What Can Entrepreneurs Expect From Investors?

In this episode of Context Is King, Ashkan Karbasfrooshan and Rebecca Brayton discuss what entrepreneurs should anticipate when trying to raise funding and capital from investors. As an entrepreneur, when is the right time to look for investors? What are investors looking for?

Internet Jobs: New Media Up, Journalism Down

In this episode of Context Is King, Ashkan Karbasfrooshan and Rebecca Brayton explain why journalism keeps shifting towards internet-based jobs and why higher education needs to catch up with the times. Is there such a thing as a useless (or useful) degree? How can journalism courses focus more on new media?

The FU Show S1E3: Jukin Media vs MxR Plays

Don’t hate the messenger! You may have heard that YouTubers MxR Plays have been accused by Jukin Media of copyright infringement and asked to pay up, or face the consequences. In this episode of The FU Show, WatchMojo founder Ashkan K. uses the case to discuss copyright & Fair Use and breaks down each side’s position and best argument. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmCds…

What Can Creators Expect On YouTube In 2020?

In this episode of Context Is King, Ashkan Karbasfrooshan and Rebecca Brayton discuss what YouTube content creators and video platform users in general can expect in 2020. How will the YouTube competition change? Will creator burnout continue to affect media producers?

All About Mindset: Expectations vs Gratitude

In this episode of Context Is King, Ashkan Karbasfrooshan and Rebecca Brayton discuss how to improve work-life balance by managing your expectations and finding things to be grateful for in the workplace. It’s a new year and a new decade, so what should be our primary focus in 2020? Check out the ‘Expectations vs Gratitude’ article on Medium: https://medium.com/swlh/expectation-vs-gratitude-730503baaee5

WatchMojo.Org: Our 2020 Update!

In this episode of Context Is King, Ashkan Karbasfrooshan and Rebecca Brayton give an important update on where WatchMojo’s non-profit initiative is heading in 2020. What are some non-profit organizations we should donate to? How will WatchMojo kick off the new decade with WatchMojo.org?

The Best Adventure Activities in France

Are you going to France any time soon? Are you looking for something exciting and exhilarating to try after you’ve seen amazing art and tasted amazing food? We’ve put together a list of 10 amazing activities you can try if you’re looking for something a little different. Vive la France!

For this list, we’ll be looking at some of the most thrilling, unique and unforgettable experiences to be had across the country of France. For those with a thirst for pulse-pounding adventure… this is for you.

10: Sea Kayaking

Côte d’Azur

When you think of the French Riviera, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For most people, it’s beautiful architecture, picturesque pebbly beaches and world-class dining. But wherever there’s water, one also finds opportunity for adventure. And despite the area’s upscale and elegant reputation, this iconic coastline has a wild side to it – one that can be revealed with a few strokes of a paddle. In your kayak, you’ll uncover the secrets of the French Riviera, including untouched stretches of pristine wilderness, beaches and coves that cannot be reached other than by sea, and snapshots of the area’s fascinating history.

Find more info on Cote d’Azur Sea Kayaking here


Indoor Skydiving! It’s like falling, but safely…

9: Indoor Skydiving

Paris

The sensation of falling through the sky is just about one of the most thrilling that a person can experience. For many, however, the idea of throwing themselves out of a plane is simply too much to handle. With indoor skydiving, you get the unbelievable experience of falling, but without terrifying heights or the sense of danger inherent to conventional skydiving. In the controlled environment of a roughly 40-foot tall chamber, you can not only get a first taste for this extreme sport, but also learn techniques that, in the context of conventional skydiving, would require many, many hours of practice and a substantial investment. Plus, the fact that, say, the wind tunnel is made of transparent glass and located the in Vill’Up shopping center in Paris gives the whole experience an extra bit of novelty.

Find more info on Indoor Skydiving in Paris here


8: Ice Diving

Val Cenis

For many, the concept of heading underwater with merely a sheet of ice separating you from fresh air is daunting. But armed with a lifeline, an oxygen tank, a trained professional to guide you through the experience and an access point to the surface always in sight, there’s really nothing to fear. In fact, the moment you plunge below the ice covering the lake in Vanoise National Park, it’s like you’ll have entered an entirely different world – alien, beautiful and utterly surreal. People assume that the ice blocks out the sun, but are usually pleasantly surprised to find that the light of the sun filters through the ice to give this underwater world an ethereal ambient glow. Of course, if you want to take the experience to the extreme, there is an option to go for a night dive.

Find more info on Val Cenis Ice Diving here


7: Bungee Jumping

Verdon Gorge

For those who like to mix beautiful settings with unparalleled thrills, you’re hard-pressed to find a more perfect combination than this. At the Verdon Gorge, you’re not just bungee jumping in the South of France, you’re throwing yourself from a landmark— the impressive Pont de L’Artuby. From your jumping off point on the bridge (which also goes by the name Pont de Chaulière), you’ll plummet towards the Artuby River below, only to safely rebound at the moment when your adrenaline is at its highest. After your unforgettable leap of faith into the Gorge, take a moment to really soak in the panoramic view and beauty of the area. Of course, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence isn’t the only place to go bungee jumping in France. In Normandy you can take a similarly heartstopping plunge from the Souleuvre Viaduct.

