Ruminations of a Taco-Obsessed Philly Native

As a taco/restaurant lover, I’m always willing to travel to try out a new place.  But the problem is that restaurants are more fun with people.  That’s why it’s helpful to have an app like Skout that makes it easier to meet new people, that have the same interests as me.

Skout is a location-based social network available on iOS and Android devices as well as a dedicated website. The focus of the application and accompanying website is to meet new people, anywhere in the world. The application uses a smartphones GPS to to find other uses in the general vicinity, but doesn’t give users exact locations. Users can meet new people in their local area, or virtually travel to other locations. The application promotes serendipitous meetings and chats using simple technology. The aim of the application is to meet new people, leading to strong relationships that are either purely platonic or something more.

The Early Stages
Created in 2007 by Christian Wiklund and Niklas Lindstrom, Skout started off as a simple social network. At that time, Skout was merely a social networking website where people could connect. It wasn’t until the 2009 relaunch that the website focused more on making romantic connections. This was due to the founders’ realization that 83% of the website’s then 200,000 members were using the network for dating. Along with a revamped website, the iOS application launched with much success. The Android application was launched the following year.

Gaining Momentum
In the following years, Skout gained users. It was one of the iPhone’s first location-based dating services, so the brand and service expanded. Surveys within the Skout application concluded that majority of the users had success in meeting others in the real world through the application. The popularity of Skout made mobile dating services more common and widely accepted. With the launch of Skout OUT, the network allowed people to create connections offline. The interactive touch screen was installed in various venues and allowed users to flirt, dedicate songs, and send messages to others in the venue or nearby venues.

Strong Funding
By 2010, numerous applications launched to follow the success of Skout. Competitors muddled the social networking market, but never compared to how easy Skout is to access and download. At this point, Skout had a staff count of three, including the original founders. It had acquired 4.6 million in funding since its advent, with profit and losses dipping back and forth. The mobile application had seen tens of millions of downloads, despite the competition. By 2012, Skout had a larger staff count and received massive funding. The company raised $22 million in venture capital from Andreessen Horowitz. This funding has allowed the network to expand. The company was able to further develop the mobile application and network into what it is today.

Skout expanded tremendously since their massive venture capital funding. In fact, the number of active users tripled and the number of connections made by users quadrupled just a year after this funding. Skout began adding new features that proved to be beneficial in terms of profit. They included a paid feature that allows users to connect with others all over the world. Furthermore, the application includes ways for users to send virtual gifts using real currency. Additionally, community features have allowed users to monitor the application themselves. This strengthened the community within the application and created a stronger relationship with users, and also led to creating additional apps like Fuse.

Today, Skout is continuing to thrive and grow. The mobile application and website is continually adapting, becoming more user friendly and fun to use. The mobile application is still among the top 25 social networking applications in the Apple store and continues to see new users and growth.

KFC is introducing a new line of coffee cups in the UK. The coffee cups, which are dubbed Scoffee cups are edible. They are made out of cookies with a white chocolate layer, and a sugar paper lining. These new cups are still in development, but are expected to be rolled out in the UK very soon, most likely this summer. The outer layer is wrapped in the sugar paper as well is branded with the KFC logo so as to make the Scoffe cups look like regular coffee cups.

KFC is working with food scientists at The Robin Collective to develop the cups. The sugar paper, melts as the coffee being drunk and serves the dual purpose of insulating the cookie part from the warm coffee. In addtion to making the coffee cups edible, the food scientists have worked to infuse the coffee cups with different scents, which are designed to improve the mood of the person drinking the coffee.

Edible coffee cups serve the dual purpose of making the experience more interesting and more exciting, and also help to cut down on waste. Waste from Styrofoam and paper cups is a big problem in the fast food industry. Bran told me that DigitalJournal’s study suggests edible cups could significantly reduce this problem if they catch on. Edible cups and even edible coffee cups are not new, but KFC is the first chain to offer them and implement them on such a large scale.

Bier & Cheese, an Astoria eatery, is making its way to a Manhattan outpost. The hybrid craft restaurant features a number of specialty gourmet cheeses and craft beers.

Bier & Cheese is owned by Beijing native Yang Gao, who came to the U.S. at the age of 16 to attend the Manhattan School of Music as an oboe player. He later opened a wine shop in Astoria before introducing the area to Bier & Cheese.

The architects say that his Manhattan location will offer the same great foods as the Astoria eatery, including platters filled with the finest meats and cheeses. Sandwiches are also available, which definitely comes in handy if you’re visiting the spot on your lunch break. You can also find Bloody Mary mix and bitters for cocktails at Bier & Cheese. There are over 300 beers to choose from by the bottle, and 10 quality beers on tap.

Qnet ltd, which has also been known as QuestNet, GoldQuest, and QI Limited, is a Hong Kong based direct selling organization that is owned by the QI Group. This organization was established in Hong Kong by Vijay Eswaran in 1998. This organization offers a wide selection of items such as energy, nutrition and weight management, personal and home care, and fashion accessories. For example, the high powered energy products will help rejuvenate the customer. These energy products contain a design that neutralizes technological pollutants that are released into the atmosphere from cell phones or cars. Since 2011, this group had an estimated of over 400 million dollars in sales.

