Author Ashkan Karbasfrooshan

America Doesn’t Care About Black People

I’m clearly riffing on that infamous Kanye line, but convince me I’m wrong. The original title of this article was Why People & Organizations Reject D&I, in which I was going to feature my recent Q&A with Kurt Merriweather, who… Continue Reading →

Sins and Virtues

Over the holidays, I broke down how people, products and companies avoid Death, by looking at things through the Sins and Virtues. Success boils down to people – how we react to events, how we balance forces of Good vs… Continue Reading →

Balance

Balance is a Journey to an Unreachable Destination and a constant struggle you will never truly overcome but can manage over time I’m a venture partner at Zú, which is an investment vehicle conceived by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy… Continue Reading →

Mercenary vs Missionary: The Only Real Difference Between Facebook & Google

Facebook and Google are very similar and different, depending on the perspective and context. But the only real difference that matters today boils down to leadership. In reading that Facebook changed its mind in Australia, I will let others discuss… Continue Reading →

Perspective

Perspective takes effort and an open mind and heart, but having it means a better quality of life. Recently, I was in a hit & run. Thankfully, we weren’t harmed. But the exercise proved another lesson in perspective – which… Continue Reading →

Insecurities: The Muslim & the Jews

In this latest piece in the Insecurities series, I open up about how many of us sub-consciously try to endear others in our journey to appease ourselves. The Dersh and I? Alan Dershowitz and I probably disagree on more than… Continue Reading →

The Paradox of Hollywood’s Piracy Roots

The origins of Hollywood are rooted in skirting the law Analog production and distribution of media was the original, quintessential rights management tool, making the reproduction of content challenging. Digitization – via the rise of computers, internet, world wide web… Continue Reading →

Breaking Down Each Video Platforms’ 2020 & What to Expect in 2021

Covid will do to TV/digital video revenues what the great recession did to newspaper/digital media: accelerate the shift. With Google and Snap reporting results, here’s a breakdown and summary of each major video platform: Google YouTube In 2020, for the… Continue Reading →

The Law is a Toolbox Full of Paths to Success

As entrepreneurs, we’re idealists always facing doubters, cynics and naysayers. Like any self-respecting entrepreneur, I have a desire to take on new challenges while proving the doubters wrong. This has manifested itself on many fronts. As someone always rooting for… Continue Reading →

You can thank me later, Hollywood

From Fairness Doctrine to Fair Use, never lose sight of the forest through the trees when fighting for your principles I’ve covered fair use on these pages before. At a high level, the manifestation of my frustrations and drive in… Continue Reading →

Digital Media Firms Have Unique Risks & Challenges. SPACs Salvation or Hail Marry?

Did digital media’s hangover make it the perfect candidate for SPACs? Something must be in the air: Axios CNBC BusinessInsider and I suspect others as well, soon, are all publishing articles talking about the game of musical chairs in digital… Continue Reading →

The True Power & Real Change of The Creator Economy

The web’s democratization is fully paving the way for a more just & equal ecosystem at a time where inequality around the world is expanding The emancipation of the creator and the emergence of the storytelller/entrepreneur have redefined media. We are now entering an accelerated period,… Continue Reading →

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