Find more info info on Verdon Gorge Bungee Jumping here


Canyoning… be careful on that moss!

6: Canyoning

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Canyoning isn’t one single activity, it’s a half-day to multi-day journey made up different exciting activities and experiences. As you explore the canyons of Pissarde, Infernet or Furon Bas near Grenoble, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, you need to adapt and learn new techniques in order to navigate the ever-changing environment. Some obstacles will require time, presence of mind and slow, deliberate movement. Others involve the use of a zipline, or you might be invited to leap from a rock ledge into the water below! Rappelling, hiking, swimming, riding natural waterslides – a canyoning adventure in Grenoble is the experience of a lifetime.

Find more info on Augergne-Rhone-Alpes Canyoning here


5: Diving

Villefranche-sur-Mer

France is an underrated scuba diving destination. And whether you’ve got half a day to spare, or you’re a diving enthusiast looking to spend a week in waters you’ve yet to explore, the undersea world of Bay of Villefranche will not disappoint. From the Grotte à Corail in Cap Ferrat to the Grande Baie off Nice, there’s no shortage of beautiful dive spots rich in aquatic life to be explored. And while scuba diving is sure to thrill, for something extra special, consider taking a crash course in freediving; even relative newcomers to the technique can learn to dive pretty deep in not too long. Are your ready for the challenge?

Find more info on Villefranche-sur-Mer Diving here


Paragliding in the Alps? YUP!

4: Paragliding

Chamonix

There’s nothing quite like soaring amongst mountain peaks to give you a new perspective. Safe in the experienced hands of an expert paragliding pilot, you can take to the skies above the picturesque Chamonix valley for a 20 to 30 minute flight that you will never forget. Every flight is unique, but it’s pretty much guaranteed the image of Mont Blanc will be etched into your mind long after your feet return to solid ground. As you weave in and out of the clouds at soaring heights, your guide will give you an aerial tour of the scenery and (depending on the package you choose) may even do some pulse-pounding acrobatics!

Find more info on Chamonix Paragliding here


3: Land Sailing

Normandy

We highly recommend that you make your way to Normandy, where an experience unlike any other awaits. Land sailing (also known as sand yachting) involves sitting in a three-wheeled buggy with a large sail, which is used to both propel the vehicle and steer it. Using the power of wind to move across dry land is a unique sensation to say the least, and when you see the sort of expert maneuvers that more experienced land sailers can perform, we suspect that you’ll soon find yourself hooked. You’re sure to find yourself lost in the moment as you cruise along the sand, but don’t forget to take in and appreciate the setting; Mont-Saint-Michel Bay is known for its dramatic tides and its world famous abbey.

Find more info on Normandy Land Sailing here


2: Rafting

Thonon-les-Bains

Let’s get back to the water! For great rafting, the Dranse River is breathtakingly beautiful, and you’ll want to keep yourself focused on the task at hand as you and your fellow rafters navigate the rapids. From beginners to experts (or all-out adrenaline junkies), the Dranse has something to satisfy all skills levels and degrees of comfort, from more scenic stretches to white-knuckle thrill rides. For those looking for something truly extraordinary, you might consider trying your hand at “hydrospeed” (a.k.a whitewater swimming). An extreme sport in the truest sense, it involves swimming downstream armed with nothing but a padded wetsuit, helmet, flippers and a foam float or board.

Find more info on Thonon-Les-Bains Rafting here


Hang Gliding through the Alps. Glorious!

1: Hang Gliding

Haute-Savoie

The Haute-Savoie region of southeastern France is famously beautiful, but you’ll get a whole new appreciation for it when you take to the sky for a bird’s eye view. After launching from a take-off site above picturesque Lake Annecy, you’ll be instantly rewarded with uninterrupted views of not only the lake itself, but also the surrounding mountains, Bout du Lac nature reserve, the Thiou River, and of course, the town of Annecy. It’s known as the “Pearl of the Alps”, and when seen from above, this town shines even brighter. And note that your guide can tailor your ride to your specific comfort level, whether you prefer smooth gliding or some high-flying acrobatics.

Find more info on Haute-Savoie Hang Gliding here

Well, there you have it. 10 pulse pounding activities you can attempt on your next trip to France. Strap on your courage and take that leap! Happy travels.


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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan’s Public Speaking Tips

In this episode of Context Is King, Ashkan Karbasfrooshan presents his advice for anyone preparing to speak in public. How do you get over the anxiety of public speaking? How do you keep your audience engaged? And what are some of your public speaking tips?

Check out our recent live event, The FU Show – S1, E2: https://youtu.be/JWlDTtmJNHo

Video Platforms: 2009 vs 2019 vs 2029

In this episode of Business Battleground, WatchMojo founder Ashkan Karbasfrooshan outlines how YouTube became the dominant video platform (and the world’s second largest search engine) in 2009, and what has changed over the last ten years leading up to 2019. How did Snapchat become WatchMojo’s second largest source of revenue in 2019? Which video platforms are expected to dominate in 2029?

Is Coaching Experiencing Its #MeToo Movement?

In this episode of Context Is King, Ashkan Karbasfrooshan and Rebecca Brayton discuss whether sports coaching is experiencing its own MeToo movement. What do these allegations of misconduct mean for the sports industry moving forward?