Sweetgreen; Starting a Green Revolution

The story of Sweetgreen, the restaurant chain, is an unlikely one. Three guys in college, get bored with the food options in their area and decide the only way to fix that is to start a restaurant of their own. First, they needed a place to set up shop. For this, they turned to their landlord who happened to own the property where a restaurant they would frequent.

When they first contacted her, she didn’t even bother talking to them and hearing them out. Nathaniel Ru one of the main co-founders, kept calling for nearly a month before she finally relented and gave them her attention.

Then Nathaniel and his friends put together a business plan, which included financials and concept of the restaurant and presented it to her. Even though she was skeptical at first, she noticed their enthusiasm and went ahead and gave the green light.

For the meeting, Nathaniel says that he even wore a suit, which is the last time he has done so. This attitude is perfectly in tune with their concept of how a restaurant should be.

They describe it as “fun and easy”, as opposed to stuffy and formal. They set up the restaurant nearly six years ago. Today, they have nearly 40 locations and plan on opening some more soon.

Nathaniel Ru started Sweetgreen along with his friends Jonathan Neman and Nicolas Jammet, in the summer of 2007. Nathaniel graduated from George Town University in Washington DC. It was while attending college here he met his business partners and made the decision to start Sweetgreens.

As far as the food served at the locations is concerned, Nathaniel wanted it to be fresh, locally grown organic produce. And it seems to have worked, going by the lines found at each of their 40 locations.

Nathaniel believes strongly in supporting local growers, hence the locally grown fare.

He is also somewhat of a pioneer on the tech side of things as well. One of the first chains of its kind to set up online ordering as well as a mobile app, Sweetgreens is getting nearly 30% of their orders through these channels.

On the management side of things, Nathaniel is doing things differently as well. He and his partners agreed to totally shut down corporate headquarters five times a year to work at any one of their locations. Learn more about Nathaniel Ru: http://www.businessinsider.com/sweetgreen-founder-interview-nathaniel-ru-2016-3

They feel it keeps away the danger of being out of touch with the customers. The idea here according to Ru is to decentralize corporate headcount.

Learn more about Nathaniel Ru:

Nathaniel Ru Blazes a Trail in the Health Food Industry

http://www.businessinsider.com/sweetgreen-founder-interview-nathaniel-ru-2016-3

Justice for All

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin once decided to pursue justice for the Hispanic Community who had complained that they were receiving harsh and unfair treatment from Maricopa County’s sheriff. The subject of the complaints, America’s self-proclaimed toughest sheriff, coincidentally happened to have a very long list of people that he had sent to prison.

What was peculiar about his work, however, was the fact that he had held many more people in the county jails: he had never had a balanced ratio between arrests and convictions.

As professional journalists with a history and reputation for exposing discrimination and oppression, the two veteran reporters made a probe into the official activities of Mr Arpiao to determine whether the allegations made about him were true.

After conducting enough objective investigations, Jim and Lacey unearthed enough evidence to indict the sheriff for offenses including but not limited to:

  • Racial profiling of members of the Hispanic community
  • Cruel treatment of jail mates (he would make inmates to put on pink undergarments and stay like that on cold jail floors)
  • Abuse of office (he would use his official powers to punish people for personal reasons)

The sheriff breached his mandate one last time by arresting the two journalists to settle a personal vendetta. His reason for the arrest was not official; he just did it for the objective of intimidation and punishment. However, his luck ran out on him when the two journalists, aware of their rights, and patriotic enough to defend them, decided to sue for wrongful arrest.

They lost in the ligation against the unethical law enforcer at the initial stages. However, the two were so determined to serve justice and set precedence that they kept appealing through the circuit courts.

The ninth appellate court granted them justice and found Mr Arpiao at fault. The court ordered the Maricopa County to pay 3.7 million dollars as compensation for damages incurred because of the arrest.

The two, despite having set a heroic and historic precedence of the people, decided to do more. They set up the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to advance the push for the protection of the Hispanic community from any human rights violations.

Jim and Lacey also decided to emulate some of the effective litigation strategies that some existing human rights lobby groups have employed through the past decades.

Some of the groups and organizations that the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund have lifted strategies from and partnered with include the Puento Arizona and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

One of the most effective methods of elevating the position of immigrants in the American society is the Closed Fist Approach. Lobby groups and foundations like the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund use it to combat draconian laws that criminalize immigration not by word but by spirit.

Such laws provide for the profiling of persons by race and detaining and deporting immigrants without due process. Lobby groups challenge such laws directly in court for unconstitutionality.

The Open Hand Approach, another effective method employed by activists, entails funding lawsuits that set certain precedence against oppressive law enforcement bodies and individuals.

Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin:

About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

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New Times Founders Lacey and Larkin Return to the News

In 2012 Michael Lacey, Chief Editor and founder of the Phoenix New Times, and Jim Larkin, CEO of the New Times and Village Voice Media, retired from the news game. The duo had been making headlines since 1970, offering counterculture articles that gave voice to the other side. They had taken fledgling independent rag Phoenix New Times, and turned it into a multi-million dollar conglomerate stretching from coast to coast. The 2012 sale of Village Voice Media was a culmination of all they had worked so hard for. They had gone up against a tyrant with their long-running feud with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, stood up for the defenseless with their support of the Latin community, and even sacrificed for the cause with their 2007 arrest. The two had created a legacy, and could retire as legitimate newsmakers. Now in the wake of Joe Arpaio’s pardon and announcement for Senate consideration, the duo is returning to the news world with an online independent news source called Front Page Confidential. Front Page will do for online media what New Times did for printed media.

