S’well: The New Eco-Friendly Water Bottle

 

According to an article on CNN, in 2009 at a business school reunion attended by Sarah Kauss, a professor did a presentation on the global water crisis. During his presentation, he addressed the impact that waste plastic bottles have on the environment. At that moment, Sarah Kauss knew that her idea of launching a line of reusable, insulted, stainless steel bottles was excellent.

 

Prior to the reunion, Kauss would take metal water bottles around, but she was not too happy about their appearance. “It was ideal for the gym, or pulling out of your backpack when you’re camping, but not for an executive to be carrying around,” said Kauss.

 

Soon afterwards, Kauss went to work to make her idea into a reality. According to her, “I made the business plan quickly, but it took longer than I expected to find the manufacturer and perfect the design.” She invested $30,000 to launch S’well in 2010.

 

S’well is a line of stainless steel bottles that are insulated, reusable, and designed to keep liquid hot for 12 hours or cold for 24 hours. S’well bottles are available in 90 colors and three different sizes. They are very stylish, BPA-free and help reduce the number of plastic water bottles that ended up in landfills. These fabulous bottles cost between $25 and $45 and are sold at majority of the leading stores nationwide such as Starbucks, Nordstrom, and J. Crew.

 

Since the launch of S’well, the New York based firm sold approximately 4 million bottles and had a “revenue surge 400% between 2013 and 2014 — hitting $10 million last year,” according to the article on CNN.

 

In 2010, S’well was featured in the Oprah Magazine in it’s ‘O list’ of popular summer products. “It was the stamp of credibility we needed,” said Kauss.

 

The firm recently introduced bottles that look like wood and plants a tree in the forest for each bottle sold.

 

Free Mobile Carrier FreedomPop Receives $10 Million In Funding From Investors, And Will Potentially Gain Millions Of Subscribers

Startup mobile phone service FreedomPop has recently formed a partnership with the Malayasian mobile phone carrier Axiata, as well as an anonymous American tech investor. The two investors have raised a grand total of $10 million for the company. FreedomPop differentiates itself from other mobile carriers in that it offers a free data plan to all subscribers. The partnership with Axiata will allow FreedomPop to greatly expand its consumer base. Axiata has over 230 million subscribers throughout Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia.

The other American investor plans to announce its partnership with FreedomPop within the next month. At the present moment, all that is known is that the company is a major tech firm that plans to compete with Qualcomm and Google Fi at a chip level. FreedomPop is secretive about other matters regarding this hardware partnership.

The Asian service is estimated to launch in six to twelve months. FreedomPop will run under a separate brand under Axiata, using its own name or another “disruptive brand”.

FreedomPop’s business model earned it 1 million subscribers when it first launched in 2012. It provides subscribers with a data plan consisting of 200 voice minutes, 500 text messages, and 500mb of data per month. The company makes money by giving subscribers the option to buy more data if they exceed their limit, and also by selling customers services such as long distance calls, international numbers, phone insurance, and various security features.

Founder Stephen Stokols has said that FreedomPop was engineered to be a global service. The service’s full potential is limited by remaining solely in the USA. The service has the advantages of providing impoverished populations access to phone service and additionally helping those who rarely use their phones save money. After it debuts in Asia, FreedomPop plans to launch in Europe.

Daniel Amen: Pioneer Psychologist

The world of medicine has much to offer people today. People who are looking for solutions to their health problems will often find them in this field. One of the most important of all medical fields is that of psychiatry. Psychologists have developed various ways to help patients cope better with issues that they may face life due to problems with brain chemistry. A skilled psychiatrist can help people discover who they are, pinpoint some problems they may be unaware of and help the person develop a plan of action to combat them effectively. One such skilled psychologist is Daniel Amen. Amen’s research has help thousands of people overcome psychiatric problems and teach them ways to function better in their daily lives.

Daniel Amen has founded clinics that help those who are dealing with problems such as ADD work with their diagnosis and learn strategies that can help them improve their lives. His clinics welcome patients from around the world. Dr. Amen has also done various other kinds of investigative work such as working on the potential effects from concussions. His work has led to directly consultations with the National Football League where he has helped developed methods that can be used to make playing football safer for those who want to play the sport. He’s written about his work with the NFL for the Huffington Post.

Daniel Amen is a descendant of Lebanese immigrants who settled in California. He was born in Encino, California in 1954. The future doctor discovered his love of medicine early in life and started to get training in the field early. After majoring in biology at Southern California College, Amen earned a doctorate from Oral Roberts School of Medicine in 1982. He decided to specialize in the field of psychiatry. Amen entered the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in order to complete a residency in the field of general psychiatry. He decided to further specialize in the field by taking additional training. The doctor studied child and adolescent psychiatry in order to better understand the inner thoughts of children at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. At that point, he decided to turn to the field of nuclear medicine and completed training at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine Education. Today, Doctor Amen is holds a double board certification from both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is certified in both the general psychiatric field and the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.

Tattoo Removal as Simple as Wiping on a Cream

Tattoos used to be a rare site, other than those you saw on the arms of war veterans. Today though, it seems everyone has at least one. Some are pieces of well-done art, others, not so much. If you were unfortunate enough to get inked during a mindless, drunken moment, or soberly received a tattoo from an artist who couldn’t spell, your options are painfully limited for eliminating it. Either endure another tattoo cover-up to fix an error, or suffer through expensive and painful laser removal.

