Think & Link for a Living: Sarah Nichols

Sarah Nichols, founder of RSVTea, will take the Think & Link stage in February.

About Sarah Nichols Macalster '16 grad Sarah Nichols is the founder and president of RSVTea Inc, a beverage company brewing fizzy, energy teas. Sarah created RSVTea because she wanted a healthier option than energy drinks and something better than boring, flat iced tea. After incubating company concepts in the Mac Startups '16 Program, RSVTea was one of six businesses selected for the competitive gBETA Accelerator Program. This is Sarah's first startup venture, and she's on a mission to "revive the power of celebration" with fizzy vibes. RSVTea: everyone's invited.

Sarah will be speaking on the journey in starting her own...

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The Importance of Being Fresh

Five years ago Capsule was invited to participate in a General Mills project to study the concept of “fresh.” The group inside was a super-secret innovation team that resembled a SEAL squad. They had the ability to drop into any situation, study it deeply, produce profound insights and then facilitate ideation sessions with brand teams.

If you’re an innovation, research or consumer behavior geek, this would have had you salivating to a degree requiring a napkin. I carried one around the entire time. We won’t get into any more detail on the findings, methods or outcomes for General Mills because I’m not willing to give up my first born.<...

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Spin, Puffery and Other Lies We Believe

We make the truth interesting.

Spin is the public relations equivalent to puffery in advertising. You know it when your PR firm passes along the sage advice of “tell the truth but manage the message.” Know the origin of the advisor before listening to the advice. Some in our field of marketing use the word “storytelling” loosely to describe their efforts to help brands. The idea here is simple, people struggle to remember facts and figures, but they remember stories. That’s true, but it isn’t the entire story.

People remember how you made them feel: through the use of stories, artifacts and the people surrounding your brand....

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#ORshow >> Hike Far. Breathe Deep. Eat Well. Stick On. Stay Safe.

AlpineAire and Safe Reflections release new innovations at 2016 Summer OR Show

With the #RideToOR in the books and the bikes back on the rack, we are anxious to traverse the #ORshow looking for #DesignedMoments and engaging with outdoor brands from all over the world.

In preparation for the Outdoor Retailer show, we did more than navigate 400 miles of Rocky Mountain roads across Colorado and Utah. We also teamed up with our outdoor...

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Social Media Makes Fancy Food More Consumable

Stepping into the Javits Center last week for Fancy Food was exciting. After a significant hiatus, Fancy Food landed back on my networking calendar and I was amazed to see how the show had grown. Here are the most recent attendance stats from Specialty Food Association.

47,000+ industry professionals 2,670 exhibitors 400 first-time exhibitors

These numbers confirmed what my feet were telling me on the last day of the show. I need to bring a few additional team members next year to help cover ground. Really, how can one person adequately navigate these show floors that equal the size of six football fields? It certainly can’t be done on...

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I need more than the tiny spoon, please.

Capsule team members cover a lot of ground. This year alone we’ve “set up shop” in dozens of U.S. and international cities. We go where the design conversations take us. So, where am I off to this week? Capsule is headed to New York for the Fancy Food show. (If you could see my face right now you would fully understand the joy this brings...

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Caribou v. Blue Caribou : Doing Things Right the First Time

The world of lean startup and agile product development are interweaving methods that work in digital, but may not make sense for the physical world. F

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A curated retail experience in Munich

Managing Principal Aaron Keller traveled to Munich, a city that is a convergence of retail, fashion, outdoor activities, theatre and arts. Read on to discover his curated retail experience. 

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Think & Link for a Living: Seven Sundays

Capsule's Think & Link for a Living is an invitation-only gathering of like-minded people, coming together each month to discuss hot topics and important issues. It's an invaluable sharing of insight and inspiration.

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Capsule 15: Admired Brands

The next 15 days will be an exploration of 15 wickedly cool brands who know their audiences like the back of their own hand, who are pushing their industries forward and are doing so with smart design as their tool.

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