Thursday, September 12th, 2013|About Elexu
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It’s a little bit that you don’t hear from us… we know, and we want to apologize for it.
But we are working on several amazing projects and we will update you soon on the latest exciting news we have at Elexu…
Some anticipations? Inspirational guest bloggers’ posts, new collaborations, the latest episodes from the Elexu Live Lounge with talented young artists, new products, …ooops, we cannot say more!!!
Continue follow Elexu! Looking forward to sharing our news with you!
Monday, July 22nd, 2013|About Elexu
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Earlier this month, some of Elexu’s supporters walked into Elexu office to witness Live Lounge with Abbey Bowden – songwriter & singer with a heart-melting voice. The session was enthralling with the office filled with Abbey’s voice – singing & talking to us about how she made it to where she is now. The session was hosted by a very popular musician and Elexu supporter, Nathan Maingard!
Watch this space for the video of Abbey’s Live Lounge, which will be uploaded shortly so in the meanwhile check out the snapshots of the session with Abbey and our previous Live Lounges!
Thursday, May 16th, 2013|Elexu Team Posts
Over the weekend of the 25th-28th of April 2013, The Other Art Fair took place at London. The Other Art Fair serves as a platform for undiscovered artists to independently showcase their work to gallerists, curators, critics and collectors. The four days provided artists not just to sell their work, but also to evaluate the reaction of the public to their pieces and build contacts for future collaborations.
The Other Art Fair not only helps artists during the four day fair but throughout the year. They support artists through free seminars and workshops, provide opportunity to sell online and connect individuals with companies and associations. Through the connection with The Other Art Fair, artists have been able to gain work with galleries in London, Paris, New York and Berlin.
One of the greatest advantages of visiting The Other Art Fair was the interaction with various artists. One gets to discuss the art pieces with the artists like finding the meaning behind them or understanding the different techniques used in the creation processes.
When visiting The Other Art Fair, I found a number of talented artists showing all different forms of art that were on display, making it an interesting environment. All of the artists were more than happy to talk about their pieces and what their inspirations were. I enjoyed the personal conversation about the artists and their background. Their conversations gave me a greater appreciation for their work. Also, I thought it was nice that they had an area where children were able to go and create different crafts.
The top 5 artists that I found are:
1) Rachel Ann Stevenson who had amazing statues that were a combination of realistic yet abstract characteristics. The pieces had a sense of darkness yet were beautiful at the same time, which is what really drew my interest. My favorite piece of work that was displayed was a man who was wearing a top hat with bunny ears. To me the piece had a very elegant appearance and reminded me of a ballet dancer.
2) Cat Soubbotnik with amazing photographs. They were many normal objects that she was able to add a distinct and interesting twist to.
3) Nigel Moores with beautiful paintings. His work was very deep and made me look at all aspects of the painting. His work was more abstract than some of the other artists, which made him unique and hence his art stood out from others.
4) Urbantag with beautiful and artistic photographs. His pictures were very moving and made you think deeper into what was actually being photographed. I liked his use of different flags shown in the photographs.
5) The Family Business had very talented artists doing live tattooing. This was interesting because the artist must be able to create an image that someone else is imagining. The work shown at this station was all very neat and clean. Some of the tattoos that were on display looked very realistic and looked more like a painting than a typical tattoo.
Monday, April 15th, 2013|Advice
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As a student coming from small town America (De Pere, Wisconsin to be exact), I was excited to receive the opportunity to study abroad in London and intern at Elexu. “Excited” being the understatement of the year. Never before was I able to receive an opportunity as such.
The process for me to study abroad was simple. All I had to do was set up an appointment with a study abroad advisor at my college. In a period of three months I filled out a stack of paperwork, applied for a UK Visa, and before I knew it, I was on a jet to London. Little did I know that this first step of asking about studying abroad would lead to a chain reaction of asking and receiving more opportunities.
