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President Barack Obama Lectures at 1776

This morning, President Barack Obama stopped by 1776, a DC startup incubator, to offer a lecture to members.

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Venture Capitalist Marc Andreessen on Bitcoin, Future of Twitter

Last night’s “Atlantic Exchange” featured venture capitalist Marc Andreessen in conversation with The Atlantic‘s President and Editor-in-Chief James Bennet at DC start-up incubator 1776 (if you haven’t yet been, check it out!). Andreessen and Bennet explored a range of topics including the value of bitcoin and the future of Twitter.

Full coverage of the conversation will be available here.

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Photo courtesy Max Taylor.

U.S. News’ Kimberly Palmer Helps Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur

Economy of You coverU.S. News & World Report Senior Money Editor Kimberly Palmer just came out with the new book The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life. Recognizing that journalism offers little job security, Palmer jumped on the microbusiness bandwagon and developed a series of financial planners.

The Economy of You recounts everyday people who are liberating themselves from financial strain by creating their own business as a supplemental income. In it, readers will find concrete guidelines for launching a rewarding businesses of their own, including: tips for figuring out the ideal side gig, advice on juggling a fledgling enterprise and a full-time job, branding and marketing basics that bring results, and what and when to offer for free (unfortunately her answers isn’t EVERYTHING and ALWAYS).

Palmer is also the author of Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CNBC, CNN, and local television and radio shows across the country to talk about making smart money decisions.

Want to know more? Visit her online at bykimberlypalmer.com. Palmer’s approach is way less “you’re effed!” than Suze Orman.

Elevator Pitch: ‘Burn Note’ Keeps Prvate Messages Private

Remember on “Mission Impossible” when messages would self destruct after an agent listened to them? In this episode of “Elevator Pitch,” Alan Meckler speaks with Jacob Robbins about his startup “Burn Note.”

If you’re living in the cloak and dagger world of espionage, or just have a really sensitive message to send and want to make sure it never falls into the wrong hands, watch this episode. “Burn Note” allows you to send a secure email and set a timer to destroy the message after it’s read…forever…without all the smoke and drama.

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New Show! Elevator Pitch Fast Forward: I-Ella

They came on the mediabistroTV series “Elevator Pitch” hoping someone would take a chance on their ideas. In our new show, “Elevator Pitch Fast Forward,” host Alan Meckler checks up on the new business owners to see how they’re doing.

In our first episode, we dropped in on I-Ella CEO and founder, Ella Gorgla to see where the fashion insider’s marketplace is today. Gorgla showed us how giving clients a red carpet experience put new life into her business. She also gave “Elevator Pitch” hopefuls some solid advice to make sure their startups never go out of style.

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Lori Greiner Talks About the Oprah Effect and What Inventors Need to Be Successful

Lori Greiner knows firsthand the power of Oprah Winfrey to sell product.

In part two of our conversation with Greiner, the “Queen of QVC” and regular on ABC’s “Shark Tank” tells SocialTimes editor Devon Glenn what happens when one of your products makes the list of Oprah’s favorite things, how every inventor thinks they have the greatest thing in the world and what they need to do to make sure they’re right.

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Media Beat: Lori Greiner Talks About Swimming with the Sharks

If you like watching rich people buy things on TV or prefer doing it yourself while watching QVC, then you’re probably familiar with Lori Greiner.

Greiner, known as the “Queen of QVC,” is also a regular on the ABC show “Shark Tank” where those that have millions listen to pitches from those that have little more than a million dollar idea.

SocialTimes editor Devon Glenn sat down with Greiner to talk about the show, her reign on QVC and if any of the products she’s invested in on “Shark Tank” have any bite.

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Ex-Politico Reporter Starts ’2016′ Blog

The presidential election ended just four months ago but Dave Catanese, former Politico blogger and Senate reporter, launched a blog Sunday that focuses exclusively on the next one.

Catanese left Politico at the start of the year without any real explanation other than that he was going to “explore opportunities,” as he told FishbowlDC. He continued tweeting about politics and sometimes rap music, but never indicated anything about a new job.

On the blog, called TheRun2016, Catanese has written four posts… Read more

How the Founder of Pitchfork Made It Big

Way back in 1995, Ryan Schreiber was a high school graduate working as a record store clerk. Finding little on the Internet about indie music, he decided to start his own Web page and launched Pitchfork. With no publishing experience, the site eventually became the online authority on indie music, and nowadays a review there can make or break a career.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? series, Schreiber says that aspiring entrepreneurs should “be willing to put in the work for a long period of time for just the love of it.”

“Today, more so than any other time, it seems really difficult to make a living in the media, especially in the music media,” he explained. “It’s just so crowded, and at this point the publications that are really able to establish themselves are the ones that are the most passionate and the most relatable. I find that the publications I tend to connect with most are ones that are, in many cases, written by a single voice, somebody who has a really interesting viewpoint or perspective.”

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Ryan Schreiber, Founder and CEO of Pitchfork?

So Far, So Good For Sullivan

A few days ahead of the official launch of AndrewSullivan.com, the site has pulled in $480,000 in subscriptions, according to Washingtonian. Andrew Sullivan, the site’s creator, told the magazine that half of the early subscribers gave more than the $19.99 fee he’s charging for select content.

Sullivan announced at the start of this year via his current spot at The Daily Beast that he and his crew were packing up to do things the independent way. “We felt more and more that getting readers to pay a small amount for content was the only truly solid future for online journalism,” he wrote. “We also felt we almost had a duty to try and see if we could help break some new ground.”

Whether Sullivan can maintain the current momentum after the blog launches Feb. 4 remains to be seen. But so far, so good.

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