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The Artwork of Jacob Lawerence

JACOB LAWERENCE, African American artist
from the YouTube post: “One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North” opens at MoMA on April 3, 2015. The exhibition, which reunites all 60 panels of Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series at MoMA for the first time in 20 years, also includes novels, poems, music, and artwork by Lawrence’s contemporaries. The Museum is also commissioning new works from artists, filmmakers, musicians, poets, and writers.

 

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How start-ups differ from local small businesses.

Do you want to conquer the world with a product or service?
Do you want to supply the best product or service in your home town or local region, instead?

When putting your business together, these questions should be decided early.

Start-ups have “conquer the world” type missions. They must seek international markets for sustainability. Their growth strategy shall be to scale. If your business has been expanding by at least  7% every week adding more users or revenue, then that’s a good sign you can scale the way start-ups must do. If the start-up has 100 trial users already, you should see 7 new ones ( considering those who drop off ) 7 days after you start counting … and on and on.

There are legendary examples of start-ups that went from 900 to 900,000 sign-ups within a year. Such growth is not possible for small business type firms because typically, the market size for a small business category is tiny, compared to the world dominion goal that will need 100s of new employees the start-up can use as it takes off.

Local small businesses do not have conquer the world goals. Instead, local small businesses exist to provide a convenient product or service when there are thousands of other companies doing the same things somewhere else, but not right across the street.

More Differences:

It can cost more money to start a local small business than it does to start  a start-up because of a need for renting physical space (bricks and mortar). A dry cleaners needs a sales counter, an automotive repair company needs service bays, a pizza shop needs space to fire-up an oven.

Most startups open as a web site costing $10 a month. Google started as an Internet based search engine. YouTube and Facebook used Free Open Source software and white box cheap server computers to run prototypes and launch.

There are exceptions that require medical scientific labs or manufacturing spaces, but most startups don’t get into expensive leasehold arrangements until much later in their lifespan.

The WHAT IS A STARTUP video
( c) Stanford University coursera.org/course/startup

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Happy Chinese New Year from AboutBlackBoston.com

Entrance to Boston Chinatown

Happy New Year!

Chinatown/South End Collaborative launched an effort last year to increase local and minority hiring at new retail stores in the neighborhood. Led by the Chinese Progressive Association, the effort included the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Castle Square Tenants Organization, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Massachusetts Worker Education Roundtable and BEST Corp. In total, 108 new hires were made with 64% living in the City of Boston with 19% living in the Chinatown and South End area.  The new hires are also particularly diverse with 75% of them being people of color. Asian Americans are 26% of new hires.

This publisher owned a media marketing company named Big Dug Media Marketing with Xiaoqing Cao. Eventually, BigDug.co.uk bought our bigdug.com web site domain name for a price we couldn’t refuse,  but for three years, we worked on a number of public awareness projects and one of those was related to the development of The Big Dig I-90 and I-93 Depressed Central Artery Tunnel System near Boston Chinatown. Here’s a video story from 2007..

AboutBlackBoston.com
Online Guide to Black Boston Massachusetts ( advertisement )

AboutBlackBoston.com
acts as a resource to Greater Boston Massachusetts and people of color who are American citizens or foreign visitor and are African, Asian, Black, Brazilian, Hispanic, Latino or American Negroes. You have come to the right place for information and community sharing.

AboutBlackBoston.com 面向正在马萨诸塞州波士顿地区具有非洲,亚洲,巴西,南美洲,中美洲,或黑人血统的美国公民及外籍游客提供资源和资讯。欢迎来到您最佳的信息和社区分享平台。

We are connected to established social organizations providing a variety of services to your groups such as career opportunities, apartment rental legal advice and housing leads, arts and entertainment access to free tickets and interesting event, referrals to people in these communities who can make a difference for you such as get you a job, or access to an opportunity you feel locked out of, or financing to buy a home and valuable things like this.

我们整合成立了社会组织来为您和您的团体提供不同的服务。这些服务包括提供就业机会、公寓出租和房屋购买的法律指导、文艺娱乐免费门票、为您推荐当地社会关系帮你打开寻找工作的渠道,帮助你获取你认为得不到的机会,以及帮助你理财买房和其他有价值的东西。

Our web site users are: 54% female, 37% male.

我们的网站用户包括54%的女性和37%男性。

Our web site reader ages are:

14% percent are 18-24

39% percent are 25-34

15% are 45-54 years old

31% are over 54 years old or are younger then 18 years of age.

我们网站的读者年龄段为:

14%在18到24岁之前

39%在25到34岁之间

15%在45-54岁之间

31%年长于54岁或者年少于18岁

Services available

Advertising placements on our ethnic media network

  • Corporate communications distribution
  • Concierge guide to tourists and visitors
  • Reviews and editorial
  • Recruiting medical research volunteers
  • Product & service advertising small businesses
  • List of apartment rentals and housing lotteries
  • List of professional and trade skilled minority businesses
  • @blackboston Twitter Channel use

我们提供免费和收费的服务:

  • 广告(我们拥有多个网上传播媒介,并与其他网络渠道融资)
  • 通讯交流 – 补充其他公关公司的客户群和主要集团公关传媒
  • 服务台 – 为当地居民和游客提供咨询服务
  • 针对不同消费者种族的商业渠道 – 覆盖十七万五千人的一站式打印和电子邮件发送
  • 活动服务 – 促销,编辑,现场声频或视频记录,及社会传媒报道
  • 娱乐和游戏– 帮助放松精神并且锻炼身体
  • 帮助筹款或者招募志愿者
  • 谷歌分析测量计划– 我们从大数据库里为您建立客户图表
  • 为个人、商业、教育者和研究者提供产品和服务的广告
  • 房地产出租广告和推介
  • 赞助商的出席包装
  • 战略运用 @blackboston 推特频道
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We’re promoting public interest and exchange between Boston and Japan.

