Ypulse Essentials: Young Enterpreneurs, F.C.C. Presents 'Generation Mobile', JWOWW Rewrites 'The Rules'

youngentrepreneursCatering to young entrepreneurs (has become quite a cottage industry… for young entrepreneurs. At least that’s what strikes me in the latest update on recent grads starting their own businesses, which includes quotes from past Ypulse Interviewees Intern Queen Lauren Berger and HerCampus.com founder Stephanie Kaplan) (New York Times, reg. required)

- F.C.C. presents ‘Generation Mobile’ (An upcoming forum on teens and technology where experts will “address risks associated with heavy technology use among young people”  focusing on balance and context over regulation. Definitely curious to hear the thinking that comes out of this) (New York Times, reg. required)

- Chatroulette, Justin Bieber and iPad (were the top Google searches of 2010. And in other year-end ranking news, Ke$ha is named Billboard’s top “hot 100” artist and top “new artist” of the year) (Los Angeles Times)

- Obama to sign Child Nutrition Bill (that would expand free school meals for the needy and give government the power to decide what kinds of foods go into vending machines, cafeterias and fundraisers during school hours) (New York Times, reg. required)

- ‘Chronicles Of Narnia’ tops the box office (with $24.5 million in sales its opening weekend. Though, as MTV notes, given the film’s $155 million production budget, the standing is a slightly bittersweet victory. Plus, more on the social media marketing power Disney is putting behind “Tron”) (MTV News) (Social Times)

- Mr Youth launches Youth4Youth (In lieu of holiday gifts this season, the youth marketing agency is asking for donations towards a special fundraising initiative benefiting youth)

- JWOWW rewrites ‘The Rules’ (in an updated version of the advice book for young women due out next February. Also, Scholastic announces plans to relaunch the first five…

 
 

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“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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