The Power of People: How To Build a Thriving Brand in an Automated World

Automation is changing everything. We know this. In fact, at the 2018 Propelify Innovation Festival Jeanniey Mullen, Global CMO of Mercer, and Benji Decker, the current Entrepreneur in Residence at Mercer, kicked off their talk by speaking with Warren, Mercer’s AI digital assistant, about the changes automation will bring to the workplace. A few of Warren’s scariest … Read more

Three Steps to Protect Your Small Business and Data Privacy

At the 2018 Propelify Innovation Festival Burt Powers, Senior Director at Dell EMC, and Kevin Robinson, the Founder of Juniper Jones, talked about one of the most pressing issues facing small business owners today: data privacy. In a world where half of the 28 million small businesses in the U.S. have had a cyber breach, data privacy is … Read more

20 Really Great Tweets from the 2018 Propelify Innovation Festival

The third annual 2018 Propelify Innovation Festival went down on May 17, 2018 with over 10,000 attendees and 80+ speakers turning up to turn ideas into action, connect with fellow game changers, hire and get hired,  learn how to overcome business obstacles, meet and pitch investors, expand their networks, and talk innovation, tech, and entrepreneurship … Read more

9 Great Quotes on Effective Communication, Networking, and Pitching from the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival

Want to improve your communication, networking, and pitching skills? Of course you do! Check out some of our favorite quotes from our 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival speakers for a slew of uber practical tips on how to successfully and effectively connect, build relationships, network, and communicate with fellow innovators, hiring managers, V.C.s, and investors. #LetsPropel Introduce yourself as … Read more

The Secret Sauce of Success

At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival over 80+ world class, renowned founders, technologists, and innovators shared their knowledge and expertise with over 10,000 members of the innovation community in Hoboken, New Jersey. A frequent topic in all of the talks and panels? Success. Or more specifically, how to pursue, achieve, and maintain success. A few … Read more

Big Data, Machine Learning, and Personalization: How Entrepreneurs Can Solve Our Future Problems

At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival, over 80+ speakers talked innovation, trends, and the future of everything from tech policy to transportation to big data with over 10,000 entrepreneurs, technologists, innovators, founders, and gamechangers from 43 states and 10 countries around the world. Some of the biggest trends our experts discussed last year? The possibilities of … Read more

10 Inspiring Quotes on Entrepreneurship from the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival

At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival, over 80+ speakers dispensed their best wisdom, know-how, and advice to the crowd of 10,000+ innovators, entrepreneurs, and gamechangers. Here are some of our favorite quotes from our 2017 speakers on the hustle, devotion, and grit needed to succeed as an entrepreneur.  Consider this your #MotivationMonday boost. #LetsPropel On … Read more

James Altucher’s Best Advice for Entrepreneurs

James Altucher is an entrepreneur, bestselling author, and angel investor. At the 90th New Jersey Tech Meetup, Altucher graced the Stages of Wisdom and dispersed his trademark blend of wit, wisdom, and optimistic advice to the crowd of entrepreneurs. Here’s his nine best pieces of advice: Find the right people, or your business won’t make … Read more

Wanna Get Hired? Here’s How to Stand Out From the Crowd.

Are you hoping to make a career change, finally score that position at your dream company, or snag your very first job after college? At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival Rebecca Price, VP of People at Enigma.com, and Holly Rose Faith, Talent Partner at New Enterprise Associates, spoke on a panel moderated by Avery Blank, contributor at Forbes, about surprising … Read more

John Henry sold his company for $1 million at the age of 21. Here’s how.

John Henry is a an entrepreneur, founder of the non-profit incubator Cofound Harlem, and a Venture Partner at Harlem Capital Partners. At 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival, he offered his  entrepreneurial wisdom and observations about pursuing passions up to the crowd. Here are John’s three mantras that will inspire you to go after your own dreams … Read more

How Data Science Will Improve Society

Data science, or extracting knowledge and insights from sets of data, is a field with the potential to seriously impact human society for the better. At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival, Justin Hendrix, Executive Director of the NYC MediaLab, moderated a panel with Frida Polli, CEO & Co-Founder of Pymetrics, Michael Won, Director of Analytics … Read more

