James Freeman started Blue Bottle Coffee as a side hustle and the company has grown from a single espresso cart to 40 locations around the world today. In this interview, he discusses how he used negative space to create a signature design aesthetic, how Blue Bottle carved out its own space in a crowded industry, and how his previous career as a musician influenced his approach to business.
As designers strive to build businesses and brands of their own, many find they need to be fluent in more than Photoshop to spark the interest of the investment community. And for those looking to launch a company or clearly articulate a new business idea, veteran investor Tige Savage, Managing Partner at Revolution Ventures, offers his best advice on how to craft a winning pitch.
We don’t necessarily realize it, but every moment of our lives is scored with music and sound. Some of it is human manufactured and some of it is ambient from being part of an analog world. The reality is we respond to sound quicker than any other sense. And Man Made Music founder Joel Beckerman has made that his business by launching and leading his sonic branding company.
Do the Green Thing might be 10 years old, but the issues it tackles, including corporate social responsibility, are very much the hot topics of today. Co-founder Naresh Ramchandani reflects on how commercial creativity can put something good into the world.