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Just amazing. Baby’s life saved with 3D printed device.
“You don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living.” RIP Zach.
The music community is –– and always has been –– an important part of Instagram. For the past four years, we have become the home for artists big and small –– a place where people across the musical spectrum come to share stories, reveal their creativity and connect directly with fans. Today we’re launching @music, a new account dedicated to exploring music around the globe, from those who create it to the community around it. Each week, we’ll take a look at the musical experience on Instagram. That means showing you a different side of artists you know and love, like Questlove (@questlove), and introducing you to up-and-coming talents from around the world, like Tricot (@ikkyu193). It means highlighting music photographers, album illustrators, instrument makers and, of course, fans. In the Instagram tradition, we will also welcome community participation with a new, music-themed monthly hashtag project. Music is a huge part of all of our lives here at Instagram. It’s a passion of ours, and we know it’s a passion of yours. So follow along at @music –– we think you’ll discover something new. – Kevin Systrom, Founder and CEO Art by @jaredeberhardt
A photo posted by Instagram @music (@music) on Apr 29, 2015 at 5:57am PDT
My 2013 was a whirlwind of a year, and 2014 is already propping itself up with a couple big changes.
First, I recently decided to relocate from NYC to San Francisco. NYC is an amazing city, and I will miss it. Its tech scene is vibrant and growing, its culture and diversity are energizing, and its selection of activities (and food) is unmatched. I remember when I was ready to move from Austin and wasn’t sure if NYC would be the best destination (being a west-coast person at heart). I told myself I’d give it a try for a bit.. 3 years max. It’s been a little over 6 years since then, and each new experience NYC offers still surprised me with delight.
I’m certainly grateful that life brought me to NYC because I wouldn’t be who I am today without it. Thanks to everyone who contributed to my NYC experience. Now is the time for me to make another change in life and take my next course.
Which brings me to my next big change: I’m happy to announce that I’ve joined the 500 Startups team as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR). My initial relationship with 500 Startups started back in late 2012 when I became a Mentor (thanks to Gary Chou for the recommendation). Since then, I’ve witnessed first-hand the breadth and depth of the global 500 network, especially when 20% of the portfolio consists of companies from outside of the U.S. For instance, last Nov I joined in on 500’s Geeks On A Plane trip to Istanbul where we met some awesome unheard-of startups that are amazing businesses. It was also there where Dave McClure and I casually chatted about a business idea I had, and where my head was in terms of my next career steps. That conversation eventually turned into serious talks about me helping the 500 team specifically.
Thus, I’ll be helping with our upcoming Accelerator batch (#9) and closely mentoring several of our companies through the program. In parallel, I’ll be defining and shaping the early stages of my next company, the details of which I hope to announce in the near future.
If you are a founder looking for help via an accelerator or investment, give us a holler: http://500.co/
If you are an SF transplant and would fancy chatting about life here, hit me up: @malcolmcasey. A super plus if you’re also a mobile developer or designer interested in music, like I am.
This is pretty awesome.
Lots of articles have been written about the renaissance of hardware startups. On Kickstarter and in VC conference rooms, there’s a steady wave of founders pitching new devices, peripherals and even apparel. Which is wonderful. And inspiring. And, costly.
Tho the internet has empowered creators…
- Patty McCord, former Netflix Chief Talent Officer
- Viktor Frankl (via explore-blog)
I remember I first met Mike indirectly through a mutual friend because we both had a common interest in DJ’ing. It was soon revealed that we both wanted to start a company someday. From that point, we’d meet every week just bouncing ideas off each other, poking holes into each one, and explored what we could potentially work on together. We learned that we were both interested in creating something with a social good mission, and in fact, passionate in taking a stab at solving today’s issues in education. One thing led to another and Skillshare was born in Fall 2010.
When I look back, it’s incredible to think how far we’ve come, how much we’ve been able to accomplish, and to watch Skillshare grow up. We have vibrant teaching and learning communities in cities all around the world. Our team and “family” has grown with a number of talented and ambitious members helping us realize our vision. And along the way, I’ve been able to learn invaluable lessons that will be ingrained in me forever. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to help Skillshare reach this stage, proud with what we’ve been able to accomplish against many odds, and excited with what’s to come in the next phase.
While I still have the same level of passion, energy, dedication, and commitment for Skillshare, our mission, and our team, I’ve also realized that I can contribute the most value to companies whose path to success is far less obvious than Skillshare’s. It was one of the reasons why I decided to start a company from scratch in the first place, and it’s also why I took a step back from my day-to-day role a few months ago. I’m still a Board Member and Advisor, and, of course, will continue to help in whatever capacity I can.
This was obviously not an easy decision to make, especially considering that Skillshare is in such a pivotal stage in its life. Fortunately, I’m confident that, thanks to the strong team we have put in place, Skillshare will continue to grow and change education as we know it.
In closing, I want to express my gratitude for all my friends, mentors, investors, and colleagues who have supported me and Skillshare with our accomplishments to date. I’ve started to advise a few great companies and mentor for 500 Startups, and am looking forward to the next course in my life.
Keep on learning,