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A Day in the Life of Vanessa Jeswani, Co-Founder of Nomad Lane



Running your own business is no easy feat. It takes a healthy dose of passion, discipline, and commitment. Ever wondered what a day in the life of a small business owner and founder is like? We’re here to give you a glimpse!

Today we’re sitting down with Vanessa Jeswani, Co-Founder of Nomad Lane. Vanessa and her husband Kish Vasnani love to travel and they created Nomad Lane because they wanted to create the travel bags that they personally wished they could take on their adventures. 

Their latest campaign is for the Origami Tote Pack, a bag that can be transformed into a tote bag, backpack, crossbody, or carry-on. It eliminates the dreaded “black hole” problem that so many of us have with our bags: an item goes in, but it’s very hard to find it and get it back out again, particularly when you’re crunched for time. The Origami Tote Pack is a versatile bag that will keep you organized on the go. 

The Origami Tote Pack is Nomad Lane’s second Indiegogo campaign. Their first campaign was for the Bento Bag and it is still in InDemand. You can still support the Bento Bag here, and you can also read about how Nomad Lane ran their first campaign by reading their case study. And if want more, you can also watch a Virtual hangout with the power couple behind the campaign:

Read on to learn about what a day in the life is like for Vanessa as she runs a crowdfunding campaign and stay tuned for an exclusive Q+A.

5:45 A.M I never used to be a morning person but that’s changed quite a bit since I gave birth to a baby boy a month ago. I do a quick check of my emails and archive everything that’s not important. I used to read a lot of email newsletters and trend articles but now I just have to be laser focused. I type out the most important things I need to get done that day on Clear, my to-do list app. 

6:00 A.M My husband, Kish, is mostly on night duty while I handle the mornings. I feed and change our baby, Enzo, while trying to eat a granola bar as fast as possible. 

7 A.M. I try to get our newborn down for a nap within an hour; otherwise he gets overtired and cranky. Once he’s down, I rush out to try to make the most of nap time. It feels like a game to see how many things I can check off before Enzo wakes up. 

7:30 A.M. Pump, clean some baby bottles, and take a quick shower. I miss the luxury of taking long showers. I’m always scared Enzo is going to wake up as soon as I get in so I’m very mindful of the clock now!

9 A.M Respond back to urgent emails. I mostly handle our marketing and digital efforts so the majority of the time I’m reviewing social media calendars, images from a photoshoot, or creative content from partners. Sometimes when I have an idea for a GIF or fast motion video, I like to shoot and edit it myself since it’s really fun to be a part of the creative process. 

10 A.M Enzo is back up again so we’re doing our feed/play/change diaper/nap routine.

11:30 A.M I need some coffee by this point and a second breakfast or early lunch.

12:30 P.M We have a Zoom call with our video production crew to finalize some creative assets. Of course, Enzo decides to wake up early so run and grab him while we finish up the call. Kish and I usually tag team on work and baby duties so that we both get some time to work and hang out with Enzo.

2:00 P.M Do a load of laundry. I don’t understand how little ones have so much to wash everyday. 

2:30 PM Tackle some admin things on my phone while snuggling with Enzo. I’ve installed Google Docs and Sheets on my phone so it’s easier to quickly edit files while on the go. 

5:30 P.M All three of us go for a walk around the neighborhood. We need the fresh air after a day of being cooped up! We live in an area of Miami that’s by the water so we get picturesque views but still enjoy the feel of a downtown city. 

7:00 P.M Change and feed Enzo and then put him to bed. 

7:30 P.M Starving! Quickly cook dinner & sit down to eat. Kish and I get to catch up on the day. Our personal and work lives are so intertwined. We’re constantly discussing ideas for Nomad Lane at all hours of the day. We love that we get to bounce between work, family, and travel. 

8:30 P.M Finish items on the to-do list for the day and take care of random chores around the house like doing dishes, folding laundry, etc.

10:00 P.M I need to wind down otherwise it can be tough to fall asleep. I either read a book or watch a TV show. Reality TV is my guilty pleasure!

11:00 P.M Bedtime. We glorify entrepreneurs and startup founders for working an inordinate amount of hours. However, I’m a firm believer that rest is equally important. In order to be really successful, you need down time to think, imagine, and create. 

Now that you’ve gotten a glimpse of what Vanessa’s day is like, get more inspiration in our exclusive Q&A with her below!

INDIEGOGO: How and why did you become an entrepreneur? Was it something you always intended for yourself?

VANESSA: I grew up in an entrepreneurial family in the Philippines, but I wasn’t sure if it was the right path for me. I had always wanted to work for corporate brands with global impact. I spent the first seven years of my career working at advertising agencies on Fortune 100 companies. Following that, I did a short stint at a leading cosmetics company working on digital marketing strategies. I quickly realized that I yearned for a greater sense of ownership and wanted a flexible schedule. 