As someone with literally no sense of orientation in combination of having no GPS on my phone, it has been a necessity for me to ask strangers in London for directions. After the first week of successfully making my way around the massive city through asking, I learned that strangers can be wonderful and it is not so scary to approach someone with a question. More often than not, people are been willing to give a helping hand.
Please continue reading, because this blog post has more substance than about teaching you how to ask for directions. I understand that most people will be able to do so, especially when lost in a large city. This example is merely a template to be applied in other situations in life.
I have received several unforgettable opportunities using this template. At London Fashion Week I was able to receive access to a fashion show by asking a security guard for permission, although I had no credibility to have access into the show. I was also able to receive a chance to shadow a journalist at Sky by asking a tour guide, I made it into the Brit awards for free by asking two people who had just left for their tickets, and I got to go back stage at a show at Ministry of Sound to meet chart topping DJ, Kaskade. These experiences were unforgettable in themselves, but I will also not forget that it was just the enthusiasm and initiative of asking that allowed me to enjoy them.
I think as most of us go through life, we tend to get in a habit of playing too much by the rules. Get in the queue, do not slurp your tea, and most of all, do not talk to people on the tube! But why not break these social norms sometimes? It is a natural human tendency to avoid awkward or uncomfortable situations. Although it may be difficult, it is better to sacrifice that few seconds of embarrassment than to lose out on an opportunity all because you may have been too scared to just ask.
I am not saying that asking will get you anything you want, but it may work out a few times for the situations in which you did. And is it not better to ask and know than to not ask and never know if something would have worked out? You may remember that cheesy, but true quote by Wayne Gretzky, “You miss one hundred percent of the shots that you don’t take.” On this track, I should also recommend Paul Arden’s book, It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be, which illustrates that sometimes people appreciate the initiative to ask more than anything. These simple and common sense theories shouldbe enforced within us at all times!
Although I have already leaned a lot from my classes in London, the lesson that I have learned about the initiate of asking is something that I value more than any textbook knowledge. I hope that this blog post inspires and challenges you to learn the same lesson that I have through my experience in London so far. So the next time you see an opportunity, do not be scared to take advantage of it!
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013|Advice
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“I will never give up, my ambition has no limits”
On an ordinary day I get up around 7 o clock, I lie awake for while and mentally analyse whether I have hit the mile stone that I set myself for that particular day. Whether I have or not I tell myself “Keep going Aaron. Consistency is the key and your almost there. You are on the right path to make your life better.” I clamber out of bed and go straight to my computer and check all my emails and voicemails; to give me a detailed motivation of my day.
I walk to my local Tesco express and buy myself a vegetarian breakfast and lunch. Although I’m living on a budget I try to be conscious about what I eat. From the tender age of four I decided that I wanted to be a vegetarian because I’m a firm believer that it’s important to keep your body healthy.
My company is Runway Republic; an online fashion platform that creates a micro-site for designers, boutiques and vintage sellers to nationally and internationally trade. It also has a social network aspect to it all, which allows all fashion lovers, buyers and sellers to connect under one roof.
runway republic video (link to Runway Republics first photo shoot for a campaign)
I was exposed to a certain lifestyle at a very young age and I saw the benefits and downfalls that came with the environment that I was developing in. I managed to get myself in trouble with the police and made unnecessary enemies. However, I was so desperate to separate myself from the individuals that appeared to not want to prosper in life. After watching my older sister graduate and develop in her career and also graduating myself, I knew that if I put my energy into something positive there was a reward that would make me proud unlike the negative aspects to my lifestyle.
After many mornings and nights wandering around my neighbourhood I noticed that there were no young black males to look up to, except rappers or athletes but that wasn’t the conduit I wanted, I saw myself as an intelligent black male so I decided I would represent that figure in society. I put myself to the test. I want to show other black youths that there is space for them on the corporate ladder. I feel like there is a lot of weight resting on my shoulders but I use this added pressure as motivation.
