My career in philanthropy started by getting a business development position for a spinner from the Clinton Foundation called night for humanity, with a philanthropist, named Anthony Melikov who only spoke Russian. My speaking Russian was a good compensating factor as I had no experience. The NGO was a spinoff from The Clinton Foundation partnering with Variety.

So my job was to contact all of the philanthropist’s billionaires C suite executives and raise money for our cause.

Prospecting online I noticed I noticed somebody else was doing an event the day after ours in LA. it’s Los Angeles, and they…


The French Billionaire is the sixth-generation member of the Hermès-Dumas family.

(Alex) Can you describe “The Takeover Attempt” in your own words?

( Axel Dumas) Well. I believe it was Oct/2010 the then CEO of Hermes, my uncle Patrick Thomas was about to start his holiday Skiing at Courchevel when he received an urgent call from his secretary. It was “The Wolf”

(Alex) “The Wolf??, Like The Wolf of Wall st?”

(Axel Dumas) “Heavens No” “Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.” He is called a Wolf in Cashmere.


When this guy’s $300 check came, he refused to pay it and instead took out his pocket knife and stabbed the check-in the middle of the bar.

Welcome back to Restaurant Confessionals, where we talk to the unheard voices of the restaurant industry from both the front-of-house (FOH) and back-of-house (BOH) about what really goes on behind the scenes at your favorite establishments. In this installment, we speak with a restaurant owner whose parents’ business partner got involved with the mob.

This article originally appeared on MUNCHIES in December 2015

When you own a restaurant and it isn’t doing well…


Maybe retirement isn’t the right word. If there’s a word that means, “I’m free to live the life of my dreams,” I’m that.

Three years ago I joined a tech startup and have been extremely busy with that. This last year or two I’ve been struggling with a growing sense of dissatisfaction with my life, however. By all appearances I was an amazing success story. Here was a guy who dropped out of high school to live in the woods, been homeless for a stretch, and was now living the high life as an international businessman. …


I hear it all the time — “You can talk all you want about thought leadership and content marketing, but we’re here to sell stuff.”

I know there is more value to effective storytelling over hard selling and cold calling. But I’ve never seen anything close to a scientific experiment that quantified the value of stories over cold, hard facts. That is until I met Michele Miller, head of content strategy at Magento Commerce.

Related: Storytelling Could Bring Your Brand to Life and Strengthen Your Marketing Impact

I love making connections with anyone in the content game, but Michele…


Swipecast allows models to book jobs, producers to coordinate shoots and castings, and more — in an efficient, cost-effective, and timely manner.

After years of running his own modeling agency, Peter Fitzpatrick realized that there was a need for a more efficient way to book models, produce photo shoots, and pay out vendors, so in 2015 he teamed up with developer Matthias Wickenburg to create Swipecast, a one-stop shop that allows for an easy way to produce every aspect of a shoot, from booking models, stylists, photographers, and more, to actually paying them in a fast and easy manner. Now…


I sat down with him at 11 Madison to hear his side of the story.

Few industries are so bound by the trappings of family heritage, pride and larger-than-life characters as the world of big branded luxury. For Axel Dumas, the 47-year-old CEO of $40bn fashion giant Hermès International, family responsibility runs deep.

He is a sixth-generation member of the family that founded the Hermès brand, and his family retains control over the company to this day, collectively owning approximately 70 percent in share capital and forming a large part of the executive board.

Growing up, Dumas’ mother held the…


We built Indicative to be the best behavioral analytics platform for optimizing your customer journey with deep user insights into conversion, engagement, and retention.
Below is a quick primer on what behavioral analytics is and what it takes to optimize every touchpoint a customer has with your business.

Behavioral data is data generated by, or in response to, a customer’s engagement with a business. This can include things like page views, email sign-ups, or other important user actions. Common sources of behavioral data include websites, mobile apps, CRM systems, marketing automation systems, call centers, help desks, and billing systems.

Customers…


I don’t know what the future has in store for NYC.

And I get why many are leaving.

There are a growing number of problems & uncertainties (cost of living, small businesses going out of business, increase in violence…) that make living in NYC either unsustainable or undesirable for many.

And, the shift toward remote working is opening up new options for many.

We all do what’s best for our families and lives. There’s no wrong in leaving or staying.

But for love of this city, I’ll share my NYC story and why I’ll stay…

The first time I stepped…

Alexander Vilk

Functional Dissident | Bon Vivant | Scourge of the scolds. Co-Founder. Social Impact Warrior. Inventor.

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