Dwayne K. Sutton

274 Flips | 6 Magazines | 1 Like | 3 Following | 10 Followers | @onestage | Founder, OneStage Group. Partner, reed*sutton. Expert in business storytelling and emotional branding. Duke MBA.

1,884 Startup Founders Say This 1 Thing Is More Important Than Making Money

Serving customers? Becoming rich and famous? No, these are not the only reasons why startup founders do what they do.<p>Entrepreneurs start businesses to make lots of money and change the world, right?<p>Not exactly, says a new survey of 1,884 company founders conducted by marketing automation firm Drip, …

LG Taps Sam Smith and The Weeknd for V20 Sound Campaign in Korea

<b>K</b>orea is well known for its finely-tuned domestic entertainment industry where foreign stars of only the highest magnitude shine bright enough to …

The Way to Reach Millennials? Brand Authenticity

<b>I</b>f your business targets younger consumers — millennials — you need a brand strategy that connects with this audience. Few people of any age respond …

5 Brand Makeovers That Will Get Your Customer's Attention

The job of branding is never done. Remain relevant and up-to-date with trends to keep your company in the spotlight.<p>For the busy small business owner, it's a huge relief when the company logo design, website, and perhaps a few promotional videos are finally complete. The problem is that these …

Here’s What You Do When Customers Start Abandoning Your Business

<i>This piece originally appeared on AllBusiness.</i><p>There are a number of reasons why customers may decide to abandon your product or service. But if you …

Studio Visit: Industrial Designer Mark Braun: Inside a Berlin workshop where material and form unite for new meaning

"Let's say that I'm very close to messy," industrial designer Mark Braun says as we enter his Treptow, Berlin studio. "But it helps with my work." While the three-room space contains fascinating items aplenty (be that tools, inspirational knickknacks, books or an array of items he imagined and …

Buy: Hometown Heroes Leather Basketball

Made from 100% leather, this black basketball was crafted by Atelier New Regime for indoor use. Part of the Hometown Heroes capsule collection, the ball is size seven (aka men's official size, with a 30-inch circumference) and while boasting logos on four panels, it's a sophisticated update. While …

Studio Visit: Phill Kiho Kim's PKK Ceramics: How a love for clay and coffee led this ceramic artist to open his own studio in Echo Park

When we visit ceramic artist Phill Kiho Kim's PKK Ceramics Echo Park studio, he explains how his obsession with coffee led him to ceramics, then coffee and back to ceramics. The culmination of Kim's passions manifested when he combined the two, most recently when he made a full set of cups, plates …

Link About It: Medical Marijuana Delivery Company Scores $13 Million in Funding

SF-based medical marijuana delivery business Eaze has just announced it's received $13 million in series B funding, making it the highest funded marijuana technology company thus far. Eaze—led by Keith McCarty—launched in 2014 and already delivers to 100 California cities and is now able to expand. …

Union Wine Co. + Marshall's Haute Sauce: Red Haute Pinot Noir

With their "pinkies down" approach, Oregon's Union Wine Co. is forever releasing fun, forward-thinking products, from an entirely drinkable wine in a can to wine-flavored candies. Their latest offering plays upon everyone's seasonal interest in mulled wine. Partnering with another local Oregon …

Buy: Salami of the Month Club

Olympia Provisions—a Portland, Oregon must-stop—approaches meat-curing as form of art and science, using old-world traditions learnt in Europe to craft their never-hurried salami, sausages and charcuterie. Oregon’s first USDA-approved salumeria offers the rest of the country who can't visit their …

Buy: Winter Oil Bath

Deeply aromatic and luxuriant to the touch, the Winter Oil Bath from Austrian holistic (and organic) beauty expert Susanne Kaufmann lends an extra layer of extravagance to every bath. Orange oil lays out the base note while cinnamon and clove waft forward. A bit of evergreen rounds it all out. The …

INSTANT Gallery: A creative collective transforms their Instagram images into limited edition prints that raise money for worthy causes

Photographer Alan Gastelum remembers feeling a sense of frustration with the consuming power of social media. Instead of shying away from it, he began to search for a way to create further meaning from the interaction. He wanted to showcase his own work along with that of his colleagues, with the …

The Importance of Glass at the Arlo Hotel Nomad: Beds set into the cityscape, a stunning see-through rooftop floor and more

When glancing skyward from the base of the brand new Arlo Hotel Nomad, one notices an overhang composed of glass. It isn't until guests step out on the spacious 31st floor outdoor bar that it becomes evident this is a small, transparent floor. It may be vertigo-inducing for some, but it's more than …

