The Spectacular Sweetgreen

Every time there’s a cultural shift, the food industry reinvents its menus to appeal to more trendy consumers. Currently, America’s obsession with food has turned healthy. Modern consumers only trust food chains that offer healthy and organic food options. Along with those preferences, they also want locally grown and raised foods, to encourage local economic growth.

Not every restaurant chain has adapted to these new preferences so easily. Fortunately, this shift in consumer behavior has given new restaurants a chance to outperform the traditional big-name restaurant chains. One such food chain is Sweetgreen, a high-end salad chain.

It may seem like a salad chain wouldn’t survive in America, but America is more health conscious than ever. Modern diners are also more informed on where their food is coming from; it impacts their decision of where to dine. Most restaurants try to offer healthy choices, but none approach Sweetgreen’s dedication to staying healthy.

Sweetgreen’s platform embraces everything that’s important to diners these days. All of their recipes include the freshest, organically grown local produce they can find. The co-founders actually talk to local farmers about their products before adding anything to their menus. This adds a unique flare to Sweetgreen that large corporate restaurants can’t get. Learn more about Nathaniel Ru: http://www.thehoya.com/nathaniel-ru-jonathan-neman-and-nicolas-jammet/

Technology is also an integral part of Sweetgreen’s success. It may not seem like, but companies haven’t been embracing technology for that long. It wasn’t until the boom of smartphones that companies show potential in using technology as an additional revenue source.

For Sweetgreen, technology was a big part of the foundation; it’s a part of their DNA. The co-CEOs are considered tech pioneers for their innovative use of technology. Sweetgreen was one of the first restaurant chains to use a website and mobile app to allow customers to order food before getting to the store.

As young entrepreneurs, the trio of CEOs learned everything the hard way. The most important lesson they learned: build a team before things get too hectic. Sadly, it’s a mistake that too many entrepreneurs make, which doesn’t always come with a second chance. Sweetgreen’s co-CEOs got lucky and asked for help when they really needed it.

Without a good team behind them, they probably wouldn’t have made this far. It’s always better to build a team sooner rather than later.

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Lacey and Larkin Pledge to Support Organizations that Fight for Human, Civil and Immigrants` Rights

Amnesty International (AI)

Amnesty International is a non-governmental and non-profit organization that advocates for human rights throughout the world. Headquartered in London, Amnesty International has over 7 million supporters and members around the world.

AI`s objective is to conduct research and come up with the best methods of detecting, preventing and ending human rights abuses. The group demands governments and legal institutions to provide justice to people whose rights have been abused.

Amnesty International was founded in 1961 after the release of an article by Peter Benenson, a human rights advocate. Amnesty International draws its legislative and advocacy power from campaigns, local laws and internal standards.

AI mobilizes public opinion to put pressure on governments that tolerate the abuse of human rights. AI condemns capital punishments, that include death sentences.

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

CCR is a non-profit organization that utilizes legal resources to advocate for human right and civil liberties of the Americans. The organization is a progressive group that is headquartered in New York City, United States. CCR was established by several activists, such as William Kunstler and Arthur Kinoy, to support the implementation of social justice and civil rights legislation. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

CCR utilizes active litigation and activism processes to combat the violation of civil liberties and human right, throughout the country. Since its formation, CCR has successfully advocated for the rights of people who were wrongly arrested. The organization has established the rights of detainees, and other victims of legal processes, across the country.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)

Founded in 1986, CHIRLA was established to protect the civil and human rights of immigrants in the United States. The Immigrants Reform and Control Act had made it illegal for organizations to hire undocumented employees. Since its formation, CHIRLA has been at the forefront of the fight against violations of human rights and civil liberties.

CHIRLA also helps immigrants` families in the California. It seeks to change public opinion and government laws about the rights of immigrants to democratic participation and free mobility. CHIRLA hopes to change policies that hinder immigrants from accessing their full civil liberties and human rights.

Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund

  1. Lacey and Jim Larkin are the owners and founders of Phoenix New Times. The two reporters also established Village Voice Media. Larkin and Lacey pledged to use their arrest settlement money to fund groups that advocate for human, civil and migrants` right in Arizona.

Larkin and Lacey were compensated $3.75 million after they won a case in the ninth circuit of the Court of Appeal. The two reporters were apprehended by Joe Arpaio, Sherriff of Maricopa County, on 18th October 2007.

They were dragged from their houses at midnight and jailed. Larkin and Lacey had revealed that a grand jury sought their articles about the Sherriff.

The grand jury also demanded to know the citizens who had read the reporters` articles, from the New Times stories, regarding the Sherriff. Larkin and Lacey used their advocacy experience to sue the county based on the First Amendment Rights.

The Court of Appeal required Maricopa county to compensate the reporters for violating their rights.

Swiss Startup Co-founder, Mike Baur

Mike Baur can be acknowledged as one of the most successful businessmen and entrepreneurs in Switzerland. He is the esteemed co-founder and managing partner of Swiss Startup factory which was began in 2014. Baur had established his career path earlier in his growth and decided to work in the banking sector. Here, he set out to work for over 20 years while working with various organizations that included Clariden Leu and UBS. After some time, he saw that he could major his knowledge in startup companies and made a shift before coming up with the idea of co-founding Swiss Startup Factory. With the help of two partners, Oliver Walzer and Max Meister, Baur successfully began his own startup company.

What Swiss Start Factory does is providing services like mentoring, financing, coaching, office spaces and access to big investors and entrepreneurial networks for all interested individuals. Swiss Startup Factory has employed individuals sharing the same ideas and have the ability of creating and sharing ideas. Baur’s aim for the company is to provide young, talented and performing entrepreneurs in Switzerland. Baur took the initiative of participating at the START Summiteer as a jury member. This was a startup pitching contest held at the University of St. Galen. Swiss Startup Factory partnered with CTI and in 2016, Baur got to be named as the deputy managing director of CTI invest.

Baur takes the initiative of training young individuals in becoming successful entrepreneurs in future. He shows them on how they can attain the entrepreneurial skills they so wish, to have so that they may freely venture into entrepreneurship. Baur has taken the initiative of supporting some Swiss Startup both financially and through mentoring them as well. He is esteemed as one of the most successful business people. His love for financing can be traced back to when he was a young boy. He enjoyed entrepreneurship and sought to do what he enjoys. Baur was 39 years of age when he teamed up with his partners to begin the Swiss Startup Factory. He holds an MBA from the University of Rochester, New York and an Executive MBA from the University of Bern. His journey started off when he began investing in startup companies before coming up with the idea of establishing Swiss Startup Factory. He has led his company through accelerator programs with Goldback Group in the year 2016. His career journey was recorded beginning from Swiss banking to entrepreneurship and startup.

 

Hussain Sajwani, the Prominent Dubai Entrepreneur

Hussain Ali Habib Sajwani, United Arab Emirates entrepreneur, is the founder and CEO and chairman of the Board of DAMAC Properties. Sajwani specialized in Economics in his degree in business from the University of Washington. He joined GASCO as a Contracts Manager, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. Hussain Sajwani later decided to found his own business, the current DAMAC Properties Company.

Sajwani started the residential real estate company,DAMAC Properties, in 2002 whose headquarter is in Dubai after his hard work and determination to have a company of his own. DAMAC started as a food catering company serving the Middle East, Northern Africa and Europe. In 1990, his company was the main food supplier to the U.S military. Hussain Sajwani still owns the food service firm supplying food globally.

Sajwani’s target market was the non-Emiratis after a law was passed by the Dubai government allowing foreigners to own property in the Emirate. DAMAC started its operations in the real estate industry by selling assets to the non-Emiratis. DAMAC Properties is one of the best luxury leisure, residential and commercial property developers. DAMAC has delivered more than 18,500 homes 13,000 hotel units and 40,000 units are in progress to be on the market.

The Damac owner has both business and family friend relationship with the U.S president, Donald Trump. Hussain Sajwani family and Donald Trump are hoping to enhance their trade relationship via the trump organization, Donald Trump real estate firm. The two business personalities have already partnered in developing Trump International Golf Club making $ 2 billion in sales and are also working in the Trump World Golf Course which will start operating in 2018.