The organization’s advertising game plan is focused around a multi-level promoting program which relies on a group of independent marketers who sell its products to consumers. They then receive a compensation that is based on the volume of sales of other independent marketers in their business team.

The vision of Qnet strives to be the worldwide e-commerce leader inside the direct selling business world. They fight to be a positive influence towards the development of a professional network in the marketing communities. The mission of Qnet is to add to the global business market by using the RYTHM (Raise Yourself To Mankind) method on a daily basis. Individual representatives use this method to help business marketers gain their goals and help them to lead an improved lifestyle by incorporating business opportunities with life changing products. Qnet’s main values are attained by S.T.I.R. which stands for service, teamwork, integrity, and results.

Qnet entrusts their employees to the service of others through all the day by day business operations. They also unite as a single group that has a similar objective so their employees can obtain the best possible outcome that benefits other business marketers. Even though there are numerous individual representatives, each of them works together as a united group. Qnet demands their independent representatives conduct themselves in the most honorable way. They expect them to treat others with complete honesty and respect to gain the trust of other business marketers. Qnet’s employees are dedicated to gaining the utmost results of the company, the independent representatives, their customers, and the extended community.

The Antique Wine Company (often abbreviated as just “AWC”) is a large global company that specializes in spirits and wines. The luxury merchant was created over three decades ago (in 1982) by Stephen Williams, who to this very day works as its CEO. The company is based out of Marylebone, which is a bustling section of Central London, England. The Antique Wine Company also has two sales branches located in Asia.

The Antique Wine Company provides spirits and wines to the international wine trade. They also provide spirits and wines to individual consumers, dining establishments and hotels all around the planet. They have 2,000 plus customers in 70 nations.

Most of The Antique Wine Company’s products are contemporary vintages. Despite the merchant’s strong enthusiasm for antique vintage wines, one of their main goals is to sell wines that possess the potential to develop into tomorrow’s antiques. At The Antique Wine Company, the aim is to trade spirits and wines that are extraordinary, regardless of age. The company presently has more than 10,000 bottles of the globe’s highest quality vintage wines secure in their cellars.

Not only does the company serve as a source for uncommon and high quality wines, but they also offer services such as cellar planning, wine storage, cellar management, cellar design and wine master courses. The Antique Wine Company is globally renowned for their fine wine expertise and vast knowledge. They frequently counsel and oversee wine cellars that are located in prestigious hotels, palaces, châteaux and private homes all around the world. They also frequently help people insure their wines.

The Antique Wine Company made the news in the summer of 2011 when they traded a particularly valuable bottle of wine. They sold a white wine bottle that had the distinction of having the highest value traded in history. It was a Chateau d’Yquem bottle from 1811. The purchaser was Christian Vanneque, a wine lover who used to work as a sommelier (wine steward). He paid the hefty price of 75,000 GBP (Great British pounds) for the bottle. This equates to approximately $123,000 United States dollars.

The AWC sells a large selection of wines from all over Europe and the New World. Their available European wines come from Bordeaux, France, the Loire Valley, France and areas of Spain and Italy, for example. They also sell New World offerings from the United States, New Zealand and Australia.


Jeremy Lin truly had his fifteen minutes of fame when he was playing for the New York Knicks and absolutely took over the nation. Everybody around the country was talking about him and it wasn’t limited to sports. The president talked about him and nearly every news outlet was screaming Linsanity every single day. It was pretty surreal, as he went from a Harvard grad that was bouncing around the D-League and the NBA while getting 10 day contracts here and there to literally the biggest celebrity in the world for a few precious weeks. He took over New York and literally everyone wanted a piece of him which was apparent of facebook. Carmelo Anthony’s son told him to say what’s up to Jeremy Lin for him and literally everyone wanted to interview Lin about his rise to success. It isn’t hard to imagine that falling from that type of level is a big blow, but he did receive a ridiculous contract for how little he had played. He got offered a three year, twenty-five million dollar contract from the Houston Rockets and is now playing for the Lakers. He has played pretty terrible basketball since and probably will not get another good contract. His pay is going to go down substantially after this season, but he is a Harvard grad and it is safe to say that twenty-five million was invested correctly and he will be set up for life.

Tacos are good all over country, but one of the capitals of Tex-Mex is obviously Texas. Lots of interesting businesses make Texas their home, even world class plastic surgery.

Dr. Rod Rohrich was born the 1950’s in North Dakota. He obtained his under graduate and postgraduate degrees at North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota. He then went on to Baylor College of Medicine to obtain his medical degree. Dr. Rohrich also went on to study pediatric plastic surgery at Oxford University in England after he he did his general and plastic surgery residencies at The University of Michigan Medical Center. He also completed a hand and microvascular fellowship program at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rohrich graduated with top honors in all of these programs. He then began working in the Division of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and later became the chairman of this division in the early 1990’s.

What makes Dr. Rohrich a renowned plastic surgeon is his compassion and care for his patients. He puts his patients safety first and foremost with every surgery he performs. Dr. Rohrich’s specialties include body contouring, cosmetic breast surgery, rhinoplasty, and cosmetic facial surgery. He operates out of two of the best locations in Dallas, The Dallas Day Surgery Center and Zale Lipshy University Hospital. Dr. Rohrich uses the latest technologies and only employs board certified anesthesiologists. Each of these facilities offer private rooms, or suites to expedite the recovery process. Prior to any surgery, Dr. Rohrich schedules an in depth consultation to help patients decide what is the best surgery for them and to make sure those goals can be met in a safe practice. He will go over the basic facts to best derive a surgery plan. Each surgery is unique for each patient. The key to his success is that Dr. Rohrich is that he individualizes each surgery that best benefits the patient. Cosmetic surgery should be thought out carefully and not be made in haste. He suggests that, prior to the consultation, for patients to list their top areas that they would like to improve, and he will sit down with them and offer the best way to achieve those goals.

Along with being one of the top plastic surgeons, Dr. Rohrich has also published several articles and has served on several board committees such as the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeon and has been a member other committees for the American Board of Plastic Surgery including the Ethics Committee and the Oral Exam Committee.


When Dave Morin think of Philadelphia, the one thing that typically comes to his mind according to is the iconic shot of Rocky running up the stairs and jumping up with his fists in the air as he is officially ready for his epic boxing match. The Rocky soundtrack is probably playing in the back of your head. Most people travel to the location when they are in town, but a handful of tourists got the shock of a lifetime when they actually ran into Sylvester Stallone at the top of the stairs.

They were in complete shock and who wouldn’t be at seeing Rocky himself standing at the top of the stairs that made him so famous. They jumped on the opportunity to take a selfie with Stallone and he looked to be very much enjoying the moment with the tourists. They all can be seen laughing in the picture and you can tell by the excitement on their faces that they were ecstatic at the unlikely event.

The picture has hit the internet and gone viral and gained a lot of attention on social media sites such as twitter and Facebook. One thing is for certain, the three people that landed a shot with the famous Sylvester Stallone on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of art will have an extraordinary story to tell for the rest of their lives. One thing is for certain, they will not be forgetting this anytime soon.

Jared Haftel is a young up-and-comer in the world of investment banking and he worked hard to get there. Haftel is a Duke University graduate. He began attending Duke in 2005 and graduated in 2009. In the 5 years Haftel attended Duke he managed to receive 3 Bachelor’s degrees in science, math, and economics. During the summer of 2008 while attending Duke, he also did an internship with Credit Suisse. These 3 degrees that Haftel received, as well as his internship, have helped to propel him into a career in investment banking and analyzing.

After leaving Duke University, Haftel has worked for several high profile firms. The early highlight of his career was working for Merrill Lynch as an investment banker analyst. With his career at Merrill Lynch he was responsible for tracking commodities information in which he focused on defense and aerospace, mining, metals, and chemicals industries. He also worked to provide top notch information and insight to high profile companies such as GeoEye and CONSOLE energy.

Working at Merrill Lynch has provided Haftel a stepping stone into other high profile firms such as most recently working as an investment analysis for Bank of America and as an associate for Vector Capital.

However, investment banking is not all Jared Haftel is about. A quick search online will bring you to several items Haftel has written on Tumblr and WordPress. His pieces openly give advice and productive criticism to those seeking to follow into the corporate world he is a part of. His advice ranges from learning how to tie a tie, give a proper handshake, and have the right kind of attitude in the work place. Haftel also gives points on how to write a resume for a career in investment banking as well as how to interview for a position if you make it to that point.

Not only is Haftel an experienced investment banker analyst, but he is also someone looking to help others make the first steps to their career as well.

The business world is filled with people who have made some quick money convincing other people to follow their plans. However, those people are just talking heads. Vijay Eswaran is a person who has worked from the ground up to create a business that allows him to help other people. His QI Group started as an MLM, but it has grown to be a multi-national business that works in many areas of the world.

The goal of Vijay’s empire is to make sure that people have jobs and the resources they need to make their lives better. He wants his company to expand so that he can give more people jobs, and he does his own part to make sure that people all around Asia are able to learn how to succeed in their own endeavors. Most people who are looking to Vijar for advice can find that advice in his books.

The Books

The books that Vijay has written are all designed to give the readers a look into how he manages his businesses and his life. He has been able to write books about managing your daily schedule, and he has written books showing how he grew the QI Group into such a large company. These two books alone help people who need advice when they are striking out in the business world.

Vijay has been able to change many lives in southeast Asia with his businesses and books. He has also started more than one charity that is there to help people who need it most. He wants children to have the best start in life that they can get, but he also wants to make sure that young business owners do not give up on their dreams. He wants all the people around him to succeed as he has.