Archive: July 2017

The Story of Mark Hutchinson, Founder of Wild Ark

Humanity relies upon the natural resources provided by our planet, but more than that is the inspirational splendor of the natural world. The environmental conservation group Wild Ark works to secure and protect the greenbelts of Earth, and to inspire others to protect the natural world. Greenbelts are regions of wild or underdeveloped land located near urban settlements that are chosen to act as barriers to urban sprawl and any unnecessary development that seeks to exploit or spoil the land.

In 2015, Mark Hutchinson founded Wild Ark after selling his ecotourism business, Avana. With his passion for adventuring and wildlife, he left the corporate world with a mission to protect the world’s fragile ecosystems.

 

Childhood

Mark Hutchinson grew up in Queensland and New South Wales in Australia, where he spent his childhood fly-fishing, herding sheep, riding horses, and exploring wombat holes. His exposure to the wide-open spaces of the Australian Outback left an impression on him from an early age. When he was eight years old, his father moved to Sydney, Australia for a new job, and from then on, the young Mark Hutchinson was limited to Holiday excursions in the Outback. Learn more: http://wildark.com/blog/mark-hutchinson-for-the-wild/

 

Anton Lategan

The schooling Mark Hutchinson received included an EcoTraining course located in South Africa where he became a qualified guide. While taking the course, he met and became best friends with Anton Lategan who would later become his business partner. Learn more: https://ideamensch.com/mark-hutchinson/

 

UNTAMED

Once Hutchinson finished school, he spent a year as a jackaroo, and was able to reconnect with the wildlands of Australia through fishing and camping. When he was 19 years old, he traveled across Africa in a car, and the experience inspired him to create the adventuring and training company, UNTAMED. In 2013, he sold UNTAMED to a corporation, but later, UNTAMED failed to thrive under the new leadership, leaving Hutchinson despondent with corporate life. Two years later, he left the corporate world altogether, freeing him to find a new way to interact with the natural world.

 

The Birth of Wild Ark

With the sum of his adventures in the natural world, Hutchinson founded Wild Ark to re-wild abandoned land that nature had already begun to reclaim. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/wildarkglobal/posts/538048479728461

 

Securus Technologies Helping Build a Case on Fugitives

My team of fugitive hunters were having a ton of trouble this month trying to take a suspect off the streets. He would rob local convenience stores at gunpoint, then when his cash was blown on drugs and alcohol, would simply rob again. His actions put a dozen people in the hospital, yet he never left our city. The fact he could pop up at any moment really had the entire community on edge, and my superiors were asking my team to get this suspect into custody today.

 

One of the big issues we had when trying to catch this fugitive was that he had a network of friends we thought this was a game and would hide him from the authorities. Each time we thought we we closing in, he would simply have his friends call in a fake report, causing us to have to send resources to a location nothing was happening at. Our frustrations were growing as this suspect would once again strike at a local supermarket and make off with several thousand dollars.

 

Inside the local jail, we knew the suspect had family, so we tried to get them to speak about what or where this suspect would be up to next. They were silent as predicted, but this fell right into my new plan of getting them to run to the jail phones to warn our suspect. We knew Securus Technologies had recently installed the call monitoring system inside this facility, making it easier for officers to listen closely to all conversations between inmates and the outside world. As predicted, one cousin of our suspect squealed bout us being in the jail and told his family to keep him hidden a few days longer. This slip up was all we needed to be able to locate and finally build a case on this very dangerous fugitive.

 

Sawyer Howitt – Top Cities For Young Entrepreneurs

1. San Francisco, California
Due to technology, it is one of the most grounded business locales in the nation. The zone is home to various flourishing organizations like Twitter, Yelp, Gap, Uber, Levi, and Strauss.
2. Austin, Texas
The nearby Round Rock and the state capital are experiencing an exceptional blast, and group activities are set up to welcome business visionaries with open arms.
3. Salt Lake City, Utah
It is among the most affordable, cleanest and most family-accommodating urban areas in the U.S. with Brigham Young University found only 40 miles south of Provo.
4. Palo Alto, California
Attracts highly educated and eccentric young people whereby the majority turn out to become multimillionaires. Various businesses like Facebook, PayPal, Pinterest, Hewlett-Packard, Tesla, and Google have at one point conducted businesses in the place.
5. Denver, Colorado
The place has strong network support which involves the state government, research institutions, industry leaders and proponents of higher education among others.
6. Yorba Linda, California
The prosperous community and the origination of previous President Richard Nixon is only 37 miles from Los Angeles. The middle pay is marginally upward of $121,000.
7. Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Midwest business community is well and alive. Its coexisting companies have a mutual support network with strong government backing.
8. Santa Clause Monica, California
Enterprise catches the enthusiasm of built up organizations, financial specialists and city authorities. Silicon Beach gives Silicon Valley a keep running for its cash.

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At a youthful age, Sawyer Howitt has the sharp capacity to comprehend the operational and budgetary needs of business, while additionally valuing a brands soul, reverberation, and association with the shopper. Sawyer is up for any errand including complex spreadsheets, nuanced presentations and filing and note taking during key meetings among others.

Sawyer is a 2nd semester senior who has centered his investigations, internships, and endeavors on finance and business. In 2017, Howitt turned into a Project Manager at Meriwether Group and to date; he has proceeded with ventures that aim to bring change in the manner via which commerce operates in future. That includes how business development needs to adapt to innovative changes.

