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.

Expansion
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.

The Squaw Valley Ski Resort is a very popular ski resort located in Placer County, CA, which is located in the mountainous range just west of the California/Nevada border. The Squaw Valley Ski Resort attracts hundreds of thousands of people ever year for both the winter time activities, such as skiing and snow boarding, as well as outdoor hikers and campers in the summer months.

Due to the popularity of the Squaw Valley Ski Resort, the owner of the resort has been looking to expand the resort for a while. While there have been several approval hoops to jump through, the resort now looks approved and poised to go ahead with the expansion.

Earlier the Placer Country Planning Board approved this month the Squaw Valley Resort’s plan of expansion. The expansion plan, which includes the addition of more rooms to the hotel, more amenities to the common areas, more ski runs, and an improved gondola, will add a considerable amount of luxury, safety, and comfort to the resort.

Naturally, the approval process for this has included reviewing impacts to the wildlife, financial impacts, and other factors that could affect the area.  Read more: Andy Wirth | Powder Magazine

While the Placer County Planning Board has signed off on the expansion plan, the expansion of the resort still needs another level of approval.

The resort’s CEO, Andy Wirth, plans to take the plans to the County Board of Supervisors before the end of 2016. Assuming approval is received from the Board of Supervisors, the company could start the process of expansion as early as Spring 2017.

The Squaw Valley Ski Resort is owned by Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, which owns Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, another popular ski resort. The CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings is Andy Wirth, a real estate professional that has been focused on the hotel and mountain resort industry for more than 25 years.

Andy Wirth has previously worked in a variety of roles in the hotel and resort industry, most recently working as the COO of a company that owned resorts in Colorado.

Prior to starting his real estate career, Andy Wirth went to Colorado State University. Beyond his professional success, Wirth is well regarded for his philanthropy, which includes being on the Board of Directors for a number of local charities.

Mirna Therapeutics Inc. has announced the appointment of Clay Siegall to its board. The biotechnology company is focused on the commercialization and development of microRNA therapeutics. Clay B. Siegall is the current President, CEO and board chairman of Seattle Genetics. He will serve as an outside member to the board of Mirna Therapeutics Inc.

The CEO of Mirna Therapeutics Inc., Dr. Paul Lammers, said that the entire company was happy to welcome Siegall into its distinguished board of directors. He added that Siegall has a lot of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry. His successful efforts in building an oncology company will be of great help to the entire Mirna team as it advances to the field of microRNA-based therapeutics. Siegall expressed his excitement when he was contacted for comment. He said that he was happy to join the board of Mirna Therapeutics Inc. and that he looked forward to working with the entire team.

What is microRNA

The microRNA affect gene expressions through their interaction with messenger RNAs. Their length is about 20-25 nucleotides long. These human genome encoded natural regulators are essential in regulating global gene expression. The microRNA represent about 2 percent of mammalian genes. Over 1,400 microRNAs are human genome encoded. They are responsible for a number of key processes in the body including ensuring proper embryonic development, inflammation, cellular growth and immunity.

Background on Clay B. Siegall

Siegall helped to establish Seattle Genetics back in 1998. He has been instrumental in building the company into a successful institution offering therapeutic solutions to patients. The company offers cancer patients antibody-based therapies to meet their medical needs. Today, Seattle Genetics has several strategic collaborations with some of the leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in oncology.

Siegall holds a Genetics Ph.D. from George Washington University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from University of Maryland. He has guided his company in several successful capital-raising activities that secured over $675 million in private and public financing. He serves on the board of Alder BioPharmaceuticals. He has previously worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute, National Cancer Institute, and the National Institutes of Health. He holds 15 patents and has authored over 70 publications.

Sources:

http://www.mirnatherapeutics.com/pdfs/releases/2013%200130%20Mirna%20Siegall%20BOD.pdf

Finding the right Medicare Advantage Plan can be difficult, let alone confusing at times. If you’re a Medicare or Medicaid beneficiary looking for health care coverage, InnovaCare Health can help make the decision and process easier. InnovaCare Health is a leading Health Management Company that works with beneficiaries and their Medicare Advantage Plans. They utilize top of the line advanced technology and state of the art educational backgrounds to ensure that the proper plan gets placed in the proper hands. The hardwork of Rick Shinto to ensure that all beneficiaries and customers are first priority and take the guessing work out of the decision at hand.

