Do you know about the most read men’s magazine which has been popular for more than four decades? The sales for a single issue of this magazine hit seven million by the early 1970s. Sounds familiar, right? Every other man was holding a copy this magazine back then. Any guesses? We are speaking about the most sold magazine of all times Playboy. Hugh Hefner and his remarkable magazine Playboy solely changed the story of the adult entertainment industry and became a multimillion dollar business endeavour that expanded to incorporate television, web ventures, clubs and more. The magazine was a game changer in the era of ‘70s where people were more conscious of what is being displayed and what’s not.
Playboy’s founding story
Hugh Hefner, the founder of the epic magazine had first shown his interest in publication at an early age. In high school he founded his school’s newspaper taking it as an opportunity, young Hefner illustrated his own comic book, School Daze. Although he had a high IQ of 152, Hefner was never really spirited about school, in general. However, after completing his schooling, Hefner joined the United States Army. Later, he went on to attend classes at the Chicago Art Institute. After two years at the Art Institute, Hefner attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in the year 1950. It was in the year 1952, Hefner started working as a cartoonist for the famous Esquire magazine. While working there, he was turned down for a $ 5 raise, he took it to heart and decided to quit his job at the publication. He went on to venture out on his own and the rest we know is history! In 1953, Hefner founded Playboy magazine using his $ 600 bucks and several thousand more he borrowed including $ 1,000 from his mom.
The rise and fall and rise of Playboy
The first issue of Playboy published in December 1953. The magazine featured nude photos of Marilyn Monroe and sold over 50,000 copies. As we all know, controversial stuff sells fast! Playboy had its strategies right and by the year 1958, the magazine’s annual profit was $ 4 million and Hugh Incredible Hefner had skyrocketed to fame. Over the years, apart from controversial stuff, Playboy’s publication of writers including Ray Bradbury, Ian Fleming, Joseph Heller, Jack Kerouac and Margaret Atwood became famous overnight. Also, Miles Davis was the magazine’s first interview. Other interviews included Fidel Castro, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and the then presidential candidate Jimmy Carter, who confided that he had committed adultery in his heart. John Lennon before dying had spoken to Playboy in 1980 as well. Playboy became known for its sexually explicit content. By 1970, Hugh Hefner had gone from beginning an entrepreneurial endeavour in his own home to being the founder of a major corporation. The distribution of the magazine was extensively done and copies were selling at rates of seven million copies per month. The year 1972 earned Hefner a twelve million dollar profit.
The magazine’s monthly distribution was reaching new heights. Yes! An enormous 7 million issues were sold in 1971. By that time, nearly one quarter of American young lads were buying or subscribing every month, according to a source. However, post that, Playboy saw a downfall in the late ‘80s and the franchise was struggling hard to reach out to the people. In the year 1994, Hefner established the Playboy Jazz Film Festival, funded by Playboy. The festival was the first showcase on the West Coast for rare jazz films and was free to the public. The franchise was slowly and steadily gaining its pace. Nevertheless, Hefner’s brainchild was back with a bang in the early 2000s with the release of his reality television show on E!. The program The Girls Next Door portrayed the lives of his three blonde girlfriends at the Playboy Mansion. The series was a super hit and doubled the popularity of Hefner between the years 2005 to 2010.
In the year 2017, Hefner died in Los Angeles at the age of 91. At the time of his death, Hefner’s global brand had an estimated net worth of at least $ 110 million. As of now, Playboy earns most of its money by licensing the bunny brand for a variety of products including liquor, clothing, fragrances, jewellery and bath products.
Cooper Hefner, Hefner’s son and the Chief Creative Officer of Playboy Enterprises, said in a statement …my father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom. He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history.
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Fun Facts About Netflix
Gone are those days when you would have to spend your pocket money on buying DVDs to watch your favourite films. This is the 21st century and in this age of technology, whether it is for watching a popular film or your favourite web shows, you know where to reach—Netflix, of course! With new films, documentaries and shows being added on a daily basis, Netflix is the most popular streaming platform in the world. Today, we bring you some interesting facts about Netflix which may surprise you.
Fun facts about Netflix
1) Though Netflix started renting out DVDs only from 1998, it was founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph. This makes Netflix a year older than Google.
2) Netflix was originally called Kibble. Kibble was the name of Netflix’s co founder Marc Randolph’s dog. This name was to remind everyone, “No matter how good the advertising, it’s not a success if the dogs don’t eat the dog food.”
3) House of Cards was not the first original content produced by Netflix. Netflix made a test video called Example Show in 2010. In this 11 minute long test video, you can find pretty inane content like an actor moonwalking with a laptop and reciting a monologue from Julius Caesar. You can still watch it on Netflix.
4) As of October 2018, Netflix accounts for 15 % of the world’s web traffic and approximately 36.5 % of North America’s web traffic. If Netflix did not compress its videos, this number would have been three times higher. YouTube, which is also a streaming platform, accounts for 11.4 % percent of the web traffic.
5) In 2013, Netflix hosted an award show of its own and aptly titled it “The Flixies.” It allowed users to vote for their favourite films and shows under various categories.
6) Orange Is The New Black, 13 Reasons Why, The Crown, House Of Cards and Stranger Things are some of the most watched Netflix original series.
7) Netflix is available in more than 190 countries, from Australia and Europe to most parts of Asia. However, it is most popular in the U.S.
8) As of January 2019, Netflix has around 139 million paying subscribers. More than 58 millions of these subscribers are U.S. based.
