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Interview Alexa Karolinski, Filmmaker, Los Angeles/ Berlin


Karolinski's first major film was Oma & Bella, a documentary about her grandmother and her grandmother's friend and roommate. 
Both women were Holocaust survivors. The film features the two women cooking and discussing their lives
https://vimeo.com/user3300579

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexa_Karolinski
http://www.freundevonfreunden.com/interviews/alexa-karolinski/
http://www.alexakarolinski.com/

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Where do you live?
I share my time between LA and Berlin

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
31

What inspires you?
everything around me

Tell me about what you do?
I’m a filmmaker

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
coffee, emails, walk the dog, emails, writing or shooting, watch videos, maybe a movie … it depends!

What are some of your favourite sources for information?
the internet.

How does social media influence your life?
It’s part of my life in a natural way. something I just do, like speak

gnarly LA sky. Poor forests.

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Interview Danielle Geva, Startup Consultant, Toronto

Pink Patio

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http://daniellegeva.com/

Where are you living?
Downtown Toronto.

How old are you? (if you don’t mind answering)
Older than I look.

What inspires you?
Books and movies with unexpected endings.

Tell me about what you do.
During the first half of the day I write and help startups.
In the late afternoon and evening, I listen to podcasts and create show notes for them on http://Mypodnotes.com

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
See above. Add yoga before lunch, experimenting with vegan recipes for dinner, and reading before bed time.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?
Podcasts (esp. http://KATG.com ), Twitter (esp. @francoismat and @hunterwalk), and Snapchat Stories.

How does social media influence your life?
My first gig as a freelancer was managing social media accounts, most of my closest friends were first social media connections, and I met my fiancé on Twitter.

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Interview Daniela Schiffer, Co-Founder changers.com, Berlin

http://www.changers.com/

@ChangersCom

@DanisTweet

Where are you living?
Berlin

How old you are?
35

What inspires you?
That’s not an easy one. What drives me is that I really want to change and improve things. That’s like the baseline. For my work I take inspirations from everywhere, things I read in articles and books, things I see in daily life or things I learn when talking with friends.

Tell me about what you do?
I have founded a startup, Changers.com

together with my partner Markus.
With Changers we bring people onto their bikes and into using public transport. We have build an app, that measures the kilometers you traveled and calculates your individual CO2 balance. Every sustainably traveled km earns you a bonus point, our so called Recoins.
We license this app to companies, to help them motivate and reward their workforce for doing something good for themselves and the environment. Thus building a sustainable bonus system in which users, companies and cities can be integrated.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
First – I try to sleep as long as I can, so my mornings are stripped down to the essential smile emoticon
If I can make it, I am out of the door in 15 minutes, no breakfast no nothing (I know, bad habit). Fist coffee is in the office. Sometimes I put a little yoga in between and if I am in super hero mode, I go running for like 45 min.
Then off to the office. Coffee. Being a founder means, you have at least 5 different jobs, and that’s what structures my day. So I start writing our monthly financial report to the investors, than am off to a product meeting discussing some feature, than I contact a couple of journalists, talk to clients, do some sales calls, clear some things with our hardware manufacturer, next meeting regarding some UX decisions, that have to be made – and then it’s lunch time wink emoticon Well, you get the idea.
That’s what I truly love, that my work is so incredibly divers and that I have the opportunity to learn on so many levels.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?
My main information source is the internet of course. Then it depends, what kind of info I am looking for. Sometimes I am looking for news or articles on a certain topic, sometimes I have to dig deeper and look for research papers on that particular topic. It really depends, what you are looking for.
If I have questions regarding management or some typical founders issues, I also like to talk to other entrepreneurs. Having a network of people whom you can talk and ask any kind of questions, is super valuable for me. It’s like a support group and believe me, sometimes, when it gets tough it’s good to get all the support you can get.

How does social media influence your life?
Well – again, I think I use social media most for information purposes and sharing stuff I am interest in. I am rather reserved when it comes down to posting private things, but of course use it quite extensively for our company.

I think, the biggest influence on my life is, that I can keep in touch with friends, who are living all over the world, so much easier than before. And you get back in touch with people whom you haven’t seen in a long time. This is really beautiful.
Other than that I try to keep the chatter out of my life as much as possible and be very selective about the channels I use

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Interview Fluorescent Hill,art collective, Montreal

Fluorescent Hill is an art collective comprised of Mark Lomond and Johanne Ste-Marie.

