bitter boss who was unhappy with their family life, couldn't wait to get out of the house in the morning, and wanted to inflict pain on subordinates.

Risky Business Is Good Business

Rana Florida | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

It's surprising how few organizations encourage risk taking and foster a culture of outside-the box thinking. We are taught to set goals, achieve measurable results and assess success. But we are rarely encouraged to push the boundaries of new ideas and pioneering thoughts.

How to Throw Your Own Black-and-White Party

Rana Florida | Posted 01.30.2014 | Style
Rana Florida

When it comes to an event, nothing is more sophisticated nor easy to work with than a monochromatic theme -- no matter what you are celebrating.

Creative Entertaining: Light the Night on Fire -- Opa! (PHOTOS)

Rana Florida | Posted 06.27.2013 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

Whisk your guests off on a magical journey to the Greek Islands right in your own backyard. For décor, use colors that evoke the pristine waters of the Aegean Sea, deep blue with a splash of turquoise, the landscape dotted with white cubed architecture, and the fresh sea air.

Creative Entertaining: Clam Bake in Style! (VIDEO/PHOTOS)

Rana Florida | Posted 01.30.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

Served up family-styIe, guests can crack open a clam or dip a grilled lobster claw into some warm butter and wash it down with an old-fashioned gimlet that's served with a distinctly modern twist.

Creative Cooking: A New England Style Clam Bake (VIDEO/PHOTOS)

Rana Florida | Posted 01.30.2014 | Taste
Rana Florida

Dig into the best ingredients that summer supplies -- little neck clams, cherry stone clams, shrimp, lobsters, mussels, corn on the cob, Andouille sausage -- without having to dig a fire pit or do any heavy lifting.

Say Cheese! #Selfies as the New Marketing Campaign

Rana Florida | Posted 08.17.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

With smartphones, people can snap a #Selfie and share it with their network of friends or followers in an instant; even the Clintons are engaging in the trend.

Creative Entertaining: Mysterious Venetian Nights (VIDEO/PHOTOS)

Rana Florida | Posted 01.30.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

Why go out for pizza when you can convert your BBQ grill into a wood burning pizza oven for an entertaining and delicious 'make your own pizza party' right at home?

Recipes for a Swanky Beach Party

Rana Florida | Posted 06.01.2013 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

Summer is right around the corner, and we all know what that means: soon it will be time to fire up our backyard, deck, and poolside BBQs. There's no better way to entertain friends and family on a warm summer night than with tasty food hot off the grill.

Upgrade Your Spring Parties: 10 Expert Tips for Entertaining (PHOTOS)

Rana Florida | Posted 05.14.2013 | HuffPost Home
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Whether entertaining a small group of friends at home or planning a major event, these simple style, design and culinary insights offer just what you need to make any occasion that much more special.

Your Start-Up Life: Spreading Positivity With Nelly Furtado

Rana Florida | Posted 02.09.2013 | Impact
Rana Florida

"I always remember that to be critiqued is part of being human; no one can escape it; it's the price you pay for putting your vulnerability on display as a creative person. Failure is very important, as it is inevitability in life. Incredible growth, self-realization and reflection comes from failure."

Your Start-Up Life: The Business of Art

Rana Florida | Posted 02.02.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

When Mera Rubell met her future husband Don, a medical student, the two quickly discovered that they shared two powerful passions -- for each other and for art. Together, they built not just a business empire but one of the most important private contemporary art collections in the world.

How to Throw a Winning Election Night Party (PHOTOS)

Rana Florida | Posted 11.06.2012 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

2012-11-06-ScreenShot20121106at2.07.11PM.pngAs recent transplants to Toronto from Washington, DC, where we lived just a few miles from the White House, I felt it was my civic duty to host an election night party for my expat friends.

Your Start-Up Life: Why Diversity and Freedom Are Good For Business

Rana Florida | Posted 11.26.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

Frank Toskan tends to shy away from the media and rarely boasts about his success, even though he was responsible for opening some 300 MAC Cosmetics stores worldwide in just 15 years. This is the first in-person interview he's granted in more than 15 years.

Your Start-Up Life With Andre Agassi: Playing Big

Rana Florida | Posted 11.10.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

I've talked with successful CEO's, authors, chefs, politicians, designers, artists, philanthropists, doctors and entrepreneurs, but I've yet to interview a sports star for advice on business. Since Agassi was my all time favorite, I was eager to hear his insights on how to achieve success.

Your Start-Up Life: Rocket Man on Making the Impossible Possible

Rana Florida | Posted 10.23.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

Peter Diamandis' conversation style is high octane and motivational; he is so energized that he could easily be the poster boy for Nike's 'Just Do It' campaign. He advises us to bulldoze our way through bureaucracy, fail early, fail often and explore multiple projects.

Your Start-Up Life: Take It All in Stride - the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

Rana Florida | Posted 10.09.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley helped transform Chicago from a place that had been beset by scandal and racial divisiveness to one of America's best-run cities. Here, Mayor Daley talks about the importance of building trust, maintaining relationships, and inspiring teams; all with an eye on moving the core agenda forward.