We’ve already seen three direct payments and countless PPP loans for individuals and small businesses, but further Coronavirus stimulus could completely redefine the startup landscape in 2021 and beyond.

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As a serial entrepreneur, I’ve benefited from the fact that all of my business ventures started before the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m also extremely fortunate that two of my largest endeavors thus far, The Doe and Dormzi, are both digital companies that have adapted well to the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent safety regulations. Sadly, many entrepreneurs and small business owners have not been so lucky.

It goes without saying that Coronavirus had…

Even though he spent a very short time doing what he loved, Lil Peep had a major impact on modern rap — and will be forever remembered for his contributions to hip hop music the world over.

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As the co-founder of Guin Records, I have always taken a special interest in artists and rappers who “go against the grain,” so to speak. In fact, I actively look for new musicians to add to the label by searching for hip hop artists who are trying out new things. This is one reason why I find the story of Lil Peep so…

Hip hop has developed and evolved in many parts of the U.S. — and the world — but few regions have created as many unique subgenres and rising stars as the American South.

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The earliest days of hip hop essentially pitted two rival regions against each other: East Coast vs. West Coast. However, these delineations largely referred to just two locations — New York City and Los Angeles. All of the biggest artists of the day, including N.W.A. and the Wu-Tang Clan, originated in these cities and often referred to their respective affiliations in their music. …

While most of us are preoccupied with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the obesity epidemic continues to pose a threat to the American people and the U.S. healthcare system.

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In 2008, roughly 16% of U.S. adults were “obese.” This isn’t a pejorative term, but rather a medical classification based on BMI. In other words, 16% of U.S. adults had a BMI of 30% or above in 2008. Since then, that percentage has more than doubled, surpassing 40% for the first time in American history. As of 2020, roughly 42.4% of U.S. adults can be classified as obese.

To say that the…

There are plenty of studies on the health benefits of regular meditation and mindfulness practice, but could self-reflection be the key to new and innovative business ideas?

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Even though I’m just 21 years old, I’ve been meditating for years. I don’t always have time in my schedule to sit and meditate for an hour or more, but I find that a few breathing exercises throughout the day help clear my head and make me feel more present. I don’t do it to improve my creativity and business acumen, but these are very, very helpful side effects.

As an entrepreneur, I’ve…

How tech companies can grow an audience while building their product.

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Most startup gurus would agree that consumers crave authenticity. Unfortunately, every business has to make money, which can make it difficult for startups to market their services or products without looking like shameless profiteers. Consumers know that every company wants to turn a profit, but consumers are more inclined to engage with businesses that appear to put the consumer before profits. This is why the build in public model is one of the best ways for tech companies to avoid issues of inauthenticity and ultimately master product-market fit.

Before I get into some examples of successful build in public startups…

Social media influencers, bloggers, third-party review sites, and even major publications give negative feedback to businesses all the time. Learn how you can leverage media criticism to get your business ahead of the crowd.

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One trait that applies to most new entrepreneurs is hopeless optimism. While many entrepreneurs and startup owners keep their feet on the ground when it comes to budgeting and business management, they may not be so level-headed about media criticism. In fact, most startup owners expect to receive nothing but praise and cheers when their products or services hit the market. Unfortunately, this is almost never the case.

However, every dark cloud has a silver lining. Rather than throwing in the towel when you get negative feedback, you should leverage media criticism to your advantage. When it comes to leveraging…


Today, small time farmers across the United States are stuck between a rock and a hard place due to unfair and unjust pressures put on these family run farms by mega corporations. This pressure has made it harder and harder for farmers to make ends meet to properly care for the health and wellbeing of their livestock. Unfortunately, nearly all farmers have to choose between, either, treating their animals humanely and making a small profit, or signing with a mega corporation to inhumanely raise livestock for a slightly larger profit. Poultry farms throughout the United States serve as a great…

Deloitte’s 2021 Retail Industry Outlook report has some relevant findings for those willing to think outside the box.

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Many young entrepreneurs and freelancers see opportunities in the highly disrupted 2021 economy, particularly in relation to bringing new products to digital markets that are only starting to stabilize in response to the pandemic.

Deloitte’s “2021 Retail Industry Outlook,” which surveyed fifty retail executives to analyze trends within the industry, demonstrates some of the unique ways young entrepreneurs and freelancers can benefit from retail trends. Digging in, we are able to see some ways that freelancers and others can pivot in 2021 to take advantage of retail industry shifts and turn existing skill sets into new avenues of professional growth.

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Imagine spending your whole life living in a small cage, packed on top of ten to twelve other cages filled with people, forced to wallow in your own filth, as well as the excrement of the other residents in your cage. You’re unable to move, denied access to medical care, and only taken out of this cage when it is time for you to be brutally killed either by having your throat slit or being boiled alive. Unfortunately, this is the sad fate of billions of chickens each year in the United States. To make matters worse, this practice is…

Milan Kordestani

Milan Kordestani is a 21-year-old serial entrepreneur whose most notable startups include Guin Records, Dormzi, and The Doe.

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