Fund Dreaming with Entrepreneurs Taylor Swope and Yulia Laricheva
I recently got together with Yulia Laricheva to record an episode of her new podcast, Dream Nation.
Yulia is the founder of Fund Dreamer, a global crowdfunding platform for social impact, open to all, promoting woman and diversity-led projects.
In our conversation, I tell Yulia about my journey as an artist, growing up in a creative family and moving a lot as a kid, and how the coping skills I developed as a result proved useful tools as a business owner.
We go on to chat about venture capital, false economy, the perils of navigating this terrain, what it means to be a small business without steady funding and why understanding debt is so important. Things I also talk a lot about here and here!
We talk about other things I think about a lot too, like how music festivals offer crucial play space for adults, and also how we’re about to have a huge generation of women in their 40’s who didn’t have kids and the inevitable social change this will bring. And of course, we swap favorite Grateful Dead songs, we gush about John Mayer, and I blow up Oteil Burbridge for a minute, because how could we not?
As the creative founder of Little Hippie, Taylor specializes in illustration, licensed merchandising & experiential design, being both an expert in the art of the counter culture and a figure in it. Taylor’s artwork has become iconic in its own right, and many of her images are now being riffed on by other artists as part of the ever evolving Grateful Dead lexicon.
With over twelve years experience as an apparel licensee with the Grateful Dead, Taylor is well familiar with the ins and outs of licensing contracts, merchandising deals and artist agreements. Not only does she have the ability to create imagery that is at once classic and timely, but she can manage your entire project. A strong leader with a highly capable team behind her, she is always ready to take on new opportunities to grow Little Hippie.
Having moved frequently as a child, Taylor developed a love early on for new places paired with an amazing ability to keep in touch with people from everywhere. After graduating at 20 years old with a BA in French & English from Skidmore College in 1999, Taylor spent much of her early adult life on the road traveling to countless concerts and music festivals to promote her business and sell the products she designs. She now splits her time between Brooklyn, the Connecticut shoreline and Northern California. In her free time you can usually find her somewhere outdoors swimming, running, yoga-ing, and riding things down hills or otherwise playing on this big bright blue ball spinning freely in space.
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