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Virgin Pulse Accelerates Global Innovation

Virgin Pulse, the leading global provider of health and wellbeing software, services and solutions, today announced that it has significantly expanded and enhanced its global capabilities to support members in more than 190 countries.

Recent advances underscoring Virgin Pulse’s global leadership include the company’s strategic partnership with Workplace Options, the world’s largest integrated employee support and work-life services provider. Through this partnership, Virgin Pulse members can engage in wellness and lifestyle improvement coaching, including weight management, nutrition, tobacco cessation, physical activity, and stress management, in local languages in every country Virgin Pulse serves. Clients will also have access to an integrated, multilingual Employee Assistance Program (EAP), allowing them to further localize the wellbeing experience for their global employees. The Virgin Pulse and Workplace Options partnership, the first of its kind in the employee wellbeing market, ensures that members around the world have 24/7 access to the digital tools and human support they need to build healthy habits and lifestyles.

“Virgin Pulse is driving this globalization to help organizations all over the world engage their populations in health and wellbeing, every day,” said David Osborne, CEO of Virgin Pulse. “We have members in nearly every country in the world. Our ability to engage them in their language and in culturally relevant ways, is the key to helping them build and sustain healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic conditions. At Virgin Pulse, we have been intentional in designing a health and wellbeing platform and experience that is purpose-built to engage people. In fact, we are proud to report that today, nearly seventy percent of our members engage with the Virgin Pulse platform at least 21 days every month. That level of engagement is life changing for our members and game changing for our industry.”

Enhanced Country-Specific Experiences

In addition to its global partnership with Workplace Options, Virgin Pulse has launched several global innovations including a Global Health Risk Assessment (HRA) with NCQA-certified content, and Virgin Pulse JourneysTM, a globally relevant behavior change framework that encourages members to build healthier habits, one small step at a time. The company has enhanced its global rewards structure, adding support for additional currencies and the ability for clients to launch country-specific stores with locally relevant merchandise. Expanded fulfillment options are also available through Virgin Pulse’s partnerships with OC Tanner and Tango gift cards. These enhancements, together with in-region support and platform availability in 20 languages, make it easy for Virgin Pulse clients to tailor wellbeing experiences to specific regions, populations and cultures.

 

Global Content, Language Expansion and Partners

As part it its recent content expansion, Virgin Pulse introduced new topics globally, including diversity and sustainability, for clients looking to increase literacy in broader workplace wellbeing areas. This content is available to all clients, out-of-the-box, in 20 languages. To further customize the wellbeing experience for specific populations, clients have the ability to author regional and country-specific content, daily cards and habits. They can also easily integrate content from their local partners as well as Virgin Pulse’s partners. As Virgin Pulse continues to grow its global partner ecosystem, clients will have the ability to integrate programs and solutions from a range of wellbeing providers including Kaia Health, Lifespeak, Allen Carr, GymPass, and more.

 

Bolstering its ongoing commitment to global innovation, Virgin Pulse continues to invest heavily in language support. With the recent additions of Thai and Dutch, the Virgin Pulse platform is now available in 20 languages, with Arabic planned for 2020.

 

Virgin Pulse GO

For global organizations, particularly those looking for a solution that can be rolled out quickly, Virgin Pulse has recently announced Virgin Pulse GO. This new, turnkey solution is designed to help organizations around the world build cultures of health in the workplace by offering employees a holistic, personalized wellbeing experience that supports physical, mental, financial and social wellbeing.

 

Also available in 20 languages, Virgin Pulse GO is a biannual event that includes a pre- and post-event health assessment, a 9-week intra-company challenge, as well as the ability to launch individual, peer-to-peer challenges and healthy habit challenges. Digital coaching across 30 topics, including smoking cessation and financial wellbeing, is also available through Virgin Pulse JourneysTM.  An ideal entry point for companies looking to jump-start wellbeing within their organizations, Virgin Pulse GO provides a seamless path to Virgin Pulse’s broader health, wellbeing and continuous engagement offerings. Virgin Pulse GO will launch in May 2020. For additional information, please visit Virgin Pulse GO

Global Data Security and Privacy

Virgin Pulse continues to set the standard and lead the wellbeing market in ensuring the data privacy and security of its members around the world. While many companies claim to be GDPR-ready, Virgin Pulse is committed to maintaining full compliance with all aspects of EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and has recently become the only wellbeing provider to earn APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system and the APEC Privacy Recognition for Processors (PRP) certification.

