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Lil Nas X 'Satan Sneaker' illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

NIKE vs MSCHF

Nike has filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit against MSCHF shoes that released a controversial customized version of its sneakers “Satan Shoes” with rapper Lil Nas X. In the lawsuit filed today, Nike accused MSCHF Product Studio, Inc. of trademark infringement over the designer’s 666 pairs of modified Nike sneakers made in collaboration with the “Old Town Road” singer. All 666 pairs sold out Monday.

Fara Sunderji is a partner at the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney in its New York office. Sunderji has extensive expertise in all stages of trademark, copyright, clearance, prosecution, maintenance, enforcement, and litigation. Of the lawsuit she says, 

“Nike’s swoosh is probably one of the most recognizable non-word trademarks in the world.  You see it and you automatically think of Nike as the source of the good on which it appears.  This is how trademarks are supposed to operate, as a source identified.  Nike’s case here is pretty simple to understand:  MSCHF is selling Nike Air Max 97’s that have been modified in a way in which Nike does not approve.  People see these “Satan Shoes” and think they come from Nike and some people don’t like that.  Nike, therefore, claims that the release of these “Santa Shoes” is harming its valuable brand,” Sunderji says. 

“MSCHF will likely argue that they are protected under a theory called the First Sale Doctrine, which allows third parties to resell trademarked goods that have already entered the marketplace.  But the doctrine is limited to the sale of genuine goods.  The doctrine is based on the premise that consumers are not being deceived because they are receiving what they have bargained for, the trademarked good. Under Second Circuit case law, goods are not genuine if they do not conform to the brand owner’s quality control standards, and it is easy to guess Nike’s take on this issue – Just don’t do it,” Sunderji says. 

According to NBC News, the lawsuit states “We don’t have any further details to share on pending legal matters,” Nike said. “However, we can tell you we do not have a relationship with Lil Nas X or MSCHF.”

Trademark attorney Josh Gerben of Gerben Perrott PLLC stated to CNN Business that “It’s a legal rationale that grants artists who purchase and repurpose individual copyrighted products the ability to express and profit off their own creativity.”. He also pointed out Nike shoe redesigners like MSCHF commonly sell their work on online marketplaces. “You’ve got all kinds of artists that go out there and they take a shoe, and they’ll do a whole bunch of custom art on the shoe and maybe resell it for $1,000-3,000,” Gerben said. “This is something Nike is well aware of and has done absolutely nothing to mess with because there’s a sneaker culture here.”

Lil Nas X isn’t named as a party in the lawsuit. Representatives for the musician did not respond to calls or emails requesting comment.

The backlash from social media is incredible with thousands of people expressing their opinions with the shoes and the representation they bring:

  •  South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem tweeted “Our kids are being told that this kind of product, is not only okay, it’s “exclusive.” But do you know what’s more exclusive? Their God-given eternal soul. We are in a fight for the soul of our nation. We need to fight hard. And we need to fight smart. We have to win.”.
  • NBA star Nick Young tweeted “My kids will never play Old Town Road again… I’m still debating about wearing Nike after this come Nike a drop of blood for real”.
  • On Instagram, celebrity musician Miley Cyrus shares a photo proudly wearing the controversial sneakers, captioning the post “Can you see Satan?”.

The controversial ‘Satan Shoes’ were strategically dropped after the release of Lil Nas X’s music video for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”, which has already been viewed more than 54 million times.

Lil Nas X took to Twitter in his true fashion posting “I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the shit y’all preached would happen to me because I was gay. So I hope u are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves.”

Computer illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

VC Pitch Deck Advice

­­14 words to take out of your VC pitch deck

By: May Habib

170 seconds. Weeks or even months of working on your pitch deck could come down to the 170 seconds (on average) that investors spend looking at your deck. “Investors see a lot of pitches. In a single year, the classic general partner in a venture firm is exposed to around 5,000 pitches…and ends up doing between zero and two deals,” writes VC and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman.

With all that pressure to make an impact quickly, founders spend an incredible amount of time on the design of their slides. Less consideration, however, is usually spent on the words on the slide. That’s a mistake, especially when you only have 170 seconds. When not used intentionally, the words in your deck can be distracting or downright off-putting. We used what we know about language and healthy communication from the millions of documents we’ve processed at Writer to come up with 14 words and phrases to remove from your VC pitch deck:

Negative Association

Runway”

  • Pitching VCs is a balancing act: you want to position your idea in the best light, but also show that you’ve thought things through. However, volunteering for certain types of information can have the opposite effect. Don’t write: I’m seeking $X in funding to provide Y months of runway. You certainly need to show how you’re going to use the funding you’re asking for, but you don’t want to frame things in terms of runway in a pitch deck. The word is associated with a looming cash-out date, which can put an investor in a negative state of mind.

