Jay Acunzo takes this months CreativeMornings theme, Color, and talks about daring to be different when you’re surrounded by sameness. Jay achieves this by telling his personal story and talking about the importance of stories.

About the speaker

Earlier this month, I was struck with a brief moment of fear. Having just closed out a summer full of awesome events with one of the very best speakers yet, I began to worry about what would be next. Would I really be able to find a speaker who could carry the torch forward into fall, kicking ass and carving pumpkins along the way? Then it hit me: Why not ask the guy who cares more about the state of creativity in Boston than anyone else I know? A few hours later, Jay Acunzo was our speaker.

Jay is a former sports journalist who went on to work for a big company (Google), a small company (Dailybreak Media), a company in between (HubSpot), and now, a company that invests in those kinds of companies (NextView Ventures). As the Director of Platform and Community, his job is to help startups stand out and grow. He is also the co-founder of Boston Content, a free community of over 600 local creatives and content production pros in town.

He recently started a podcast called #TechItFwd, writes for a bunch of different blogs, and naturally decided to also launch his own blog (Sorry for Marketing) because, well, he likes to make the rest of us look lazy.

In this month’s CreativeMornings talk on Color, Jay explores what it means to be different in an industry that values safety, predictability, and seemingly anything but creative risk-taking.


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