NBA and China

The American public strongly supports the Houston Rockets general manager’s tweet regarding Hong Kong and China’s rights conflict. (Daryl Morey, the GM, tweeted support for the Hong Kong protesters seeking freedom from Chinese oversight.  The Chinese reacted with disdain and business with the NBA was threatened).Only 9 percent of the public thought the Rockets GM, Daryl Morey, should be fired, with 77 percent saying the Rockets should keep him and defend his freedom of speech.  14 percent said they did not know or had no opinion.

In addition, 54 percent of the nation feels Daryl Morey should be applauded for taking a stand supporting the Hong Kong protesters, with only 19 percent saying he should not have sent the tweet because it risked valuable relationships over a foreign domestic issue.  27 percent did not know or had no opinion.
These are the findings of a Seton Hall Sports Poll, conducted this week among 703 adult Americans across the country on both landlines and cellphones.  The Poll has a margin of error of +/-3.8 percent.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver first apologized for the tweet but later backtracked and showed support for freedom of speech.  46 percent of the public felt he handled it well, and 36 percent say he did not, with 18 percent saying they did not know or had no opinion.

52% Say Lebron James’ Comments were out of self-interest

LeBron James tweeted condemnation of Morey, claiming “he wasn’t educated on the situation” and endangered people “not only financially but physically.”  Only 28 percent thought his reaction was sincere, with 52 percent saying he acted out of financial self-interest.

69% expressed concern that China has so much influence over an American professional League, with only 23 percent saying they are not concerned.

Morey’s Tweet vs. Kaepernick’s Kneeling

Comparing Morey’s tweet to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem, 47 percent said both actions should be defended as free speech, with 16 percent saying that it only applied to Morey and 5 percent saying it only applied to Kaepernick.

There are big differences between Democrats and Republicans on this comparison.  59 percent of Democrats and only 29 percent of Republicans say that they should both be defended as free speech, while 7 percent of Democrats and 21 percent of Republicans say that it only applies to Morey.

“The fundamental right of free speech seems to have carried the day in favor of Daryl Morey’s tweet,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the Seton Hall Sports Poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute within the Stillman School of Business. “It is much clearer when applied to a foreign power than to a domestic one.”

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Holiday Gift Guide

M5 & M6 Drivers

The 2019 drivers from TaylorMade are built with the latest tech innovation in golf, Speed Injected Twist Face. Played by the top athletes on Tour (Tiger, Rory, Dustin Johnson), Speed Injected Twist Face drivers feature a revolutionary process of calibrating every individual club head to the threshold of the legal speed limit allowed by the USGA and R&A.

P790 and P790Ti

TaylorMade’s P790 irons pack powerful performance into a clean, classic design to deliver breakthrough distance in a players iron. Through a combination of forged construction and the innovative new SpeedFoam™ Technology, golfers will experience feel, forgiveness, and workability that no iron can compare. For the premium set, the P790Ti is the culmination of four decades of golf research. Features include a hollow titanium body, injection and a tungsten insert.

Milled Grind 2

The all-new Milled Grind 2 wedges combine precision-milling with Raw Face Technology designed for increased spin, precision and feel. While the face rusts over time TO improve both consistency and launch, the rest of the head will maintain its original finish for a unique yet functional appearance.

Spider X

Spider X revolutionizes the way we achieve optimal stability and alignment by reengineering the mass properties of the head and introducing a new optically engineered alignment. Pure Roll™ meets the all-new True Path™ alignment to make the #1 Putter Model on the PGA TOUR even better.

2019 TP5 & TP5X Balls

After five years of development, the new 2019 golf balls are here to take their game farther than ever before. TP5 and TP5x feature a Tri-Fast Core and Dual-Spin Cover that combine for a 5-layer golf ball construction specifically engineered to perform with every club in your bag. There are even customization options that allow you to personalize your ball or rep your alma mater with your school’s logo!