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Success Academy Launches an Online Platform

Success Academy is currently considered to be the largest charter school network that is based in New York City. The school was established a decade ago, and it has changed the lives of many students. The founder of the academy, Eva Markowitz wanted to open a high performing school that would improve the education system in America and other parts of the world. Her dreams have come true.

 

At the moment, the Success Academy has not opened branches outside New York City. The company doesn’t have this plan either. Its founder, however, says that the institution will soon be introducing an online platform where they will be able to grow the school’s network beyond. The platform is known as Success Academy Education Institute and plans to unveil it to the world have already been announced. According to Eva, the unveiling ceremony will be taking place at the institution’s headquarters in Manhattan. The platform will be free to everyone, and it will provide access to the teacher development strategies and curriculum used in the Success Academy institutions. At the moment, the school has forty-one branches in the city.

 

Eva has been in the education industry for a long time, and she says that she has discovered that there are very many children in different parts of the nation who were studying in schools where they could not write or even understand science and mathematics at the primary level. The institution decided to become the solution that was needed by the young people in the society. Eva was serving in the Democratic New York City, but she decided to step down from the position so that she can be considered for the position of education secretary by Donald Trump.

 

Under her leadership, the Success Academy has done very well, and it has a track record when it comes to closing the gap in achievements. The school has also played a fundamental role in improving the academic lives of students who come from low-income families. The school has a program that provides students with the funds they need to reach their educational dreams.

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Jim Tananbaum’s Foresite Capital Helps Mindstrong Health in Raising $14m from a Series A Financing Round

Jim Tananbaum is an entrepreneur and the creative force behind a venture capital company known as Foresite Capital. The venture capital company usually focuses on enabling healthcare companies to raise capital. Mindstrong Health, a neuropsychiatric treatment and diagnosis firm, is the latest beneficiary of Foresite Capital’s services. Mindstrong managed to raise $14 million from a Series A financing round led by Foresite.

Mindstrong’s AI Platform

According to INC42, the money is set to support Mindstrong’s neuropsychiatric treatment and diagnosis platform. The platform comprises of an artificial intelligence functionality designed to monitor interaction patterns and brain function on smartphones effectively. It focuses on providing continuous and consistent digital biomarkers of cognition and mood. These biomarkers include processing speed, memory, executive function, and attention.

Dr. Tom Insel is one of the creative forces behind the success of Mindstrong Health. He said that the company’s approach to assessing brain function acts as a foundation for developing treatments to improve mental health. He also pointed out that the AI platform can monitor one’s scrolling and typing patterns on a smartphone. Insel believes that smartphones can be used in diagnosing some of the most complicated cognitive disorders. Check out Ideamensch to know more.

Besides Foresite Capital, the financial round was also led by ARCH Venture Partners, the One Mind Brain Health Impact Fund, Berggruen Holdings, and Optum Ventures. Jim Tananbaum said that Mindstrong Health comprises of experts who understand the challenges that modern health facilities face when addressing cognitive health disorders. He said that the firm’s leadership team has a collective experience that can be used to improve the manner in which care is offered to patients with such disorders.

About Jim Tananbaum

Besides Foresite Capital, Jim Tananbaum also founded and headed several venture capital firms. These include Intarcia Therapeutics and Puma Biotechnology. Tananbaum is also celebrated as the founding partner of a privately owned company called Prospect Venture Partners I and II.

Tananbaum is also the brains behind a healthcare company, which has a market cap of $3.5 billion, known as Theravance. He acted as the company’s CEO before coming up with Foresite Capital. As he commenced his professional career, Tananbaum was Sierra Ventures’ partner. He helped the firm in establishing its first healthcare service investment practice.

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Mike Heiligenstein: Leading CTRMA’s Project to Ease Traffic Congestion

Traffic has been plaguing the streets of Texas for so many years now, and as industrialization continues to rise, development around the state causes the traffic to slow down. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, also known as CTRMA for short, is doing the best that they can to decongest the traffic situation in the state. The agency is being led by Mike Heiligenstein, a passionate Texan who dreams of improving the traffic situation in Texas, especially the roads inside the major metropolis of the state like Dallas and Austin. Through the years, the problem with traffic congestion in Texas has grown exponentially. With industrialization and development, the roads started to become full, and as the population of these cities rise, more and more people are taking up their vehicles with them, adding to the number of traffic inside the city. The inconvenience this problem has brought to the people is unimaginable, and it could sometimes become fatal – like when an ambulance becomes stuck inside the horrendous traffic situation. People have been complaining about the problem, and the government is doing the best that they can to address this situation. Economists are also warning that if the traffic congestion could not be addressed properly, it would take its toll on the state’s economy. Today, economists believe that traffic jams are costing the state of Texas billions of dollars – meaning that potential income are lost as these goods and services are stuck inside their roads.

 

The solution that Mike Heiligenstein is proposing is to install a futuristic computer system that would be integrated will all the roads inside the state. Another thing proposed is to build new road networks that would ease the traffic congestion problems. This proposal resulted in the creation of a new toll road in Austin, which the city government has opened just recently. An express lane has been added to this new toll road to service people who are in a hurry, and the CTRMA have conducted a study as to how these express lanes could actually result in solving the traffic woes of Texas. As the days passed, more and more people are seen to be using these express lanes, and their travel time was significantly reduced. Reactions from the public are generally positive, and the idea of creating new road networks are seen to be the future of Texas roads. Because of the result of this study, Mike Heiligenstein have already given the go signal to build smart roads in the future that would lessen road accidents and would ease the traffic congestion around the state.