Bloggers and Digital Marketers: Staff Picks

This week we explore the digital space through the eyes of talented marketers and bloggers.

From speaking to teaching to personal blogging, these community members not only possess the skills they need to be leaders in their field but are also dedicated to helping others. Although Michael, Amanda, Pete and Pam are at different junctures in their careers, they all share a love of communicating online and engaging with people.

Michael Tzortzakis, who heads off this post, is a trilingual (fluent in English, German and Greek) blogger living in Germany. Michael writes a powerful blog about his journey overcoming alcohol addiction that he embeds on his page.

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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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How One Traveler Discovered The Next Best Thing For Bicyclists

Griffin Sinn knows a great opportunity when he sees one.

When Griffin saw people covering their bike seats with plastic bags, he knew there had to be an easier way to stay dry. Protecting bike seats from the rain became his mission and from this the CLOAK’d Saddle Bag was born.

Griffin launched the CLOAK’d Saddle Bag on Kickstarter to turn his idea into a reality. Griffin is currently raising money on Kickstarter with the hopes of getting his product on the market. Griffin sat down with us to share his story, including the most unexpected challenge he’s encountered when promoting CLOAK’d, why he loves travel and entrepreneurship, and where he sees himself in 10 years.

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Dive Into The Life of a Traveler and Digital Nomad

Juha Liikala has always been an independent thinker.

Growing up, his parents pushed him to hustle 24/7 and Juha quickly learned how to get things done. Juha’s entrepreneurial spirit was born out of this push and he grew up selling Christmas cards (for up to 8x their original price!) and making money as a traveling IT guy.

Now, Juha lives life as a digital nomad. Juha travels the world and works as a developer. Our team is lucky to have Juha takeover our Instagram feed this week and share beautiful snapshots of his adventures around the world. Read on to learn why Juha believes everyone is at least partially a digital nomad these days, where his favorite destination has been and how he feels free daily and achieves happiness in his work.

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Passport to India

Welcome to India.

This week, we’re off to India, seeing the country through the eyes of four community members: Binoyeeta (whose photo heads off this post), Girish, Divya and Zabeeh. What unites these people, along with their residency in India, is a love of travel and adventure.

India ranks top 5 for countries that most of our community lives in. With a long history with deep regional culture, India is the second most populated country on earth with its population hitting 1.2 billion in 2013 and continuing to grow. Today’s community members come from some of the most populous cities in India: Bangalore, Mumbai, and New Delhi. 

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Passport To Brazil

Bem-vindo ao Brasil.

This week, we’re off to Brazil, the 3rd most popular country in our community. The largest country in South America, Brazil has one of the fastest growing economies on earth and is home to the most diverse wildlife.

Brazil has a rich culture, rooted in deep history and representative of a mixture of influences from the Portuguese to native Brazilian tribes like the Assurini and Tapirajé.  Brazil is one of the leading tourist destinations on earth due to its expansive beaches, tropical climate and warm people.

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Living the Adventure with a Travel Photographer

What sparks your wanderlust? Is it seeing a photo of a gorgeous beach? How about the array of delicacies in a foreign country you have yet to explore?

For Ken Kaminesky, the lure of his next adventure comes from the unknown. He’s even said that his “favourite place to photograph is the next place I’m travelling to.” As a travel photographer whose work has been featured in National Geographic and The New York Times, Ken’s work seems almost too perfect, and definitely sparks a little wanderlust in all of us.

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Chasing Adventure with a Travel Photographer

Ken Kaminesky chases adventure.

With his work gracing the cover of National Geographic and in The New York Times, this travel photographer has as knack for capturing picture perfect moments in the world’s most beautiful places.

Ken caught the photography bug during college and since developing that first roll of film, he’s never looked back. After dabbling in portrait photography as a young creative, Ken is now knee-deep in the world that is travel photography. From his popular travel photography blog to his photography touring company, Dream Photo Tours, Ken is busy traveling the world and snapping pictures of it.

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Journalists and Filmmakers: Staff Picks

Every day inspiring pages are being created on about.me. It’s a difficult task to choose our Staff Picks each week and this week is no different. This week our Staff Picks range from hip hop artists to cyclists and social entrepreneurs. Today we’re highlighting 3 of of favorite journalists and filmmakers whose creative projects are changing communities for the better.

Marcelo Dalla who heads off our post is a Brazilian journalist, astrologer and graphic designer. Marcelo also enjoys travel, photography and metaphysics. Check out his Instagram where he chronicles his adventures throughout Brazil and abroad.

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The Visionaries: Staff Picks

Add creativity to a vision for the future and the result is brilliant.

The staff picks this week use art to pursue their visions for the future. Although their visions are unique, this music director, production designer and videographer all share a passion for creating meaningful work.

Videographer, foodie and health geek Harry H. Yuan (pictured above) believes “In life there is no higher purpose then to serve.”  Harry serves through film and photography, providing us with “epic videos” that educate us and take us to distant places.

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