Jul 1 2015
Ahhhh, Independence Day. What better way to celebrate America’s Birthday than with fireworks, sparklers, a cookout and beer? If you’re a beer lover like me, you are always on the lookout for new flavors, unique ingredients and one-of-a kind tastes. And great food pairings, of course. (Don’t know where to start? Check out my last blog post and infographic on Craft Beer and Food Pairings … guaranteed to help you out!) So here’s a fun idea for your holiday cookout: serve red, white and blueberry ales paired with grilled deliciousness for a festive 4th of July gathering. Check out these pairing ideas to be the coolest host on the block.
Characteristics: Red ales (also amber ales) are known for their notes of caramel and toffee malt, slightly roasted grains and low hop presence. The roasted barley gives the beer a reddish hue. With a low level of bitterness, red ales are smooth with a dry roasted finish.
Grilling Suggestions: Meats, lamb, game birds, venison, sausage, pork, chicken, vegetables
Drink This: Head to your local craft beer seller to…
Several years ago I wrote a blog post when the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act became law. At that time we thought it was a desirable piece of legislation that would give the public equity markets a much-needed shot in the arm. That is, we hoped that by making the initial public offering (IPO) process both less costly and less burdensome, the JOBS Act would encourage more company management teams to file for an IPO. That generally means employment gains at the newly minted public companies, as well as at the service providers who count them as clients.
So three years into it, where do we stand? All in all, the JOBS Act has been a good thing! In 2014, nearly 300 companies went public – the largest class since 2000. Anyone who was in any way, shape or form associated with the public company marketplace in the years surrounding the Great Recession knows how little activity there was. New offerings were a rarity. No one expected a return to 1999 – the year of the story stock with nothing to back it up – but the dearth of new companies was an…
Jun 29 2015
Today we have the technology to consume content in a more interactive way. And I’m not talking via Twitter, Instagram’s recent visual news update or TheSkimm.
From journalism to brand storytelling to user-generated content, we can now use data visualization, animation, interactivity, and sound to build content that is truly immersive. I was lucky to attend a recent PRSA digital event where I witnessed state-of-the-art digital stories at Lightbox’s unique floor-to-ceiling displays.
Here are two pieces I was mesmerized by. I would encourage you to click through and experience them as well. Go on, I promise it’s worth it!
Now these digital stories were an investment, but more tools are being released everyday to allow us to be more innovative for our clients.
Tools for Brands:
1. Magisto – Simply select your videos/images, a theme and stock music. This app does the rest in a matter of minutes.