Turn Your Ideas Into Reality with This Entrepreneur’s Process

Ever get an idea that you want to make a reality, but have no clue where to start? Davida Arnold wants to help you put that idea into motion.

Davida has developed an effective acronym as part of her creative process that’ll help guide you through the process of taking something from a concept to fruition. After launching 3 successful restaurants in New York City, Davida saw that the women around her needed something. They needed a voice and a way to connect with powerful women on and offline. And so Girl Game Changer was born.

Davida is much more than a founder. As a mother, entrepreneur, public speaker and more, Davida is the perfect person to go to for insight when it comes to startups. In this interview, she gives us her model for taking an idea and making it real. If you’re in the area, check out Davida’s event, and don’t forget to check out her page!

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Inspiration Can Come From Anywhere: One Artist’s Story

Visited New York lately? You may have gotten a peek at Rafael Colon’s unique artwork.

His inspiration started with a request from his daughter. Today, his elaborate artwork can be found on various objects, ranging from sneakers to clothing, and most recently, skateboards.

We asked Rafael about his philosophy on his work and learned more about what it takes to be an artist. Keep reading for the full scoop. Don’t forget to check out Rafael’s page and his amazing art.

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One Food Entrepreneur Who’s Not Turning Back

Emily Schildt’s got everyone talking about food.

And it’s a pretty powerful conversation. Emily’s interested in food as it relates to personal identity– specifically how the food choices we make are reflections of who we are.

As Emily explains in our interview, the food space is changing–it’s being disrupted–and the future of food is going to depend on the quality of our conversations about it. Enter Bitten. Emily co-founded Bitten with her close friend Naz Riahi to bring together thought-leaders and innovators in the food space and discuss food as it relates to politics, art, culture and the environment.

Read on to learn how Emily’s perspective on eating shifted from vanity-driven to pleasure-seeking, why she encourages other founders to find a great partner and how she embraces awkward moments that push her out of her comfort zone and allow her to truly excel.

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A Musical Journey from Hong Kong to New York

“The instrument is somewhat an extension of the body, in which it speaks the soul of the player as interpreter.” – CheHo Lam

At the age of six, when his father first brought home a 1/8 size violin, CheHo Lam was ecstatic. “He said that this instrument was not a toy, that it would be my serious responsibility to take good care of it; that it was my ‘sabre‘ to always keep by my side.”

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Featured Friday: 7/11/2014

TGIF, folks. This week we’ve featured some pretty great stories on our blog. If you haven’t checked it out already, take a look at our Students of the Week from USC and our visit down under on our World Tour: Australia.

So, what exactly is #FFaboutme? We believe that using your about.me profile link on your social profiles will help people learn more about you. While you may want to snap and Instagram your sushi dinner last night, or tweet about the latest Orange is the New Black episode, these posts don’t cohesively give the web a visual representation of YOU. We ask our users to Tweet us weekly using #FFaboutme when they’ve added their about.me profile to their Twitter bios. We round up the spiffiest profiles, and feature them every Friday. So, without further adieu, here are this week’s #FFaboutme picks!

Alastair GreerMeet Alastair Greer. This Irishman is a health and fitness expert based in New York.

Angel ChangMeet Angel Chang, she’s a former Pre-K teacher in low-income neighborhoods and a storytelling enthusiast. We’re rather impressed that she managed to snap this amazing photo without the presence of San Francisco fog!

Denise RatfieldMeet Denise Ratfield, she’s a craft beer and social media enthusiast based in #StayClassy San Diego, CA.

Gabriel Criado
Meet Gabriel Criado of Santiago, Chile! Short sleeves in the snow? We dig it.

Michelle Dimino
Meet Michelle Dimino, she’s a recent Harvard graduate and now a content fellow at The Atlantic in Washington DC.

Rob BurgerLast, but certainly not least, meet Rob Burger. He works in IT, loves the outdoors, and is based in South Africa.

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