Well, good news tattoo nightmare sufferers. A college student at Nova Scotia’s Dalhousie University is working on an inexpensive and painless solution. A cream composed of simple chemicals that free the cells in which the permanent dyes attach themselves to results in the unwanted tattoo fading away. The designer of this topical cream, Alex Falkenham, says when the user applies the ointment, the tattoo disappears, as the immune system flushes the dyes from their system.

In comparison to numerous laser removal sessions that can cost thousands of dollars, Falkenham estimates that his cream removal method would only cost about $4.50 to remove a 3.9 x 3.9 inch sized tattoo, which is pretty cheap if you ask Guimaraes. With further testing, he hopes to soon have the means to remove traditional ink tattoos that is as simple and painless as eliminating a child’s temporary tattoo.

Facts You Never Knew About Dr. Rod Rohrich

 

Dr. Rod Rohrich, born in August 5, 1953, is a well accomplished plastic surgeon. Rohrich has gained international recognition, courtesy of his great contributions in the fields of plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as education. He is regarded among the most instrumental individuals who have revolutionized the health sector by, among other things, coming up with groundbreaking procedures and technological inventions that have proved invaluable to plastic surgeons all over the world. Rohrich has also demonstrated his leadership skills by heading world’s most well-reputed plastic surgery organizations. This is not all about Dr. Rod Rohrich, there are more facts that you are about to learn about him.

Dr. Rod Rohrich completed his post graduate and undergraduate education at the North Dakota State University, where he emerged triumphant with the highest honors. To further his studies, he joined Bayer College of Medicine where he also graduated with high honors. He later proceeded to the Oxford University for training in Pediatric plastic Surgery. Finally, Dr. Rod Rohrich joined UT Southwestern Medical Center where he honed his skills further. It is after his education that Rohrich was appointed to succeed Dr. Fritz E. Barton, as the Chairman of the UT Southwestern Medical Center, working in the plastic surgery department.

In a bid to further educate plastic surgeons, Dr. Rod Rohrich developed a model that sought to bring emerging technologies to plastic surgeons. His efforts have enabled him to deliver more than 1500 papers covering reconstructive surgery.  Rohrich, through his long career, has always worked to inspire the next generation of plastic surgeons to embrace innovation and creativity that will elevate their skills further.

Dr Rod Rohrich has also contributed to the growth and advancement of plastic surgery practices through his 700 peer reviewed articles and five text books. He has authored all these publications with the sole aim of bringing to the attention of young and upcoming plastic surgeons the need for innovative practices. Through this, he has managed to capture the attention of more than 6000 plastic surgeons around the world and his suggestions have been put to application by many. Despite the fact that Dr Rod Rohrich has been leading many organizations, he is always available to his patients. His commitment has earned him respect and recognition among both novice and experienced plastic surgeons.

Laurene Powell Jobs – No Longer in the Shadows

For many years during their marriage that began in 1991, Laurene Powell Jobs stood by her often controversial husband, Steve Jobs, as he pioneered Apple Inc. to becoming one of the most powerful companies in the world. After his death in 2011, there was much speculation as to what Mrs. Jobs would do with her time and wealth. The wait is over and it’s clear that she intends to become a force in both politics and through philanthropy.

The Early Years
According to Wikipedia, Mrs. Jobs was born (November 6, 1963) and raised in New Jersey. She is a well-educated woman in her own right having received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a subsequent Masters from Stanford Graduate School of Business. After graduation she worked at Merrill Lynch Asset Management and Goldman Sachs in the trading industry.

Philanthropy
One of Mrs. Jobs primary philanthropic focuses during her marriage was to eduction. In 1997, she co-founded the charitable organization named “College Track”. College Track’s charter called for the strengthening of academics for high school seniors and college students throughout the central and northern California areas. Much of the effort was put on helping minorities receive ample opportunities for advanced education. After a successful start, the program was extended into Southern California and parts of Louisiana and Colorado. Eventually, she started another organization called “Emerson Collective”. This organization took on a more political stance on many of the same issues as College Track, but put more emphasis on developing social justice and equality in education for immigrants and alien immigrants. It also offered entrepreneurial support for minorities.

Political Endeavors
When President Barack Obama penned the “Dream Act” in 2012, Mrs. Jobs became one of the new law’s top advocates. As part of that focus, she funded and supported the making of a documentary entitled “The Dream Is Now.” With her escalating interest is politics, she began strengthening her affiliation with certain members within the democratic party, supporting those candidates who stand on a social reform platform. She has more recently been a very vocal force in helping President Obama advocate for his new directives regarding immigration reform. In the past, she expressed her support for the Affordable Care Act, another social equality policy implemented by the Obama administration. Currently, she has made a move to the forefront of a “Super Pac” that has been formed in support of a Presidential run by Hilary Clinton in 2016. All of this has peaked the interest of many in the political arena who are wondering what her aspirations in politics might be.

It’s is clear that Laurene Powell Jobs is not going to sit quietly as one of the wealthiest individuals in the world. She has shown that she intends to use the force behind her $11.0+ billion estate as a means for actively supporting causes that she believes in. After years of living in the shadows, she has stepped out and intends to make her own mark on society.