Casio G-Shock x Gorillaz

Casio G-SHOCK announces the release of their second limited edition collection with British band, Gorillaz. Due to popular demand following the sold out 2018 collection, GORILLAZ X G-SHOCK is back with a unique collaboration featuring two limited-edition G-SHOCK styles, DW-5600 and GA-2000 designed by Gorillaz co-creator, Jamie Hewlett. Inspired from two acclaimed albums from the Grammy and BRIT Award winning British band – ‘Gorillaz’ and ‘The Now Now,’ the collection concludes the adventures of G- SHOCK creator Mr. Ibe and Gorillaz band members – Noodle, Murdoc Niccals, Russel Hobbs and 2D.

They return to Mr. Ibe’s Tokyo R&D Centre following a hair-raising trip through outer space to realize their mutually aligned intergalactic goals. See what happens next when you watch the final episode here and Gorillaz YouTube, art-directed by Jamie Hewlett, with French directors collective BRVTVS. In honor of the album’s distinctive artwork, the classic DW-5600 model has been reimagined in celebration of Gorillaz’ most recent album, ‘The Now Now’. The design features a color combination of blue and pink with the bi-color message ‘NOW’ that floats onto the display whenever it is illuminated by the backlight. The watch also has Bluetooth capability which can be synced with G-SHOCK’s proprietary app, allowing access to a variety of features and functions direct from your Smartphone.

The second timepiece in the collection, the GA-2000 is the latest watch to be launched by G-SHOCK and features the iconic camo print familiar to Gorillaz fans worldwide to honor the Gorillaz’ 2001 eponymous debut release. This watch comes complete with two wrist bands – one featuring the camo print and the other in a darker military style, which can be easily interchanged and worn alternatively. Both models sport standard G-SHOCK iconic features including shock, vibration and water resistance. The limited edition GORILLAZ x G-SHOCK collection will retail for $170

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Zeitz MOCAA in October

WOZA FRIDAY – LATE NIGHT OPENING 4 OCTOBER 2019 | THROUGHOUT MUSEUM

DJs | ADULT DRAWING WORKSHOP | DISCOVER MOCAA I DRINKS

Enjoy a late-night opening and half-price entry (R100) from 4 p.m. every First Friday of the month at Zeitz MOCAA.

Try your hand at the adult drawing (no prior experience needed) in the BMW Atrium and surrounding tunnels, led once more by artist and guest lecturer, Randy Hartzenberg.

From 5 p.m, hear music by Steve Newman, Peter Ndlala, and Carlo Fabe, from the band Tananas. There will also be a nearby cash bar. And join Discover MOCAA between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.and learn about contemporary art and win prizes.

 

CHILDREN AND FAMILY PROGRAMMES

Join us for our monthly series of children and family-friendly workshops in the Centre for Art Education and elsewhere in the museum.

Don’t miss:

The Family Learning Workshops which take place on Saturday, 12 October. between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The morning workshop is geared towards parents/ guardians with children between the ages of 3 and 8 while the afternoon session is for parents/ guardians with children aged 11-17. Click here and here to book.

Our Open Studio every free Wednesday which is facilitated by staff but doesn’t take the form of a structured art lesson. Parents/ Guardians and their children can join in the fun any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Book your spot here.

The Children’s MOCAA Tour takes place on Saturday, 12 October between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. The tour has been designed for children to discover information about the artists, where they live and work and what has inspired them. Click here to reserve a spot.

 

IZICWANGCISO ZEZETHU…NOBUKHO NQABA 12 OCTOBER 2019 I SCHERYN ARENA I 12.30PM – 2PM

Join us for a panel discussion with artist Nobukho Nqaba whose exhibition Izicwangciso Zezethu… (We Make Plans) explores the precariousness of home and historical displacements.

Sitting down with cartoonist and writer, Andre Trantraal, Nqaba will discuss the role of art within displaced communities and the dynamism and complexities of reclaiming urban spaces.

Andre Tantraal’s collaborative work with his brother Nathan Tantraal is rooted in the communities of the Western Cape. Their credentials include a comic book adaption of historian Koni Benson’s PhD thesis on the history of women’s political struggles titled Crossroads.

Nqaba’s work reflects on personal memories of growing up in an informal settlement in Grabouw and the complexities of migration and labour. Her exhibition is on in Zeitz MOCAA’s Project Space until Sunday, 20 October 2019. Booking is essential as space is limited.

