Howard Rapp

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Howard Rapp is Editor In Chief @ MP. Howard earned his B.A. in Communication Arts with a focus on Screenwriting and Film Production from Marymount Manhattan College and his J.D. with a focus on Business and Intellectual Property Law from the University of Miami School of Law. He is an avid writer, gamer, and dog dad.

Australian-born singer-songwriter Jazzy K stuns with the voice of a seasoned pro from down under. Influenced by music from a young age and paired with a current passion for connecting emotionally through her songs, she brings a whole new definition to what it means to be a superstar. Produced by well-known industry leaders like Babyface, her honest and raw songs are both captivating and relatable to many. MP recently sat down with Jazzy K to learn more about her music, musical influences, and life. Photo courtesy of Jazzy K Jazzy K lives a bi-continental life to spend time both at…

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Entertainment studios and distributors must rethink how they deliver premium content to consumers. The result is a shift that has the potential to move the entire industry in a single direction at an accelerated pace: streaming. Of course, streaming platforms have been around for a while, with 78% of households subscribing to at least one streaming service. As COVID-19 resulted in global lockdowns and a fear of going out, studios couldn’t show their slated films in theaters. Streaming services like Amazon’s Prime Video, Netflix, and Hulu, all of which had solid subscriber bases pre-pandemic, saw a massive increase in volume…

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It’s late, and an idea hits you. You give it some thought and determine it could be the next ample business opportunity. You quickly scribble it on a napkin and set it down. You’re pumped at the idea of transforming an industry. You wake up the following day, look at your idea, and realize it’s impractical. You know the industry but don’t have the experience or capital necessary to move forward. You mull it over and, after much consideration, decide it’s unwise to move forward. You toss the napkin in the trash and continue with your life. Photo courtesy of…

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Jeff Gold, the man behind Nexus Fuels and several other successful businesses, knows what it takes to succeed. Having achieved success early on using proprietary intellectual property, Gold’s companies have developed reputations as leaders in their fields. In addition, his ways of thinking and approach to problem-solving can enable you to transform your idea into a full-blown business. Nexus is the world’s only commercial-scale, 100% circular waste plastics solution. It was the first technology ever to receive the International Sustainability and Carbon-Plus Certification (ISCC) for converting plastic waste into oil. The oil is converted to new plastic material. His ability…

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MP recently sat down with Eric Dahan (Forbes 30 Under 30), Founder and CEO of Open Influence. Open Influence is a demand-side influencer solution with a network of over one million influencers worldwide. Its focus is on helping brands facilitate meaningful partnerships that drive value for both their businesses and customers. Having been a pioneer in the influencer marketing space for more than eight years, Open Influence has established a successful track record working with some of the top brands across many industries, including fashion, lifestyle, automotive, entertainment, technology, CPG, pharmaceuticals, and others. Let’s jump right in… MP: When did you first…

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Looking for MP’s feature on Friction Labs’? View it here. MP recently sat down with Kevin Brown and Keah Kalantari, co-founders at Friction Labs. Friction Labs is an athletic chalk company with chalk products that will be used by most Olympic climbing athletes from every country at the upcoming games in Tokyo. Its chalks are also used by athletes in the NFL and MLB, on the pro tennis tour, and at thousands of gyms and fitness centers in the US and worldwide. Photo courtesy of Friction Labs MP: What is Friction Labs, when was it founded, and how has it…

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Almost Censored by Olive Allen – video courtesy of Olive Allen Beyond the buzzwords, trends, and headlines sits crypto art trailblazer Olive Allen, forward-thinking digital artist, painter, and introspect. Allen’s work combines observational humor with introspection while touching on the very fabric that holds societies together. Her drops feature critical choices that must be made by collectors, moving experiences, and important social commentary people often overlook or are afraid to confront. DystopiaEntropySpace-TimePhotos courtesy of Olive Allen (hover for painting name) Learn more about Allen’s paintings. Olive’s Early Years Art was a central part of Allen’s childhood. Allen challenged conventionality from…

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NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are transforming digital art. What was once an indefinitely duplicable art form, with copies distributed to the masses, has been transformed into one that follows traditional art on its very own digital path. NFTs are enabling digital artists to quickly raise millions of dollars and become household names seemingly overnight. Works of art by famous artists sell for tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars. Dali, Pollack, and others have catalogs of work with each piece in the catalog being wholly unique. There can be just one Lavender Mist. Up until the development and NFTs, the…

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As an entrepreneur working toward financial freedom, you work tirelessly to achieve your goals. Days begin to blend together, and weeks slowly get checked off your calendar. You burn the midnight oil often and have developed a pattern of thinking that isn’t always the clearest once the sun goes down. The effects of fatigue have clearly been affecting your productivity. The good news is you can combat the impact fatigue has on your ability to think clearly. You can boost and maintain your cognitive health by simply eating more of the right foods. Some foods have been shown to naturally help…

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Defining your personal brand is no small task. It is what will define your day-to-day and will become how you are known to others. Your personal brand represents you to the outside world. It should consist of a well-cultivated, finely crafted combination of your personality, desires, and strengths. You must shape your brand around each of these so that is both genuine and valuable. Before defining your personal brand, you must ask yourself who you want to be in this world. You can be anyone you want, but you can only be one person. Consider your best-case scenario in thirty…

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