High Impact Angelenos Posts

Imagination Foundation Gears Up for Creative School Year

July 30th, 2014 – Posted by Helen Grossman
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On the same day last year, a group of children made shadow puppets in Capetown, South Africa while a group of students in London built a House of Fairy Tales. On the side of the globe, a group of tweens built an obstacle in their New Jersey front yard while families at a community center in Seattle built a pirate ship. On any other day, we’d brush off this coincidence as after school play, but [...] Read More


Fare Conversations Dinner Gathers Food Sector Innovators at Hub LA

July 8th, 2014 – Posted by Hub LA
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Since April, Hub LA has been partnering with Whole Foods Market. The partnership has developed out of a mutual appreciation for the role that food plays in building community. And when Whole Foods began bringing delicious meals to our weekly community lunches and monthly wine downs, we saw the effects immediately: more people showing up, livelier conversations, and a tighter community. Last week, Whole Foods, Hub LA, and Team Friday used food to bring together [...] Read More


New Media Meets Music Education at GuitarPick.fm

June 19th, 2014 – Posted by Hub LA
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Chris Mendez is a Hub LA host on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings and hosts office hours every Saturday for Tech Startups. When he’s not at Hub LA, Chris works at KUSC, a classical radio station. He’s been instrumental in developing the app Geotunes, which allows users to listen to songs based on a city, landmark, or event as they explore an interactive map that places the songs in context. Geotunes was a finalist at for [...] Read More


Chris Cherrie Brings Canadian Wisdom & Design Prowess to GLBT Sex Education

May 28th, 2014 – Posted by Helen Grossman
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Chris Cherrie works at verynice, a design and branding consultancy based out of Hub LA’s Media Lab. He may be young, but he’s driven. And Canadian. He founded Fraternize, an educational site for men to share experiences, knowledge, and questions about sexuality, dating, and sex. He’s broadening access to information about sex and gay culture that’s not taught in mainstream classrooms but is increasingly necessary given the prevalence of dating apps. You’re a wunderkind working [...] Read More


Hub LA Member Syama Meagher Brings Big Brand Strategies to SocEnt Fashion Startups

April 16th, 2014 – Posted by Helen Grossman
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Syama Meagher [pronounced: Sha-ma] is a retail strategist and a social entrepreneur. An expert on the business side of the fashion industry from previous gigs at Barney’s, Gucci, Ann Taylor, and Macy’s, Syama now runs a merchandising consultancy Scaling Retail. She also teaches Fashion Merchandising at FIDM. Syama loves working with social enterprises and wants to make it possible for the little guys to learn from the big dogs. She makes a series of videos [...] Read More


Startup with a Side of Curing Cancer

March 26th, 2014 – Posted by Helen Grossman
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When you visit Hub LA, you’re likely to spot Neeraj Kapoor scribbling unintelligible math equations on our whiteboard walls. Neeraj and his business partner Stephen Chen founded Learn to Be, an online tutoring service that offers 24-hour, completely free services. I caught up with Neeraj to learn a little more about the work he’s doing and who else from the community he’s been working with on his various projects. What is Learn to Be? How [...] Read More


Hands-On Startup Workshops at Hub LA

March 18th, 2014 – Posted by Hub LA
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Got a startup? Maybe just an idea that’s been brewing in your head for some time? Hub LA is adding a new resource to our roster of business development tools: Startup Workshops hosted by Startups Unplugged Advisory founder and Hub LA member Paul Orlando. Paul Orlando is something of a startup guru. He’s the founder of Startups Unplugged Advisory, which helps startups grow, and he also co-founded AcceleratorHK, a mobile startup accelerator. He has unique [...] Read More


Hub LA Member Real Foods Farmacy Makes One-Stop-Shops for Health

February 25th, 2014 – Posted by Hub LA
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This month we’ve been looking at how Hub LA members are innovating in the food sector. When we heard about Chris Maloney’s startup real foods farmacy, we were instantly excited. Real foods farmacy develops small healthy grocery stores in fitness centers. We sent Chris some questions to learn more about his interest in healthy lifestyles and doing socially conscious work. Describe your company, real foods farmacy, and how you got the idea to start it [...] Read More


Hub LA Shares: 10 Steps to Making a Great Fundraising Video

November 14th, 2013 – Posted by Hub LA
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For our blog series “Hub LA Shares,” we’ve asked our members to share their expertise on something they’re passionate about professionally or personally. In this post, Steph Belsky of Lucid and Mike Tringe of CreatorUp joined forces to give us some pointers on how to make an effective fundraising videos. Perfect for nonprofits about to make their annual appeal or anyone looking to start a crowdfunded campaign, their “share” embodies the fantastic results of a [...] Read More


Hub LA Shares: Five Lessons from Self-Publishing “How to Give Half Your Work Away for Free”

November 1st, 2013 – Posted by Hub LA
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This is the first installment of a new blog series, “Hub LA Shares.” We’ve asked members to share their expertise on something they’re passionate about professionally or personally. For the first post, verynice‘s founder Matthew Manos shares some of his take-aways from writing and self-publishing a book about verynice’s innovative business model. Matt’s book