This event is free with museum admission or museum membership. 

 

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE EXHIBITION TOUR 26 OCTOBER 2019 I LEVEL 3 I 10AM – 11AM CURATOR-LED TOUR FOR MEMBERS

Museum members are invited to join Curatorial Assistant, Tammy Langtry for the first of a series of specialised tours of William Kentridge’s exhibition.

Having worked with the artist for months on the exhibition – Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings To Work – Langtry will focus on critical aspects of his practice.This tour is an opportune moment to delve into the acclaimed artist’s thinking and the inspiration for his work. Booking is essential as space is limited

 

SYMPOSIUM

Join Zeitz MOCAA on Sunday 27 October 2019, for What Happens At The Edges, a day-long symposium of discussions and performance related to the landmark exhibition Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings To Work by world-renowned artist William Kentridge. This one-day symposium will present a range of questions and concerns on the role of histories within a post-colonial era and how these have been articulated within the artist’s work.

Participants include leading local and international thought-leaders such as writer Antjie Krog, curators Nkule Mabaso and Carolyn Christov Bakargiev, theorists Premesh Lalu and Achille Mbembe as well as William Kentridge, among others. Booking for the symposium opens at the beginning of October.

 

TWO TOGETHER EXHIBITION 31 OCTOBER 2019 I LEVEL 4

Zeitz MOCAA proudly presents an exciting new installation of its permanent collection as part of a recent reimagining of the museum’s galleries and spatial organisation. The collection will forthwith be on view on the fourth floor and will be re-installed annually.

The new exhibition, Two Together, is built around major themes expounded by artists represented in the collection, and each gallery will contain a pair: either two objects, or multiple works by two artists, or two major themes – either in dialogue, as counterpoints, in contrast, or in sync.

As couples do, in comedic duos or in romance, the exhibition will embrace a rigorous engagement between objects and ideas. On view from 31 October, 2019

 

ZEITZ MOCAA SHOP LEVEL 0

To celebrate the exhibition, Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings to Work, the Zeitz MOCAA Shop is selling three limited edition posters, all signed and editioned by William Kentridge.

Income generated by the shop goes to the Zeitz MOCAA Foundation Trust to provide access for diverse audiences to our dynamic exhibition programs and permanent collections. It further supports the Centre for Art Education which inspires thousands of learners annually. Shop with purpose, shop conscientiously and support Zeitz MOCAA.

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Bellagio to Debut Lakeside Supper Club

Renowned for a portfolio of ‘must-visit’ experiences that forever transformed the city, Bellagio will once again change the way visitors think about a night on the town with the launch of The Mayfair Supper Club over New Year’s weekend.

Inspired by top supper clubs in London and around the world, The Mayfair will redefine the traditional “dinner and a show” for today’s traveler with a restaurant that evolves throughout the evening, amplifying in energy as dusk shifts to night. Guests will be able to indulge in contemporary American cuisine while enjoying live entertainment performances nightly, set to the greatest backdrop in the world – the Bellagio Fountains.

“The experience will be fun and memorable and feel like a return to the glamour eras of Las Vegas and old New York when dinner and a show was the place to be seen,” said MGM Resorts International Senior Vice President of F&B Strategy Ari Kastrati. “The Mayfair’s food and beverage menus will pay homage to all the greatest hits of classic American dining.”

MGM Resorts partnered with London and New York-based Martin Brudnizki Design Studios to create whimsical moments that transport guests to a fanciful and flexible environment – from a backdrop for a delightful meal to a high-energy lounge with moments of surprise.

MGM Resorts President of Events and Nightlife Sean Christie said, “The Mayfair will bring together the best elements of what makes Las Vegas the world-famous destination it is, in ways that celebrate our past, channel our present and define the future of a memorable night out on the Las Vegas Strip.” The Mayfair also will serve as the ideal location for guests to book special events. All booking inquiries can be emailed here.

