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Internet Week New York : 24 Seven’s Top Picks


Photo : Michelle Kinney

Over the past several days, members of the 24 Seven Talent team attended Internet Week New York.  We sat in on many panels and fireside chats led by professionals from a broad spectrum of industries.  Technology, mobile, advertising, government, television, film, recruiting — you name it.  From big data, social media, women in tech, wellness in the workplace, and digital surveillance — there were a myriad of discussions about how far we have come, where we are today, and what our future may look like.

We were lucky enough to absorb an abundance of information at Internet Week New York 2015. So we wanted to share some of the wisdom with our 24 Seven Talent Thread readers.

Here is a list of our favorite moments from Internet Week New York 2015 :

Nate Silver in Conversation with NY1’s Pat Kiernan

From NY1 to FiveThirtyEight and numbers in between, Pat Kiernan and Nate Silver discussed how the explosion of available data has impacted journalism – not only how stories are being told but what stories are being told. (Via IWNY)


“Homepage traffic is flat. People aren’t going through the front door.”  Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight) on the importance of social media and site traffic. | (Photo : Michelle Kinney)


“Treating the reader as an intelligent individual is important to us.” Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight) | (Photo : Michelle Kinney)


#Rokertalk: Weather Gets Digital with TODAY’s Al Roker

Host and weatherman of NBC’s Today Show, Al Roker sat down with Mashable Science Editor Andrew Freedman for a wide-ranging chat about the impact of digital innovation on weather forecasting, his passion for apps, and how digital tools are enhancing his personal brand. (Via IWNY)


“Just because it’s on the Internet, it doesn’t mean it’s true.” – Al Roker |  Photo : Michelle Kinney

"I think twitter, is the most significant tool. Not just for weather, but for real-time information to verify a forecast." - Al Roker | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“I think Twitter is the most significant tool. Not just for weather, but for real-time information to verify a forecast.” – Al Roker | Photo : Michelle Kinney


“The worst thing you can do is read the comments section.” – Andrew Freedman talks about the topic of climate change on social media. | Photo: Michelle Kinney


Protecting the Digital Self in the Age of Surveillance

Nuala O’Connor President and CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology gave a presentation about how to protect the “digital self,”  and how we must develop an approach that carefully balances law, policy, and individual choice. (Via IWNY)

"There has never been a moment in history that has influenced self-expression like the Internet." - Nuala O'Connor | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“There has never been a moment in history that has influenced self-expression like the Internet.” – Nuala O’Connor | Photo : Michelle Kinney


The Workplace Experience : Inspiring Talent Today and Tomorrow

Recruiting the best and brightest talent—and retaining them—goes far beyond a competitive salary and a strong benefits package. An innovative workspace can boost employee happiness, too. Inspiration by the forward-thinking spaces today’s most forward-thinking companies have designed to inspire creativity among employees. (Via IWNY)

"The office needs to feel like home for hundreds of people & its important to give them a diverse environment." Noa Santos (Co-Founder, HomePolish)  | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“The office needs to feel like home for hundreds of people & its important to give them a diverse environment.” Noa Santos (Co-Founder, HomePolish) | Photo : Michelle Kinney

"What we're seeing more of is the idea of activity based work environments." Lenny Beaudoin (Senior Managing Director, Workplace Strategy, CBRE)  | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“What we’re seeing more of is the idea of activity based work environments.” Lenny Beaudoin (Senior Managing Director, Workplace Strategy, CBRE) | Photo : Michelle Kinney


To Lean or Not to Lean?

Empowering Women to Challenge the Gender Gap

Today, a mere 27 percent of technology jobs are held by women. While there’s talk around the issue, action must be taken now. Our community needs to ask not why, but how can we make this change. This was a lively panel discussion at Internet Week, focused on how we can challenge the norm, influence change, and shape future opportunities for women in the tech industry. (Via IWNY)


“Driving a change is going to be through people like us having conversations like this. All of us encouraging the next generation. We need some heroes!” Shenan Reed (President, Digital, MEC) | Photo : Michelle Kinney


“You don’t have to study computer science to work in technology.” Nicole Ellis (Manging Director, Solutions, Teach for America) | Photo : Michelle Kinney


