By Chris Kay

In my previous post, Open Letter to Entrepreneurs & Artists, I explored the concept that both Artists and Entrepreneurs are creative people. For example, they both practice the same concepts, but go about them differently. To be more specific, I think artists and entrepreneurs both:

  • Make something new based on internalizing their observation of the world around them;

  • Push boundaries of what’s considered acceptable and possible, and

  • Experiment with new media, technology, and materials.

Later, I raised two questions: 1) If artists and entrepreneurs do the same things, shouldn’t there be some opportunity to exchange knowledge and collaborate? 2) Why isn’t this discussion and collaboration happening in a meaningful way now?

At the end of the post I made a call to arms: If any artist, entrepreneur, technologist, or creative type in general finds this opportunity to exchange knowledge, inspire, and collaborate with other creative types outside of their craft attractive, then they should join my Meetup Group, The da Vinci Experiment.

Leonardo da Vinci is a fantastic source of inspiration when speaking about the intersection of technology and art. As well, this group is an experiment to bring entrepreneurs, technologists, artists, and all kinds of creative people together. At each of our meetups we will collaborate on group projects, network with other creative people, and share knowledge and inspiration through group discussions.

At our November 4 kick off meetup, five ideas were presented by group members as collaborative projects that fall within the intersection of art and entrepreneurship. At upcoming meetups attending members will have an opportunity to present new project ideas to the group or participate in existing projects.

As this experiment is still in it infancy I don’t have too much to report on yet. However, I will provide this insight: When I started thinking about the idea of Artists and Entrepreneurs both being creative people and the fact that they should collaborate, I expected to attract people from each dichotomy. However, I think we can all agree most artists are entrepreneurs as they sell their work to generate an income, but as I spoke about this concept openly I was surprised by the number of entrepreneurs who also participated in the creative arts as personal passions, and identified with being both an artists and entrepreneurs. This insight lead me to these two lessons learned that I’ll leave you with:

  1. Let your personal passions influence your profession or business; it differentiates you, makes you human to your employees and customers, and it makes you memorable.

  1. Innovative inspiration can come from anywhere in your life. It also makes your idea and passion for the innovation more authentic, and gives you deeper domain knowledge.

Thanks for Reading,



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Chris Kay is a Financial Analyst, Co-founder of Multiplicity, and the Founder of Aleph X, a collective of Entrepreneurs, Technologists and Artists experimenting on creative projects at the intersection of entrepreneurship and art. Chris writes the blog Creative Convergence where he discusses the Intersection of Film, Music and Technology. Follow him on Twitter – @ChrisJKay