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It was so long ago that I can't even remember when I first met Tad Nakamura. I'm pretty sure it was in the Asian American and indie film festival circuit after he made Yellow Brotherhood, a short film that involves the Yellow Power movement of the '60s and '70s. As a member of the press,...

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We were introduced to 5YINA from Shirley Chau, a former colleague from our sister agency, interTrend Communications. The best referrals to founders are from people in our network, and thus it is no surprise that 5YINA is a wonderfully storied brand with thoughtful philosophies, beautiful packaging, and an impeccable product line. 5YINA offers modern...

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My life was changed after I met Ellie Lee. I moved into a new apartment in Brooklyn, I was freelancing and it was summertime; I had all the time in the world. I received a message from a friend of mine who suggested I adopt a dog that he was fostering. Was definitely NOT in the...

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Sahra Vang Nguyen is on a mission to explore stories at the intersection of diversity, culture, and human potential. With a background in journalism and creative writing, she has written for NBC News, The Huffington Post, and Complex on topics including race, identity, politics, and entrepreneurship. Under her own production company, One Ounce Gold, Sahra...

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We first listened to Alex Maeland and Eugene Kan’s rough concept for a new editorial platform, called, “The Untitled Project.” We participated in discussions to learn more about its evolution through the following year, and we began exploratory discussions to partner with MAEKAN. We were enamored with Alex and Eugene’s fierce determination to...

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Because inspiration comes and goes, we brought back some of our 8 Questions friends to revisit their sources. Theresa Dankovich, The Drinkable Book™ Where do you personally find inspiration? I find inspiration through other people’s stories. I regularly read inspirational books by people who have been successful in the international development field. I love The Moth and other...

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I crossed paths with Chad Phillips while he was working for a toy company, Kidrobot. Since then, he has gone on to work for one of the very first "flash sales" companies, Fab.com. Then LinkedIn served as a pointer to me when he rebuilt and rebranded the Design Shop at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum,...

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Ron English, a skilled oil painter, street artist and toy designer, is known for creating art that has consumers take a second look at ads from a corporate-dominated society. He is recognized as “The Godfather of Street Art” for altering many ads illegally in New York to point out bigger issues that are often controversial....

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What are you currently working on? Right now I’m just working on some new models for our company called Vesso Surf. Currently partnered with Kerry Tokoro, one of the nicest and best shapers in the world. I am also working with Wade Tokoro (Kerry’s older brother), also one of the kindest and best shaper in the...