There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has had devastating effects across the globe, but there is a small silver lining in the realm of online education.

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Just a decade ago, online learning was still a rather foreign concept to most people. If someone wanted to get an online degree or learn a new skill in their spare time, they would have to wade through a sea of unaccredited schools and sham universities just to find the real deal. Though online scammers aren’t going anywhere, the quality of online education has drastically improved over the last year. …


SoundCloud is the #1 platform for new and upcoming hip hop artists, but is it alienating casual music fans to be at the forefront of the music industry? For some, SoundCloud has elevated music creators at the expense of its listeners.

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hip hop music rap industry sound cloud
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If you follow music trends closely, you probably know that SoundCloud is THE place to find new artists, particularly in genres like hip hop and electronic music. For more than a decade, SoundCloud has helped democratize music production and distribution for struggling artists. Now, all you need is a smartphone and an Internet connection to share your musical creations…


Higher education looks completely different than it did a few decades ago. What does the future hold for students in an age driven by the Internet and technological innovation?

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higher education in the age of the internet
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People have been questioning the necessity of a college degree for years. Many high school students continue to debate their parents on the issue, as the perception of higher education has shifted in the age of the Internet. What was once a vital stepping stone toward getting a sustainable career is now viewed as a little more than a piece of paper. …


Whether you like it or not, “cancel culture” has become a heinous tool to amplify the kangaroo court of public opinion. We can do better.

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If you’ve somehow missed out on the modern phenomenon known as “cancel culture,” it’s essentially a movement propagated on social media to inflict social and economic repercussions on those whose actions are deemed inappropriate or reprehensible. Like most things in life, cancel culture began with (mostly) good intentions. The general public wanted people to have greater accountability for their actions, even when courts, businesses, and the mainstream media turn a blind eye. …


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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remembering lil peep rap artist
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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…

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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