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.
Our friends at GOOD magazine threw another great party with their non profit partner, Kiva. Kiva facilitates microlending online around the world, and I was happy my friend Jessica, Kiva's co founder, came out to NYC.
sweetriot was happy to stand by and to support their efforts - Clare did a great job rioting with the crowd. Here are a few great pictures and GOOD's blog on the event.
It was a cold, winter day and we made the trek to Woodstock, NY, the original artists colony, for our annual planning retreat. There was no better place for a team of hippie capitalists to think of the future. Woodstock today is still full of artists, peace symbols, little shops and restaurants and a great vibe. Perfect place for planning and thanks to my sister, Mary, for finding our little Inn.
On our way home, we made a ceremonial visit to the original site of the famed Woodstock concert weekendheld in Bethel Woods in Bethel, NY. Alas, the site is actually over 1 hour through the Catskill Mountains from the small town of Woodstock. The concert was originally supposed to be held in Woodstock but they had to search for a larger site to accommodate all of the visitors. Needless to say, it was a great site to see.
Here's some amazing trivia from Wikipedia: "Woodstock was a profit-making venture, aptly titled "Woodstock Ventures". Around 186,000 tickets were sold beforehand and organizers anticipated approximately 200,000 festival-goers would turn up. The fence was purposely cut by the UAW/MF family in order to create a totally FREE EVENT. Tickets for the event cost US$18 in advance. Ticket sales were limited to record stores in the greater NYC area, or by mail via a Post Office Box at the Radio City Station Post Office located in Midtown Manhattan.
The festival came amidst military conflict abroad and racial discord at home. It was the biggest bash for the counterculture and is a reminder of the youthful hedonism and excess of the 60s. It was a culmination of what the counterculture meant - the bands appealed to the generation that was questioning the direction of American society. Many of the biggest artists of the 60s were at the Festival, and it was their influence on the youth that brought them together to a farm in Bethel to struggle against bad weather, food shortages and poor sanitation. Minds were open, drugs were available and love was “free”. It was a festival where nearly 500,000 "hippies" came together to celebrate under the slogan of “three days of peace and music”.