They are based in Montreal but try and kick cinematic ass all over the world.
They direct music videos, commercials, short films and traffic. When not making things move they make comics, posters, and design everything from your grandmothers apron to the deck she rides on the weekends.

fluorescenthill.com

vimeo.com/fluorescenthill

instagram.com/fluorescenthill

@fluorescenthill

facebook.com/FluorescentHill

Where are you living?
We are living in Montreal, Canada. Johanne is originally from here and Mark is
from Nova Scotia, which is further east on the coast.

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
Mark is 37 and Johanne is 35. Both of our birthdays are in December.

What inspires you?
That’s a tough question… Because there is a lot that inspires us. Music
is a big one. We listen to music all day at the studio. We watch a lot of
films. We’re big fans of independently published comics and illustration.
Photography. All art forms inspire us really.
Recent obsessions:

Music

Jon Hopkins

jonhopkins.co.uk

Just about anything on the Numero Group Label

numerogroup.com

Film = Shane Carruth’s Upstream Colour

,
Illustration/Design/Painting 

Steve “ESPO” Powers

vice.com/video/steve-powers, firstandfifteenth.net

Femke Hiemstra

femtasia.nl, femtasia.blogspot.de

Tell me about what you do?
We are an art duo called Fluorescent Hill. We’ve been collaborating on a
variety of projects for almost 13 years now. We began as Music Video
Directors, and did exclusively that for almost 7-8 years. We branched out
into advertising a few years ago and have recently just published a comic
book. We do illustration and design on the side. We’re currently in pre
production on two short films and we’re finishing up a script for a long
format story that will hopefully go into pre production soon.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
A typical day starts with coffee. Then we head out to the studio around 10
or 11am. Get as much of the business side of the work out of the way such
as emails, phone calls, updating social media sites etc…
Grab some lunch and if all goes well it’s time to get to making some art,
whether that’s writing or designing for our current projects. We typically
work a 10 hour day, a lot more if we’re in production on a commercial.
After all that, we probably hit the gym to clear our heads, make dinner,
watch a movie or read. It’s not very eventful.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?
There’s a few sites we like to visit to see what our favourite artists are
up to, seems everyone out there has a blog or tumblr so there is always a
fresh list of incoming art. Instagram feeds from our art friends are
always fun. Stash Magazine, Cartoon Brew, The Playlist, Vimeo, Twitter
etc…

How does social media influence your life?
When we first started directing, youtube didn’t even exist yet, sharing a
music video or film was far more difficult, and took a lot longer. Now
it’s just so easy and the amount of information and work out there is mind
boggling. So your work gets out there quickly, but can disappear just as
easily. Twitter, instagram, facebook, vimeo and our blog, that’s a bout
all you need and I’m sure over time that list will be different, either
shorter or longer. These sites come and go so quickly losing fashion with
the populous. We try not to join every site that starts up and just focus
on the ones that fit into our day to day life. So when we update with new
work or what we’re up to such as film fests or behind the scenes stuff, it
fits seamlessly into our life and doesn’t distract from the purpose of
creating art.

 

https://fluohill.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/migration-premiere/

Keep it clean kids!

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Interview Philipp Berner, Co-Founder and CTO at KeepSafe, San Francisco

@philippberner

http://www.getkeepsafe.com/

“I came to the Silicon Valley from Germany because I had the desire to build something that could last. I headed my own company in Europe called ViCommerce that had reputable clients in the fashion industry, including Hugo Boss and Marco Polo, but I wanted to build something bigger.
When I met my cofounder Zouhair, it was apparent that KeepSafe would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to create something that appealed to the universal need to have access to control.

Today, KeepSafe has over 20M users and is rapidly growing.”

Where are you living?
I’m living in San Francisco.

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
I’m 32 years old.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by building things that change some part of people’s live and has a seguidilla the enough impact in the world to make it worth while.

