How These Entrepreneurs Under 30 Are Changing the World
The youth today practically run the world. Many enterprises mound and fashion their products to meet the young people’s ever changing minds. Young people today change and modify the world to suit their needs and wants. They do not just sit around and think about changing the world to suit their purposes. Inexperience is not a deterance, they’re fearless.
There is no such thing as a new idea in the market. Totally new innovations are rare. What happened is that the old inventions are recreated in a fresh way to suit the modern market. Look at Mpesa, there was already money gram and western union; when mobile phones were somewhat rare and inaccessible. Now that we have these gadgets why not bring that service to you, thus Mpesa was born, and is being adapted in Europe too. The youth have approaches that align with their internet upbringing and their expectation that commodities and information be transparent and easily shared.
Occasionally, this boldness translates to major profits– and that is the case with this year’s crop of Young Millionaires, who have found dizzying success before the age of 30. They may be young, but we expect them to have influence that lasts.
Below is a list of 4 young millionaires and how simple acts have earned them a lot. Here’s number 4
4. Providing Affordable Luxury-Quality Clothing to the Masses at Age 29
Online retailer Everlane has a straightforward mission: to provide low-cost, luxury-quality, anti-brand clothing and accessories for men and women, all without middleman markups.
It wasn’t so simple when the site launched three years ago. “I had no idea what I was doing,” admits founder and CEO Michael Preysman, 29, who had left a job in private equity in New York. At the time, companies from Groupon to Google were feeding the frenzy for daily deals. Gilt’s flash sales revolutionized online outlet shopping. And while Amazon had been taking down traditional retailers, there wasn’t a company disrupting luxury clothing brands. Preysman, who is now based in San Francisco, wondered how to bring upscale shopping–the streets of SoHo–online. He started Everlane with the basic premise that consumers have the right to know the story behind every product.
Everlane designs all items– cotton T-shirts, wool scarves and leather bags favored by a celebrity clientele–itself. The website features slick flow charts and compelling stories about the manufacturing processes, as well as thorough documentation, in text and photography, of the factories involved, which are located in the U.S., Europe and China. Such transparency is relevant because Everlane uses many of the same facilities as recognizable luxury brands.
“We try to focus on country expertise,” Preysman explains. For example, Everlane contracts T-shirt manufacturers in the U.S., while leather is sourced from Europe, and woven goods, including cashmere, from Asia. After a Bangladesh factory collapse last year killed 1,133 garment workers, Everlane matched $10,000 worth of donations to the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund, which disperses money to the victims’ families.
Recognizing that retail markup can be a staggering eight times production cost, Everlane keeps prices low in several ways. Aside from the occasional pop-up, there are no brick-and-mortar stores. The company shuns retail partnerships, another way to reduce markup. Additionally, Everlane relies on word-of-mouth over traditional advertising or marketing (ad spending is less than 5 percent of total company spending) to reach its avid fan base. And nothing ever goes on sale.
“Most brands keep prices artificially high,” Preysman says, a strategy that allows retailers to offset sale prices with a standard markup. “[Our products] never go on sale because we manage inventory really tightly. When someone comes in, they get the true value any time.”
Revenue for 2013 was $12 million, according to Preysman, who expects that number to triple this year. The company’s tightknit team of 40 is spread across three offices in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Preysman believes Everlane is a test case for building a profitable company on core values of transparency, community and education.
“Modern consumers? All they want is information,” he says. “We really believe that education and information is the way to build our brand–all the way down to labor on a specific product.”
By Brittany Shoot
Finally, the full video for the live concert performance of Flawless is out. Beyonce and Nicki Minaj kill the crowd with a “stunner” exhibition. Crazy choreography of dance moves and curves enough to make a race track on this video
Online gaming is the in thing as far as video games go nowadays. Gaming enthusiasts out there find the thrill of playing with your buddies, who you constantly tandika without effort, to no longer be a gauge to measure up to how dope your skills really are. Of course PSs and Xboxs give you the option of playing games online, but we all know the best saga and epic games are found online. At least this way you can also play anywhere and not just confined at home.
Alienware (manufactured by Dell) is synonymous with game specific settings to bring out the ultimate experience when playing huge memory demands. It’s not just another-worldly design. It has more illumination and larger hot air exhausts that rival those on fighter jets. This sets its laptops apart from most of the competition. Your average Alienware gaming laptop sports PC-has specifications that churn out ludicrous frame rates at 1080p.
The Alienware 18 has a huge 18.4in display and resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 (1080p). According to reviews, no laptop (and few PCs too for that matter) would be able to play games at maximum settings smoothly as you approach the resolution known as 4K.