INDIEGOGO: What makes your Indiegogo project unique? 

VANESSA: Nomad Lane started from our personal love for travel. Kish and I have lived on several continents and have visited over 40 countries. Throughout our travels, we were constantly looking for multi-functional products that still looked stylish without breaking the bank. We could never find what we were looking for so we decided to craft our own products. 

The Origami Tote Pack was born out of personal need. When I was working in NYC, I would have to lug around all my necessities from the office to client meetings to happy hour or a workout class. My tote bag was heavy and so uncomfortable to carry since I’d have my laptop, an extra pair of shoes, a notebook, chargers, etc. The worst part was it was a total blackhole in there. I could never find my things when I needed them. I couldn’t easily get out my phone when it was ringing or find my Metrocard as I got on the subway or grab my passport at the airport. I started making a list of all the things I wished for in a bag. The Origami Tote Pack is the culmination of 5 years of dreaming, designing, and crafting. 

INDIEGOGO: What’s your biggest piece of advice for women who want to start their own business? 

VANESSA: My biggest piece of advice is to seek out a like-minded community of people. When you start something new, you need all the support you can get. I also think you need to make sure to take care of your mental health. It can be easy to get caught in a spiral of working 24/7 but you need to focus on self care and personal development as well. 

INDIEGOGO: What tools (gadgets, apps, books, podcasts) would you recommend to anyone starting their own business, crowdfunding campaign, or project?

VANESSA: We listened to a lot of podcasts as we were starting our business and found them incredibly helpful! Here are a few of my favorites: How I Built This, Active Ingredient, Shopify Masters, Crowdfunding Demystified, The Art of the Kickstart.

In terms of apps/tools, I love the following: Photo Editing & Video Creation: InShot, Video Crop, Lightroom, GIF Maker, Productivity: Dropbox, Clear, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Airtable.

My favorite business books are Shoe Dog by Phil Knight and Start with Why by Simon Sinek

INDIEGOGO: What’s your favorite Indiegogo campaign, or a travel campaign you’ve recently supported?

VANESSA: I’m a little biased but I’d have to say ours of course! The attention we received on our first campaign was so unexpected. I’m so proud we hit it out of the park with all the effort we put in ourselves. 

Besides that, the first campaign I ever backed was for Humans of New York. After living in NYC for 10 years, HONY has a special place in my heart. 

Want to support Nomad Lane? Check out the Origami Tote Pack today. You can also check out their Instagram and website.

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Japanese Engineers Shatter Record for Internet Speed — Are You Ready for a Revolution?



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Your Chance to Say “I QUIT!”



Imagine walking into work tomorrow, looking your boss in the eye, and saying…


Then you could head home, kick up your feet, and start enjoying retirement!

And here’s the best part:

Your bills are paid, and you could care less whether the market is going up or down.

Well, thanks to an extraordinary investment strategy I’m about to show you, this dream scenario could become your reality as early as next year.

This is a game-changer. It’s a way to earn six figures each year — even if you have no money to invest at all.

How is this possible? Let me explain…

“It Takes Money to Make Money”

Many Crowdability readers love our research on the private markets, but a big hurdle is preventing them from taking advantage of it:

Before they can start investing, they need some seed capital!

In other words, if they only have a tiny nest-egg, or no nest-egg at all, even the most powerful investment strategies can’t help them achieve their financial goals.

Which is why we’ve spent years researching alternative strategies…

Strategies that can help investors build up a nest-egg with little upfront capital…

Or even better, no upfront capital at all.

“The No-Money Down” Strategy

Matt and I focus most of our time and capital on early-stage startups…

But we make other types of investments, too.

And recently, while we were searching for non-traditional investments that could deliver big returns, we identified dozens of under-the-radar strategies…

The types of strategies that could add thousands of dollars to your nest-egg each month.

To be clear, these strategies have nothing to do with startups or early-stage investing…

But they can be just as beneficial to your portfolio.

Furthermore, you don’t need any special experience to use these strategies — and in many cases, you don’t need any upfront capital, either.

Matt used one of these strategies to add $13,326 to his bank account in a single month.

But there are other people — folks like our friend Ben Schott (who isn’t an experienced or wealthy investor) — who’ve been using another of these strategies to consistently earn about $4,264 per month.

And here’s the crazy part:

He’s able to earn those kinds of returns even though he didn’t risk a penny in upfront investment capital!

That’s why we call this our “No-Money Down” Strategy…

Join Us Next Week!

If you’d like to learn more about these under-the-radar “hidden income” strategies…

Strategies that are already helping people like Matt and Ben earn thousands of dollars a month…

Then click the link below to immediately register for an upcoming Strategy Briefing we’re hosting next week.