Exit strategy”

  • Don’t write: Our exit strategy is…Yes, thinking through your business means knowing how you’ll handle worst-case and best-case scenarios. But putting exit strategy in your deck can only get investors thinking about the inherent risks. You want them focused on the opportunity. You need to know what to say when the topic comes up — just don’t volunteer the information on a slide.

Cliches

Just one percent”

  • A pitch deck is a tool to show VCs why your idea merits an investment. Using cliches can work against that goal. Don’t write: If we could capture X% of the market… It’s not only a cliche but also wishful thinking rather than a plan. Keep the text on your slides grounded in relevant facts and figures. Other cliches to cut include: the Amazon of X, imagine a future, and moving Y to the blockchain.

 Absolutes

Everyone”, “always”, “never”, “no one”

  • A great pitch requires nuance. Using absolutes to talk about your idea fails on that count. And, if you look closer, chances are there will be exceptions to the absolute that’s being set up. When discussing your TAM, target customer, or product value, your words need to reflect a thoughtful and measured approach. Using absolutes, such as everyone likes X falls short of that goal and casts doubts about the validity of your plan.

 Imprecise Language

Unique”

  • Precise communication makes it easier to bet that a business has the potential to succeed. But imprecise language is one of the top no-no’s we see in pitch decks. Take the word It may seem like an ideal word to show differentiation, but it’s imprecise as to the nature of the uniqueness. Just describe the uniqueness directly, or better yet, the plan to execute on the uniqueness. Ideas are important — but the plan is what gets companies funded.

“Intend”

  • Good intentions aren’t the same as a plan. Using the word intend in your pitch deck makes the discussion conceptual and somewhat nebulous. An intention is easier to reject than a plan backed up by compelling storytelling.

No competition”

  • Don’t write no competition anywhere in your deck. Like, anywhere. At best, it will be seen as an exaggeration: if there isn’t direct competition, there may be indirect competition to consider. And, at worst, it could make investors think that you haven’t fully explored the market, meaning your entire premise could be flawed.

“Good”

  • Investors don’t want good ideas; they want the best Using the word good to describe any part of your plan (for example, good growth) lacks specificity and lowers your pitch’s believability.

Qualifiers a.k.a Intensifiers

“Very”, “so”, “quite”

  • Brevity is key when you’re working with a visual format, like a pitch deck. Qualifiers not only clutter your slides with unnecessary text, but they’re also less precise. Don’t write: very, so, and quite. Ask yourself one question: What does very fast growth look like? Your answer would likely be different than someone else’s. Instead, you might say the growth of X% a year so there isn’t confusion. Again, you want to be as precise and fact-based as possible.

Other things to keep in mind:

Readability

  • In an analysis of successful decks, we found an average readability level of Grade 10 or 11. For unsuccessful decks, that number was higher — Grade 12 or college. Never use jargon, keep your sentences simple, and include a maximum of 1-2 sentences per paragraph. To analyze your own deck’s language, try out Writer’s readability

Humor: Just don’t

  • Cracking a joke on a slide can easily backfire. The last thing you want is to have a failed joke make your pitch awkward or throw you off. That could derail the entire process. So, it’s best to skip the deck humor and get to what really matters: your plan.

Trevor Bauer x Lids

All-star Cincinnati Reds pitcher and 2020 Cy Young Award finalist Trevor Bauer has partnered with Lids, the leading sports retailer.

In the 25-year history of Lids, Bauer is the first MLB player to partner with the company. Lids will become the exclusive headwear retailer for Bauer.

Bauer caught attention for his personal merchandise and custom cleats during the 2020 baseball season, and he will unveil several limited-edition custom hats, shirts and customizations throughout the year, all of which will be available nationwide.

Bauer said he has been a Lids customer for many years.

“As I’ve become more invested in design and branding in recent years, the opportunity to collaborate with such an iconic retailer, especially as its first MLB athlete partner, is really meaningful,” Bauer said.

Lawrence Berger, co-founder and partner at Ames Watson and Chairman of FanzzLids Holdings, said Bauer is equally impressive on and off the mound.

“Lids has been the leading headwear retailer for years, in large part due to the popularity of baseball hats, and we cannot think of a better individual to be our first MLB athlete partner than Trevor. We look forward to combining his passion for design with our talented creative team to make some incredible merchandise and content,” Berger said.

Bauer is the reigning MLBPA Players Choice NL Outstanding Pitcher and a finalist for the 2020 National League Cy Young Award, which will be announced Wednesday.