Uber/Lyft Drivers Shutdown Rush Hour Traffic in NYC

On Tuesday morning thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers with the Independent Drivers Guild led a slow vehicle procession over the Brooklyn Bridge and up to Gracie Mansion to call for the Mayor and City Council’s help in response to new app changes from Uber and Lyft in New York City that will harm drivers’ ability to make a living. Approximately 6,000 drivers participated in the action which slowed rush hour traffic to a near stand still in a procession that stretched across the city at times covering the full length from the Brooklyn Bridge up FDR Drive to Gracie Mansion.

Starting on Tuesday Uber launched new policies to kick drivers off the apps between trips and in areas of lower demand in order to avoid paying drivers as required by New York City’s pay regulations. Lyft enacted a similar policy earlier this summer to protests from the Drivers Guild. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has failed to take action, so the Drivers Guild is calling for the Mayor and City Council to stop the apps from violating the pay rules in an attempt to scam drivers out of fair pay. The Guild, a Machinists Union affiliate representing and advocating for New York’s 80,000 app-based drivers, led a two year campaign to win the nation’s first minimum pay rate for Uber and Lyft drivers. Rules which the apps are now violating.

“Uber and Lyft are flouting New York City’s driver pay rules to avoid paying drivers what they have earned and the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission has done nothing to stop them. Today drivers are saying: We will not be ignored. We are calling on the Mayor and City Council to step in and help us fight back against the app companies. More than 1,000 Uber and Lyft drivers logged off the apps to take part in a procession over the Brooklyn Bridge and through Manhattan to Gracie Mansion today to protest the app companies and demand action from the city,” said Brendan Sexton, Executive Director of the IDG, a Machinists Union affiliate which represents and advocates for more than 80,000 app based drivers in NYC. “For months we warned that if the city failed to take enforcement action against Lyft for violating the pay rules, that the other apps would follow suit and drivers’ pay would suffer. Already thousands of drivers are struggling to pay their bills because Lyft is blocking them from the app.

Now with Uber following suit more than 80,000 New York City families will pay the price if the city refuses to stand up for drivers and crackdown on the app companies.” Council Member Brad Lander who sponsored the law requiring a minimum pay rate for Uber and Lyft drivers has also spoken out against the app companies’ actions and voiced his support for the drivers today. “Kicking drivers off the app between rides and controlling where and when drivers can work directly undermines Uber and Lyft’s pretense of employing independent contractors who set their own hours. Far from providing flexible work schedules and a solution to transit deserts, Uber and Lyft are forcing drivers to avoid serving low-income outer boroughs and limiting their ability to make a living wage, in violation of the spirit of NYC Council’s ground-breaking legislation to guarantee for-hire drivers a minimum hourly wage.

These are the same companies that have been arguing that they don’t control their drivers’ work and it isn’t central to their business model. Uber and Lyft can’t have it both ways. Either recognize drivers as employees entitled to minimum wage, overtime pay, health insurance and all the rights that entails, or follow the law we passed to ensure that drivers make a fair wage,” said Council member Brad Lander.

Today’s protest shows growing driver anger at the app companies and the city’s failure to protect driver pay. Just last week more than 100 IDG members gathered at CIty Hall to call for the city to abolish the TLC due to its failure to stand up for drivers, including on this issue of enforcing the pay rules. The Guild also called for the city to pass a Drivers’ Bill of Rights, which specifically included blocking apps from trying to get around the pay rules.

Further Background:

For months Lyft has been kicking New York City drivers off the app to avoid paying them and the Independent Drivers Guild has been calling on the city to take aggressive enforcement action, warning that without enforcement other apps may follow suit.  On Friday, just days after more than 100 IDG members rallied at City Hall calling for action, Uber announced in an email to drivers that it would indeed begin the same practice to flout the city’s pay rules on Tuesday.

In June, the Guild wrote a letter to the City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission calling for enforcement on this issue and drivers testified to this issue in July calling attention to the fact that Lyft was using this policy to further enrich the company by giving preferential access to drivers who pay them upwards of $400 per week to rent a vehicle from Lyft’s Express Drive program. However, the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission failed to act and failed to include any further regulatory guidance during its summer rule making, despite having the clear opportunity to do so.

Paradigm Gallery Presents “Obsolescence”

Paradigm Gallery + Studio (746 S 4th St) is pleased to present Obsolescence, a solo exhibition by Sweden-based artist Ulla-Stina Wikander, open October 25 – November 23, 2019. The artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States, Obsolescence, features new works from Wikander’s well-known series of household objects covered in colorful, vintage embroideries. Obsolescence will have a public opening reception on October 25 from 5:30 – 10:00pm.

