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VenturePOP was born from two local creative entrepreneurs who were hooked on traveling nationally and internationally to noteworthy conferences. “There’s just something about being around a group of like-minded go-getters”, said Oustalet. “The entire room buzzes with excitement and the possibilities seem endless.  When you work alone, you need to seek out ways to get connected, re-inspired, and reinvigorated.”

The duo met over drinks one night, each with ambitions to bring the creative conference experience to New Orleans. Together, they decided that there was a direct correlation between the vibrant arts scene is embedded in our culture and we wanted to highlight innovative ways for creatives to view business and introduce our city to those traveling to attend.

“We came together over the idea that while entrepreneurial resources are prevalent here in New Orleans, not many apply to the creative entrepreneur. We want to create something that is bigger than our individual businesses, VenturePOP is a community.”


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Ciera Holzenthal launched her full-service graphic design business, Ciera Design Studio, in 2010 after working for years in the advertising industry. She specializes in visual brand development for creatives entrepreneurs and continues to build upon her strong following via her blog where she provides resources on design and business growth. Ciera was an invited panelist at Alt Summit and has been featured on Design*Sponge, Apartment Therapy, DesignLoveFest (just to name a few).

Podcasts I Love: Being Boss, After The Jump

On My Bookshelf: The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, Unstuck by Keith Yamashita

Tools I Couldn’t Live Without: InDesign, Mobee Magic Charger


kristy-oustalet-founder-300Kristy Oustalet began her first creative business, Color Me Nola, as a live event painter in 2011 and has been painting on-site at some of the biggest weddings and events throughout New Orleans and nationally.  Kristy is also the Director of Operations at Race + Religious, a popular local event venue, where she oversees 100+ events per year and works directly with an array of creative vendors in the city. 

Podcasts I Love: Fizzle, Ted Radio Hour, The Accidental Creative

On My Bookshelf: Die Empty by Tod Henry, Art of Work by Jeff Goins, Start with Why by Simon Sinek

Tools I Couldn’t Live Without: YouCanBook.me: free online scheduler, Asana: to collaborate with others + keep my tasks prioritized, and Trello: To Mind Map my big ideas