Bauer puts his season up against those of Jacob deGrom, who won the award in 2018 and 2019, and Yu Darvish, who debuted in 2012 with Bauer and is eyeing his first Cy Young Award, as well.

Bauer posted his career-best earned run average in 2020 of 1.73, second best in baseball only behind Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber. He won five games and anchored a Reds pitching staff that landed the seventh seed in the playoffs.

He also garnered attention for contributions to baseball as a whole with his self-titled YouTube channel and Momentum, an athlete-driven media company with the goal of connecting fans to the game.

Momentum uses authentic player stories to affect the public perception of baseball. With over 500 original pieces of audio and video, Momentum has built popular series like Bauer Bytes and Live At Bats. Its content has also been distributed through digital channels and partners like PlayersTV and FOX Sports.

You can follow Bauer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

You can also follow Lids on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Glass of Wine Illustration by Mina Tocalini

Babe Wine

Living with your partner during quarantine seems to go one of two ways. Either you become closer than ever and realize you’re meant to be, or you decide you’re just not that into them (like, why do they eat yogurt during a Zoom meeting?!) and that you need to break up… like, yesterday. 

BABE Wine and Bumble (who just hit 100 million users in July) are teaming up for the first time to cover your moving costs if you’re stuck living with your ex, so you can sip and scroll while they do the heavy lifting – literally. 

From today, Thursday, July 30 through Thursday, August 6, those who are newly single and looking for a fresh start can tag themselves (or a friend who’s newly single) in BABE’s post on @drinkbabe to be entered into the contest. Five winners will be chosen from the comments, and they’ll officially be one step closer to moving on.

Follow Babe Wine: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Vaughn Lowery, illustration, dating, 360 MAGAZINE, sara sandman

Dating Someone Internationally

Tips On How To Help Improve Your Partner’s Chances of Getting A Green Light On Their Green Card

By Jeana Jaeger

It’s no surprise that more people are now dating internationally or outside of their ethnic group, especially since Social Media, Dating Apps and even Online Gaming are playing a huge role in making love connections across borders. However, the latest national policies may now make it more difficult for couples to secure a visa or green card if they want to live together in the United States. In fact, some of the most recent data shows that thousands of green card applications during fiscal year 2019 were not approved, meaning that it may be a little tougher for foreign born citizens to obtain a visa or green card. Since international dating will continue to be on the rise, it’s important for couples to truly understand how to legally navigate the rules.

To help improve your chances of receiving an approval, there are several tips that can help move the process along in the right direction. First, a big part of the process involves completing the necessary paperwork. Before submitting, you need to make sure you have all of the required and correct documents with the necessary signatures. Couples have to prove they have day-to-day contact and constant communication, and that they have physically met in person within the last two years of filing. When it comes to communication, it helps to show there is not a language barrier where neither partner speaks the other language, or you need to detail how you work around that obstacle.

Another important factor is that if one partner was previously married, they need to make sure the divorce is completely finalized. Regarding the blending of cultures, the government will look to see if you adhere to cultural norms such as if you had an engagement ceremony that is customary to the local culture.

When it comes to the in-person interview, it’s of utmost importance to make sure everything you say is factual and correct. The interview is your chance to tell your love story, make them understand and see how real and special your relationship is. If you lie or fail to present accurate information, your green card could be denied. Fake or photoshopped photos are also considered fraudulent evidence, which may lead to a denial.

Even though times are frightening due to recent immigration changes, true love can still prevail. The most important takeaways to keep in mind throughout the process is to provide the correct documents and factual information on time, per government requirements.

360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Signs You’re Spending Too Much Time With Your Partner

How can you tell if someone loves you? Have you ever wondered and say to yourself, “We spend too much time together?”  Do you know that spending less time with your partner can be something positive? There are couples who either because they work together as for any other reason, which makes them in spending too much time together, and without realizing this can cause damage in the relationship.

Are you spending too much time together with your partner? Let’s find out!

If you notice that in your relationship there are any or several of these signs, then for your sake the time has come to start making some plans separately, you will appreciate it!

Lack of conversation topic

If you and your partner are 24 hours together it is normal that you have exhausted everything you have to say, this will make you look like two boring strangers. But for this not to happen, think about conversation topics to have with your partner.

Whatever the topic of conversation, what matters is that the affective bond that unites them and that they take care of it is reinforced. If you never feel like having a conversation with your partner, it is possible that something starts to go wrong between you two.

You don’t look like yourself

It is possible when spending too much time together with your partner, there comes a time when they look like the same person. They think the same at the same time and there comes a time when you can begin to think that your essence is being lost.