The Future of Transportation

“There’s an alternative to a world that looks like a parking lot and feels like a traffic jam.” At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival Jason Post, Director of Public Policy & Communications at Uber Technologies, Inc, detailed several trends he believes will change the face of transportation and mobility today. Here are the top 10 takeaways … Read more

How to Create a Successful New Media Company

Today, almost 68 million Americans listen to podcasts on a monthly basis and the proliferation of this entertaining, informative, and opinionated medium is only expected to keep growing. At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival Matt Lieber, Co-Founder of Gimlet Media, the digital media company and podcast network focused on producing narrative podcasts, gave his three … Read more

Arianna Huffington’s Best Advice to Entrepreneurs

Arianna Huffington is the definition of a serial entrepreneur. In 2005 she changed the media landscape by co-founding the Huffington Post, which AOL  later purchased for a cool  $315 million. Arianna served as the President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group until 2016, and then stepped down to focus on her new startup, Thrive … Read more

Eight Trends Driving the Future of Work

“For the Silent Generation, work was like a steamship. You picked the company, the function, the direction, worked there your whole life, and then get the pension. For Baby Boomers, work was like operating a sailing vessel, navigating the winds and currents, as we make our way through our careers.  And for the Millennials out … Read more

Want to Access the V.C. Landscape? Here’s How.

Are you an entrepreneur trying to raise capital for your startup? At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival Liza Benson, Partner at Starvest Partners, and Albert Wenger, Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures, offered up their wisdom on the trends and qualities V.C.s are looking for in founders and new companies. Here’s what you need to … Read more

Building an Entrepreneurial Mindset

How do you create a company culture where  employees are empowered to take risks? By creating and fostering an entrepreneurial mindset in every single person at your company. At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival Alexis Smith, Director of Employer Branding and Digital for North America at Anheuser-Busch and Howard Greenstein of Harbrooke Group offered three techniques … Read more

The Future of Healthcare

Today’s healthcare industry landscape offers an especially unique opportunity for technologists, medical professionals, and innovators to collaborate and improve healthcare around the globe. With developments in A.I., technology, and personal data collection, the healthcare industry is wide open for breathtaking innovation and improvements that will help people feel better. At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival, … Read more

Want to Partner with the Big Players? Here’s How.

Larger companies like Google want to work with you. At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival, Beth Polish, Vice Chairman at League of Change, and Kristina Hahn, Director of Americas Partner Solutions and Innovation at Google, discussed three key criteria bigger companies are looking for when they choose to partner up with smaller companies. Define How a … Read more

Three Surprising Qualities That Attract V.C. Attention

The question every entrepreneur wants to know: what attracts a V.C.’s attention – and eventual funding – to your company? At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival David Sorin of McCarter & English moderated a panel between Paul Martino, General Partner at Bull Pen Capital, and Gus Warren, Managing Director at Samsung NEXT Ventures, about how founders … Read more

Accessibility and Disability in Tech: How We Need To Improve

Over 53 million people in the United States live with a disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  That’s 1 in 5 people. And yet, accessibility for those with disabilities is rarely considered when it comes to developing new products, apps, or businesses online or in the tech world. Or, as Mary Fernandez put … Read more

Can A.I. Solve Humanity’s Problems?

Dr. Kelland Thomas, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology, came to the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival stage with a burning question. In today’s world, where tech so frequently alienates society, how could A.I. actually help create connection and solve humanity’s problems? Here’s how Dr. Thomas sees this happening. Collaboration … Read more

18 Rules for Pitching an Investor

Tom Wisniewski is a Managing Partner at Newark Venture Partners, which means he hears a lot of pitches from entrepreneurs and founders who want funding. At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival Wisniewski gave his top 18 tips for a successful pitch. Bonus: Each tip is short and sweet, clocking in at 140 characters or less! … Read more

The Future of Retail Stores

The way we shop and work is rapidly changing. At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival, Jason Abbruzzese, a business reporter at Mashable, talked the future of physical places, shopping, and branding with Jesse Middleton, co-founder of Wework, and Alana Branston, co-founder & CEO of Bulletin. Here are their top three predictions for the future of … Read more