At 16GB of RAM and an Intel Core i7-4930MX processor, which has a maximum clock speed of 3.9GHz and has four physical CPU cores backed up by Hyper-Threading. It gets eight threads in total – more than enough for today’s games.
There’s a 500GB Samsung SM841 mSATA SSD and to give you some extra storage space there’s a 750GB Western Digital Black hard disk inside too, with space for a second 2.5in drive – either a hard disk or SSD. With such a large screen, it’s likely you’d be watching movies on it at some point and as well as a Gigabit Ethernet port for hooking straight up to a router, there’s a speedy Intel dual Band 802.11ac WiFi adapter which will handle HD streaming services such as Netflix with bandwidth to spare. Or, of course, you could use the built-in Blu-ray and DVD drive.
You can assign different colours to different areas of the keyboard and there are a number of pre-sets that change the colour according to themes, some of which gradually scroll across the keys or indicate battery level for example. Even the touchpad is back-lit.
It even has plenty of space for speakers and the 2.1-channel set includes a subwoofer too. Inside is a mass of hardware, with some extensive cooling systems to deal with the heat from the two graphics processors and the Core i7 CPU.
Approximately between 191,009 – 438,438 Kenya Shillings
Plugged into the mains, the Alienware 18 runs at full speed, tapping into the power of both 780M GPUs. However, as soon as you unplug the power cable, the whole system goes into power saving mode. This sees frame rates plummet in games and sadly there’s nothing you can do to prevent this. This is a desktop replacement – a PC killer and in that role it excels.
You’d hope so given you could buy a half-decent second user car for its amount. However, it’s certainly easier to lug it around than it is your average PC. Fancy a round of Battlefield 4 in Java or at the airport? So long as you have mains power, then you’ll be fine, although again, the noise and heat from this high-end gaming machine are very noticeable.
This is a huge amount of money to pay for a laptop too and a similarly-performing PC could be had for a third of the price. Perhaps where the Alienware 18 is most at home is literally that – in the home. Chuck our your gaming PC, connect the laptop to your favorite mouse, keyboard and monitor and you’ve got a powerful gaming machine that takes up a lot less space than your average PC and can be neatly tucked away when not in use. It demands a premium price tag but the build quality, awesome specification and funky features are aspects you simply won’t find on your average $1,500 gaming laptop.
By Thomas Rajula
Ebola scaremongering knows no bounds, first there were reports of the virus creating “zombies”, and now Akon has allegedly crowd-surfed in a bubble during a concert in Africa “to avoid contracting it”. The Source magazine’s website ran the headline “Akon Performed in a Bubble in Africa to Avoid Contracting Ebola”. The American minority owned magazine’s story was then reposted on several other websites, including some of Africa’s popular blogs.
What the websites did not report was that the five-time Grammy nominee has performed inside the stage prop on a number of previous occasions including in Perth, Australia, and Dubai, both in 2010. Neither of those countries was battling Ebola outbreaks at the time.
The concert in question was part of International Peace Day celebrations in Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, so it would have been pretty galling if Akon had honoured the occasion and its message of unity by sealing himself off from the crowd.
So before we get all hot under the collar, and start pointing out how many times he’s even stood up Kenyans for shows, or how he just comes to mess with our girls then leave, do remember that he has been known to this before. So, no, he wasn’t scared of Ebola. It’s just other ignorant people trying to push some propaganda abroad to undermine Africa’s efforts to stand on its own.
By Thomas Rajula
SEASON OF STRIKES
It is rather unusual for a term to pass by without hearing a few schools here and there go on strike. Students always have their reasons as to why they do so; with a good number of those reasons being trivial. Our writer Charles Muthinji examines some of these excuses and why TA’s should be on the lookout for any suspicious behavior from students before it’s too late.
5 AWESOME STUDY TIPS
It’s a flurry of activities in schools countrywide as students prepare themselves for the KCSE as well as end of term exam. As you try devising new revision methods here and there, our writer Jacqueline Muthoni has got some 5 incredible study tips that will help you ace that quality grade. Get them in this month’s issue of the Insyder Magazine .
CHEATING IN EXAMS TURNS DIGITAL
Cheating in national exams is no new news to those of us who underwent the 8-4-4 education system. You must be aware of all those cliché cheating methods including the well-known ‘mwakenya’. But in a bid to get fresh and instant leakage on exam day, The Insyder explores how technology has modernized cheating in this digital generation.
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Those were the words of Sean “Diddy” Combs, when he did an interview with “Access Hollywood” hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover about his expanded line of business and the upcoming Revolt Music Conference, happening on October 16.