No two days are the same ever since I started up Runway Republic. The day that we first got financial aid for Runway Republic was such a joyful day, particularly because I knew as a young black male it would be harder to find financial support. Working in the fashion industry I discovered the importance of conducting myself in a professional manor and being well presented. So just before I leave my house for any business meetings I make sure that I have a fresh hair cut, intoxicating cologne and a trusting smile.
After a relaxing shower and shave, I drive down to our office proudly in ford focus after I sold my B.M.W in order to invest the money into Runway Republic. I sold and used everything that I’ve ever owned my savings, shares and my car. As I drive I try to ignore the burn from my tired eyes after a night at work. I had to get a night job in order to keep myself alive while I get Runway Republic off the ground and although it doesn’t pay for holidays to Hawaii it’s enough for me to treat myself to a cheeky Kit-Kat now and then. Working at night and running a company during the day is hell on earth, it’s mentally and physically tiring.
My youth allows me to take off my CEO hat and put on my worker hat on in the night and switch it back in the morning without running out of batteries. It’s difficult to give up when I don’t understand the word no. The good thing about being an entrepreneur in this decade is that young people are forced to be more ambitious so we are taken more seriously in the public eye. People often ask me if my race has been a barrier to me operating on a daily basis but I think that constraints are self inflicted, not to say racism doesn’t exist but if I feel like I’m being hindered because of my race I’m not going to allow that to determine my success and enough doors had been opened for me to confidently believe that anything is possible.
Some days when I’m travelling between the office and work I have my ordinary human doubts and I start thinking of alternative ideas but then I remember that a wise man once told me “why have a plan b if you know plan a is going to work”
At the end of the day I return home with a brain full of worries and anxiety but my family and close friends are a comfort to my mind. There so much diversity of intellect and beliefs among my relatives and companions.
Before I got to sleep I am consoled by knowing that I will never give up because my ambition has no limits.
Tuesday, December 18th, 2012|Advice
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by Sam Watson|
As a gamer a free game is a good game as long as its a good game to play. Got it? Well anyway it’s coming up to Xmas and you may not have the money to go out and buy that new game you wanted, so I thought I would use my bast knowledge to hook up the elexu community with free games to download and play.
1) Slender; This is a free to play game the will make you feel fear, maybe even real fear. It’s a horror game created by Parsec Production based on a faceless character called Slender. His aim is to get you, no one really knows what happens to once he gets his long pale hands you but it can’t be good. Your job is wonder round the dark woods and simply find 8 pages stuck on various object. Easy right? Noooooo! Slender tries to get you and the more pages you get the scarier the game gets. One of reasons its scary is because you are not allowed to look at slender for more then a second…s you are not allowed to look at the thing chasing you. Play if you dare.
2) Gotham City Imposers: This game you have to download steam to play… which ok because its free. Steam is just a gaming client that you can buy games from. It’s easy and totally safe. Then download this beaut of a free to play game. Based on Batman you basically take part in the Gotham Gang war between Batman vigilantes and Jokers mad maniacs. It has a twisted humor, fast paced action, loads of crazy weapons and power ups. Play it and you will be hooked.
3) Planetside 2: Again is a steam game (most of the best games can be found on steam). Planetside 2 is a massive multiplayer online first person shooter. However matches aren’t between hundreds but between thousands of people fighting across open fields to urban city centers. Fight by land, sea and air to achieve victory. Again this a quality game for free so you really can’t complain.
4) No time to explain developed by tingBuildGames: This game is simply bad ass and can be played on newgrounds (soon to be on steam). Its a platforming game that requires an unnamed male character to chase his future captured self though different levels and time. YES!!. Time Travel! Play it and see what all the fuss is about.
5) Strong Hold Kingdoms: This is a bit of a slower paced game than the others of the list, buts its a pretty good strategy MMO developed by Firefly Studios. Your jobs is to go from bumpkin to baron to king by diplomacy or by the sword. This is also a social network so you play this game with other people trying to do the same. Build alliances, build the perfect village or try to conquer the world, its up to you.