Diversity, Inclusion, and Access: How Tech Needs to Accelerate

At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival Philip McKenzie, creator of the Influencer Conference, moderated a panel on how we can accelerate inclusivity in tech and media with Jon Gosier, Founder and General Partner at Southbox, Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Tastemakers Africa, and Lina Srivastava, Founder of the Creative Impact and Experience Lab. Here are Jon, Cherae, and Lina’s top … Read more

Tools & Tricks for Building Remote Teams

At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival, Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg, co-founders of Leverage and self-proclaimed “productivity geeks,” spoke with Jason Feifer, editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur Magazine, about the future of work. Their consensus? The remote workplace will continue to grow in popularity and prominence, since remote work affords the ultimate in flexibility, innovation, and value … Read more

How the Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia Followed Her Intuition to Success

Launching a brand and running a company can be exhilarating – and exhausting. What should you do if your purpose feels far away and your work life is starting to feel a little less than lackluster? Try an internal check-in. An internal check-in, or asking yourself a few key, pointed questions, could be just what … Read more

Three Bad Communication Habits and Three Easy Fixes

At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival, Michael Chad Hoeppner of GK Training and Communications, offered three key habit changes entrepreneurs can make to become more effective and efficient communicators. His approach was two-step. First, think about your audience. Then, tackle the common problem that arises when speaking to: The Newbie – The person who knows … Read more

Three Easy Things Entrepreneurs Can Do To Protect Against Consumer and Identity Fraud

In the past six years identity thieves have stolen over $107 billion. Last year, identity fraud claims spiked by 16%. And, fraudsters are increasingly finding new opportunities to commit consumer fraud with the continued growth of point-of-sale fraud and e- and m-commerce, according to recent data. Consumer and identity fraud is an ever-growing problem, but … Read more

Use Design Thinking to Improve Your Life

Ever heard of design thinking? Companies like Apple, Airbnb, and SAP have used design thinking to create massive success and wins for themselves. Advocates hail design thinking as a template for everything from raising resourceful kids to improving doctor-patient relationships. And schools like Harvard and MIT teach design thinking courses to help students learn to … Read more

The Pitfalls and Possibilities of Machine Learning for Newbies

Machine learning gives computers the possibility of learning – without being explicitly programmed. David Spangenthal, Strategic Growth Manager, Google Cloud Platform at Google, and Alyx Baldwin, Co-Founder and CTO at Kip, are both working to push the boundaries of what A.I. and machine learning can accomplish and help humanity with in the future. At the … Read more

Failure, Opportunity, and Entrepreneurship in The Land of Dreams

George Levin came to the United States almost three years ago with a degree in advanced mathematics, nowhere to live, and a dream to launch his own business. He left behind a good career, a great apartment, and everyone he knew in Moscow to pursue his dreams of running a successful business in the U.S. … Read more

3 Steps to Building Long-Term, Sustainable Success

Todd Giannattasio, Founder & CEO of Tresnic Media, wants to help you grow your business and turn strangers into your customers. Todd’s an expert at using social media and digital marketing techniques to build brands, generate leads, and drive sales, and he wants to help burgeoning entrepreneurs harness the power of content to make their … Read more

Stop Thinking Killer App, Start Thinking Killer Experience

David Polinchock has worked in the VR and experiential advertising space since the 1990s, and he’s seen the good, the bad, and the ugly for using VR and AR to create marketing events and experiences. At the Propelify 2017 Innovation Festival he gave a talk about three big ways technologists, marketers, and companies need to … Read more

The Future of Tech Policy in The Trump Era

At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival, Howard Greenstein, CEO of Harbrooke Group, moderated a panel about the future of tech policy under President Trump with Andrew Rasiej, Founder & CEO of Civic Hall and a rep for the Personal Democracy Forum, Scott Frederick, partner at NEA, and Jackson Jeyanayagam, CMO at Boxed.com. Read on for … Read more

Millennials, A-Z

Matt Britton, author of YouthNation: Building Incredible Brands in a Youth-Driven Culture, believes many companies, CEOs, and CMOs, make negative, harmful business decisions because they are disconnected from the Millennial generation. As the founder of MRY, a a digital and social media marketing services agency Matt grew from startup to acquisition by the Publicis Groupe … Read more