When the conversation turned to Jennifer Lopez’s new video with Iggy Azalea “Booty”, the business mogul said, “Oh my God. Oh my God. I am so lucky to have that great woman in my history. She is one of the greatest I’ve ever seen. Go girl. Go girl … We’re great as friends. I’m great as a fan right now.”
“I mean it’s great. It’s a work of art,” he said. “It’s something that will go down in history, for real, it will! So will her talent, her drive, her determination. She will never give up. She’s a great friend of mine, always will be my friend, and I mean that thing is just incredible.”
In response, to the compliment Lopez told Access Hollywood, “We spent three years of our lives together, you know, almost every single day. Seeing him involved in Revolt and all the things that he’s done as a businessman and still being so true to his music and his art trying to uplift his community in his own way, and it’s the same thing that I try to do and I feel like I learned a lot from him coming up, watching him.”
“I’ll always be grateful to him for that and I love that he can be so supportive of me so many years later and there’s still so much mutual respect, admiration and love there,” she said.
SOURCE: Access Hollywood
In this day and age where klandes, and one night stands or being chipod are quite common, you need to know where you stand in a guy’s life. Here are a few tells that he might just be in it for the relationship and not just to hit it and run. My take on Glamour’s insights;
1. He does it your way
When a guy does things the way you prefer to have them done, then it could be that he really digs you. This shows that he’s considerate about your preferences and does not want to annoy or upset you.
2. He texts you back in two seconds (and not just for sex)
When you text him and he does not take three hours to text you back then he was definitely thinking about you. If he only responds quickly when it’s around evening or Friday night and the weekends, then you’re probably he’s booty-call and is just looking for his fimbo to chapa.
3. He’s known to treat you like a lady
When a guy likes you a lot they do things they normally would not do for other lalles such as opening doors, and walk you from work to your matatu stop, walks with you from school and even drive you to your place without you asking. He will not complain about it when you ask either.
4. He likes you better as is
A guy who likes you in your natural element is one who values the person you are and not how you look by his side. I’m not saying that you should look like an ol skool mboch, but even at your simplest of get ups, he should be appreciative of your beauty.
5. He takes one for the team
Sometimes, you just have to go and meet your girl up, give an ear or advice on her situation and it just happened that you are already on a date with bae. If he’s into you he wouldn’t mind sparing a few minutes of your time together for you to take care of your girl then get right back in to it.
6. He wants to please you in bed….
This here’s for grown folks only! What gets you off is what gets him off. Relationships are about pleasing the other more than you want to be pleased yourself. You dig?
7. …and he’s romantic in bed too
If he’s in and out and then silence and crickets follow, or worse still, comes the snoring then signs are he already got what he wanted from you. And that, sadly, is just that! If he’s really into you, he will ensure you’re aiit, a little pillow chat.
8. He likes to show you off
He is proud of your achievements, doesn’t matter if they are greater than his. He even helps you develop ideas of expansion or improvements. When you meet his pals, they already know about you and they probably know some not-so-private anecdotes about your relationship.
9. He believes in your dreams
A guy who’s in to you knows that for you to be happy, then, your goals in life are a big part of that. They will always urge you on, even if it’s just an mpesa shop, by giving you support and ideas on how to expand and help you achieve success in your passion.
10. He makes an ass of himself
It does not matter whether publicly or in the privacy of just the two of you, but a guy will do almost anything to make you smile. Haven’t you seen those couples where the guy can’t dance to save his life, but coz his mamaa has pulled him out, breaks into uncoordinated bouts of seizures and everyone has a good laugh?
11. He indulges you
A guy who goes out of his way to get you comfortable sure as hell, 100% likes you a lot. If he gets you breakfast in bed, or won’t stop looking until you get to a restaurant that serves exactly what you like, that may be a keeper.
12. He DIYs
If he cooks for you, sometimes he feels like he could help out with your nail polishing (even though, he can’t, you just let him do it anyway), he cooks a meal for you once in a while or he even tries to create his own type of greeting card, that’s is one guy who can’t help the way he feels about you.
People do differ in how they express themselves. Just because a guy will do one or some of the above does not automatically mean they are the right one. Even when they don’t, it does not mean they are not thinking of you in the serious-relationship-type way. Some people were just raised that way.
By Thomas Rajula
Have you checked out Stella Mwangi aka STL’s new music video on youtube? If you haven’t then You are missing out on a dish served hot by the Norwegian- based Kenyan rapper. The song titled “Bouncer Raeva” is an upbeat club song with a serving of Ragga and EDM elements in it.
Check out the video below: