Category: Video

Documentary: Capital C

Interested in Crowd Funding? Capital C (available in Netflix) is a good place to start understanding about the nuances of this source of funding.

Treps need money to build their business. Through the magic of the internet, Trep ideas get matched with small and big time investors. You can google “crowd funding” and you can find several websites that act as a venue for the two to meet. is perhaps the most popular one.

What do investors get in return? Are they treated as stock holders? Is this a grant? The KickStarter website says this:

Backers that support a project on Kickstarter get an inside look at the creative process, and help that project come to life. They also get to choose from a variety of unique rewards offered by the project creator. Rewards vary from project to project, but often include a copy of what is being produced (CD, DVD, book, etc.) or an experience unique to the project.

Project creators keep 100% ownership of their work, and Kickstarter cannot be used to offer equity, financial returns, or to solicit loans.

Kickstarter gets paid 5% of the funds collected (plus 3-5% processing fees) but ONLY IF the Trep gathers enough $ to meet his/her goal.

The documentary follows Treps who talk about their experience. It’s interesting to see how similar-minded interests help each other make their hopes and dreams a reality. Within 35 days Treps need to get funding or all the investment $ disappear. It shows how bigger companies can take advantage and run with someone else’s idea because Startups don’t have enough funding to garner copyrights. They go to China to build cheaper copycat items and kill American ingenuity.

Put this in your WATCH list.


Documentary: Generation Startup

If you have a Netflix subscription, and you have a Trep blood flowing insode you, then you should watch “Generation Startup.” I’m sure the documentary is available elsewhere so do a little research on your own.

As the movie description states: “The film tracks six young Detroit entrepreneurs over 17 months as they struggle to make their business dreams into successful startup realities.”

It shows the difficulty and the rewards of charting your own future.

When you’re young you can dream big. It starts with a concept. A recognized need and a plan that mixes creativity, technical know-how and supportive partners. It shows the pitfalls of trusting the wrong people, the discouragement from family, the need for Plan B.

The film shows a difficult but positive view of Treps. Even if you fail, you learn something from the school of hard knocks.

I highly recommend this film.


Sarah’s Big Night

On September 17, 2016, our very own Sarah Philips was honored at the 6th Annual Fiesta sponsored by “Life and Times Media” at the Carson City Convention Center.

Congratulations Sarah!

If you have a Facebook account, you can watch a video of the wonderful evening:

Below is the letter Sarah received:

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Management of LIFE AND TIMES MEDIA GROUP, I am happy to inform you that you have been selected as a recipient of our 2016 “Educational Excellence Award”. This honor, given annually to a distinguished Educationist in our Community, will be given to you at the Life and Times 6th Annual Fiesta which will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Carson Civic Center, 801 East Carson Street, Carson, CA 90745 beginning at 6 p.m.

The Board considered your outstanding achievements in over 20 years as an Educator, Administrator, Mentor and Community Leader. The board also considered the exceptional role you have played with the Rotary International (Altadena) in teaching basic ‘entrepreneurial education’ essentials in the midst of overwhelming poverty in Nigeria and your role as a licensed social worker in San Bernardino County CA. Former recipients of Life and Times Awards include Former Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, Professor Joy Ogwu, Nigeria’s former Foreign Minister and currently Nigeria’s UN Ambassador, Former Mayor Jim Dear of Carson California, and Late Ambassador Ade Adefuye, Nigeria’s former Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Julius Kpaduwa, Dr. Iheanachor Emeruwa etc.

Life and Times Media Group was founded in 2010 with the aim of celebrating the achievements of hard working Africans at home and in the Diaspora and dispelling the negative stereotypes that we have been associated with in the Western media. Today our magazine and online newspaper has over 34,000 paid subscribers and our free online editions are read by over 1.2 million people worldwide. We also provide public relations services and special publications to a wide range of large organizations in the United States and Africa. Our Annual Fiesta is a forum to celebrate achievers and trail blazers within our community in both community services and professional callings. The Fiesta also showcases our emerging talents in fashion design, music and the arts.

Kindly confirm your willingness to be at the event to accept the Award by August 15, 2016. You and a guest will receive complimentary VIP dinner passes to the event.

Please provide us with a one-page brief bio of yourself and digital picture in high resolution for publication in the magazine and in the event brochure on or before August 15, 2016. You may invite additional guests to support you. Additional guests (outside your two (2) complimentary tickets) will purchase dinner/event tickets for $60 per person or $600 for a table that sits 10 people. Friends, business associates and family can also purchase pages in the event brochure for $100 a page to congratulate you on this laudable achievement.

We look forward to your kind response and you joining us in Carson in September!

Thank you,

Chike Nweke

Life and Times Network Inc. Publishers of Life and Times Magazine • 7095 Hollywood Blvd. • #485 • Hollywood CA 90028