Profiles Posts

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


Skateboarding Documentary “I am Thalente” Brings Two Hub LA Members Together

January 2nd, 2014 – Posted by Hub LA
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Move over Tony Hawk. There’s a new skateboarding talent in town: Thalente. Thalente Biyela’s inspiring narrative is one that makes his skateboarding talent even more remarkable. The South African teenager was homeless since the age of nine. He was illiterate. He posted a video online asking for skateboarding sponsors. The video went viral. He moved to California and, through the support of pro-skater Kenny Anderson, became internationally recognized in the pro-skateboarding world. Then there’s Natalie [...] 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


Meet Our Members: Fine Artist & Theme Park Designer Zofia Kostyrko

October 28th, 2013 – Posted by Hub LA
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Meet Zofia! Zofia is a fine artist, sculptor, creative director, theme park designer, and skateboarder. Her portraiture aims to capture the inner spark and the complex connections between artist, viewer, and subject. Currently, twenty five of her portraits of famous ocean explorers are featured in an exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Zofia was formerly a Disney imagineer, where she conceptualized theme park design. She is now working on the plans for a new [...] Read More


Meet Our Members: Dr. Rishi Manchanda

July 25th, 2013 – Posted by Hub LA
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Meet Rishi! Rishi is a physician, public health leader, and social entrepreneur. Dr. Manchanda is the President and Founder of HealthBegins, a startup that provides training and tools to help clinics address patients’ social needs and community factors that drive disease. He is the lead physician in a clinic for high-utilizing homeless veterans at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and also serves as the Director for Health System Transformation at Charles R Drew [...] Read More


Meet Our Members: Stephanie Belsky of Lucid.

July 8th, 2013 – Posted by Hub LA
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Meet Stephanie! She’s the founder of Lucid., a creative firm specializing in online video production and YouTube optimization for non-profits, social enterprises, and companies seeking to give back. Why did you choose to become a Hub LA member? I first came to Hub LA because I had been introduced to Matt Manos of verynice through a mutual friend; I wanted to learn more about his blended for-profit/pro-bono business model since I wanted to do something [...] Read More


Meet Our Members: Jim Mulhearn of Impctful.com

June 27th, 2013 – Posted by Hub LA
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Meet Jim Mulhearn! Jim is the Founder and CEO of Impctful, an online marketplace and collective for socially responsible goods and services. Impctful offers clothing and accessories for men and women, as well as items for beauty, tech, health, and home. Looking for an eco-friendly, vegan purse? Impctful’s got one made from upcycled innertubes. Need a laptop case but want something colorful and unique? This quilted one by Nomi Network is made from a recycled [...] Read More


Meet Our Members: Joshua Azran, Azran Financial APC

February 5th, 2013 – Posted by Hub LA
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Meet Joshua! Joshua Azran, owner of Azran Financial APC, is a Certified Public Accountant with expertise in public accounting, corporate finance, strategic management, financial restructuring, business valuation, management consulting, and business development. As part of our Hub Workbench programming, Joshua is generously donating his time and expertise to Hub LA members; drop in to discuss any questions you may have with taxes or accounting! Why did you chose to become a Hub LA member? I [...] Read More