So here is my little list of free games to play. Have a great xmas and if you fancy a game of Gotham City Impostor’s then add my steam account sam0nfire. The o in the name is zero.
Sunday, December 16th, 2012|Elexu Live Lounge
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by Sam Watson|
The brainchild of Elexu interns Sam and Elliot, Elexu Live Lounge is an opportunity for all musical artists in the world..as long at you can make it into our Soho offices. You get to perform, get quality video recordings and access to our social media audience.
Our first Elexu live lounge artist Eloise Rees came down and sang a few songs from her upcoming EP, as well as allowing us to interview her. It was a great day, especially for the staff because we got to listen to some awesome music. The videos and song recordings from the lounge will be available soon once the editing monkeys have finished their work.
Come on Down!!
If you would like to come down and perform for elexu live lounge then just get in contact with Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org and just put the subject as “live lounge”. We will do all the filming and editing all you have to do is perform. All performances will be put on our social media channels and is a great way to generate traffic to your social media sites and awareness of your music. We also like to do a little interview as well which is recorded and made into a video just ready for the internet.
We are open to having all different sorts of musical performers down and we also have some equipment available so just make it clear what you would need in an email.
Contact elexu now.
Wednesday, December 12th, 2012|Advice
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by Sam Watson|
At Elexu we pride ourselves with sharing our knowledge with the wider community. In the Elexu office we have a number of interns that are currently studying abroad at a London university. We though it would be a good idea to write a few tips for the wider community that are inspired by the lessons they have learnt while being in London.
1) Learn the transport system! Before you come over to London just know that there are many forms of transport in London and that there are so many ticket options it is ridiculous. You may end up buying a ticket and not be able to go through the barriers. Try and find out about getting a travel card while your over here which gives you discounts on many tickets, oysters cards are great if you plan on using the tube a lot. Take you time buying tickets and don’t be afraid to ask the staff, they are there to help. Also if your planning a big trip round London then get a travel card since it covers train, tube and bus. Try to never buy single tickets.
2) English humour: English humour is hard to explain. However if you come over to England and make some English friends expect to have the fun taken out you, it’s just part of the English way. We are sarcastic in the workplace, outside of a work and every other situation. You will just have to get use to it and not take it to heart, also you will have to work out whether people are making fun or being rude because most of the time English people are extremely dry, the difference between happy and average can be small.
3) While you should look up the tourist places such as Leicester square and of course most of the museums are free including the Tate. We recommend that you head to Camden Market with it’s alternative market, Soho with its vintage music and clothing stores. Don’t be afraid to get lost but if you are going to get lost then do it in Shoreditch, Brixton, Hoxton, Southbank and Hackey which have a unique side of London to offer. Another little sub tip is to buy a local newspaper or magazine and look in the events section for places to go.
4) Get out of London, London isn’t the only place in England. You can head up to Manchester for some great and cheap partying in the city center, to Brighton for its great night life, Wales for is beautiful scenery and mountains, Cornwall for its surfing and Surrey for Thorpe Park one of the best theme parks in the World. There is so much to see and do, so don’t be afraid to leave the city. If you are really ambitious then pop on the eurostar and have a look round Paris because its not that far away.
5) The last tip is about finding a house. We recommend that you don’t go through an agency because you run the risk of getting ripped off (some people in the Elexu office have had to deal with this). We recommend websites like Gumtree & Moveflat, just make sure you inspect all areas of the house, don’t rush into anything, read through any bits of paper carefully and always get your deposit back. If a person gives off a strange vibe or won’t let you into a secret room or basement it might be best to look somewhere else.
Thursday, December 6th, 2012|Advice
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Today’s post is written by Elexu intern Ashley who is from California. She writes about studying abroad and why she wanted to do it.
