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.