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An Insight into Sweetgreen with Nathaniel Ru

In a recent article, it was revealed how Sweetgreen came to be. The restaurant was established by students from Georgetown University during their senior year. The three students were Nicolas Jammet, Jonathan Neman and Nathaniel Ru.

The article explained that the only thing they had in common was knowing nothing about the food industry. There is also something that the three men shared. They were children of first class immigrants who had managed to establish successful ventures in the United States. When the three gentlemen told their parents about their idea, their parents were supportive financially.

They also helped the three students find the remaining investment from successful investors from the United States. When they decided to approach the landlord of the building that these three gentlemen had identified as their first restaurant, they had prepared a three-page business plan that also had a small budget on the back page.

As things turned out, they already knew the landlord. She told them that they should prepare a better business plan if they were to convince a venture capitalist to invest in their idea. She also advised them to find an architect to design the restaurant for them. The founders of Sweetgreen complied with what the landlord had told them.

Within a period of three weeks, they were all set to go. They say that they are grateful to the landlord for believing in them and their idea. For them, the timing was right owing that they didn’t know what to do with their time after college.

At the moment, Sweetgreen is a popular restaurant in the US for offering healthy food and salads. The restaurant is also known for offering these products at a reasonable price. They have opened new joints in New York, San Francisco, Boston and Philadelphia. Plans are underway to expand the restaurant in other major cities such as Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles.

At the moment, they have managed to employ talented people such as Theresa Dold who is the head of digital marketing. Theresa Dold says that the company has managed to win the reputation of many people by offering products that are acquired from local purveyors and farmers.

She says that the company has adopted the model that Apple uses of perfecting everything it offers to its customers. Theresa Dold says that even if Apple sold bicycles, it would still make the profits they make due to the perfection.

Learn more about Nathaniel Ru:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathaniel-ru-b04a7310
http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/sweetgreens-nathaniel-ru-everything-last-longer/

What’s That Smell?

There are times when “stopping to smell the roses” may not be a great idea. One of the wonders in the world of horticulture is the Amorphophallus titanum plant, also called the Stinky Corpse flower. The name is well derived, since when the large plant is in bloom the odor it gives off is likened to that of a decomposing corpse.

The blooming of the flower only happens every 3 to 5 years. The magenta petals bloom only lasts 24 to 48 hours. The plants can weigh up to 200 lbs, and the spadix, or the tall spiky flesh in the middle of the plant, looks large enough to hold a human body.

The plant is endangered and is believed to be originally from the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The odor is caused by the pollination process. Beetles crawl into the plant and move the pollen from the male to the female flowers.

Since it is a rare specimen of plant, there are only a few available for viewing. Once such opportunity for viewing is at the Orange College in Southern California. “Little John”, as the Stinky Corpse flower is named, is an 11 year old specimen, on display during it’s season of blooming.

The 164-acre campus is located in Costa Mesa. It was founded in 1947 and offers 2-year associate of art and science degrees, certificates of achievement, and transferable lower-division class credits to other college and universities. The Orange Coast College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

Orange Coast College mission is to provide a higher education at a lower cost, and to assist students with remedial, or lower-division education, who are planning to attend a California State University. OCC has many programs available for students including active clubs, sports, and many students centers such as a Learning Center, Career Center, and Financial Aid.

Guided tours are available by appointment only. Orange Coast College welcomes interested students, and while you are there, you might as well meet “Little John”, the resident Stinky Corpse Flower.

Learn more about Orange Coast College:

https://www.linkedin.com/edu/orange-coast-college-20116
http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-planetarium-20170711-story.html

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.

https://www.greatschools.org/california/sacramento/14734-Success-Academy/

https://twitter.com/SuccessCharters?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

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.

See more: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170418005997/en/Foresite-Capital-Announces-CEO-Jim-Tananbaum-Named

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Hussain Sajwani; Real Estate Developer and Entrepreneur

Hussain Sajwani is the founder and Chairman of DAMAC Properties. He started his career as a contracts manager at Gasco. Hussain Sajwani decided to leave employment and start his own business after a year. His catering venture grew into a success and landed high-profile clients such as the US Military and Bechtel.

Sajwani first ventured into property development in the 90s when he put up several hotels in Dubai. Hussain Sajwani identified a niche in the market after foreigners were allowed to own property in the country in 2002. Learn more about Hussain Sajwani Family: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/02/politics/donald-trump-new-years-eve-speech/ and http://hussainsajwani.com/

DAMAC Properties is one of the largest luxury property developers in the world. It has built more than 15,000 homes since its founding. It plans to deliver thousands of units in the coming years. DAMAC has collaborated with other brands to deliver unique experiences to the clients that they serve.

They designed luxury villas that were designed with Bugatti and apartments styled by Fendi and Versace. DAMAC also worked with Bentley to provide free cars to each buyer of their luxury apartments. DAMAC launched a hospitality division known as DAMAC Maison six years ago. The unit offers services to residents in hotel apartments around the region.

The Damac owner and President Trump began working together before Trump was elected president. The Trump International Golf Course that opened three months ago has been a runaway success with more than $2 billion in sales. The Hussain Sajwani family and the president’s family are close. They attend events together.

DAMAC Properties donated funds to a campaign geared towards providing clothing to a million children in 2013. Hussain Sajwani gave the cheque of two million dirhams on behalf of the company. The initiative was started during the Ramadan season by Ruler of the United Arab Emirates and the Prime Minister. Sajwani said that the young are the future and it was important for them to be supported from an early age.

He added that DAMAC Properties was committed to supporting philanthropic efforts that were focused on improving the lives of those that are deprived. The donation that they made provided clothing for fifty thousand children in need.

Arthur Becker, real estate investor and CEO

Arthur Becker is the CEO and Chairman of Zinio Holdings LLC. Zinio’s corporate headquarters is in New York City. They have offices in San Francisco, London, Barcelona, and Ho Chi Minh City. Zinio is the world’s largest digital magazine producer and distributor. ZinioPro converts print magazines to digital content through the SaaS platform. The SaaS platform converts PDF to XML. This allows publishers the opportunity to deliver the content via magazine applications for smart phones, tablets or desktop. Zinio operates online news stands for consumers. It provides magazines in more than thirty languages.

According to Curbed, Arthur Becker was previously the CEO of NaviSite. NaviSite is a NASDAQ quoted company. NaviSite provided technology and application management services as well as data center and application management to United States and United Kingdom customers from 2002-2010. NaviSite was acquired in 2011 by Time Warner. Arthur Becker has been a private investor in technology and real estate since the sale. Prior to his employment with NaviSite, Arthur Becker was a Vice Chairman from 2000-2003 for Clearblue Technologies Inc. He was also a senior advisor to the Vera Wang Fashion Company during his marriage to Vera Wang.

In 2011 Arthur Becker started Madison Partners, LLC. Madison Partners, LLC is an investment firm focused on property acquisition and renovations as well as Bio Tech business. During his time at Zinio, Arthur became active in both technology and real estate. He decided to expand his real estate interests and invested in condominium developments in New York City and Miami, Florida. Mr. Becker is currently in the end phase of completing duplex and row homes in New York City on Sullivan Street. Mr. Arthur Becker plans to develope, in Tribeca, a luxury residential condominium. Arthur Becker is also extremely intrigued by Bio-tech, specifically for cancer treatment.

Mr. Becker has admitted to many professional failures but also to learning from those failures and moving forward with some of his best achievements. Sometimes success also requires failure to figure out the right path.

Check out his website arthurbeckerstudio.com