Mayank Jain, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, related to me a great event he attended recently in NYC. I invited him to write a guest post about his experience:
"I recently attended the Kairos Society Global Summit held in the UN building in New York and the New York Stock Exchange. What they've done at Kairos is truly amazing. Started in his freshman year by Ankur Jain at the Wharton School of Business at UPenn, the Kairos Society's mission is to "Do well by doing good." Focused on social entrepreneurship, it assembles the top college entrepreneurs from all over the world including Europe, China, and India in an effort to make a difference in the world.
In the UN building some of the industry leaders in their fields gave speeches demonstrating the possibilities of all the world's exponentially growing technologies. Speakers included Thomas Goetz, Editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine, and Peter Diamandis, founder of X-Prize Foundation. In the NYSE, the top 50 most innovative companies set up booths to show their start-ups to other students, CEOs, and many business and political leaders.
As I walked around the trading room floor, it was both amazing and inspiring to see what these students had done. The main thing to take away from this is that age doesn't matter when you're trying to change the world. For those who are worried about the future of the world, after attending the Kairos Summit, I can assure you that it's in good hands."
-- Mayank Jain
Last week I spoke at TJHSS&T's Future Business Leaders of America club -- about 100 students who are not only science and tech geniuses at the #1 high school in the US, but also very interested in business and entrepreneurism. Thanks to Mayank Jain for the invite to speak -- I graduated from TJ in '94 and my brother Sam graduated in '03, so it was nice to be back, especially since we both live on the West Coast now.
I captured the content from my talk, titled How To Get What You Want, but the Kodak zi8 camera I use and love melted down during the event, so the audio gets very choppy very quickly and the video plays at 2x speed (sigh). Here are the slides, though, and you can still watch the video to get a feel for what the event was like. (You can also watch a previous talk I had at TJ where the video did work.)
Here's the video:
My friend Joshua Spodek was kind enough to write about his experiences building out public art exhibitions. One of the lessons he has is counterintuitive - that it can be a faster path to success to get large art projects off the ground than it is to work your way slowly through the art world. Here's Josh -
Art can be an insular field and breaking in is a common challenge, so I'd like to share it with a community that values success and victory. I hope there are insights others can use and share too.
My background is in science and entrepreneurship, but I've developed a passion for making art. I'm not content with just creating it -- like any artist I want exposure and recognition (sales aren't bad either).
The challenge is that New York's art world is notoriously xenophobic and tends to promote from within. My credentials -- a PhD in astrophysics and a company running for over a decade -- mean little to them. Even making great art only gives a foot in the door.
I have a huge challenge that my work doesn't photograph at all and video doesn't capture it that well. When galleries take an interest in my work, a version this conversation happens: