Eric Torenberg

Rap, Olympic Weightlifiting and Design in Staff Picks

It’s Saturday! And you know what that means, another round of our favorite pages for the week, Staff Picks. This week we’ve got a lot of young and inspiring folks to check out, including Erik Torenberg in our header photo.

A founding team member of Product Hunt, Erik is also a rap enthusiast who founded rapt.fm and a former associate with Queensbridge Venture Partners. Be sure to have a look at his page, leave him a compliment, and then check out our 3 other picks for the week.

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Julian Schiemann

More Than Just Students

These five students are making waves from Texas all the way to Germany, read on to hear their stories.

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A fashion writer in Rimini: Roberto Neri

“Io sono profondamente legato alla mia Rimini, alla terra dove sono nato e dove ho vissuto da sempre, è come se facesse parte del mio DNA.” – Roberto Neri

A fashion writer, Roberto Neri has been asked many times why he still chooses to live in Rimini, 330 kilometers from Milan, Italy’s fashion capital. His response, in Italian above, describes his attachment to the land where he was born and has always lived as though it were part of his very DNA.

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You’re Invited! about.me & Betabrand event in San Francisco

On the evening of October 30th, about.me and Betabrand will be partnering up for an event to benefit Dave Egger’s amazing organization, 826 Valencia. Dedicated to assisting students ages 6 to 18 with their writing skills, 826 Valencia also helps teachers get their students excited about writing.

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From Rejected To Accepted: One Student’s Journey to the University Of Texas

Ruby Westkaemper has a passion for all things media. From television to radio to digital, you name it, Ruby is into it.

“My friends, sisters and I used to make videos when we were younger and edit them on the computer,” said Ruby. “When I got to high school, I really focused on school and sports and my junior year, I didn’t do anything creative and I was so miserable.”

You could say this short-termed misery sparked Ruby’s initial interest in pursuing a career in the broadcast industry.

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A freelancer’s perspective on Backstory: Afeef Nessouli

As a freelancer, Afeef Nessouli knows how difficult it is to ensure he is constantly busy and has a steady stream of projects instead of just having them crop up. As he says, “It is an endless hustle!”

Recently, we introduced Backstory and Afeef added it to his about.me page in order to find projects and collaborators on the platform. With such a fascinating array of jobs and experiences outlined on his page and Backstory, we decided to take the opportunity to interview him in depth about who he is and how he takes advantage of about.me.

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From the corporate world to Hollywood: Melanie Kannokada

An actress, Melanie Kannokada typically starts her day by meditating, followed by tea and then breakfast. Then she takes some time to focus on her schedule which is usually a mix of meetings, auditions, filming, classes or rehearsals, and writing.

But her days weren’t always this way. Before becoming an actress, Melanie worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co. in New York City and before that she graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford.

So how did the transition from mechanical engineer to consultant to actress, happen? We interviewed Melanie to find out.

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