If this happens to you it is very important that you meet again. You are you and your partner is a different being from you. 

Do not speak on the phone

If you don’t talk to your partner on the phone, it’s because they may be together all day. In addition it is also likely that if you have to separate but do not want to talk on the phone it is because you need time for yourself.

Do not go outside

By sharing the same home as your partner you do not find it necessary to go outside and do things together. You prefer to be at home and the fun starts to run low. Spending the whole weekend in pajamas at home can be a warning sign, and especially if they do the same thing over and over again. This is dangerous because it can make the passion get lost. 

You can get a compatible partner from DoUlike.com. Try going out even once during the weekend to do new things that both of you can have fun.

Can spending too much time together ruin a relationship?

Too much togetherness can harm even the most harmonious/intimate relationship. Often, the couples do not notice immediately that spending time together loses quality and is determined by everyday life and routine. If one partner wishes to spend more time without the other that does not mean that love is cold. Maybe only the first euphoria has disappeared or the one feels restricted by too much closeness.

To prevent a harmful habit in time, five simple tips help:

● Keep your interests!

Even in the initial euphoria, the partners should not concentrate completely on each other. Therefore, maintain your own interests and do not give up your beloved hobbies especially for the partner. Also, make sure that he does it to you and encourage him to pursue his passions on a regular basis.

Own preferences make you really interesting for each other and ensure your personal satisfaction. When you are balanced, your partner will perceive it positively. Too much closeness can be avoided by, for example, spending a few hours apart on shared weekends.

● If you have friendships, you have few problems with too much closeness

Both the partner’s own and friends can be an important support to your relationship. The opinion of others is helpful in making difficult decisions because it may give you new perspectives and perspectives on some situations. Men’s or women’s evenings bring you the necessary variety in everyday relationships and new topics of conversation.

Do not make the mistake of isolating yourself from the rest of the world with your partner and losing valuable friendships. Many couples forget about maintaining their friendships and do not notice the gap that opens up between them and their friends over time. Bear in mind that your partner can not and should not exclusively replace your friends.

● Realize your own dreams

Compromising on the relationship is absolutely necessary in a long-term, successful partnership. Nevertheless, it is equally important not to lose sight of your own wishes and dreams. If you are always taking a back seat, giving up hobbies, or not taking advantage of career opportunities out of consideration for your partner, it can lead to tension and dissatisfaction in the relationship.

See changes – such as a stay abroad or a move – not just as a threat to your relationship. The temporary spatial separation can also be a chance to grow as a couple to the challenge.

Also be aware that some relationships are broken by an excess of closeness or togetherness: “Too much closeness rarely causes two people to feel closely connected. The opposite is often the case: if the partners spend too much time together, they emotionally move away from each other.

Conclusively, if you notice that you start to get bored in a relationship, make changes to make the relationship work better. Truе love iѕ not a hidе and ѕееk gаmе: in truе lоvе, bоth lоvеrѕ ѕееk each оthеr.                               

How to Plan a Successful Vacation with Your Other Half

Travel cannot only allow you to soak up different cultures and experience new sights and sounds, but it can potentially bring you and your spouse closer together. However, the destination you pick, the itinerary you create and the activities you choose can determine whether a break is a success or failure.

To ensure you both look back on a trip with much fondness, read the below advice on how to plan a successful vacation with your other half.

Choose a Destination to Suit You Both

While you might have your heart set on a destination, you should never push your idea onto your other half, or you could completely ruin their travel experience. Instead, you must choose a location that suits both your needs, which will ensure have an unforgettable time together.

Select the Right Mode of Transportation

Once you have chosen a destination together, you will next need to select the right mode of transport for you both. For example, if you are enjoying a vacation at home, you could jump into your car and enjoy a fun road trip.

If, however, you are traveling overseas or to the opposite end of the country, browse the market for the best flight times for your needs. However, if you are heading to Texas, you could add a little romance and luxury into your journey with a private jets Dallas flight.

Take Advantage of Travel Perks

Are you and your other half celebrating a milestone anniversary or honeymoon? Inform hotel staff once you arrive at your accommodation. As a result, you might receive:

• a complimentary room upgrade

• a bottle of champagne

• a free meal at the hotel’s restaurant

Enjoy Some Alone Time

Conflict can easily arise when you spend every waking minute together. Rather than allowing tension to bubble, it is beneficial to enjoy a little time apart on vacation.

For example, take a walk to the store alone, enjoy a dip in the pool while your partner reads a book, or go for a siesta to recharge your batteries. The short break away will also provide some time to miss your other half, so you will feel happier when you come back together.