Hussain Sajwani and DAMAC have supported a vast array of philanthropic events. Hussain Sajwani donated AED 2 million to provide clothing to more than 50,000 children during a launch by the Ruler of Dubai. DAMAC Properties in the UAE compassion campaign contributed AED 1 Million to support refugees in Lebanon and Jordan. DAMAC Properties is passionate about providing dream homes and luxurious buildings their worldwide clients.

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InnovaCare Health Executives And CEO Rich Shinto Are Dedicated To Serving Seniors In Puerto Rico

In August 2006, InnovaCare Health in Puerto Rico announced that Penelope Kokkinides joined their executive team as chief administrative officer. President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Shinto, M.D. stated that her expertise with Medicare and Medicaid programs would prove invaluable to the Medicare Advantage plan company. Before joining InnovaCare, Kokkinides held executive positions at Centerlight HealthCare, Touchstone Health and AmeriChoice. Kokkinides earned a B.S. degree from Binghamton University, majoring in both classical languages and biological sciences. She earned two M.S. degrees, one in social work from New York University and one in public health from Columbia University. Read more about Rick on Businesswire.

Shinto’s educational background and job history is equally impressive. After earning his medical degree from the State University of New York and an M.B.A. from the University of Redlands, Shinto practiced medicine as a pulmonologist and an internist. Later, Rick Shinto served as the chief medical officer at Cal Optima Health Plan, Medical Pathways Management Company and NAMM. In 2014, Shinto received the Access to Caring Award at Western University of Health Sciences annual gala the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. Accepting his award, Shinto said, “In Puerto Rico, we’ve been dedicated to integrating behavioral health and medical care into the lives of our more than 200,000 seniors. Over the past several years our company has been able to introduce new strategies to enhance the quality and access to care to a population that has been plagued by poverty, by lack of education, and a shortage of health care providers.”

Kokkinides traveled to the White House in April 2017 to participate in a roundtable discussion hosted by Donald Trump and CMS Administrator Seema Verma, where she conferred with the seven other participants about federal healthcare legislation. As any dedicated executive would do, Kokkinides advocated for increasing the funding for Medicare Advantage in Puerto Rico.

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In Puerto Rico, InnovaCare Health operates physician practice services as well as MMM Healthcare and PMC Medicare Choice, the island’s leading Medicare Advantage plans, serving more than 200,000 men and women. Both Medicare Advantage plans earned the Commendable Accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance; no other Medicare Advantage plans in Puerto Rico can make such a claim.

Whitney Wolfe Is Set To Open The Hive

Dating apps have become a popular way to meet people and look for relationships with todays younger generations. Whitney Wolfe’s Bumble is one of the newer yet widely successful apps on the market. What separates Bumble from other apps is the unique option it gives users when setting up their profiles. They get to decide if they want to use the app for dating or specifically for Bumble BFF. The BFF option is strictly for making friends, whether you’re out traveling or wants some new besties to add to your circle in your hometown.

In addition to the launch of Bumble BFF, Bumble is set to open a sweet new spot called The Hive. The Hive will serve as a place for coffee dates, friends hanging out after work for a drink, or anyone who simply wants to check it out. The New York City hangout will offer both a full alcohol and coffee bar but with limited hours. They will only be open from Thursday’s through Sunday’s. As of right now, The Hive is a temporary meet up spot expected to last just one month and during that time all proceeds will go to charity.

Whitney Wolfe, founder and CEO of Bumble, is the mastermind behind The Hive. She initially created this app as a way for women to have the opportunity to choose who they want to date. The way Bumble is set up, women are the ones who get to hit like, only after that they will show up in the men’s feed. This is what sets it apart from many other dating apps. Whitney Wolfe’s site also has the option to be used in BIZZ or BFF mode.

Due to Whitney Wolfe’s unique and trending work in the social media world, she has won many awards and recognitions. Her most recent was being named one of Forbes 30 Under 30. Whitney Wolfe has been in the tech field for many years and continues to invent new app ideas every day.