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creative alchemist

FOUNDER, HATCH | DIRECTOR, VIRGIN PRODUCED | TOP 100 CREATIVES | ASPEN INSTITUTE FELLOW | SUPERDUDES

About

Yarrow Kraner is Founder of HATCH, a social media pioneer / network builder, an Aspen Institute Fellow, recently a Photographer/Director at Virgin Produced, and named 2015 top 100 creatives in the U.S. by Origins Magazine.   Yarrow has been building global networks since 1999, when he founded one of the first social media properties (“The Hero Project” aka Superdudes) and Supernation, based on the principal of finding and connecting real life superheroes striving to make the world a better place.  He and his team grew the company virally to over 1.5 million subscribers worldwide, becoming one of the hottest destination sites for youth 12-24 at that time. The foundation, worked with national charities, children’s hospitals, and teamed up with Shaquille O’Neal for an inner-city stay-in-school program to empower youth to help achieve their potential. In 2004 Fox Studios bundled and purchased My Space, Superdudes, and Grab.com for $650 Million. Yarrow is featured in the book Talent for Humanity, and his ideas and work have been recognized internationally.  He has directed projects for Grammy-winning musicians, The Rock, Richard Branson, P Diddy, and is currently packaging a feature film, Wind in the Fire, on the remarkable story of Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to break the gender barrier to run the Boston Marathon, recently covered in The New York Times.   HATCH is anchored by three annual, invite-only summits called HATCH Experience (in North America, Latin America, and Europe), HATCH Labs, a series of salons, workshops, and activations throughout the year that activate the HATCH Network to work on solutions for global challenges, and HATCH edu – A series of workshops and design thinking labs in high schools and with universities. In 2016 Yarrow founded H360, a technology platform to connect, manage, and empower private communities (alumni groups, corporate communications, and elite niche networks), through A.I. and machine learning to collaborate on projects aimed at improving humankind.