Prioritize Activities

It is likely you and your partner will have a list of activities you want to experience at a destination. To ensure you each get to tick an attraction off your bucket list, you must both state the places or things you would like to see/do during a getaway. You must then prioritize attractions to maximize your time and prevent conflict.

Conclusion

A vacation will provide you and your partner with an opportunity to strengthen your connection, which can help your relationship to stand the test of time.

However, to enjoy a getaway together, you must choose your transportation wisely, take a short break from each other from time to time, and be willing to compromise. If you follow the above top tips, it is likely you will enjoy a romantic, hassle-free vacation from start to finish.

Could Your Partner Be Cheating On You?

If you are worried that your partner may be cheating on you, you are not alone. There are many other people who harbor concerns about what their partners may be up to. Sometimes, these feelings are nothing more than paranoia, whereas in other cases they turn out to be right. So, how can you find out whether your partner may be cheating?

Well, asking your partner outright could be a mistake. First, they may deny it and leave you back at square one. Second, if they are not cheating on you, it could destroy any trust in the relationship. So, before you start making any accusations, it is worth looking at signs that may indicate they are cheating. We will look at some of the main signs in this article.

What Are the Main Signs?

There are various different signs that may indicate your partner is cheating, so it is well worth familiarizing yourself with them. One sign to look out for is an increase in calls being received by your partner, and how they act when these calls come in. If you have noticed they are getting a lot more calls than usual and they act cagey when these calls come in, there may be a cause to worry. You can go online and find tools that enable you to carry out all sorts of searches these days from criminal records check and background checks to reverse phone number checks. You can use the latter to find out who has been calling.

Another thing to look at is whether your partner’s behavior has changed noticeably and suddenly. This could include a variety of changes. For instance, you may find that your partner goes out far more than before. You may have noticed a difference or improvement in their appearance. You may even have found that they don’t appear to want closeness and intimacy any longer. Plus, there is the old classic – working late at the office on a regular basis. It is well worth checking for any changes in behaviors and habits to get a better idea of what may be going on.

Social media is another factor you have to look at if you are concerned your partner may be cheating. Often, people will turn to private messaging on their social media accounts to get in touch with the person they are cheating with. Of course, you probably won’t be able to see the messages. However, you can see if your partner has started using social media more and if they act suspiciously, such as keeping their device out of your line of sight while on social media sites.

Better to Know the Truth

Of course, nobody wants to find out that their partner has been cheating. However, it is better to know the truth and move forward than it is to be stuck wondering what is going on. This is why you should look out for signs that your partner may be cheating if you have any suspicions. Once you know the truth, then you can then decide on the next step you want to take.

Canadian EV Company Rivaling Tesla Adds New Board Member

Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp. (NASDAQ: SOLO) (“Electra Meccanica” or the “Company”), a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, has appointed Joanne Yan to the Electra Meccanica Board of Directors. Ms. Yan replaces Dr. Robert Tarzwell, who has resigned as a Director of the Company. “Dr. Tarzwell  joined our Company’s Board of Directors in 2015. He has been an active and valued director who has made a significant contribution,” stated Jerry Kroll, CEO.

Ms. Yan brings 25 years of experience in advising and managing both publicly traded and private companies. She serves as the President of Joyco Consulting Services, which she founded in 1994 to provide consulting services in the areas of corporate structuring, business development and strategic planning initiatives.

Ms. Yan has served on the Board of Directors of several public and private companies, including the Zongshen Industrial Group, Electra Meccanica’s strategic manufacturing partner. Recently, she led a transaction that enabled a Chinese company to acquire a 49% interest in Harbour Air, the largest sea plane operator in North America.

“We are fortunate to have Joanne Yan join our Board of Directors,” said Steven Sanders, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Electra Meccanica. “Ms. Yan is a strategic decision maker and investor with extensive business development experience. Her activities in the cross-border investment and M&A space, including the significant role she has played in our relationship with Zongshen and others, make Ms. Yan an ideal fit for our Board of Directors. I look forward to her contributions during this exciting time for Electra Meccanica.”

“Ms. Yan’s appointment to the Electra Meccanica Board of Directors is a testament to the strength of the relationship between Electra Meccanica and our manufacturing partner, the Zongshen Industrial Group,” said Jack Austin, Independent Director on Electra Meccanica’s Board of Directors.

“I am very pleased to accept my appointment to the Electra Meccanica Board of Directors,” said Joanne Yan. “I look forward to working closely with the board of directors particularly at this exciting time in the Company’s development as it initiates deliveries of the SOLO EV to customers in 2019.”