Wikander began collecting vintage embroideries 15 years ago in antique stores and flea markets, initially attracted to the intricate designs of needlework textiles. Although Wikander was traditionally trained as a painter and sculptor, the unknown histories of the women who made the embroideries interested her and she began experimenting with her new collection. Wikander’s earliest experimentation with textile began with covering a broken vacuum cleaner she had laying around in her home. Through a meticulous process of deconstruction and reassembly, she transformed the anachronistic tool into something visually absorbing and entirely new, giving the vacuum a new reason to exist. Although not all of the objects Wikander covers are broken, they’re all out-dated. Through Wikander’s process, these retro items are transformed and recycled into fully contemporary sculptures.

On her practice Wikander says, “It is rather new for me to be a part of the textile community because I have always regarded myself as a painter and sculptor. While I do not embroider myself, I am always very meticulous when I choose my patterns.  Embroidery is very hard to find nowadays, so I often travel to small towns in Sweden to find them. I have a big collection with hundreds of embroideries, organized into boxes by motif. I do not know if it is accepted among textile artists, to cut embroideries into pieces, but I think my work is a bit different. I always have a bad feeling that I am destroying a beautiful embroidery that someone else has made, but the recycling of something forgotten also feels current and good”.

The latest artworks included in Wikander’s Obsolescence exhibition are suffused with humor and critical explorations of feminism, domesticity, and upcycling. Her intricate textile constructions are shaped by the forms that lie underneath – including irons, blow dryers, shoes, bags, lamps, books, and phones. Freshly adorned in coverings of flowers, animals, and pastoral scenes, the items transcend their former functionality and are simultaneously revelatory and recognizable. Wikander’s vibrant re-appropriations are evocative formal studies that defy categorization and illicit equal parts dissonance and delight.
About Ulla-Stina Wikander
Ulla-Stina Wikander was born 1957 in Kungälv. She is currently living in Stockholm/Kullavik, Sweden and has been working as an artist since 1986. Wikander has shown extensively around the world in solo and group exhibitions including shows in the United States, Sweden and the UK.
About Paradigm 
Paradigm Gallery + Studio® exhibits contemporary artwork from around the world with a focus on Philadelphia-based artists. Established February 2010, the gallery began as a project between co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, as a space in which to create artwork, to exhibit the work of their peers, and to invite the members of the community to create and collect in a welcoming gallery setting. To this day the gallery still aims to welcome all collectors, from first time to lifelong, and continues to support accessible work that welcomes a wide audience.

Make a passionate pitch—if you want investors

The brains of investors are wired to pay closer attention to entrepreneurs who pitch with passion, according to new research.

One would expect that entrepreneurs who pitch their startup ideas with passion are more apt to entice investors. Now there’s scientific proof the two are connected: enthusiasm and financial backing. According to new research from Case Western Reserve University, the brains of potential investors are wired to pay closer attention to entrepreneurs who pitch with passion.

Researchers examined investors’ neural responses to entrepreneurs’ pitches, conducting a randomized experiment that explored the response of investors’ brains using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

(fMRI)—finding a causal relationship between passion of the pitcher and interest from investors.

“No one has ever invested in a startup they ignored,” said Scott Shane, the A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve.

“Founder passion is essential to establishing investor attention, and our study demonstrates measurable neural effects that offer a biological explanation for their tendency to react positively to enthusiasm and emotion of entrepreneurs,” said Shane, lead author of the paper, published in the Journal of Business Venturing. By showing such energy in pitching their business ideas, entrepreneurs can considerably increase neural engagement in potential investors—increasing the odds these financiers will support a new, untested venture by having strong, measurable effects on their decision-making.

“Most of time investors just say ‘no,’” said Shane. “In fact, the vast majority of entrepreneurs never receive a dime from external investors.

“Entrepreneurs should know: More engaged brains are more likely to meaningfully evaluate pitches,” he said. “We believe our data makes a strong argument that displays of passion trigger heightened engagement that, in turn, makes investors more likely to write a check.”