Link About It: The Gossip's Beth Ditto's Plus-Size Fashion Line

Singer/songwriter/sometime model and all-the-time badass, Beth Ditto has just released her second collection of clothing for plus-sized people and it's breaking all the rules regarding how larger women "should" dress. The idea of wearing "flattering" or minimizing shapes and colors was far from her …

Plan B Vintage-Inspired Watches: Well-priced luxury timepieces with a case shape drawn from 1950s French watchmaking

As we've noted time and again, there's no short supply of emerging watchmakers taking to Kickstarter to launch their debut products. Many of these brands cite throwback influences and strong materials. Rarely, however, are they as interesting as Plan B watches and their debut model, the Edmonton. …

Link About It: Philippe Starck Designed a Smartphone

Celebrated French designer Philippe Starck has designed his first-ever smartphone, and the screen is almost edge-to-edge—covering 91% of the front of the phone. Made for Xiaomi (a Chinese company), the phone is called the Mi Mix and features a 4,400 mAh battery—meaning it will last longer between …

Up Homes Customizable Houses: Modular units come together for a residence built upon sustainability

Whether you're imagining a 500-square-foot escape or a four bedroom primary residence, Up Homes offers a solution. These aren't modular homes as you know them. Rather, co-founders Libby Zemaitis and Blake Goble developed a system of—in essence—250-square-foot building blocks. Each unit can be …

The Cartier Mansion Redesigned

An antique bronze clock rests atop the cornice of a central westward-facing window at the neo-Renaissance mansion on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street. Pierre Cartier commissioned this timepiece from Brooklyn sculptor R Bonet in 1919. It's been an important fixture of the Cartier Mansion …

Benjamin Grant's "Overview: A New Perspective of Earth": Stunning high-definition satellite photographs of our planet

Inspired by his hugely popular and oftentimes mind-blowing Instagram, Benjamin Grant's new book "Overview: A New Perspective of Earth" mesmerizes. The hardcover tome boasts 200 original images that Grant created by stitching together several satellite photographs. The results are incredibly …

Buy: Men's Lightweight Indigo Sashiko

Made from 100% cotton, yarn-dyed indigo sashiko, these slip-ons from the TOMS + The Hill-Side collaboration feature quintessential elements of each brand. Thanks to The Hill-Side's ties to Tokyo, the fabric comes from Japan, while the design of the shoe is classic TOMS. With blue chambray lining …

Nespresso + Breville Creatista Plus : Two coffee appliance icons unite for a beautiful, easy-to-use automatic espresso machine

Simply put, the new Creatista Plus is what happens when two of the most respected names in coffee-making appliances unite. With Nespresso's simple, recyclable pod process and Breville's sleek, stainless steel design, it's as easy to use as it is beautiful. And, after extensive testing, we can …

The road to 10 great music startups…

Since announcing <b>Techstars Music</b><b>*</b> a month ago, it’s been non-stop action. Thousands of emails. Hundreds of applications. Forty-six in-person meetings. …

Startups

14 Austin sports startups bringing tech to athletes, coaches and fans

Our city ranks high year after year as one of America's Healthiest Cities, according to the American Fitness Index. In 2016, Austin ranked in at the …

Your Startup is About to Fail. Here are 20 Reasons Why:

It’s a reality all entrepreneurs must come to terms with: the potential for failure.<p>Over 51% of businesses will fail in their first five years (U.S. …

Startups

6 Business Trends That Will Help Startups Succeed In 2017 TaskQue

Every year new business trends take over the business world and 2017 will not be an exception. The important question on everyone’s mind is how do …

These Are the Most Lucrative Industries for Startups in 2016 | Inc.com

Where the Growth Lives<p>There are more Inc. 500 honorees in New York than in any other American city. And for the first time since 2010, San Francisco failed to make the top 5 Inc. 500 hometowns.<p>Overall<p>New York City<br>• Atlanta<br>• Los Angeles<br>• Austin<br>• Irvine, Calif.<p>Per Capita<p>Clearwater, Fla.<br>• Irvine, …

New Jersey

5 Lessons on Pitching from the Judges of FoodBytes! Sydney

<i>Editor’s Note: Dutch food and agriculture bank Rabobank took its innovation pitch event FoodBytes! to Sydney, Australia last week. It was the first</i> …

Agriculture

Study: For 78% Of Startups, Networking Is Vital To Entrepreneurial Success

If you’ve ever worried that you were wasting too much time at cocktails and attending events like the Web Summit, you can now put your mind at ease.<p>A new research, “Informal Innovation: Entrepreneurship and Informal Communities“, released today by the Economist Intelligence Unit, confirms what …

Entrepreneurship