Disrupting Dental Hygiene with Goby

Benjamin Goldbery is the Founder of Goby – an electric toothbrush and game-changing mail monthly mail subscription service for replacement toothbrush heads. Read on for the three key ways Ben shook up teeth-brushing for both big, established companies and consumers, by creating serious disruption to the oral care industry. It’s not always easy…. Take it … Read more

The Future of Gamification

Cary Harr is obsessed with learning what makes people tick. He stumbled onto this passion as a public school teacher, and now as a senior manager with Deloitte Consulting. Harr works with the Deloitte immersive learning center. There, he and his team work on games, simulations, videos, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to study and … Read more

3 Lessons for Budding Entrepreneurs from Former Elite Daily Founder Gerard Adams

Gerard Adams exited from Elite Daily in 2015, hosts the YouTube show Leaders Create Leaders and offers wisdom and insight as the Millennial Mentor on Instagram. In short, he knows a ton about entrepreneurship and leadership, and is on a mission to share this information with the world. This desire is what led Gerard to … Read more

Millionaire Serial Entrepreneur Dave Meltzer’s Three Most Powerful Business Lessons

Dave Meltzer is currently the CEO of Sports 1 Marketing, but before he became an entrepreneur he had the equivalent of nine professional lives. Growing up, Meltzer dreamed of becoming a football player, sports agent, doctor, and a lawyer, and finally, an entrepreneur. Over the course of his staggering career, he has been at the … Read more

How Div Turakhia Became a Billionaire by 34

Divyank Turakhia started his first business at 14 years old with $500 and his brother as co-partner. Since those early entrepreneurial days, Div has founded six other companies, sold his company media.net for $900 million dollars to a Chinese consortium, and discovered a passion for adventure sports like airplane wing walking. Yes, seriously! The most … Read more

Want to create a product that drives impact? Marcus Weldon has the blueprint for building the product of the future.

Marcus Weldon is focused on the future. And, as President of Bell Labs, a research and scientific development company that is ahem, winner of eight Nobel Prizes, he knows a thing or two about invention, innovation, and solving needs. Want the blueprint to creating impact in the future? Here are Marcus Weldon’s top five maxims … Read more

Executive Coach Roger Osorio wants you to do these three things to up your entrepreneurial game in 2018.

Roger Osorio, an executive coach, motivational speaker, and City Program Leader at IBM,  had three challenges for attendees at the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival. And now, he wants you to take on the same challenges to become a better entrepreneur and get you out of your comfort zone in the new year. Challenge # 1: … Read more

Here’s how Ryan Harwood built PureWow and got acquired by Gary V.

After years in the finance industry, Ryan Harwood knew he wanted to change his life and go into work with a smile on his face once again. He also knew he wanted to own his own business. But there was one major problem. He didn’t know what industry he was passionate about or what kind … Read more

You’re Crushing it? Bart Lorang Calls Bullshit. How Are You Really Doing?

Bart Lorang starts every meeting he leads at FullContact the same way. He asks everyone in the room to pause for a moment and do a personal check-in. The check-in is simple. He wants everyone to ask themselves: “How am I doing? Really? Today, at this moment, how am I actually doing?” Why the personal … Read more

From Idea to Reality: How The Co-Founder of Thinx Underwear Made it Happen

Antonia Saint Dunbar, the co-founder and owner of the Thinx and Icon underwear lines, knows a thing or two about launching successful products and building high-profile companies. Want to turn your own dreams into a profitable business? Here are Dunbar’s best ideas: Ideas are cheap. Execution is everything. This quote from legendary investor Chris Sacca … Read more

Clueless about creating video content? Start here.

Do you need to produce video content if you want a future in media? Chris Williams, Chief Product Officer of iHeartMedia, Jesse Hertzberg, former CEO of Livestream, and Hope King, anchor at Cheddar Media, all think so, and they aren’t alone. More than 500 million hours of Youtube videos are watched every day, 90% of … Read more

How to Build an Authentic Community and Awesome Event

In a candid one-on-one conversation, Propelify Founder Aaron Price discusses the nuts and bolts of planning the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival. Read on for his top three tips to build an event that creates meaningfulness, value, and connection for attendees and speakers alike. Diversity Creates a One-Of-A-Kind Community While the Innovation Festival draws big-name speakers … Read more