“The only reason I did it was to make a difference.” Ari Horie (Founder/CEO, Women’s Startup Lab) on overcoming stage fright to be a female keynote speaker at SXSW. | Photo : Michelle Kinney


Communicating with #CocoRocha

The world of technology has transformed just about every aspect of our lives and fashion is no exception. Supermodel social media savant Coco Rocha communicates with her audience, with a world of poses in her arsenal. (Via IWNY)


“Thirteen years ago you were supposed to know me for my cheekbones, not my personality.” Coco Rocha talks about modeling before social media. | Photo : Michelle Kinney


“When I first started playing with social media I was told, ‘don’t!’ – Coco Rocha | Photo : Michelle Kinney


Chelsea Clinton in conversation with Ben Fry

Chelsea Clinton and Ben Fry (Founder , co-founder ,) discussed the recently released findings of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report , which compiles and analyzes data from more than 190 countries to identify the progress women and girls have made over the last twenty years, and the gaps that still remain. (Via IWNY)


“Progress cannot be mistaken for success.” Chelsea Clinton | Photo : Michelle Kinney


“The United States is one of nine countries worldwide that does not have paid maternity leave.” Ben Fry | Photo : Michelle Kinney


“It’s important to have humility and realize we still have work to do in our own country.” Chelsea Clinton | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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Change Your Tune : 5 Artists to Add to Your Playlist

A bit tired of the tunes you’ve been jammin’ to all winter?

Looking to spruce up your playlist with some great artists?

Us too.

So we hit up Brett Tabisel, General Manager and Gallery Music Director of the world famous Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. He was happy to share his thoughts and hand-selected 5 artists he thinks we should add to our playlists.


Le Poisson Rouge in New York City (VIA

Whether you pop your earbuds in at your desk, at the gym, or on your commute to work –music is a part of our lives, so let’s have fun with it!


1. Django Django 

“Psychedelic Pop with amazing production.” 

2. Bully

“Feels like the 90’s…. in a good way”

3. Sam Amidon

“Some of the most beautiful songwriting and traditional and Avant-Folk you will ever hear.”

4. Cloud Nothings 

“Perfect music to skate to.”

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. 

“Its party time! Detroit style.”

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Brett Tabisel and his pup Loafy

Brett Tabisel and his pup Loafy

Brett Tabisel
General Manager and Gallery Music Director Le Poisson Rouge
“Brett Tabisel is not only the world’s first TONY-nominated bartender but is also one of the most infamous party-starters on Bleecker Street between Thompson and Sullivan. He is the brilliant mind behind the legendary and game-changing parties “Macaulay Culkin’s iPod” and “Flashy & Trashy.” Via LPR

5 Ways To A Happier, More Productive Commute

Some of us have long commutes, sitting in traffic. Others, walk, bike or hop on a quick train ride. However your morning shakes out, we here at 24 Seven Talent are giving tips to ensure your path is smooth.

1. Meditate 

If you take a bus or a train to work, we can’t recommend the meditation app, Head Space enough. A simple 10 minutes, seated upright with your eyes closed can make a world of difference in your day. The voice guides you through “you time” and will give you peace and focus. It’s something that doesn’t require chanting, so you don’t have to be self-conscious in public. No “Ohm’s” included. Try it, and let us know how much better your mind and body feel.
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2. Learn Something 

It’s easy to get complacent when you’re stuck in traffic. It’s also simple to revert to emotions like frustration and helplessness. When you’re not getting where you need to go as quick as you wanted, travel to your happy place. This list of 2015’s Best Podcasts is sure to stimulate your mind.  When your co-workers ask what the next “Serial” is, you’ll have an answer and then some.
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3. Anticipate Problems and Organize

It can be helpful to accept that you may get stuck in traffic and be late to a meeting. Or that 5 subway cars will arrive, packed with people and you won’t be able to board. And, yes, the humidity is at 90%. Knowing that every morning isn’t mapped out flawlessly will help you have a sense of humor about the little inconveniences. There are also great ways you can prepare the evening before. Pack your lunch, lay out your outfit, fill up your tank, carry water, create a great playlist. Have wireless devices in your car to take calls, See if you can get a babysitter on stand-by. And know that you’re only human and so is your commute!
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4. Get Ahead Of Your Day 

For some people their bus or train ride is a way to get work done, uninterrupted. Make your To-do list with these awesome apps or start drafting emails you need to send. Having a light weight lap top or a tablet is key. Hotspot or work offline, and tighten things up. That way on your way home, you can unwind.