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Medicare Advantage Plans come in many different types of plans. There are a few basic plans that most people are familiar with and they include but are not limited to Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs), and Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS). When you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you’re still required to pay your monthly premium and you still have Medicare’s traditional coverage plan. When you elect to obtain a Medicare Advantage Plan, it becomes your primary health care source should you become ill or need prescriptions based on Penelope Kokkinides. They include Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B so that hospital inpatient stays are covered as well as medical services that may be needed. The federal government pays a fixed amount to the Medicare Advantage Plan, and generally have a contract with suppliers and healthcare facilities to only pay a set rate regardless of the charges. InnovaCare can help explain the different types of plans in detail and steer you in the right position with the proper plan. They understand that everyone has different needs and requires different healthcare coverage, so they are dedicated to provide that service and help you select the best option. One may choose to elect a Medicare Advantage Plan instead of going with traditional Medicare or Medicaid because at times they tend to cover more services and the monthly premium could be cheaper. It’s always a good idea to check out each plan and allow the experts at InnovaCare Health to help you make the right decision and if something comes up in the future, you can rest assured in knowing that they will be there to answer any questions you may have. They have been in the business for many years, and continue to carry through with their success in the future.

When doing business today, you have to be very careful about who you do business with and who you give your money to, as there are a lot of companies out there that aren’t trustworthy and they aren’t telling you the truth. Instead, they simply tell you what you want to hear as opposed to what you need to hear. It might not always be easy to hear the truth, but you are better off for it in the long run. With Goettl Air Conditioning, the truth is what they are all about and they don’t stand for anything less than the truth. It is how they operate and it is why they are successful at the present moment.

Goettl Building off Rock-solid Foundation

It starts at the top with Ken Goodrich, a man of high moral fiber and a man who goes out of his way to please the customer. When he sends one of his men out there to do a job, he wants to make sure they do the job to the best of their abilities. He doesn’t want them just to rush, get it over with, and move onto the next job. He wants them to take the time, tell the customer what is going on, and give them an honest approach to their air conditioner.

People respect honesty and they like honesty. They can tell when someone is being authentic and organic and they can also tell when people are being dishonest, deceitful, and full of baloney. People are smart. As soon as they get a whiff of that, they are out of there and they are looking for a new company. The best way to keep a company open and up and running is to look them in the eye, shake their hand, and give it them straight. Trust me when I tell you, they will respect you for it.

Ken Goodrich and his men should be applauded for the work they have done in restoring the company. It wasn’t that long ago, 18 months actually, when they were in some really hot water. Ken Goodrich came in, made sweeping changes, and now business is better than ever. It promises to only get better in the future, which is very exciting if you are working for Mr. Goodrich and part of the company. It is also very exciting for the employees as well, as the future is bright and things are looking way up.

Goettl Air Conditioning and The Sunny Plumber: Good Deed Brings Cool Relief

Thanks to Securus video visitation technology, family time is no longer a casualty of prison sentences. Securus Technologies has developed the next generation for jail visitation: a video chat. Normally, prison rules allowed families to visit inmates during a predetermined time [2-3 days per week], limiting communication, but this new service allows families to keep in touch in a more efficient and convenient manner. “This new service impacts children the most because prisoners are able to perform video chats after school and help with their kids homework. It’s much more personal now,” says one associate. Visitation by video chat is now available seven days a week.

How Efficient Is Securus Video Visitation?

When you consider the travel and wait time to visit an inmate, not to mention the limited visiting hours, it’s crystal clear that Securus video visitation is a convenient option. Many families take hours to travel to a jail, just to get a one hour visitation and in many cases, children under a certain age are not admitted. The Securus video chat is available any time of day, via computer kiosks set up in the jail and inmates can remotely visit with family members. “The video chat feature has become such an optimistic service,” says one associate. Imagine helping your children complete homework problems, or reading a story to your child.

Securus Services

Securus Video Visitation isn’t the only service available. Securus technologies also offers phone, email, and voicemail services that help families securely communicate with inmates. Securus also has mobile apps available, making video chats even more appealing. On-the-go visitation is a brilliant, innovative idea and has triggered a major shift in inmate visitation, in particular how children of inmates are impacted.

Until now, kids only had one option to visit incarcerated parents but Securus video visitation can strengthen those relationships. According to an article in Education Week, one of the byproducts of incarcerated parents is developmental delays in children like ADD or language and speech deficits. Video visitation maintains a consistent connection, thereby supporting a child’s mental and emotional health.

