The Next Crop is a web series dedicated to showcasing the next generation of business and media influencers. From thriving founders to unstoppable intrapreneurs, The Next Crop celebrates those who are pushing boundaries, disrupting industries, and innovating from within.
We’re proud to welcome Citrix GoToMeeting as our official season sponsor and Forbes as our exclusive media partner.
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EPISODE 2: Katrina Craigwell
Head of Global Digital Programming, GE
As the Head of Global Digital Programming at General Electric (GE), Katrina is responsible for digital content creation and distribution strategy for GE in the U.S., as well as partnering with GE’s digital teams globally. As accomplished as she is well-spoken, Katrina was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Marketing & Advertising for 2014, and AdAge’s Creativity 50 in 2012.
EPISODE 3: Hugh Whalan
CEO, Persistent Energy
By 25-years-old, Hugh Whalan had accomplished something most people only dream of: he’d traveled to over 30 different countries and cultivated a deep passion for social enterprise. Less than a decade later, the serial entrepreneur has started three businesses in Africa focused on delivering energy to some of the poorest consumers on the planet. Today, he is the CEO of Persistent Energy Ghana.
EPISODE 4: Sam Cervantes
Founder and CEO, Solidoodle
In 2011, Sam Cervantes set out to achieve an extraordinarily ambitious goal: create the world’s most affordable and easy to use 3D printer. But unlike many tech entrepreneurs who immediately begin looking for investment dollars, Sam decided to bootstrap his business from the ground up. Today, Solidoodle boasts over 50 employees and millions of dollars in sales.
EPISODE 5: Al Pittampalli
Bestselling Business Author
Al Pittampalli isn’t afraid to question the status quo. His first book Read This Before Our Next Meeting argued that meeting culture in corporate America is broken and offered a new set of rules to reform the failing system. Ranked the most popular kindle book in the world during the week of its release, his forthcoming book tackles the topic of persuadability and will be released by HarperCollins Business in 2015.
EPISODE 6: Nomiki Konst
Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Accountability Project
From fundraising for the Obama campaign to founding the nonprofit organization Alliance Hollywood, Nomiki Konst has managed to straddle the complicated worlds of business and politics. In 2012, at only 28-years-old, she ran for House of Representatives in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona. Today, Nomiki is the Co-founder and Executive Director of The Accountability Project—a nonprofit that investigates misconduct in politics and the private sector.
EPISODE 7: Clay Hebert
Founder and CEO, Crowdfunding Hacks
Clay Hebert is an internationally acclaimed marketing strategist, keynote speaker, and the founder and CEO of CrowdfundingHacks, where he helps entrepreneurs fund their projects. To date, he’s helped over 50 founders raise over $5 million on popular crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
EPISODE 8: Amber Rae
Writer and Entrepreneur
As a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur, Amber Rae has collaborated with brands like Apple, Photojojo, The Unreasonable Institute and The Future Project. She’s also launched her own ventures, including New York Nightowls, The Bold Academy, The Passion Experiment and The Alive Tribe. While Amber’s projects might range in size and complexity, her mission remains consistent: empower creatives to discover and cultivate their most inspired and authentic work.
EPISODE 9: Matt Inman
Editor, Crown Publishing Group
Matt Inman is an editor at Crown Publishing Group—an imprint of Penguin Random House. Previously he’s held positions at ABC Sports/ESPN, HarperCollins, and Hyperion. Throughout his career, Matt has acquired and/or edited numerous New York Times best sellers, as well as the winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award.
EPISODE 10: Shane Snow
Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Contently
Shane Snow is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Contently—a tech company that provides publishing tools and creative talent for major brands. He’s also an award-winning entrepreneur and journalist whose writing has appeared in Wired Magazine, The New Yorker, Fast Company, and Advertising Age. Shane has been named one of Details Magazine‘s “Digital Mavericks,” one of Forbes‘s “30 Under 30 Media Innovators,” and a member of LinkedIn’s exclusive Influencer program. His first book Smartcuts was released in 2014.
EPISODE 11: Farhad Attaie
Co-Founder and CEO, HelloSmile
Farhad Attaie is the Co-founder and CEO of hellosmile, a health management company that is transforming the delivery of pediatric health services to underserved communities in New York City. He is also a founding member of Factory and the Co-founder of Do.Live.Love.—a social community driven by the goal of creating a better world.
EPISODE 12: Janis Krums
Co-Founder and CEO, Opprtunity
On January 15, 2009 Janis Krums was on a ferry from New York City to New Jersey when he witnessed US Airways Flight 1549 crash into the Hudson River. As a first responder, he quickly snapped a picture and posted it on Twitter. The next morning, he awoke to find himself somewhat of a national celebrity. Today, Janis is the founder and CEO of OPPRTUNITY and an investor in numerous startups.