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Three questions about the Cowboys: Releasing Scandrick, free agents still available, and who to take at 19?
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… and a good one could still fall in their laps on Day 3. You really don't want Scandrick taking reps over the young guys as that would just make him a progress-stopper. Sure, he could just be a depth guy, but it's clear that he wouldn't be happy in …
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The pros and cons of the Cowboys drafting Will Hernandez
Blogging The Boys (blog)
Would it be a good idea or a bad idea for the Cowboys to draft Will Hernandez? By Ryan Ratty@RyanRattyNFL Mar 18, 2018, 2:00pm CDT. Share Tweet Share. Share The pros and cons of the Cowboys drafting Will Hernandez. tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard …
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Finest 8 Ways to Get Wealthy Enough from the Cryptocurrency Industry
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As each person aims to earn money and be wealthy enough, doing that from cryptocurrencies, on the 21st century seems the best and easiest way. Consequently, as trying to give you a hand, in this article I am going to reveal some of the best ways on …
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Could the Colts/Jets trade mean Indy will pursue David Irving?
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It's been widely debated about whether the Dallas Cowboys should have placed a first- or second-round tender on David Irving, but that mystery was removed on Wednesday when the team opted for the second-rounder. With the Cowboys unable to commit long …
Franky Bernstein loves startups. His latest company, Markett, is born out of that love, and his innate desire to share tips about those innovative new startup companies with the wider world.
The 24-year-old serial entrepreneur first was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug while attending Loyola Marymount University, where, as a representative in student government, he began looking for a way to cut down on drinking and driving among the student body.
He found Uber. The ride-hailing service embraced the idea of a promotional deal for LMU students and Bernstein became a commission-based ambassador for the student body.
From there, Bernstein expanded his network, building a team of student ambassadors for the companys ride-sharing app that were making hundreds then thousands of dollars per week.
That exposure led to the creation of Markett, Bernsteins latest venture that connects everyday users with brands and gives them a way to make money by shilling for the companies they love.
After working with Uber, Bernstein reached out to Lyft and talked to Josh Renfro, the director of business development there. Working with Renfro, while still a student, Bernstein helped train thousands of brand ambassadors nationwide and even converted several Lyft drivers into brand advocates.
Working with Uber and Lyft planted the seed of entrepreneurship, says Bernstein.
Indeed, Bernstein was so inspired by his brush with the startup world that he launched his own company. Bernsteins first foray into the wild world of startup businesses was Interwallet (now called Maya), a bill-pay kiosk network for the underbanked.
Now, with Los Angeles-based Markett, Bernstein wants to give everyone the same opportunity he had the ability to make money talking up the new startup services that they love.
We want to be the largest marketing company in the world that doesnt spend any money on marketing.
Being able to work with Uber and Lyft isnt easy to do, and I want to provide more access to that, says Bernstein. Beyond that, Bernstein wants people to be able to make money talking about the products they love and give brands an opportunity to achieve more of a direct relationship with their customers.
To achieve that vision the company has raised roughly $2 million in venture financing from investors, includingKEC Ventures, Amplify.LA, Luma Launch, Wavemaker VC, Tiller Partners, Building Blocks, and angel investors like Jamie Patricof, Michael Kane, Joseph Varet, Varun Pathria and John St. Thomas.
With the companys launch, ambassadors can sign up to work with venture-backed companies like Airbnb, ThriveMarket, FanDuel, The Bouqs, Zeel and Winc.
Bernstein chose those companies because of their approach to their customers and their willingness to reward their brand ambassadors.
Every consumer brand wants to increase word-of-mouth marketing and explore alternative marketing channels to Facebook and Google, Bernstein wrote in an email. Markett is seeking to redistribute a piece of these brands ad budgets and put it into the pockets of their loyal customers.
Markett isnt the first company to try this approach. A company called BzzAgent launched in 2001 to bring brand ambassadorship to the masses. The company, which raised around $14 million in venture funding, was acquired in 2011 for around $60 million.
The legacy of the viral marketing campaign remains but for Bernstein its not about marketing its about truly connecting power users to the companies they love, and having those companies reward their everyday spokespeople for the work theyre doing.
To ensure that he achieves this vision, Bernstein has committed to giving nearly 100 percent of the marketing budgets that Marketts partners spend on the program to the Markett marketers. Any profits are dedicated to bonuses, Bernstein tells me. Eventually, the company intends to take a cut of every transaction.
We want to be the largest marketing company in the world that doesnt spend any money on marketing, Bernstein says.
