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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Quote of the Day: “I participated in Bikram Yoga, because I found a few YouTube tutorials on it.” –Female, 24, MN

Being featured in the (racy) lyrics of Beyoncé’s hit single “Formation” has caused Red Lobster’s sales to spike 33%. But a wave of frustration hit Twitter after the brand took too long to respond to the song, and failed to live up to expectations. One user advised,“Yo @redlobster, all you have to do is NOT f*** up. Just give the Twitter over to your highest ranking Black person under 33. Trust me.” But after eight hours Red Lobster tweeted an underwhelming: "Cheddar Bey Biscuits" has a nice ring to it,don't you think? #Formation @Beyonce.” The indecent highlights what young consumers expect from brands on social media. (MediaPostBuzzFeed)

The newly funded Stash investment app is hoping to “break down the barriers that prevent nearly three quarters of Millennials from investing.” To appeal to the risk-averse generation, the app allows users to invest as little as $5, and describes investments in easy theme-like terms, like “Clean and Green.” For the founders it’s all about setting up users for the long-term: “By lowering the minimum level of investment, enabling Millennials to invest in broad themes that they care about, and guiding them along the path toward building smart lifelong investment habits, Stash has the potential to empower an entire generation to reach their financial goals.” (Business Wire)

Fit has gone glam for Millennials—and not just in the U.S. Young Chinese women are embracing working out, and shifting traditional beauty ideals. In a 2003 survey, 1,000 working females cited an ideal body to be "an almost-emaciated, willowy physique," but social media and celebrity influence, as well as more awareness to physical health, are making strength the new goal. Women sharing their fitness journeys are becoming major influencers and creating new personal brands, and the fitness industry in China has grown 13% yearly since 2010. (Refinery29)

ESports—multi-player competitive video gaming—is expected to generate $463 million in ticket sales, merchandise, sponsorships, and advertising for 2016, and networks want a piece of the action. But can it translate to TV? TBS is premiering E-League, a 10-week eSports competition series that will stand as a true test on whether the phenomenon can “find the right balance between achieving scale and retaining its core audience of digitally forward young men.” Critics have good reason to be skeptical: ESPN2’s airing of an eSports college competition perplexed viewers, frustrated broadcasters, and scored a 0.1 Nielsen rating. (Adweek

British director Anthony Wilcox’s new action-packed thriller,Shield 5, is captivating audiences—the Instagram audience that is. The series, which currently has 30,000 followers, is being called “social cinema,” and each episode is the length of an Instagram video: just 15-seconds. Wilcox’s love for fast-turnaround projects and very low budget is what ultimately inspired him to choose the platform. There was also the potential to go viral: "If you’ve got the opportunity to show your work to a much, much bigger audience…all around the world, it might be worth trying it." (Fast Company

Quote of the Day: “I share my selfies by making it my profile picture.” —Female, 23, IL

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