It’s VIE’s first issue celebrating all things influencer, and we’re thrilled to share this curated group of talented online personalities and influential thought leaders. The beautiful and ethereal Rachel Autenrieth leads the charge as our cover star alongside a provocative interview with BECASA lifestyle brand founder Emily Raffield on how social media influencers shape business today. Meanwhile, the intelligencia at The Seaside Institute is inspiring everything offline, from architecture and town planning to preserving and restoring waterways, revolutionizing transportation, and aging with grace. We asked many of those featured in this issue the same batch of questions, and while their answers are interesting and varied, most shared the same advice for anyone who would like to become an online influencer—you have to start! So, take the selfie, promote the product, and inspire people by celebrating life. Cheers to the “it crowd”!