I was eleven years old when I first knew that I wanted to study abroad. My older sister was spending a semester in Madrid and my family visited her during that time. At that moment I realized what it meant to feel comfortable in another country and I saw my American sister acting and showing us around Spain like a local. Fast-forward nine years and here I am sitting in London, spending my own semester abroad. I have been given this amazing opportunity to live, study, and work in the most diverse and amazing city.
With all of Europe right across the channel, I have been able to travel to Croatia, Sweden, Denmark and Scotland. In the same distance I would normally travel from San Francisco to San Diego I can now get from London to Zurich. I truly believe that every student if given the opportunity should spend a semester abroad. It has helped make me more independent and I have more confidence in my capabilities. Also you Europeans don’t know the meaning of a long drive, you think two hours is long.
Only about 1% of undergraduate students in the United States study abroad. Not surprisingly, The United Kingdom remains the most popular destination, with a total of 32,683 American students. The choice was obvious for me, foreign language is not my strongest subject, and the London program my university offered included the chance to have an international internship. For students who hope to gain the most career impact from study abroad, you should choose an internship as part of the curriculum. This experience has reshaped the way I think about my future jobs and career path.
Living in London has opened my eyes to a whole new view of the world that we live in. The daily actions and interactions with people from other cultures has been the best part of the last four months.
Going back to the United States will be a bigger culture shock than when I arrived. I really hope that more American students will take advantage of studying internationally. It is so easy to get lost in the large bubble of the United States and I hope that after this experience I will go back changed and enlightened.
Thursday, November 29th, 2012|Advice
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Today’s post comes from Intern Emily who writes about social media addiction.
Hello fellow internet citizen. Do you have a Facebook account? Twitter? Pinterest? Tumblr? Soundcloud? Linkedin Account? Youtube account? Do you own one of these accounts? A few? Or all.
I doubt the majority of readers will say that they have none of the above; Generation Y, you must have at least one! Especially in this day and age where exchanging Facebook profiles is as common, if not more common, as exchanging phone numbers between friends. Social media usage is so ordinary now that there is even a psychological diagnosis affiliated with it: “Internet Addiction Disorder” which is readily accepted in China, Taiwan and South Korea, and next year, this disorder will be listed in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-V), aka the American “bible of psychology”.
But are you addicted? Apparently the symptoms include: preoccupation with the internet/internet gaming, withdrawal symptoms when internet is unavailable and loss of other interests. It has been noted that when we receive a notification from our social media profiles, we get a hit of dopamine, which is a chemical in our brain that affects our behavior, sleep, cognition and, more importantly, our mood. With each hit of dopamine, it recharges our addictive compulsion. Thus, technically speaking, it is scientifically possible to be addicted to the Internet.
With this in mind when I evaluate myself, I’m not addicted… am I? When I disappeared to Asia in the summer, I didn’t always have the Internet and I don’t feel like I had withdrawal symptoms, but when I managed to access free Wifi I was ridiculously happy with the fact that I can see what my friends have been doing back home.
I mean, when I don’t have Internet access at home, I complain… that’s not necessarily a symptom right? Its not like I come out in rashes or anything. But when it comes down to it, I probably do spend a LOT of time on social media websites. Especially when I was at university, and when I’m on the train, and when I’m waiting for a friend and before I go to bed and…. Hm.
But can you blame me though? A lot of the time I’m facing a screen. When I want a quick break from a task at hand, I’ll take a cheeky moment to check my Twitter and maybe I do get a little excited when I see someone has tweeted me back, but is addicted a good word to describe me?
The thing with social media now is that is connects people in different ways: socially, professionally, nondescriptly, purposefully etc.… It’s true social media can be a time-wasting activity, but working at Elexu has made me realise that if you do spend a lot of time on social media, you might as well do it with a purpose. At least when you use Elexu, there is a purpose of attempting to become one step closer to your aspiration. Whereas Tumblr is just… looking at what you and other people COULD aspire to… and loads of cats. Social media can be a good addiction if you use it in the right way.