Mariam Naficy Keynotes Alt Summit, Reveals Curator Stores

“Will knock your socks off” was a spot-on description for today’s opening keynote at Alt Summit Winter 2016. Minted Founder and CEO Mariam Naficy was in good creative company with her fellow keynote speakers in Salt Lake City, Utah—all of whom are Internet powerhouses: Sarah Michelle Gellar of Food Stirs, Jihan Zencirli of Geronimo Balloons, and Luvvie Ajayi of Awesomely Luvvi.

Mariam Naficy gives her keynote speech at Alt Summit on January 21, 2016.
Photo by Troy Williams of @SimplyTroy

Alt Summit is the most influential conference for lifestyle and design bloggers, small business owners, and social media personalities. The four-day summit features panels and workshops about creative problem-solving and empowerment, where up-and-comers can rub elbows with stars like Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow and artist Elle Luna.

Here’s where the Minted magic happens at Alt Summit—the Minted Lounge. Conference attendees got a first-hand look at Minted Home decor—and how it’s in perfect company with Minted Art.

Mariam’s speech, “The History of Shopping and the Rise of the Independent,” spanned the early days of Internet commerce to now, which she termed as the “era of independence and the storyteller-seller.” She also highlighted the heart of Minted—the community of artists and designers—and culminated with the unveiling of Minted Curator Stores.

Minted Curator Stores are a content and ecommerce platform that allow bloggers to curate Minted products and feature them on their websites and social media. Bloggers earn a commission when they drive new customers to Minted.

Caitlin Flemming of interior design blog Sacramento Street is one of Minted’s first bloggers for Curator Stores.

From left: Bonnie Tsang, Mariam Naficy, and Caitlin Flemming. Bonnie is a lifestyle and travel photojournalist whom Time Magazine named one of the “Top 30 Pinterest Curators to Follow.”

Follow more of Mariam’s Alt coverage on her Twitter @mnaficy.

Published January 21, 2016

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