During this special online event, we’ll show you exactly how our “hidden income” strategies work, and how you can start using them immediately.

This event will be unlike anything you’ve seen before.

To sign up for next week’s “Hidden Income” Strategy Briefing, click here now »

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Upgrade Adds Bitcoin Rewards Card



Upgrade, an online lender, has announced the launch of the Upgrade Bitcoin Rewards Card a new version of Upgrade Card featuring Bitcoin rewards. Under Upgrade’s new program, users may earn unlimited 1.5% Bitcoin rewards on every purchase as they make payments.  The custody and trading platform for holding and selling Bitcoin is provided by NYDIG.

Upgrade has facilitated more than $7 billion in credit to consumers through cards and loans since its inception in 2017. It also offers rewards checking accounts with debit cards that pay 2% rewards on transactions and monthly subscriptions.

Founder and CEO Renaud Laplanche says Upgrade Card is already providing $3 billion in credit to consumers.

“Starting today, anyone can apply for an Upgrade Bitcoin Rewards Card and enjoy the same affordable and responsible credit as with any Upgrade Card, plus the potential upside and fun of owning Bitcoin,” says Laplanche.

As with every Upgrade Card, the Fintech promotes “responsible credit” by turning every balance into a fixed-rate installment plan, and by paying rewards to cardholders as they pay down their balance.

The Upgrade Bitcoin Rewards card is leveraging the growing popularity of crypto by providing a simple path to holding Bitcoin.  Cardholders must hold their Bitcoin rewards for at least 90 days and then may sell at any time subject to a 1.5% transaction fee.

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Fidelity Digital Assets Survey Reveals Growing Number of Institutions Plan to Gain Exposure to Crypto-Assets



Seven in 10 institutional investors are now expecting to purchase or invest in digital assets in the future, and over 90% of those interested in these financial instruments expect to have an allocation in their institution’s or clients’ portfolios “within the next five years.” This, according to new research from Fidelity Digital Assets’ 2021 Institutional Investor Digital Assets Study.

This forecast confirms a steady acceleration in adoption of digital assets over the next several years as over half (52%) of institutions surveyed across Asia, Europe and the U.S. “currently invest in digital assets.”

Although adoption rates remain fairly high across Asia (71%) when compared to Europe and the U.S., participation “increased in both markets as 56% of European institutions and 33% of U.S. institutions now hold investments in the asset class, up from 45% and 27%, respectively, the prior year.”

Tom Jessop, President at Fidelity Digital Assets, stated:

“The increased interest and adoption we’re seeing is a reflection of the growing sophistication and institutionalization of the digital assets ecosystem/ The pandemic – and fiscal and monetary measures in response to it – has been a catalyst for many institutional investors to define their investment thesis and operationalize it.”

According to the study, nearly 9 in 10 investors find characteristics of digital assets “appealing, with increases in both U.S. and Europe.” Digital assets’ high potential upside and relatively low correlation to other assets have “grown in appeal to institutional investors in recent years, with the potential upside gaining 16 points among U.S. investors since 2019 and 13 points among European investors since 2020.”

Price volatility is still the primary obstacle or barrier to adoption, “followed by lack of fundamentals to gauge value and concerns around market manipulation; however, investors cited less concern about complexity for institutions and market infrastructure than previously.”

Jessop added:

“The expectation that the vast majority of institutions will have some exposure to digital assets by 2026 shows that investors have a deeper understanding of the asset class and have progressed in the three-phase journey from education to adoption.”

Today, almost 8 in 10 institutional investors think that crypto-assets should be part of a portfolio. This belief is “strongest in Asia, where adoption rates are highest; however, European and U.S. institutions are increasingly in agreement”:

  • More than three-quarters (77%) of European investors share this belief, up from two-thirds the prior year
  • 69% of U.S. investors share this belief, compared to 64% the prior year.

Fidelity Digital Assets says they will be exploring the investment outlook and institutions’ investment preferences in another report this fall, “featuring deeper insights from the 2021 Institutional Investor Digital Assets Study.”

As stated in the update:

“As adoption increases, institutional investors are expecting more services from digital asset custodians. Investors want a custodian that offers electronic trading (63%) and market data and analytics (56%), with a greater emphasis on these services among U.S. institutions. Still, security and safety remain the most important features of a custodial relationship, having grown in importance in both Europe and the U.S.”

You may learn more about the institutional market for digital assets and Fidelity Digital Assets’ custody and trade execution platform here.

As noted in the announcement, the blind survey was “executed in association with Coalition Greenwich on behalf of Fidelity Digital Assets and the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology between December 2, 2020 and April 2, 2021.”

The survey included 1,100 institutional investors in the U.S. (408), Europe (393) and Asia (299), “including high net worth investors, family offices, digital and traditional hedge funds, institutional investors, financial advisors and endowment and foundations.”

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