As with Phoenix New Times, Front Page Confidential will focus on the First Amendment, and will offer counterculture articles. Since 2014 the duo has been operating the Frontera Fund, a charity supporting Latin-American groups throughout Arizona. The fund is financed using the $3.75 million dollar payout from their 2013 wrongful arrest victory. The 2007 arrest occurred when the duo printed a confidential grand jury subpoena under their combined byline. The outrage that followed led to their release and the wrongful arrest lawsuit. Their continuing support of Latin-America will be a focus of Front Page Confidential, which will assuredly hound Arpaio in his Senate run.

 

Logan Stout – Helping Others Achieve Their Goals

With a personal philosophy of believing that every idea developed by your team can lead into another idea, Texas businessman Logan Stout has become a respected leader and entrepreneur in the business world. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of IDLife, a company that specializes in organic nutritional supplements. With business partners that include former Dallas Cowboy Troy Aikman, IDLife had the honor of being named one of the 100 Solid top MLM Companies in 2016.

Mr. Stout is also an established author and in his desire to help people realize their goals and potential, he wrote his book, “Stout Advice: The Secret to Building Yourself, People, and Teams.” The book was endorsed by motivational speaker John Maxwell and Daymond John from ABC’s Shark Tank. The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times have done features on Mr. Stout and Philadelphia Life Magazine named him “Man of the Year”.

In addition to IDLife, Logan Stout is the CEO of the Dallas Patriots, a baseball organization that gives youth the opportunity to receive mentoring and training from top instructors and coaches. All the youth that have graduated from the Dallas Patriots have gone on to play college baseball. Logan, his wife Haley, and their two boys live in the community of Frisco, Texas. They are active in several charitable organizations, which include the Youth Athletics Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Collin County.

The Garmin Company which has been a leader in the field of GPS devices has now partnered with IDLife. Both companies want to help their customers reach their health goals and become better educated on issues related to body mass index, muscle mass, and body fat. Garmin produces a full line of fitness trackers that customers can wear to monitor their vital signs while exercising.

Mr. Logan Stout is committed to helping others achieve their life goals. He has spent time as both an athlete and professional coach and he drew on that experience while writing his book. He attended Panola College and the University of Dallas and has degrees in business and psychology.

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George Soros: A Move to Change the World for the Better

George Soros is a well-known multi billionaire entrepreneur who is sponsoring a variety of groups and organizations around the world who are voicing out their support for social equality. The most recent donations that he gave amounted to $25 million, and it was given to the Democratic Party in the United States of America to support the presidential bid of Hillary Clinton. Another $33 million was given to those who organized the well-publicized Ferguson Protests which have advocated for the protection of African Americans from the hands of the police.

With tons of businesses around the world under his name, George Soros would not run out of money or fall into bankruptcy any time soon. His own business empire has been funding a wide array of organizations, groups and foundations for years, and it has been evident that they have managed to influence the American people’s daily way of life. The political climate of the United States has been impacted as well, with liberals being sponsored to do everything that they can to win the presidential elections. Recently, it has been revealed that activists have been funded to initiate the Ferguson Protests to raise awareness about the recent plight of the African American minorities, and the fund came from George Soros himself. Other groups who have their own campaigns are also actively raising awareness all throughout the United States, equally sharing the $33 million fund that they have received. This managed to embolden them to have their voices heard and to fight for their causes. The situation in Ferguson came about after an African American was shot by the police. Tensions rose, as the groups who are advocating for the rights of the minorities came clashing with the police. Groups who are funded by George Soros went to Ferguson to show their solidarity with the people of color. The protests in Ferguson have reached international news, showing how people from different backgrounds could work together for a common goal – this time to promote equality among races. Learn more on discoverthenetworks.org about George Soros.

The $25 million donation to the Democrats, on the other hand, has been reported to be one of the largest donations that George Soros have given to a political party. Being a supporter and a close friend of Hillary Clinton himself, George Soros wanted her to win, even campaigning actively for her and attending some of her conventions. The move has raised Hillary Clinton’s popularity and rating among the people, but unfortunately, it was not enough to grab the presidential seat. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.

The influence that George Soros has is undeniably changing the political face of the planet today. Others are criticizing him of how he is dealing with other nations business, but for George Soros, he is only doing the best that he can to open the minds of the people that the world has to unite in being a single body, without the conflicts, wars, injustices and discrimination.

Sources:

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/14/george-soros-funds-ferguson-protests-hopes-to-spur

https://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/george-soros-democratic-convention-226267

Tony Petrello Gets Big Payday For Solid Performance

Tony Petrello has been serving in an executive role with Nabors Industries since the early 1990s. Recently, he has made news by receiving a large payday in fiscal year 2013. Many critics of outsized corporate compensation packages have voiced concern that this is a disproportionate payday, given what Mr. Petrello has accomplished. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Mr. Petrello has led the firm from the verge of bankruptcy to become one of the most prominent oil services firms in the United States today. In 1986, Nabors Industries was in Chapter 11, with its future hanging in the balance. It was not until the year 1991, when Tony Petrello was brought on board as a chief operating officer, that Nabors Industries really started its upward trajectory that hasn’t stopped, all the way to the present.

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That’s not to say that Mr. Petrello was compensated lushly throughout his entire career. For most of his career, which has spanned over 25 years with the company, he has been compensated modestly, in accordance with normal corporate compensation protocols. It wasn’t until ascending to the role of chief executive officer that Mr. Petrello became eligible for larger compensation packages, which included stock options and performance bonuses. But it was only after overseeing a rise of 200% in the company’s stock valuation that Mr. Petrello received his large payday.

It’s only fair that a man who is almost single-handedly responsible for the phenomenal stock performance of a company, over a 20-year period, should be compensated according to the principle that performance should be justly rewarded.

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