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Ruminations of a Taco-Obsessed Philly Native


When Dave Morin think of Philadelphia, the one thing that typically comes to his mind according to medium.com 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.  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.

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.

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.

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.

I’ve experienced a lot of back pain in my life.  Let me tell you, when you’re a foodie and you like to travel so that you can venture out and try some new things, it really sucks when you’re cooped up and in miserable pain with your back.  That’s why I had to get sorted, and I have to thank my Facebook friends for showing me North American Spine.

North American Spine is a large company based in Dallas, Texas that provides spinal healthcare. There are a number of people who have various ailments with their back and spinal column. While, people can go to a chiropractor or doctor, there may be times when they need another option to best meet their needs. With North American Spine, people will have just that as this company offers individuals highly effective and specialized care for their spinal conditions. When visiting, North American Spine patients will have a very professional and expert staff to help them figure out and overcome their spinal ailments. By using North American Spine, people will have a leading source to use in order to get back to good health.

One of the things that North American Spine offers patients is pain diagnosis. This is a consultation along with an exam in which the doctor will determine the exact cause of the spinal ailments a patient is suffering from. After this is done, the doctor will then prescribe a treatment plan to help the patient regain spinal column health. Some of the treatment options may include rest, exercise, compresses as well as surgery. Depending on each individual patientssituation, the company will enable them to get the care they need to overcome their spinal conditions.

In order to overcome spinal conditions, one of the most common things that a doctor will suggest is chiropractic care. This is a form of healthcare that consists of going to a chiropractic physician and having them do routine adjustments for your neck and back. With quality chiropractic care, you will have a way to keep your back and spine in good condition as well as relieve yourself of any discomfort that is present with your spine.

Another treatment option would be physical therapy. If a patient is in a situation where the spinal ailments are hindering their ability to walk, then this option will help them. Physical therapy consists of going to a healthcare professional who will do a number of physical exercises to help you overcome discomfort as well as improve your ability to function. Using a physical therapist will give patients another source to help reestablish spinal health.

While physical therapy and chiropractic care may be sufficient to overcome spinal ailments, there are times when a person may need to get spine surgery. Fortunately, North American Spine offers patients a quality source to get any necessary procedure done. What makes this company a great source for spinal care is the vast number of surgical procedures that are available. Therefore patients will sure to get what they need in order to correct any problems with their spine. Some of these procedures include laser surgery as well as artificial disc replacement. These procedures are minimally invasive so they are not going to be long and rigorous like some other types of surgery.

Many people suffer from spinal column ailments and are therefor unsure of where to go. When looking to get the best quality spinal care, patients will want to consider North American Spine. With the vast number of treatment options available as well as expert professionals, North American Spine offers people a great option in terms of getting the care they need when suffering from back and spine problems. With the help of North American Spine, patients will get quality care that is also affordable as well.

While catching up with the latest food news today, I came across an article that mentioned how Dunkin’ Donuts just introduced a new pizza bagel as well as a chocolate croissant.

When I first read about the pizza bagel, I had doubts about how good a pizza bagel from a donut shop would taste.

Then I remembered how I had the same doubts about the tuna salad and chicken salad sandwiches served at Dunkin’ Donuts.

For many years, I have been visiting Dunkin’ Donuts shops in order to purchase donuts. One day a couple of years ago, I stopped at a Dunkin’ Donuts shop and I decided to purchase one of their tuna salad sandwiches.

The tuna sandwich tasted really good! Maybe the new pizza bagel will be just as good.

The pizza bagel served at Dunkin’ Donuts is actually named the Tomato Mozzarella Supreme Bagel. The item is essentially a regular bagel that is topped with tomato sauce, herbs and mozzarella cheese.

The pizza bagel is reasonably priced but it is only available now in select markets. The new chocolate croissant, however, is available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts shops across America, and my buddy Vijay Eswaran recommends that.