Posts made in November 2018

spotify - Robert Safian

Spotify’s $30 Billion Playlist for Global Domination

by Robert Safian

How CEO Daniel Ek plans to beat Apple, Amazon, and Google at the music game.

For 70 days at the beginning of this year, Daniel Ek and a group of friends competed to see who could cut their body-fat percentage the most. Ek, the 35-year-old cofounder and CEO of the streaming service Spotify, went on a special regimen, which included twice-a-day workouts and a single meal—specially configured for him—eaten at a set time each afternoon. “You look great,” teased music impresario Scooter Braun, a participant in the contest, who texted his friend after noting Ek’s slimmed-down physique during Spotify’s web-broadcast Investor Day presentation in late March. “Too bad you lost.” Continue reading

Conferences and Keynote Speakers

Meetings industry seeing more people, more dollars.

Kalamazoo, Mich. – In 2017, the meetings industry was robust, with an average of nearly 2,000 attendees and 54 events per association, finds a new report.  Overall, respondents were most likely to expect increases in meeting attendance (48 percent) and gross meeting revenue (46 percent) in 2018, with fewer expecting increases in sponsorship (37 percent) and particularly exhibitions revenue (28 percent). Continue reading

Speaker Joel Cohen - The Simpsons

“The Simpsons” at 30: Six Era-Defining Episodes

Keynote speaker Joel Cohen is an Emmy-winning Writer/Producer of The Simpsons (article from NYT)

For the past three decades, there has been one constant in America’s comedy landscape: “The Simpsons.” With that animated sitcom now in its 30th season,  it’s a good time to reflect on how “The Simpsons” has evolved during its unparalleled run, and how each era in that evolution has reflected — or failed to reflect — the state of comedy, and of the culture, as a whole.

Neither “The Simpsons” nor history has stood still since the show debuted in 1989. The first family of Springfield has witnessed five American presidents, the dawn of the internet age, the end of the Cold War, at least two prolonged conflicts in the Middle East, terrorist attacks, natural disasters and more. And while Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie have stayed the same age, what the world finds funny has changed — in no small part because of those characters’ influence. Almost thirty years after its premiere, “The Simpsons” still matters…..READ MORE