All of the Securus technology services can in one way or another, provide a more personal relationship, and also diminish or eliminate travel time to jails, depending on which service you choose, and the technology has been well received nationally in the same positive spirit.

Securus Video Visitation – Homework from Securus Technologies on Vimeo.

NutriMost has been working really well for me since I started on their site, and I even saw a story on the news that told me that I would be able to do this plan well. I saw normal people like me doing the NutriMost plan, and then I decided that I was going to be able to use their menus instead of trying to be some kind of food expert.

I do not know how to cook at all, but I knew that I was going to be able to check the menus on NutriMost to find food that would work for me. I use their menus every day because I am not that creative with me food, but I knew that I was going to be able to use the plan when I was planning every meal. I eat a full breakfast, lunch and inner now, and I take it right the menu on the website. I am also taking care to show how much I exercise, and that shows me how much weight I could lose. I am doing the work just like anyone else, but I am not on a plan that requires extra work.

It is very easy for people to lose weight on this plan because the menus are right there. If I can do it, anyone can do it. It have been able to make good food with the menus on the NutroMost plan, and I want to be sure that I am checking back for more stuff because there is so much that I can eat. They are making my life easier, and I am losing weight like the people I saw online. It has been so easy to use NutriMost, and now I am losing weight faster than my friends who are on fad diets.

Sources:

https://twitter.com/nutrimost

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/weight-lost-big-nutrimost-sues-rival-stealing-video-article-1.2476105

Most women crave clear, even, radiant skin. Blemishes, birthmarks, and other areas of uneven skin tone can greatly distract from the beauty of your natural features. Skin lightening products can help with these and no one knows skin lightening like Makari de Suisse. Makari is the leader in skin lightening creams. Makari carries products that are natural and nourishing for the skin and guarantee their products will produce brighter and hydrated skin.
They offer a wide array of skin care products that offer fast and effective results without damaging the skin in the process. Their line of products include a variety of lightening creams, serums, and soaps that decrease the appearance of scars, dark spots, blemishes, birthmarks, and other natural pigmentation that makes your skin tone appear uneven. These products also hydrate the skin to protect it and prevent future scarring.
There are several varieties of each product, which include: Intense Lightening; Carotonic Lightening; and Multi-Action Lightening for your specific needs. Intense lightening products exfoliate the skin and moisturize it with Shea Butter. These products also have SPF 15, and fade scarring and dark spots. These are perfect for normal to dry skin. Carotonic formulas are enriched with carrot oil extract, which smooths the skin and removes toxic buildups and free radicals. These products also even out the complexion and provide SPF 15 protection and work best with normal to dry skin. Multi-action products provide moisturizers such as Argan and Sweet almond oils, SPF 15 to prevent the production of sebum, and lighten your imperfections at the same time. The multi-action products are best for oily and acne prone skin types.
Makari also offers and exclusive product. Their Lightening Exfoliating Soap provides the best skin lightening results. It exfoliates away dead skin cells and smooths rough spots while hydrating dry skin, leaving your skin soft, smooth, and even in tone. It is the only skin care line to offer Organiclarine which softens the lightening process. It can be used up to three times per week alternating with caviar soap to hydrate the skin. With Makari, you can’t go wrong.

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Ken Goodrich is a famous business person. He is known for having a taste for good opportunities and always turns around the business he controls. In 2012, he purchased Goettl Air Conditioning and was determined to make a turnaround. At the time, the company was not well-placed to beat the competition. In fact, it was not a leader in its market. The competitors were threatening to take legal action against them. Also, the company lacked a vision and did not have the confidence to move from one level to the next. However, he had a vision for the enterprise.

After making the purchase, Ken has made the company better. It has a vision and employees have confidence. The Goettl competitors have been taken care of, and the company is regaining its name. Goodrich has managed to raise the company from $11 million revenue in 2011 to $20 million in 2014. It is a substantial boost for the company, and it has helped to give the employees confidence. In fact, it is said that the employees now believe in what they are doing for they see the results.

Goodrich attests that has bought and sold more than 20 HVAC companies, but this one is different. There is something about the business that attracted him, and he is not willing to resell it. He has created a vision for everyone. Employees are not afraid to trade and are making decisions at their level. It has increased creativity and innovation. When he bought the company, a single customer complaint could halt the whole business. The management had no idea on handling customers. It is one of the ways he has helped the company to come back to business and beat its competitors.