The Consulate General of Japan in Boston can see every 787 plane bound to Logan airport from Japan from offices at Federal Reserve Plaza, 22nd Floor on 600 Atlantic Avenue if the windows are pointing in the right direction.

And probably, they are.

Boston airport managers expect Japanese tourism to double in 2014. Japanese visiting Boston are expected to spend as much as a $200 million while here. And they are looking for things to do and places to go.

The Japan Consulate to Boston office is accepting information about events in the New England area. To send in information on events which promote public interest and exchange between Japan and the US you can email infocul@bz.mofa.go.jp or visit their web site

 

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Free arts and music event tickets are plentiful for a reason.

Arts Factor Infographic
Arts Factor Infographic

The arts are affordable in Greater Boston, presenting free performances and events that are enjoyed by 7.7 million people annually, with a median cost of paid admission of $16 Arts Factor Report authors wrote.

“Every time music is played, somebody gets paid,” says John Kellog, an expert music business lawyer and Professor at  Berklee College of Music.

I take the two statements above very seriously. On the one hand, I’m a member of ASCAP,  the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers  as a composer, writer and publisher of my own music.

And I distribute free tickets to hundreds who have joined my private e-mailing list on the principal that I will only mail them “the absolute best deals that are too good to be true.”  These are free movie tickets, free theatre tickets and opportunities for being cast on network TV shows  without giving up a cut when I get them from casting directors.

The purpose of this article is to examine the pricing strategy of FREE or FREEMIUM that is being used by Boston arts organizations and musicians around the world.

Plato said “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” 

The same thing can be true about the FREEMIUM business model. Without listeners (soul), performing artists have no life (wings)  in their chosen genre. But when listeners who first experience the work for free become engaged with your craft they’ll pay money for the chance to own the experience (music and performance). This is about knowing what your audience wants and giving them exactly what they want.

Boston artists want to provide what you want.  Free tickets are a part of that strategy. Free tickets also provide upsell and cross-sell opportunities. And free tickets leverage audience expansion and the funding apparatus in a positive way.

If free tickets were not a cost efficient customer acquisition and conversion path, you would not have as many free ticket offers to choose from as you have today.

 

 

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Laptops review. The one to get for $549

The Black Friday $549 price didn’t move down that much for certain Toshiba and Hewlett Package Intel I-7 processor driven large notebooks. Both are on sale at  the Microsoft store in Simon Mall and at Microcentre.

At $549 with media card slots you can use for your camera, WIFI and ample storage, these are very good laptop deals. They are better models that what you would get for a $400 unit in an I3 or I5 processor package Best Buy, Dell or Target because power rules and the processor kick of the I7 will be felt.

There are items that can added to the package that will increase cost, such as touch screen and more ram and a better graphics card.

But if you’re not a gamer, buy the bare bones model and save your money., $549 for Intel i-7 Processor power is good.  The Intel I-7 chip is a premium computer engine. It comes in various models each one affect the overall processing speed of a laptop.

The faster I7- processor models found on these portables will drive the price of the machine up over $800 for the hardware. Usually these have 16GB of ram, touch screens, Windows 10,  and a 1TB hard drive. At $549, one either the Toshiba or the HP version had a touch screen but not both.

 

 

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Our ticket selling capacity

Brownpaper Tickets was the first effective grass roots business model for an online ticket reseller capable of providing authentic event tickets we’ve come to know. Thanks to BPT, we were able to experience a variety of arts events from Boston to California as media, without having to pay for them. But when the venue wanted donations, we donated.

Smallwall.net is exploring ways to sell tickets for things no one has thought about before. Our channel will be Boston area brick and mortars so you can get them where you regularly shop.  When we make it work for you and us, then its going to be a good thing.

stay tuned

 

 

thanks

7/6/2014

 

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Gotta love them Boston tourists

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Boston tourists have the look of discovery on their faces. With efficient dispatch, their long-lat advisory  devices are  routinely ignored when something else more interesting  lands on their eyeball.

They hold hands, wear fancy hats and spend generously on souvenirs, attraction tickets and hotels. The Boston Convention and Tourist Bureau has assembled a whole army of enablers to see to it they are cared for. Downtown workers take cues from the languages they speak and the clothes they wear. Golden dark-skinned tourist women stand out from the rest in their tight fitting white pants and presentable sunglasses.

Tourist made the Duck Boat Cartel become super-popular. They’ll l brave the mysterious ingredients in the  food sold by Faneuil Hall merchants and memes.

In the Financial District, the average sized lunch ticket between two business antagonists is $60 a meal and tourist know better – they don’t spend that much per person on lunch in Boston.

I love them tourist!

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