9) In 2014, a glitch caused the summaries of various titles to merge, creating completely hilarious and ridiculous summaries. One summary which appeared to combine the Power Rangers installments with Inglourious Basterds read, “The Samurai Rangers get stuck in the Megazord’s cockpit on Christmas Even when it breaks down. Can the Rangers get out and assassinate Adolf Hitler?”
10) Netflix was instrumental in coining the word “binge watch,” when it started to release its series’ episodes all at once.
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5 Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From Walt Disney
The man who changed his passion for art into a multi billion dollar media empire, Walter Elias Disney or Walt Disney, as he is popularly known, was an artist, entertainer, film producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
The Walt Disney Company, founded by him and valued at approximately $ 130 billion, is the second largest broadcasting and cable company in the world. Walt Disney managed to shape the childhoods of billions of kids all around the world by giving us our most memorable cartoon characters—Mickey Mouse being the most popular of them all.
Here are some lessons every entrepreneur can learn from Disney’s life.
1) Follow your passion
The most important lesson entrepreneurs can learn from Walt Disney is to do what you love. If you are doing it for the money, then it probably won’t last. Walt Disney loved drawings and cartoons so much, he devoted his life to them and amassed a huge empire because of this passion. There were times when he took up odd jobs just so he could fund his passion. Because he loved drawings so much, he overcame every hardship which came his way and emerged victorious. When you do what you love doing, no day feels like work and no hurdle too hard to cross.
2) Do what they say is impossible
“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
— Walt Disney.
When Walt Disney first started his work, thousands of people criticised him, saying that no one would sit through an entire animated feature film. These comments from people, however, could not stop him because he never ceased to believe in himself or his dreams. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first feature animated film made by Walt Disney and it received a standing ovation at the end of almost every screening. All the other animated films like Alice In Wonderland, Cinderella and Fantasia, made and produced by Disney, proved to be huge successes, especially among children. Apart from this, he was also told a theme park with a mouse as its central character would scare people and no one would be interested in it. Thanks to Walt Disney’s self belief, today we have Disneyland and Mickey Mouse is known across the world.
3) Try one more time
Walt Disney was one such person who faced a lot of failure and rejection in his initial days. His first animation studio, Laugh-O-Gram Studio, which was home to many pioneers of animation, never made any notable profits. At a point in his life, he became penniless, lost his studio, his creators and his equipment, but one thing he never lost was his willpower to try again. From this willpower of his came the world’s most loved cartoon character—Mickey Mouse.
4) Be a risk taker
Walt Disney as an entrepreneur was never afraid to take risks. There were many instances where the future of the entire Walt Disney Company depended on whether the new venture he took up was successful or not. The riskiest idea he ever ventured into was Disneyland. Many people, including his brother turned business partner Roy O. Disney, urged him to give up on the idea. If Disneyland failed, the entire Company would be shut down, but Disney took the risk. Today, Disneyland is one of the most profitable theme parks in the world.
5) Never settle
Disney created Mickey Mouse and it became a huge success, but he did not stop there. He went on to create Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto and other iconic characters. What made The Walt Disney Company a multi billion dollar empire is the fact Walt never stopped improving. After one accomplishment, he would go on to another and then another. He never settled after just one accomplishment. Always look for ways to improve yourself and your business.
Walt Disney, who started from humble beginnings, became a business mogul and an animation pioneer. His journey is nothing less than remarkable.
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Things You Didn’t Know About Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and founder of Facebook, is arguably one of the most influential people in the world. At the age of 35, as of May 2019, he is the 8th richest person in the world and has a net worth of $ 67.3 billion. Here are some lesser known facts about him.
Things you didn’t know about Mark Zuckerberg
1) Mark Elliot Zuckerberg was born on May 14th, 1984 and since childhood, he was passionate about programming. At the age of 12, he created an instant messaging program called ZuckNet, to help his dentist father know when the patients arrived.
2) Zuckerberg was approached by several companies, including AOL and Microsoft, even before he finished high school, but he turned down their job offers.
3) Zuckerberg has red-green colour blindness and this is the main reason why the logo of Facebook is blue.
4) You cannot block Mark Zuckerberg or his wife Priscilla Chan on Facebook. Apparently, the couple have been blocked so many times on Facebook, the algorithm does not allow you to do so anymore. Have you ever tried doing this?
5) The guests who attended Zuckerberg’s wedding with Priscilla Chan were actually told they were being invited to attend Priscilla’s graduation ceremony. The wedding ceremony was quite a surprise to them.
6) Zuckerberg tends to go to despicable lengths to protect his privacy. Once, a developer tried to build a large house which would have a view of Zuckerberg’s master bedroom. After this incident, Zuckerberg spent around $ 44 million to buy all the houses surrounding his Palo Alto home.
7) Many big companies like Microsoft, Google, Viacom and Yahoo tried to buy Facebook, but Zuckerberg turned down all their offers.
8) Mark Zuckerberg is a fitness buff and takes fitness very seriously. In 2016, he set a goal to run 365 miles in a year and ended up completing it half way through the year.
9) Zuckerberg signed the Giving Pledge agreement and promised to give away at least 50 % of his wealth in his lifetime.
10) Zuckerberg himself designed his wife’s wedding ring, which is a ruby edged on either side by diamonds.
11) His annual salary at Facebook is $ 1.
12) Zuckerberg holds 50 patents to his name. The first one was for the Synapse Media Player, which he designed in senior high school.
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