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A Better, Brighter Place: Talking with TEDx Speaker Ikumi Kayama

The artist at work.

Tell us a little about yourself! My name is Ikumi Kayama and I'm a professional medical and scientific illustrator. I own and operate my own studio, Studio Kayama LLC. A lot of my illustrations end up in science textbooks, medical brochures, and signs and panels at museums and natural parks. My mission is to create illustrations that make modern ...

Independence and Reinventing Yourself: An Interview with a Small Business Owner

Sometimes there is a decisive  moment when you know you need change in your life. Perhaps the place where you are in life doesn't fulfill you or maybe you want to do something completely different.  To dream is one thing, but to actually take the  step and change your life and follow a dream takes both ...

How to Fail at E-commerce Without Even Trying

Failing at e-commerce

There are a lot of articles floating around about how to ensure success in e-commerce, some here and some on my blog. So rather than repeating myself, I thought that it would be more interesting to write about the quickest ways to kill your e-commerce business. E-commerce is a $1.5 trillion global economy, but it’s constantly changing and ...

Work Hard and Dare to Dream: An Interview with a Start Up Business Owner

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What goes through the mind of someone who wants to start a company? How do they keep going when things are tough? How do they market themselves on the internet? To answer all these questions and more, I interviewed Maria Bloom, the founder of the company Little Bloom Her company is a web store for children products that are organic and better for ...