25Madison: A Startup studio, innovation hub and investment vehicle
I am excited and proud to announce that I, along with five long-time friends and colleagues, have created 25Madison: a startup studio, innovation hub, and investment vehicle dedicated to finding, enhancing, and accelerating early stage and new business concepts.
Axcess Worldwide will become a strategic agency partner and be headquartered adjacent to 25Madison in our new Union Square office located at 853 Broadway, currently under construction. We anticipate moving into our new space in early 2019.
Collectively, my partners (Steven Price, Matthew Fremont-Smith, Gary Ginsberg, Michael Lynton and Lance West) and I have extensive experience building and running complex businesses, including multi-national entertainment companies, advertising agencies, consumer product companies and best in class financial institutions.
Today, there are many funds chasing the next great investment, but there are more limited opportunities for entrepreneurs to work with and learn from seasoned professionals who have built successful businesses from the ground up. 25Madison offers proven strategies and processes, a unique network of business leaders and influencers, and best-of-breed business practices precisely when entrepreneurs need it most – between “friends and family” rounds and institutional venture capital – to maximize the likelihood of success.
We are focused on opportunities to build or invest in software, services and technologies aimed at businesses (particularly SMBs); businesses at the intersection of tech and media; direct to consumer/niche consumer products businesses; and highly fragmented and underserved sectors. To date we have invested in four businesses and are incubating one from scratch. Please see HERE for more details.
For you, our valued Axcess Family Members, if you or someone you know has a great idea or an early stage investment opportunity, know that 25Madison can surround them with the expertise, experience, and discipline to avoid common missteps. If you are an angel or venture investor, please invite 25Madison to collaborate with you on specific projects and portfolio companies to enhance outcomes.
CAPTIVATE OFFERS SPECIAL ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY TO THE AXW FAMILY
As many of you know, I’m an investor and on the Board of the Captivate Network. It’s truly my favorite non-traditional media platform in America. The leadership under Marc Kidd is extraordinary and its success to date speaks for itself.
Captivate, North America’s #1 digital video office network, connects advertisers with millions of upscale business decision makers and consumers in a captive environment. This brand-safe, 100% viewable platform provides access to a highly engaged audience as they are making business and personal purchase decisions during the working daypart.
Captivate is now offering a Preferred Partner Rate to the Axcess family through the end of 2018. For more information, please contact Kaitlin Donohue. Exclusions may apply.
PERUS FALL RELEASES: 2016 ALESSIO & JANEEN
Crafted by one of Napa Valley’s most acclaimed winemakers, PerUs wines represent the highest principles of viticulture and winemaking. PerUs was established by a group of people passionate about wine and life – and the belief that life is best measured by the moments we share among cherished friends and family. This philosophy guides the creation of their Cabernet Sauvignon, Proprietary Red and Sauvignon Blanc, a trio of singular wines that hold a place among Napa Valley’s finest. Axcess family members receive access to the recently released 2016 Alessio and 2016 Janeen allocation, available for purchase HERE.
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA IS BACK AS HAMILTON TO SUPPORT ARTS IN PUERTO RICO
In January 2019, creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will reprise the lead role of his blockbuster musical Hamilton for a very special limited run at the University of Puerto Rico. For this extremely limited engagement, Lin-Manuel Miranda, his family, and the producers of Hamilton have partnered with the Flamboyan Foundation to create the Flamboyan Arts Fund. Following the devastation from Hurricane Maria, Flamboyan Arts Fund supports institutions and arts groups, independent artists, musicians, galleries, and more to rebuild the island’s vibrant arts and culture.
Charitybuzz exclusively has access to the best seats in the house for select performances, including the celebrity-studded Opening and Closing nights. No one else will be able to get you this close as history is made, again.
Our friends at Charitybuzz have provided us with an allocation of tickets for Axcess family members. For more details please contact Layla Townsend by November 8th.
AXW Partners in the News
THE 2018 CHARITYBUZZ ENTREPRENEUR AUCTION
The 2018 Charitybuzz Entrepreneur Auction launches November 15 – December 6, and will feature an exclusive collection of experiences and behind-the-scenes opportunities with the world’s most impactful industry leaders, promoted to a world class audience of aspiring entrepreneurs, executives and self-starters from around the globe. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime curated opportunity for fans and philanthropists to raise money for important causes by bidding on experiences donated by high-profile individuals.
Past successful auction lots include:
• Coffee with Tim Cook
• Lunch with Apple Designer, Eddie Cue
• Pitch your idea to Mark Cuban
• Tour SpaceX & Lunch with Elon Musk
• Lunch with Mindy Grossman, CEO of Weight Watchers
• Lunch with Bumble Founder, Whitney Wolfe
HASHTAG SPORTS COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: BEN ERWIN, CHARITYBUZZ
Hashtag Sports is an innovation conference and thought leadership platform. The annual conference is held in Times Square, NYC, to explore the trends and technologies disrupting the status quo across media, content, sponsorship, advertising and culture. (Read More)
FLEXJET CEO ON EUROPEAN EXPANSION AND POSSIBLE IPO
Michael Silvestro, Flexjet’s Chief Executive Officer, discusses the company’s expansion in Europe and possible IPO with Bloomberg’s Vonnie Quinn and Guy Johnson on “Bloomberg Markets: European Close.” (Video)
SENTIENT JET & THE 35TH BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sentient Jet will be offering premier views of the race and covered outdoor balcony viewing from the Jockey Club Suites at Churchill Downs this weekend. The Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is the richest 2-year-old race ($2 million) in North America. The 1 1/16 mile race, restricted to male 2 year-olds, is often a preview of the stars of the Triple Crown races for the following year. (Read More)
The Great American Turkey Company
THE GREAT AMERICAN TURKEY CO. FEATURED IN FAST COMPANY
The Great American Turkey Company offers humanely raised, hormone-, antibiotic- and preservative-free birds that are harvested completely, so that no part of the animal goes to waste. “I think turkey is America’s next protein,” says GATC President and COO Faison. Faison talks seriously about “disrupting poultry” and making gobblers “the alternative to beef.” (Read More)
KARMA RELEASES THE ALISO EDITION REVERO
All Karma designs draw cues from the natural world around us, but it was a specific local gem – Aliso Beach – which inspired our latest creation. Each Aliso Edition is distinguished by striking Laguna Pearl paint, custom carbon fiber wheels, Sea Horizon interior and Aliso badging both inside and out. Only 15 examples of the new vehicle, each individually numbered, will be produced in our Moreno Valley Assembly Plant. (Read More)
Zac Brown’s Southern Ground
ZAC BROWN’S SOCIAL CLUB COMING TO PHILIPS ARENA
Axcess is proud to announce a newly facilitated partnership between Southern rocker and Grammy award-winner Zac Brown and the Atlanta Hawks for a full-service restaurant in Philips Arena. The north Georgia native plans to open Zac Brown’s Social Club in the newly renovated arena during the 2018-2019 season to correspond with the 50th anniversary of the Hawks. (Read More)