Interview with Michael Phillips Moskowitz
Michael Phillips Moskowitz is currently an Entrepreneurship Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was formerly an Executive-in-Residence at Foundation Capital, and eBay’s Global Chief Curator, a position created following the 2013 acquisition of the startup he founded, Bureau of Trade.
Moskowitz has been named one of the Top 100 Creatives in Business by Fast Company, and has been widely profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CNBC, as well as in the tech and art world press more broadly. He actively advises a dozen early-stage startups and cultural institutions across the U.S., Europe, and Middle East, and appears on cable TV shows ranging from business and technology programs to season-long entertainment specials like FYI’s “Style Unzipped.”
Q: Fuck, Marry, Kill – Queen of England, Francesca Woodman, Emma Watson
I’ve dated altogether too many depressive or despressing varieties of “Francesca Woodman,” heavy quotes, to ever consider another go. Her, I’d lamentably have to kill her; boff: Emma Watson; marry: the Queen of England not for reasons of pure pragmatism, but because I’ve now or newwly developed an appreciation for the continuity of the crown. And worry that a post-Brexit U.K. may not renew my residency privileges.
Q: What are you working on with Doers right now?
It’s still steeped in secrecy, but I what little I can reveal concerns the potential and kinetic energy of written and spoken language. We’re labouring to codify and more intelligently dimensionalize “tongues,” new and old.
Q: Why Doers ?
Doers, largely on account of Julien, whose electrifying talent makes alternative agencies pale and seem frail by comparison.
Q: Describe working with Doers with a song (Artist – Name Of Song)
Je ne regrette rien.
Q: What’s been good about working with Doers so far?
Certainly not the relative state of cleanliness in the war room.
Q: Whats been really good about working with Doers so far?
The irrepressible sense of optimism, and sheer determination to deliver a superlative product.
Q: Who’d win in a cage fight between you and our creative director, Julien?
Nicholas Cage. Somehow, he’d end up in the ring–like he does in every other dreadful exercise in or on film.
Q: After a full day of working with us, what do you think you bring home with you at the end of the day?
A renewed determination to zealously pursue my dream(s).
Q: Finally, whats your number one advice for someone who wants to make it [professionally] in this world?
Tenacity and pathological determination to win always outweighs talent and passion. But we all need lady luck to intervene on occasion and shine her resplendent countenance.