Monthly Archives: December 2014

Carrageenan – This Cancer-Causing Ingredient Probably Sits in Your Fridge

Can’t be too careful now…

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Banana yogurtAttention all only-organic eaters: I’d like to have your attention in particular as you might have read this title and thought, “I bet whatever ingredient it is isn’t in my fridge! I’m the healthiest eater I know!”

With all due respect, you might be mistaken as the ingredient I’m about to address appears in a plethora of organic products.

A few months ago, I was scanning the ingredients label on my carton of almond milk and came across a word that I still haven’t the slightest clue how to pronounce: carrageenan. I also examined the labels of my So Delicious coconut yogurt, and my husband’s Horizon chocolate milk and noticed they also contained this mysterious substance.

I figured, it’s probably harmless—these products are organic!

Little did I know …

I immediately pulled out my handy-dandy smartphone to begin investigating. It turns out carrageenan—found in many dairy and non-dairy products…

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‘Crowdfunding Is a Race to Win:’ How the French are Using Regulation to Boost Their National Crowdfunding Platforms



Editor s Note: The following is a guest post from Karsten Wenzlaff, coordinator of the German Crowdfunding Network and a member of the European Crowdfunding Stakeholder Forum. Wenzlaff provides a report from the recent Convention of the European Crowdfunding Network, examining how Europe s countries differ in their crowdfunding regulation, and focusing on France as an example of appropriate regulation. You can read his previous piece on proposed German crowdfunding regulation here. As always, guest contributors opinions are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of In December 2014, crowdfunding has reached the center of the financial power. BPI France, the Public Investment Bank of the French state, hosted the Convention of the European Crowdfunding Network in its stately palace on Boulevard Haussmann at the center of France s biggest city. Under palm trees and white marble of the elegant conference center, the European crowdfunding industry gathered…

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“The Art of Asking” and Clara Benin

I listened to her TED talk only today…a valuable experience that was


Amanda Palmer's The Art of Asking I finally got this book!

I finally got my own copy of Amanda Palmer’s recently released book “The Art of Asking”.  Ask any of my students and they will probably acknowledge the obvious influence her TED Talk has on the way I teach music business.   Her message to artists on the importance of real connections with the audience and fans just made so much sense to me. This talk has made so much of an impact on me that I even this quote from her talk printed on a shirt.

“I think people have been obsessed with the wrong question, which is, ‘How do we make people pay for music?’ What if we started asking, ‘How do we LET people pay for music?’” — Amanda Palmer (TED Talks “The Art of Asking”, February 2013)

Read: @TEDTalks: Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking

This message, I felt was important to…

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 810 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 14 trips to carry that many people.

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