5. Change Your Hours

If your job takes hours of commuting and you’re feeling worn down and unproductive, ask your employer what they can do. You’d be surprised by the answers you get. If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no. Create a plan of action specifying how you can benefit your company with remote or part-time working from home. Make sure you include all the extra hours you’ll be focusing on work rather than stuck in traffic. Outline what technologies you’ll use to be accessible like: Google Hang Outs, Hip Chat and Skype. Offer weekend accessibility. Know your value to the team and leverage it for an all around happier work flow.
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9 Books For Your Morning Commute

For many city-dwellers, commuting to and from work is the most dreaded part of the day. Why not make use of that chunk of time to do something you will look forward to? Get lost in a good book! Reading is a great way to pass time and prepare your brain for the day ahead.

Uli Beutter Cohen from says “The subway feels like a microcosm of the New York literary world. Within one car, you can find it all: self-published novelties, the next bestseller and beloved classics. It’s the perfect place to get new ideas for what to read next and to discuss your favorite book with a stranger.”

We couldn’t agree more. We asked some 24 Seven Talent Thread readers what they are reading on their commutes and came up with an eclectic list of recommendations.

Whether in print or audible, be sure to check out these great titles — “but you don’t have to take our word for it.

 A Visit From The Goon Squad 

Anchor Books, 2011 – Fiction – 340 pages

National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
New York Times Book Review Best Book

One of the Best Books of the Year:Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Newsday, NPR’s On Point, O, the Oprah Magazine, People, Publishers Weekly, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Slate, Time, The Washington Post, and Village Voice

Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption. (VIA Google Books)

The Girl on the Train

Transworld Publ. Limited UKJan 2, 2015 – Fiction – 316 pages

‘Gripping, enthralling – a top-notch thriller and a compulsive read’ S J WATSON, bestselling author of Before I Go To Sleep

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train. (VIA)

Brewing Up a Business

 Adventures in Beer from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery


Starting with nothing more than a home brewing kit, Sam Calagione turned his entrepreneurial dream into a foamy reality in the form of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of America’s best and fastest growing craft breweries.

For any entrepreneur with a dream, Brewing Up a Business, Second Edition presents an enlightening, in-depth look at what it takes to succeed on their own terms.  (VIA

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

W. W. Norton & CompanyMar 31, 2014 – Business & Economics – 274 pages


Four years after his #1 bestseller The Big Short, Michael Lewis returns to Wall Street to report on a high-tech predator stalking the equity markets.

Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that, post–financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks. Working at different firms, they come to this realization separately; but after they discover one another, the flash boys band together and set out to reform the financial markets. This they do by creating an exchange in which high-frequency trading—source of the most intractable problems—will have no advantage whatsoever. (VIA Google Books)

Anne of Green Gables

Sourcebooks, Inc.Feb 4, 2014 – Juvenile Fiction – 352 pages

An unforgettable character beloved by generations of readers.

Redheaded orphan Anne Shirley longs for a real home, somewhere she can truly belong. When she first arrives at the Green Gables house on Prince Edward Island, it’s everything she ever imagined. But to stay, she’ll first have to convince Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert to adopt her. And that means controlling her temper (even when Gilbert Blythe calls her “Carrots”), staying out of trouble (and away from hair dye), and not getting too carried away with her daydreams (though she would make the perfect Lady of Shallot floating down the river). Anne might not always get it quite right, but she does keep things interesting. (VIA Google Books)

Bright Shiny Morning 

Harper CollinsOct 13, 2009 – Fiction – 544 pages
One of the most celebrated and controversial authors in America delivers his first novel—a sweeping chronicle of contemporary Los Angeles that is bold, exhilarating, and utterly original.

