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The Art of Storytelling With Purpose with John Fortson, Writer and Director of Rated (MDE230)

Minter Dialogue with John Fortson John Fortson is a filmmaker, living in LA, who produced, directed and starred in the much acclaimed short film, Rated. His film has been selected by over 30 film festivals and won 19 awards thus far (check out the trailer below). In this interview, we discuss the inspiration for Rated, the meaning…

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Uber Disruption – How To Benchmark Your Brand – Corporates Still Lagging Way Behind

Uber is Disruption. It's almost pure disruption, including in its ethical approach. But, one area of Uber disruption that might have gone below the radar is inside big business. One recent Uber driver gave me a smart insight into how Uber is disrupting ordinary businesses, too. It's much like services such as Dropbox, Google Hanghouts or Skype that ended up…

BlaBlaCar – Why It’s the Poster Child of the Sharing Economy

BlaBlaCar, which is a service that connects drivers and people prepared to pay to share the ride, has just received a $200 million VC injection which puts them at a $1.6B valuation (via VentureBeat). As such, it has become the top French start-up success story and is now one of the 117 'unicorns' on the Fortune list of…

Promises, Promises… A Connected Taxi? Building Trust Through Technology

The sector of transportation is just another in a long hit parade of sectors massively disrupted by technology. Looking at the taxi industry, in particular, the entrenched taxi base has been combating the Uber effect with various tactics and techniques and with varying degrees of success. Adapt or die I've basically observed three different types of responses…

Interview with Carolyn Pearson, CEO of Maiden Voyage, social network for ladies on the road (MDE105)

Minter Dialogue Episode #105 This interview is with Carolyn Pearson, an entrepreneur based in Leeds, UK, who started up a social network for women travellers, called Maiden Voyage. With 7,000 members, this is an interesting niche business, providing a valuable service to women on the road on the one hand and travel-related businesses and brands…