Tell me about what you do?
I’m a programmer by trade. I’ve been working on mobile app development on a day to day base. Spend 3 years doing android, been working on iOS for the last 8 month.
Think my highest value in the organization it to have a overview on how things work and be able to jump into any code base to fix problems. Besides that I’ve been focusing a lot on internal tools that make the organization more efficient.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
Usually I come in I the morning and check what’s up for the day. Having a coffee with my people to get mindshare on what’s happening and where we are going.
Trying to make sure to spend the morning on doing the right thing that make a difference for the org.
Afternoon often working on things that just need to get done.
What are some of your favourite sources for information?
Fav sources of information are Reading up on topics I don’t know about to broaden my knowledge. For getting more depth, I thru to meet relevant people who can guide me in the right direction and then I try to read relevant things. Most of the time I read blogs from people who have domain expertise or meet them in person. When possible.
How does social media influence your life?
Social media influences my life in most ways of having a channel to broadcast things
I’m rather private and don’t publish to much private information. I don’t have Facebook installed on my phone as i think it waste to much time.

 

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Interview Lea zeichnet, Artist, Berlin

http://www.leazeich.net

https://www.facebook.com/Leazeichnetgerne

http://leazeichnet.tumblr.com/

https://instagram.com/leazeichnet/

Where are you living?
in Berlin and sometimes in my dreams

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
twentysomething ( I absolutely don´t mind getting old)

What inspires you?
People. Mostly strangers, weirdos, inconsistent and heart-warming human beings.

Tell me about what you do?
Don´t we all hate this question? I´m an illustrator, that´s how it´s called, but I see myself more as a silent observer. Drawing is my way to cope with all the stories I hear and the characters I meet. Maybe I would have been a good psychologist, too..

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
I´m an earlybird. And I love rituals. So there´s a standard breakfast ritual really early in the morning. After that I work till late afternoon and then have some time to meet friends, relax .. whatsoever. I don´t have an office or separate work-space, so I am always surrounded by my illustrations, pens, paper. Sometimes it´s hard, to relax, but it´s still more a passi

on than work.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?
Of course the world wide web is an endless source of inspiration. But I´m not a digital native, so I sometimes get lost and still appreciate the „offline-way“: sitting in the train or bus and watching people.

How does social media influence your life?
Oh it has become a real big thing in my life. But I guess I still swim on the surface, just using Facebook and Instagram. I am really working on my social media skills…

uff #fashionillustration #berlin #drawing #ink #pew #pew #pew

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goodmorning coach #illustration #fashion #nyfw #coach #fur #down #turnthelightson

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Interview Hadley Hudson, Photographer, Munich/NewYork

www.hadleyhudson.net
instagram: hadleyhudsonphoto

http://www.hatjecantz.de/hadley-hudson-persona-6971-0.html

Where are you living?
I’m living between Munich and NYC

What inspires you?
My friends….I am extremely lucky to have inspiring friends whose work I appreciate in all forms…from artists to writers to ER doctors to shamans…my friends continually challenge me and support me at the same time.

My son…He has an incredible sense of humor and knows how to make me laugh more than anyone.
My dreams..I started studying Jungian psychoanalysis which places a heavy emphasis on dreams. Dreams are a direct link to the unconscious, they express the voice or language of the unconscious. They have provided answers, solutions, and also images which I have used in my photography.
Tell me about what you do?
I am a photographer. My heart is in portrait/documentary photography although I shoot fashion, as well.
What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
It depends on which city I am in.

When I am in NYC I get up and go running over the Williamsburg Bridge or at the Hudson River Park. I usually get the best ideas when I am running.

If I am in Munich, I run in the English Garden which is incredibly gorgeous and reminds me of something out of a 19th Century German Romantic painting.
After that I work on my book project. I am in the process of finishing my first photo book. It’s a documentary series about models at home.
What are some of your favourite sources for information?
I read the New York Times, the Guardian, Salon, Zeit.de and Vice.com quite frequently. My favorite visual blog is www.thisisnthappiness.com and also http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/
How does social media influence your life?

I find Facebook quite draining although it has become a source of news, as well. I prefer Instagram…it feels more immediate and intimate.

#california #ueberalles #losangeles #dreamscape city of #Angels #ready

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Interview Drew Ginn, Triple Olympic Gold Medalist, Founder, Melbourne

Drew Cameron Ginn , (born 20 November 1974, educated at Scotch College, Melbourne) is an Australian five-time world champion rower and triple Olympic gold medallist. Today he is

Facilitator, Presenter & Director Qualia Consulting (Australia).

Specialties: Leadership & Teamwork Development, Creating & supporting Change initiatives, Peak Performance, Action Learning. Athlete, Consultant, Entrepreneur, Business Owner, Author & Charity Ambassador

“We aim to inspire and create high performance for organisations through learning and performance opportunities. We focus on energising your team, their relationships and actions as an essential element in developing effectiveness and impact to drive organisational change and better outcomes.

