The Tribeca Film Fest opened this week and sweetriot was standing by for the indie community. I was ecstatic to meet the cast of a lovely film, Paraiso Travel, which I predict to be a hit Indie film (the next Motorcycle Diaries). The film is beautiful and set in NYC and Colombia. I love Latin films and everyone knows I love Colombia, so I was stoked to see the film!
sweetriot sources in Latin America, and it's always nice to see scenery from down South. The story itself is touching and the actors are ones to watch. Don't miss this film!
Speaking of birthdays, my mom's birthday was April 16 (and Bill's was April 12) and I went back to Michigan. It was 60 degrees the entire weekend - nice. My favorite stop was
at the Marshall Fredericks Museum in Saginaw - amazing sculptures and a special exhibit on the Heidelberg Project, a public art project in Detroit. Very impressive for smalltown Mid Michigan! :)
Matt's college roommate, Ira Rigaud, is a teacher for Teach For America and brought an energetic group of 6th graders from Mott Hall 3/MS 128 by the office recently. They were so excited to visit. I said a quick hello and then Matt gave them a detailed perspective on sweetriot and then answered their many amazing questions such as - 'how do you handle distribution?" Matt and I were both impressed with their keen sense of business.
For all of your aspiring entrepreneurs out there, I highly recommend a conference that Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farms puts on annually. It's all about the truth -- the truth around starting a company and how truly DIFFICULT it is. Leigh from our Board was on a panel and we hosted a lunch session on financing your company too. We had a great time! Check out the snow in New Hampshire!
It was an honor to see Dr. Weil again, one of our world's leading health gurus. He was speaking at the Organic Trade Association (OTA) Dinner at Expo West. This man is smart and he loves superfoods like cacao! :)
NYU Stern's 'Think Social' social enterprise club put together a great Friday night event, and we stopped by to check it out. We also gave sweetriot towards their worthy cause. The highlight was an eco fashion show, which included models such as the school deans. We love supporting our local university, NYU. The students did a great job!
Intense. I seriously haven't been able to blog about TED for 7 days because I was percolating on the experience. Anyway, TED is a conference held annually on the West Coast, which is highly thought provoking; in addition, at the conference and through out the year, the TED organization works to create a community of people who are committed to changing the world through business and more.
Not only did I attend TED but sweetriot was lucky to be featured there and attendees and speakers were happily sharing and snacking on cacao through out the 4 days.
Some of my favorite speakers are not yet online but they will be soon at TEDTalks. Benjamin Zander of the Boston Symphony was absolutely fantastic. I will say that one of my favorite presentations used this website - World Mapper - it's an amazing way to look at world statistics.
And lastly, my favorie part of TED was definitely the people...here are a few pictured above. Artists, entrepreneurs, musicians, and more.