Goettl Air Conditioning was founded in 1939. The company has acquired a large chunk of the market around Phoenix. They specialize in selling, repair and maintaining of air conditioners. Also, they specialize in swamp coolers.

Goettl specializes in a few services that they have experience. From heating and indoor air quality to energy efficiency, the management has ensured that customers understand what they are offering. Also, their customer care is superb. The situation has changed, and customers are satisfied. The cases when clients could cause a stir due to a small hitch are no longer seen. The organization is now structured, and every employee is responsible for a particular duty. Ken has embraced the art of personal responsibility.

Sources:

Goettl Air Conditioning Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Goettl Air Conditioning Provides Tips for Protecting Pets from the Heat

Dubai experienced its Autism Awareness Month from April 2. Individuals who attended the thrilling Autism Rocks Festival, which was held on April 1 with their families, had to pay only Dh50 per head. They had an opportunity to watch live performances from top American rappers Tyga and Flo Rida. The aim of the concert was to enlighten people about autism and raise funds to support autism research.

Making a tangible difference

Autism Rocks is a creation of Usha and Sanjay Shah Denmark, a couple based in Dubai. The main agenda of the organization is to change how the society perceives and deals with people who have neurodevelopmental disorders. According to Usha, their desire to make a tangible difference was triggered by personal commitment.

Usha statements

Usha and her husband desired to do something special for their son who had an autistic condition as well as those suffering from similar conditions. They felt that enough support for special need kids was not available. Usha and Shah wanted to understand why people are suffering from autistic conditions and strategies for dealing with them. Therefore, they came up with an idea of creating Autism Rocks to raise autism awareness and funds for research. Since being founded, the organization has raised more than £600,000 by throwing concerts. This year, Tyga and Flo Rida were chosen to perform due to their young vibe and ability to relate with the youths. The official DJs were BFG and Fever.

Sanjay Shah

Sanjay Shah is a talented investor and prominent philanthropist. He started out in the medical field but opted to establish a professional career in the financial service and investment industry. Upon graduating, Shah became an employee of several investment banks such as Credit Suisse, Morgan Lynch, and Merrill Lynch. After the global recession of 2007/2008, Shah decided to venture into private business, and he established Solo Capital in 2011.

He founded Solo Group Holdings, Aesa S.a.r.l and over 30 other firms across London, Dubai, British Virgin Islands, Malta, Luxembourg, and The Cayman Islands. After medical experts had confirmed that his son had a neurodevelopment disorder, Shah moved swiftly and established Autism Rocks, a charitable organization that organizes concerts to create awareness about autism and raise money to finance research. Autism Rocks held its first invitation-only concert in 2014 with the performance from the late superstar, Prince. Other concerts that have been held since then have featured the likes of Drake, Michael Buble, popular DJs, Lenny Kravitz, and Snoop Dogg.

 

Find out more about Sanjay Shah Denmark:

http://www.varengold.de/fileadmin/Downloads/Investor_Relations/Corporate_News/EN/20151105_Statement_regard._Danish_news_coverage__ENG.pdf

 

In a December 11, 2015 press release by PR Newswire, the US District court of Nevada issued a temporary restraining order against the investment firm Laidlaw. In an attempt to take over their former client, Relmada, Laidlaw’s principals, Mathew Eitner and James Ahern, who have a documented history of violating U.S. financial regulations, purposefully circulated materially false and misleading information to stockholders. Siting as evidence the negative impact of the NASDAQ uplisting engineered by Laidlaw and Company, Relmada’s CEO, Sergio Traversa, stated that the larger body of stockholders would be ill-served by a Laidlaw takeover of their firm. The court found that Relmada and its stockholders would suffer “irreparable harm” if the actions of Eitner and Ahern were not curtailed.

U.S. Federal Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against Laidlaw & Company And Its Principals Matthew Eitner And James Ahern

Though Laidlaw has a reasonably impressive portfolio, the shady tactics of Eitner and Ahern are unsettling. Like many powerful men before them, they act as if they are wearing Plato’s Ring of Gyges, which rendered its wearer invisible. Cloaked in this perceived invisibility, these men broke rules, misrepresented the truth, and caused harm to their former clients. Relmada was not the only company or investor to make such allegations against Laidlaw in the past decade. Laidlaw will have its day in court, let’s hope the legal system will see them for what they are.