Promoting and supporting different ways for thinking to help clients and their people find better solutions to their challenges. New ways of thinking leading to better and more effective actions, which flow on to cultural and business gains.”

https://www.linkedin.com/in/drewginn

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drew_Ginn

@drewginn

http://drewginn.com/

 

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/full-exposure-experiences-next-level-learning

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/getting-out-your-comfort-zone-drew-ginn

http://www.lavelocita.cc/la-velocita-rides/drew-ginn-24-story his 24h bike ride

Where are you living?
St Kilda Melbourne..

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
40 years, soon to be 41..

What inspires you?
People taking initiate and making things happen…

Tell me about what you do?
I have a business Qualia Solutions.. Facilitation work with clients..

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
Work days depend on client bookings.. But most days start with a bike ride 60km with friends then school drop off then facilitate a full day workshop for clients and meetings and calls about upcoming work.. Afternoon evening Ride or walk and play with when possible. ..

What are some of your favourite sources for information?
LinkedIn pulse.. Flipboard app or websites I follow.

How does social media influence your life?
I find it get inspiration and ideas from social media.. Like visuals and stories I enjoy reading..

 

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Interview Laura Behrens Wu, Founder and CEO of Shippo, San Fransisco

@LauraBehrensWu

Shippo

https://angel.co/laura-behrens-wu

https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurabehrenswu/de

https://goshippo.com/blog/announcing-our-series-funding/

Where are you living?
In San Francisco.

How old are you? (if you don’t mind answering)
24

What inspires you?
Determination and passion. That’s a very powerful mix.
I enjoy brainstorming a lot.

Tell me about what you do?
I run a startup called Shippo. We simplify shipping for e-commerce by offering an easy multi-carrier technology and access to discounted shipping rates.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
Wake up at 7:30am, eat porridge and drink my first coffee. Do some morning exercises, check my emails & do urgent work, make my bed.
Get to work at 9am & this is where it gets unpredictable. I do anything from general management, recruiting, sales, business development, fundraising, brainstorming, reading to ordering groceries for the team.
My day is mostly spent in meetings, on the phone or writing emails. The team is growing fast, we are now 16 people and managing that is more difficult than I thought it would be.
I finish the day by going jogging and doing yoga. If possible I also meditate, call friends & family and prepare dinner on a daily basis.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?
Twitter, BBC news, Spiegel online. Also, hackernews and reddit for browsing.

How does social media influence your life?
Twitter is a great way to connect with people and learn about what people I admire are thinking about. Both Twitter and Facebook have become a gateway/an aggregator for news.

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Interview Sam Lanyon Jones (Tokyoplastic), Creative and Founder, London

tokyoplastic,

vimeo.com/tokyoplastic,

https://www.instagram.com/tokyoplastic_san/

Where are you living?
London

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
Not at all, 29, hahahahaha.

What inspires you?
We get asked this a lot (I think anyone in a creative profession does) and the simple answer is everything. You know like if you start taking lots of photos, really get into it as a hobby, you’ll start to see the world differently. You’ll take your inspiration from everything you experience. I guess that is slightly different from what informs and influences us creatively. For instance I am writing a Sci Fi series right now. It is influenced by all the 80’s Saturday morning cartoons I used to watch as a kid… and Magnum P.I. But my research involves watching a lot of police procedurals. I am sure all of it culminates in inspiration on one level or another.

Tell me about what you do?
We (tokyoplastic, vimeo.com/tokyoplastic, Andi and Me (Sam)) direct stuff. Over the last decade that has been primarily animated TV commercials but we have made vinyl toys, directed short films, had a number of art exhibitions and done lectures and talks at festivals all over the world too. The animation we have really specialised in is narrative driven character animation.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
Get up, stretch, go to the studio, direct stuff, write stuff, email stuff, talk between ourselves about what to do next, go home, write more stuff and watch TV (purely R&D you understand), sleep.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?
The internet. Remember those conversations you used to have in the pub? You know the ones where you and your mates would talk about something none of you knew very much about, each of you dead certain you knew what you were right about X. Seriously, try doing that now without reaching for your phone. The internet has removed any need for speculation. And what do we do with this all empowering information?

How does social media influence your life?
Total fucking time vampire! I’ve put a sel imposed moratorium on Facebook in the office. But its a great tool for keeping up with friends and colleagues if you can keep it in check.