How Many Ideas Are Good Ideas?

The more you flex your creativity, the more likely you’ll find that gem! If you don’t try, you’ll never get there. Don’t think bad ideas or failed attempts are a waste, it’s all part of the process! #cantstopwontstop

Great blog post from The Data of Cool!

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"Cuba imports its cigars from him." For every line the Most Interesting Man In The World records, his writing team write thirteen. “Cuba imports its cigars from him.” For every line the Most Interesting Man In The World records, his writing team write thirteen.

A session at last year’s SXSW looked for common themes from people at the top of their game in different creative fields – designers, musicians and venture capitalists.  The most pointed question for the panel was “what proportion of your ideas come to fruition?”  That’s a life-blood question for VCs, who weigh up investor pitches from start-ups every day.  But’s it’s just as relevant for musicians working out whether to expand a riff into a track, or writers getting lines and sketches into a show.

Here’s what we heard at the event:

Bing Gordon of Kleiner Perkins hears 200 pitches a year and makes two investments.  That’s an idea ratio of 1:100.

Aileen Lee of Kleiner Perkins hears 16 pitches a week and makes one investment a month.  That’s…

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Armchair or Being There

Rob Kronenburg thinks Being There wins. I have to agree. What do you think?

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San Fermin at Liverpool Cathedral, Sound City 2014 San Fermin at Liverpool Cathedral, Sound City 2014

I’m just recovering from an extended period of slouching around watching TV and streams via BBC’s extended broadcast of the Glastonbury Festival. It was for the most part an easy listening experience, sitting there with a drink (and toilets) close by, sometimes with friends and family talking about the acts, sometimes on my own and fully engaged, and sometimes also leafing through the paper or even doing a bit of work. For the most part the shows were really well screened with reasonable measures of crowd scenes with the main focus on the performers. The bits in between – the short interviews, plugs for new releases, mini-docs and presenter links were for me completely disposable and seemed to be aimed at an audience who had stumbled on the transmission by accident and there to reassure them that Aunty Beeb was looking…

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Amyjen’s First Post!

Hi. I’m Amy. I am starting an entertainment company, Amyjen Entertainment, with my friend Jen. I’ve been kicking around names for years but everything I came up with was already taken. I was initially going to start this company on my own, but we decided two awesome women with different strengths are better than one. And now we have a name. Its pronounced imagine in case you wondering!

Jen and I met in NYC, where we hung out in this little music scene on Bleecker Street.  Now she lives in Tennessee, and I live in Austin, TX. We want to help create unique live music experiences that will create magical memories for people. I’m lucky enough to have a lot of those special memories myself, as does Jennifer, and I want to help create that for others. We want to make money for the artists who create that one in a lifetime live experience because it never happens exactly the same way twice. We want to make money for ourselves. We also want to donate a portion of our profits from every event to traumatic brain injury research, awareness, and rehabilitation.  Yes, we want to make money, but its not about the money. It about living our passion and purpose and sharing it with others, and also helping a cause that has effected both of us in very personal ways.

Amyjen Entertainment is just getting started. This is a learning experience for us. Such is life. We are all learning about life and experience every day. I hope that our passion and our spirit for giving back will make this venture a success. Its a journey we are taking, and we hope that you will take it with us.

“You can’t know this right now, but…
your ragged, rugged honesty…
your crazy, passionate, naked vulnerability…
your trusting plunge into the unknown of Life at every turn…
your journey of love and healing…
these change your world, the world of those around you and the world as a whole.
Someday you’ll know how important you are.”
―Jacob Nordby

“Well, you don’t know what we can find
Why don’t you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride
You don’t know what we can see
Why don’t you tell your dreams to me
Fantasy will set you free
Close your eyes girl
Look inside girl
Let the sound take you away” –Magic Carpet Ride– Steppenwolf