Sparkhouse Shoots National USAA Insurance Commercials

A passion for football and military appreciation served as the dual theme for Sparkhouse’s latest marketing campaign. Working together with Detroit-based agency Lowe Cambell Ewald, the Sparkhouse team spent the first two weeks of July in Texas shooting a USAA/NFL commercial that they produced, wrote and directed. The campaign consists of several 15-second and 30-second national TV spots, four long-form internet videos, and a handful of playful digital shorts. The ads were not short on star power, featuring Redskins starting quarterback Robert Griffin III, Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera, and former Cowboys Quarterback Roger Staubach. The…

Fotobit Kickstarter Campaign

Fotobit is a module photo framing system design for the highest flexibility and expandability. Easily move around and change pictures in a snap to keep your photo wall updated anytime and all the time. Directed by: Torrey Tayenaka Edited by: David Helman

Entrepreneur Magazine: Chelsea Market

The holiday season is critical for small retailers. But how do you compete for customers’ attention when you don’t have the funds for a massive marketing campaign. . . or the ability to offer deep discounts? Entrepreneur’s Colleen DeBaise heads to New York’s Chelsea Market for a look at how independent merchants are winning business this year.

Entrepreneur Magazine: Barbara Corcoran

arbara Corcoran‘s bright-eyed smiles and quick wit come across as vibrant as the pinks and yellows she favors in her wardrobe and home décor. But there is no mistaking this multi-millionaire entrepreneur’s no-nonsense approach to business. Corcoran is widely recognized as one of the ‘shark’ investors from the popular ABC reality showShark Tank, but she also has long been known as a real estate mogul in New York City. Her jackpot success came with the sale of her real estate company, The Corcoran Group, for $66 million in 2001. For this interview with ‘Trep Talk, I sat down with Corcoran…

Entrepreneur Magazine: Veev

Courtney and Carter Reum are running VeeV Acai Spirit, a liquor business that has taken the unusual step of becoming carbon-neutral. The company uses a wind-powered distillery and donates a portion of profits to sustainable farming projects in Brazil. In this week’s Smart Entrepreneur, they offer tips on creating a green and sustainable brand. Read more about the Reums’ eco-friendly efforts in this article, The Giving Spirit.

Entrepreneur Magazine: Tony Hawk

Skateboard icon Tony Hawk talks with Entrepreneur’s Teri Evans about the challenges of building his skateboarding company, starting in the early 1990s, through his early mistakes, and the ebbs and flows of skateboarding’s popularity. His most humbling moment in business, he says, came in his 5-year-old son’s school report on what dad did for a living: “I’ve never seen my dad do work.” Hawk also shares advice for people starting new companies today: “Hire people you implicitly trust.” “Know your strengths and your weaknesses.” “Hire people who you trust with those strengths that can balance out your weaknesses.”

Entrepreneur Magazine: SpiritHoods

In this season of Young Visionaries, we talk to entrepreneurs tackling social, cultural and environmental goals by harnessing entrepreneurial principles and out-of-the-box thinking to create positive change. Inspired by festival culture and endangered species, three years ago four friends (Alexander Mendeluk, Chase Hamilton, Ashley Haber and Marley Marotta) founded the Los Angeles-based faux-fur accessories maker SpiritHoods. The premise for the company, they say, has always been to pay homage to animals, but they take that idea a step further. For each purchase from its PRO BLUE line, the animal-hood maker donates 10 percent of net profits to nonprofits that work to…

Entrepreneur Magazine: Krochet Kids International

In this season of Young Visionaries, we talk to entrepreneurs tackling social, cultural, and environmental goals by harnessing entrepreneurial principles and out-of-the-box thinking to create positive change. Stewart Ramsey and Kohl Crecelius are the co-founders of Krochet Kids International, a Costa Mesa, Calif.-based social venture that teaches crocheting to women in the developing world — and then helps them sell their wares in the U.S. On a trip to Uganda, a KKI founder spoke to women in the country about their plight. He learned that these women didn’t need more aid or handouts. They needed a hand up. So Krochet…

The Innovators, Entrepreneur

Director: David Joseph Falossi II Traveling with Entrepreneur Magazine in 2011 we’ve interviewed some of the brightest innovators all across the U.S.A. We decided to bring them all together in this short film. Among those featured in this video are: Bre Pettis CEO, MakerBot Industries Dennis Crowley Co-Founder/CEO, Foursquare Jack Dorsey Twitter Co-Founder/Chairman, Square Co-Founder/CEO Ben Kaufman CEO, Quirky Daniel Lubetzky CEO, KIND Healthy Snacks John Laramie Founder/CEO, ADstruc Cyriac Roeding CEO/Co-Founder, Shopkick Jodie and Danielle Snyder Founders, Dannijo Jewelry Limor Fried Founders, Adafruit Industries Scott Hamlin Co-Founder, LooptWorks Scott Belsky Founder/CEO, Behance LLC Angelo Sotira Co-Founder/CEO, DeviantART Sara Blakely…