In the weeks precedingthe release of Suicide Squad, things got bad. TheRepublicans and the Democrats staged their conventions. The RNCplayed out like free-association improv where the given word was always “terror”; the DNC offered more hope (or at least balloons), but not enough. Zika struck Utah. A rampage hit Dallas. A coup erupted in Turkey. And that was only July. The entireyear has been like this, and there’s still so much more of it to go.Surely no one appreciates this more than writer-director David Ayer, who arrivedat Comic-Con International wearing a “Make Mexico Great Again”hat clearly meant to mock Donald Trump’s foreignpolicy and choice of headwear.
That’s because no movie released this summer feels more of the moment thanAyer’s Suicide Squad. Not The Purge: Election Year with its on-the-nose title; not Jason Bourne with its buzzword-y Edward Snowden talk and inexplicably successful Internet companies. No, it’s Suicide Squad with its slightly upside down (or at least askew) moral compassandmessy delivery that feels like theright movie for right now. Does opening up your Facebook feed feel like falling into fatalism? Suicide Squad is here to catch youfor better or worse.
This inno way is meant to suggest thata bullet-and-cameos orgy from DC’s burgeoning cinematic universe will make a ripple in the national conversation, let alone spark a substantive one. In fact, its obsession with firefights(an Ayer specialty)couldnt come at a worse time. But if you’re growing bored of Pokmon Go and looking for a new distraction from the fact that 2016 has been simply atrocious, amovie about a group of ex-cons who turn out to be heroes might be what you needand even if it’s not, it’s what you’re getting.
Suicide Squaddoes more than offer a things-could-be-worse diversion. It taps into thepredictable 20-years-later nostalgia forthe ’90s. Witha soundtrack offeringsomething for every generation since the boomers (shouts to K7!), it’s the kind of grotesquely energetic comic book movie that harkens back to, I dunno, Tank Girl maybe? (Before you yell “Deadpool!” in the comments: I know. But while the two sharea certain level of not-kids-stuff, Squadhas agraveness Deadpooldoesn’t.) Remember when MTV played music videos and some movies felt like long videos? Well, here, just in time for MTV’s promise to bring back Daria, is atwo-hour music video hosted by ’90s hero Jared Leto, starring as the dude who grew up into the kinda guy Angela’s momworried he would. (Yes, he has a tattoo on his face, who cares?! God, mooooooom.)
Actually, let’s talk about the Joker for a second. Leto is now the third Oscar-winner to play the iconic villain, one of whom won his Academy Award for playing the Joker. The role’s been played so often and so well thatit’s almost sacrosanct. So does Leto do it (ahem) justice? Yes, actually. He doesnt eclipse Heath Ledger, who had muchmore to do in The Dark Knight, but youcan sleep well knowing Margot Robbie (the Harley Quinn to his Joker) didn’t have to put up with live-rat delivery for nothing. Leto has the fully unhinged, vaguely pansexual, your-uncle-who-grew-up-on-Adam-West’s-Batman-won’t-get-it goodseven if it feels like a lot of itgot cut from the final film.
Which brings us to Suicide Squad’s other very-now ingredient: women! Holy shit, there are so many women in this movie you’d think it was directed by Paul Feig or from the studio that’s really trying to prove female superheroes can make money next summer. Granted, not all of the women are treated fantastically in this film (Clothes That Actually Look Like Margot Robbie Could Fight in Them for President). But the female heroes in the Suicide Squad outnumber the heroines in the first Avengers movie 2-to-1, and atatime when female heroes are just starting to ekeout aplace in tentpole franchises, that looks like progress. And hey, theres still a chance we could get a more well-rounded Quinn if that Robbie-produced mostly-female spin-off actually happens.
If all of this sounds like faint praise, it is. Just because a fun-but-scattershot mess of a movie helmed by an exceptionally charismatic Will Smith feels like the perfect end to a mess of a summer, that doesnt make it good. And while Im seemingly in the minority of people who actually liked Suicide Squad, the criticism is valid. It’s not without its flaws (it feels pieced together, mostly because it was), and 10 years from now it’ll be a trivia night answer rather than canon. But in this summer, with its lackluster movies and generally terrible national affairs, it fits right in. And while being better than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice isnt a compliment, it is that. Easily. Ayer finds depth in his DC characters that Zack Snyder so far hasnot.And what it says without saying it is that sometimes good deeds come out of shitty circumstances.
In a world of flying monsters, as Squad mastermind Amanda Waller (giving-it-her-all Viola Davis) notes, this [squad] is the only way to save our country. Thats a good motto in a comic book universe where antiheroes with names like Diablo can channel their fiery rage to do good and the cities arerebuilt before the next sequel. Outside the theater, thats not the case. Bad guys cant save anything in the real world. But in Suicide Squad, they can maybe kind of distract you from itit aint much, but its the most heroic thing they can do.
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Friday Cat Blogging â 16 March 2018
There's a chair in our living room near the fireplace mantle. It's a two-foot hop from chair to mantle, but Hilbert treats it like a jump over the Snake River. He gets up on the armrest. He gets his footing. He looks up. He looks down. He thinks about …
Hardwired … to Self-Destruct
Was there a moment when you figured out that music could be a job?
The first moment was in 1986. We had put out our third record, , and we had spent about six months rolling around the U.S., touring with Ozzy Osbourne’s first arena outing. The last show, our manager looked all of us in the eye and told us that we had made enough money that we could all buy houses. That just never seemed like it was feasible, doing the kind of music that we played. And so I guess I’m always a little wary—we were trying not to look at it as a job for fear of losing that spark that keeps Metallica going. But obviously, we have a lot of people that work for us, a lot of people that help us out as a company, and that has to be tended to.
What kinds of people?
For guys who are well past middle age, keeping healthy needs to be respected. We have two employees who take care of stretching us, massaging us. We have a chef. We stay in comfortable hotels. There’s private plane travel. We don’t tour in more than two-week increments, so we go home and see our families, recharge our batteries. Touring like this is not financially efficacious, but if we didn’t tour like this, we wouldn’t tour.
Do you remember your first big paycheck?
—and only because it was consistent. I was making scale.
Was that the first time you felt like you had disposable income?
Yeah. I was like, I can go out to dinner. I don’t have to choose between a bottle of wine or flowers. I can have both. I was aware of all the little pleasures I could have. I can shop at Whole Foods. Instead of buying the prosciutto that’s packaged, I’m getting the sliced one from the counter. That was important to me.
Have you made any big mistakes with your money?
No, I’m not like that. I will say my clothes are where I spend my money, like buying a Marc Jacobs letterman jacket. I panicked when I bought my TV.
Is it a fancy TV?
It’s like $300, but I was just like, Do you need a TV? I’ll never forget how it felt to be a stand-up on unemployment. I grew up a privileged person, but it embarrassed me to have to ask my parents for money, and I don’t want to do that again. I save to the point where my business manager is like, “Jenny, please buy a house.”
What was the toughest thing about switching markets as an actress from India to the U.S.?
Educating myself about taxes, immigration law, international law. Where I live, how much time I spend in a particular country, how it’s going to affect my visa. There are so many different ways to go wrong!
How do you manage your money?
I divide it between what I want to save, investments, what I want to spend, and philanthropy.
What’s your best investment?
Land in Mumbai and Goa.
Ever spend money imprudently?
Ten years into movies, in 2013, my mom insisted that I needed to commemorate it. I picked her up, we went to dinner, and then drove to a Rolls-Royce dealer and bought a custom car.
With both your parents musicians, did you grow up with the idea that entertainment could be a job?
Yeah, for me it was a family business. But both my sister and I were keenly aware of the realities of the industry and therefore always had to be pretty ambitious and dedicated to get ahead. My grandmother always told everybody, “There is nothing worse than a third-rate folk singer.” () So we grew up with that edict.
What’s the biggest financial mistake you’ve made?
Signing a publishing deal years ago and asking them to throw in a piano. I thought they were gifting me a piano, when in fact I was just paying for the piano. I was confused by the big leagues—financially, it was a no-man’s land. That happens to most musicians. They get screwed by the industry. It’s a rite of passage. Don’t ask for a piano!
Director, writer, producer
When did you figure out you could entertain for a living?
When I was a production assistant on . I drove onto the lot and I realized, Oh my god! I’m in! I couldn’t believe somebody was paying me $5 an hour for something I wanted to do.
What did you do with your first check?
I’d made an enormous amount of money prior to becoming a PA, so the money was insignificant. It was about a dream coming true. [In my 20s] I made good money with my nursing agency [which helped HIV patients]. I had a couple million dollars before I stepped onto the set.
What do you wish you’d known about money before getting into showbiz?
That half of it goes directly to the government. And another 20 percent goes to your representatives, so that’s 70 percent of your income right there. You’d better make some money, honey! You’ve got to put $15 of that $30 away for your retirement.
Is that what you did?
No, of course not! That was the learning experience. It took me 34 years to find that out!
Director, actor, comedian
What advice would you give a kid coming into showbiz?
I’d say, “Don’t make decisions from fear.” Anytime I’ve made a decision or I bet on myself, it ended up being the right decision. Anytime I’m doubting my own worth, it’s become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
When you first got paid, did you do anything obnoxious?
When I was on , I was still living month to month. My obnoxious buy would’ve been an Xbox. You realize the value is in not having a side job. Even today I don’t splurge—I’m the anti-Scarface. All these things you imagined you’d buy—none of those would bring me much joy or peace.
What did you imagine buying?
Props from movies or memorabilia—a nerd collection. At some point, I could let go of the fantasy of owning one of the Gremlins.
When was the moment you realized you could make art for a living?
Until 1980, I taught full time at the Rhode Island School of Design. When the sales of my artwork matched my salary is when I thought I could make a go of it.
What’s the best thing you’ve done with your money?
In Seattle, Lake Union is a “working lake” that serves the fishing and boat-building industries. I got lucky a few years ago, and a famous boat builder was selling his business and building. I was able to take over the building. Boats go by all day long.
What are expenses most people wouldn’t know you have as an artist?
Shipping the glass. One time, a container of my completed artwork was lost overboard in a storm on the way back to Seattle from France. It’s now at the bottom of the Atlantic.
What do you wish you’d known about business earlier?
My first lesson, and the harshest lesson—I was in a band when I was young, and we were improperly managed. When I joined Garbage, my first check had to go toward paying a tax bill from my former band. I didn’t receive any of the financial benefits, but I was stuck with the tax bill because I hadn’t been protected. At the time, it felt like my entire profit from all our success was going down the toilet. I had no idea that I would continue to have a career.
That experience must have paid off later on, though, when Garbage blew up.
We were all long enough in the tooth at that time to know that the income we were enjoying would not last forever. When the success came, I was 30. And my band was even older than me. We saw how excited people got by money and success, and we found it mildly repulsive. () We were all prepared for when the merry-go-round comes to a halt.
Any crazy purchases in your heyday?
I have a pair of black boots, which look like ordinary boots, but you know how it is when you see a new pair of footwear: “I have to have.” A stylist had brought the boots to my hotel. I said to her, “I want these boots,” and she went, “They’re very expensive.” I said, “I don’t care.” So I get the boots. I wear them a couple of times. They do nothing for my life. Then I discover they cost $5,000. Every time I look at them, I feel hatred, but I shall keep them for life as a reminder of my own idiocy.
I’ve talked to a few musicians, and they all have a story about getting taken advantage of.
Yes, all musicians do, don’t they? That’s just part of the learning process. Artists are that way in general, because, look, I love what I do. I’m still a little bit fascinated with the fact that people will pay me to do what I love doing so much. The secret is, I would do it for free. That’s why artists get screwed.
Does being from a Mormon background help financially, in that you might be less inclined to fall prey to the drinking and drugs of the musician lifestyle?
I’m much more conservative and spend my time and money in different ways than [my contemporaries].
Have you ever done a calculation? Like, This is how much money I’ve saved not buying drugs.
At these clubs, on my rider, they’re always trying to add booze. I’m like, “No, that’s fine. Pay me more.”
Do you get it?
Occasionally, yeah. Promoters love working with me, because they know I’m reliable.
TransparentI Love Dick
What was your lowest financial moment?
With the writer’s strike and the recession, I got behind on everything. I was trying to get hired on . I remember having a great meeting with [executive producer] Michael Patrick King and saying whatever I needed to say to get a writer job. And he said to me, “You don’t really want to work on this show, do you?” And I said, “Of course I do!” And then I didn’t get the offer, and I was so desperate I sent him an email explaining why I would want to work on the show—and still didn’t get the job.
What’s the biggest financial mistake you’ve made?
Twenty years ago, me and my sister and some friends had a sketch comedy show called , and we sold it to MTV. We created a company to deal with this exciting new business development, called Smell My Productions, and we wanted to do it in a way that respected everybody involved, but five people starting a business together immediately becomes cumbersome. The ship tilted before it even got a chance to sail. I tell people, “Having a communal spirit is important, but if you’re going to create something, be aware that the politics of the group are going to present themselves as troublesome way before the creative problems.”
The Handmaid’s Tale
When did you first figure out you could make money acting?
I started when I was really young, and when you’re underage, the union is pretty strict about putting a percentage of everything you make into an account that you get when you’re 18. So I didn’t make a ton of money when I was young, but I was aware that it was a job.
What’s the weirdest, most unexpected expense you have as an actor?
You have to pay for hair and makeup. Usually, it’s $500 each. There was a time when I was much younger when I would do my own thing. And then I got a new publicist, and it was like, “Yeah, um, you can’t just go anywhere in your jeans and have your photo taken. That’s not gonna fly anymore.” I’m still like, “Why not? I look great! I love this jacket.”