Dozens of characters pass across the reader’s sight lines—some never to be seen again—but James Frey lingers on a handful of LA’s lost souls and captures the dramatic narrative of their lives: a bright, ambitious young Mexican-American woman who allows her future to be undone by a moment of searing humiliation; a supremely narcissistic action-movie star whose passion for the unattainable object of his affection nearly destroys him; a couple, both nineteen years old, who flee their suffocating hometown and struggle to survive on the fringes of the great city; and an aging Venice Beach alcoholic whose life is turned upside down when a meth-addled teenage girl shows up half-dead outside the restroom he calls home.

Throughout this strikingly powerful novel there is the relentless drumbeat of the millions of other stories that, taken as a whole, describe a city, a culture, and an age. A dazzling tour de force, Bright Shiny Morning illuminates the joys, horrors, and unexpected fortunes of life and death in Los Angeles. (VIA Google Books)

The Buried Book

The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh

David Damrosch

Holt Paperback


Adventurers, explorers, kings, gods, and goddesses come to life in this “useful, entertaining and informative” story of the first great epic (The Washington Post) Composed in Middle Babylonia around 1200 BCE, The Epic of Gilgamesh foreshadowed later stories that would become as fundamental as any in human history: The Odyssey and the Bible. But in 600 BCE, the clay tablets that bore the story were lost to the world, buried beneath ashes and ruins.

David Damrosch begins with the rediscovery of the epic in 1872 and from there goes backward in time, all the way to Gilgamesh himself. The Buried Book is an illuminating tale of history as it was written, stolen, lost, and–after 2,000 years and countless battles, conspiracies, and revelations–finally found. (VIA  Macmillan)

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis



Lydia Davis is one of our most original and influential writers. She has been called “an American virtuoso of the short story form” (Salon) and “one of the quiet giants . . . of American fiction” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Now, for the first time, Davis’s short stories will be collected in one volume, from the groundbreaking Break It Down (1986) to the 2007 National Book Award nominee Varieties of Disturbance.
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis is an event in American letters. (VIA Macmillan)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

HarperCollinsJul 30, 2013 – Fiction – 224 pages

A major new work from “a writer to make readers rejoice” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)—a moving story of memory, magic, and survival.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark. (VIA Google Books)

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Get Inspired By These Moms From Around The Globe

They say you never know the power of true, unconditional love until you have a child. Our mothers not only gave us life, they took care of our late-night feedings which later, turned into late night phone calls. They ‘re the women who guide us though life, and every time we don’t listen to their advice, we grudgingly say, “My mother was right.”
This Sunday, May 10th, we celebrate Mother’s Day. It’s our day to show Mom she did a good job raising us. Today, at 24 Seven Talent, we were thinking about all the incredible women who have inspired us in our careers. These ladies have set the stage for what women with children can accomplish.

JK Rowling:The Creative Mom

Rowling was a struggling single mother living with her child in her sister’s house when she wrote the first Harry Potter book.Too poor to own a computer, Rowling snuck into the local University library, posing as a student to type her manuscript. After rejections in the double digits from British publishing houses, Rowling finally sold her genius work. But she was still was advised to get a day job because “this book is not going to sell well.”
20 years later, the Harry Potter franchise is worth over 20 billion.
Believe in yourself.
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Indra Nooyi, Mom and Global CEO. 

She’s the Chairman and Chief  of PepsiCo, yet told Forbes Magazine, “If I’m in a meeting and my children call, I pick up the phone.” In an era where soda drinks are on a global decline she managed to increase the company’s shares by 3.1%. In 2013, PepsiCo accounted for nine of the Top 50 new food and beverage introductions. When the shareholders demanded she divide the company to save billions of dollars, she refused. She kept the workers unified and managed to cut costs in the billions.
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Rebecca Woolf of Girls Gone Child, making motherhood a business. 

Woolf is a 33-year-old mother of four. She was one of the first “mommy bloggers” in 2005, before the term meant anything. Woolf was able to make a career out of inspiring other moms, (working and stay-at-home), with her real-life trials of parenting. She’s relatable (her mini-van is super dented) and she creates content that mothers everywhere have come to enjoy and rely on. She’s done an excellent job bringing a community of mothers together, who can at times can feel isolated.
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Sandra Bullock, the power of a single mother.

The lovable, highly successful star took matters into her her own hands when she adopted her son. She didn’t let circumstances stop her from having the opportunity to be a mother. She’s a great role model for women who are thinking of adoption or having a baby by themselves.
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