The experiment

Videos of pitches—identical in content but different in delivery—were randomly assigned to investors inside an fMRI machine. Depending on the passion-level of the pitch, investors’ brains reacted differently: Heightened displays of passion increased investor fixation on the stimulus (the pitch) to override distractions—and demonstrate a causal effect of displayed passion on investor interest.

· Investors randomly assigned a pitch with high founder passion resulted in informal investor interest increasing by 26%, relative to the same pitch delivered with low passion;

· Data from fMRIs showed investor neural responses to entrepreneurs’ high-passion pitches increased investor neural engagement by 39% over lower founder passion.

“More engaged brains are more likely to meaningfully evaluate pitches—and not play on their phones or think about lunch which should result in more favorable investor assessments,” said Shane.

While it’s possible that other mechanisms may be present in the brains of investors—such as inferring from passion that entrepreneurs may be more capable or competent—the experiment showed that passion is a key mechanism because it causes investors to pay attention, said Shane.

The practice of passion

The findings offer strong implications for the practice of entrepreneurship. “Pitching with enthusiasm and passion—these are skills that can be taught,” said Shane. “Flat, unenthusiastic pitches are the enemy of attracting investor attention and to succeeding in a competitive, cutthroat environment.”

Each year, hundreds of thousands of early-stage entrepreneurs, who often lack established track records, offer pitches—widely recognized as the gateway to investor funding—to financiers across the globe. The study focused on Informal investors—referred to as “family, friends and foolhardy strangers” by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor who account for most startup investments, investing $1 trillion globally between 2012-2015, according to the organization.

The study was co-authored by David Clingingsmith, an associate professor of economics at the Weatherhead School. Will Drover of the University of Oklahoma, and Moran Cerf of Northwestern University also co-authored the paper.

Bastille, 360 MAGAZINE

Bastille Kicks of American Tour

Headline Run Includes September 24 Show At NYC’s Hulu Theatre At Madison Square Garden And October 12 Greek Theatre Concert In L.A. Bastille Performs On “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” On September 25 Doom Days, Bastille’s Critically Acclaimed New Album, Is Out Now Bastille will kick off its North American headline tour at The Met in Philadelphia.

The extensive run will include shows at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City (September 24) and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles (October 12). See below for itinerary. Tickets are on sale HERE. Bastille will perform on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Wednesday, September 25. The GRAMMY® nominated, Brit-winning band is touring in support of its new album, Doom Days (Virgin Records), available everywhere. Bastille launched the album a show in New York City’s Central Park as part of ABC’s “Good Morning America” Summer Concert series. Check out their performance of the single “Joy” HERE. Last month, fans around the world were awestruck when front man Dan Smith posted a video of himself singing “Flaws” on a giant roller coaster during a recent show at a Stockholm amusement park. View the clip HERE. Doom Days takes listeners on a big night out in search of distraction from the surrounding apocalypse. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Album Sales chart and in

the Top 5 of the Billboard 200. In a four-star review, NME said, ‘Doom Days’ is a vivid snapshot of humanity and an imaginative, adventurous leveling up from one of Britain’s most influential bands. If the end times are coming, you could do a whole lot worse than taking its lead and gathering up all your friends, pressing play and partying like it’s 1999.” “Joy” has amassed more than 70 million combined streams globally while lead single “Quarter Past Midnight” is Bastille’s third single to hit No. 1 on the Mediabase Alternative chart. Smith performed a stripped-down version of the track “Bad Decisions,” accompanying himself on piano, as part of Rolling Stone’s “How I Wrote This” series. View the interview and performance HERE.

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “Britpop’s new crown princes,” Bastille has sold over eight million adjusted albums and amassed more than 11 billion cumulative streams globally. The band was introduced internationally with the single “Pompeii,” which is now 6x Platinum in the U.S. alone. Marshmello and Bastille’s hit single, “Happier,” has topped charts around the world, with cumulative streams exceeding 3.5 billion. It is certified 5x Platinum in the U.S. and has sold more than 15 million units in the rest of the world. “Happier” held the No. 1 position for three consecutive weeks on Billboard’s BDS and Media base/Top 40 Radio Airplay chart. It has spent 50 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic songs tally. 

Bastille  – North American Tour