Diana Slavin is a visionary: one of the subtle, unprepossessing variety who’ve quietly gotten things done and created models that work, and (literally) made the world a more beautiful place.Read More
The stats on the fashion business suggest an industry whose entire business model are engineered around waste—not its prevention, but its creation. What to do about it?
In his early life, Jim Fruchterman, founder of Benetech and now Tech Matters, was a rocket scientist and a Silicon Valley exec on a more or less conventional path (start-up, work work work, sell, do it all again.) But along the way, he harbored a nagging and then burgeoning desire to make tech work for good. So he founded Benetech, the now-legendary Silicon Valley-based non-profit that focuses on bringing together technology and the tech industry with social causes to create innovative solutions that work and scale. And now…Read More
Starting a business of any type is, of course, not exactly for the faint of heart. But imagine doing it in a completely new industry, where standards and regulations—often conflicting—are just emerging, where market forces are not fully understood. And finally, on top of all that, add dealing with a finicky agricultural product and the inevitable complications that come with a brick and mortar operation. These challenges call for entrepreneurship on steroids.Read More
The world of craft cannabis began as a reasonably cozy, nerdy little place for “specialists”. But with the decriminalization of cannabis in many large states and all of Canada, plus with the decriminalization of hemp-based CBD (more on this in a bit), every pharma, food, wellness, spirits company seems to be getting in on the game. It’s going to be everywhere—so it just makes sense to know more about it.Read More
Marcia Gagliardi, of table-hopper fame, has gone and founded mymilligram, too: a weekly newsletter covering the best cannabis products out there. Having Marcia with you as you explore the world of cannabis is invaluable: there are so many choices out there, so many new brands, so many ways to think about using it (sleep? feeling chill? feeling blissed out? pain relief?), that a guide is an absolute necessity.Read More
Refinery members are old enough to remember when TV was just a desert, filled with some seriously bad drek. Love Boat, Hotel, Dynasty… and network is still at it with some of the more jaw-droppingly awful reality TV shows.
But as we know, we’re now living in the new golden age of TV. Our problem is now that of too much quality, and expanded geographies: we’re now getting great shows from Australia, Europe, and Asia. Overwhelm, not underwhelm is the problem. (465 shows produced last year alone.)Read More
Anderson Valley is only about 100 miles from Sonoma, but it feels like it’s on a completely different continent and in a different century. Geography, history, and weather have conspired to keep it isolated from the more glamorous, manicured, agrarian fantasy that is Northern California’s “wine country”. It even has its own language, Boontling.Read More
There’s a common thread that runs between workplace and career advice, much of mindfulness training, many religious traditions, all the way through to the more “woo-woo” self-help tomes out there. It goes like this: Know yourself, know your values. Strip away all the crap.Read More
We’ve been following a newsletter called AGEIST for a while now. We love its commitment to changing mainstream perspectives of the over-50 demographic through stories and images of engaging, creative, and entrepreneurial (not to mention telegenic) doers. So when AGEIST mentioned they were throwing a conference in LA’s happening Arts District in June, I was intrigued.Read More
Some of our current reads... to be read wherever it is you're finding some extra free time for yourself.Read More
I had the chance to interview Mandy Aftel, about her book, Fragrant, which remains one of my favorite books. Sure, it's about scent, but it's much more than that: it's a guide to thoughtful, intentional living.Read More
Most entrepreneurs I know just can’t help themselves. They have no choice but to do what they do: Get interested in something. See an opportunity. Ignore the “it can’t be done” messages you’re flooded with. Find a way to overcome the challenges. Keep making it work. Find another opportunity. Lather, rinse, repeat.
That’s certainly the case with Tobin Costen, hip hop maverick, film producer, marketing maestro, food entrepreneur, and imparter of hard-won wisdom to the next generation of entrepreneurs. He also happens to be one of the most generous people I know, with a huge “give back” streak and a big sense of legacy and purpose.Read More
I’ve been a huge fan of artist/designer/potter Rae Dunn for a good long while. I’d been smitten by her style: instantly recognizable quirky, organic but sophisticated, employing a simple, largely off-white and black palette, and usually featuring words and simple illustrations that made me laugh, smile, and ponder. This was work with personality; lightness; verve; a certain gentle, knowing sauciness and grit. Just like Rae herself.Read More
One thing we’ve been hearing from all that on-boarding: travel is a PASSION for so many of us. It may feel a little late to be planning summer travel, but it’s not. For a little Inspo, we pulled up with Patti Kelley of PK Global, designer of bespoke travel experiences extraordinaire. Here’s what Patti thinks you might want to consider for the summer (or beyond, for that matter.) More here.Read More
At the launch, members shared their superpowers. We loved what we saw and in many ways it underscores why Refinery exists.Read More
Here's a taste of some of the signals we've been picking up on you Refinery members in the last little while.Read More