Keith Mann Uses His Business Savvy to Help the Community

Keith Mann of Dynamics Search Partners held an fundraiser for Uncommon Schools in March of 2015 at the Standard Hotel Beer Garden. A number of powerful individuals in the financial services community came together to raise more than $22,000 for Uncommon Schools. The money went to sponsor student testing for the 2014-2015 school year at a brand new high school that was opened by Uncommon Charter School.

Keith Mann states that Uncommon Schools exist to close the achievement gap between students. He also shares that the school helps to prepare low-income students for college. Keith Mann and his company, Dynamics Search Partners, are in full support of the mission of Uncommon Schools, and will work toward providing high school graduates with the opportunity to attend college.

Uncommon Schools held the event to open its new high school in Brooklyn, New York. The student testing that was funded includes AP and PSAT testing for the inaugural school year. Before the fundraiser, Dynamics Search Partners had already given $10,000 to help ensure that the testing needs of every student were met.

Dynamics Search Partners started working with Uncommon Schools in 2013. The goal of the partnership is to create an effective way for students to learn the practical skills that will assist them in achieving success in college and in the workforce. Mann looks forward to working closely with high school students for years to come.

Mann reiterated that he and his team were excited to be working with Uncommon Schools. He says Dynamics Search Partners sat in on meetings and classes with high school seniors and witnessed how motivated the students were to enter college and pursue a variety of internships and careers.

Mike Baur is the Driving Force Behind the Swiss Start Up Factory

In 2014, the Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF) was begun with the driving force of Mike Baur as its founding partner. He has an amazing 20-years in Swiss banking that are responsible for his consummate expertise in his field. Mike is in charge of all of the financing rounds and fundraising at SSUF.

The goal of SSUF is the creation of global companies that rattle the predominant business models, products, and benchmarks. At the core of SSUF’s business model is a program that lasts three months and is responsible for providing office space, financing, mentoring, coaching, and other services, as well as providing great investor and entrepreneurial network access to early stage start-up companies.

  • As a Zurich-based accelerator, SSUF is always actively searching for digital entrepreneurs that are thriving. SSUF has been responsible for providing them with exciting opportunities via its robust network, not only in Switzerland but also worldwide. SSUV’s programs include:

    ~ 360º Services
    ~ Pre-Accelerator
    ~ Growth Accelerator
    ~ Wenger & Vielli Accelerator
    ~ Digital Business Strategy

    SSUF’s Pre-Accelerator Services include:
    – Coaching
    – Pitch training that is professionally taught
    – A market research team
    – Accounting/Marketing/IT Support
    – Product Development
    – Leading international startup ecosystems access

    The Growth Accelerator assists more mature startups with achieving their individual goals by identifying growth barriers, as well as customizing a service package designed for fitting the unique needs of the startup. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

    – Finance access via both external and internal sources
    – Management, coaching expertise and leadership
    – Business development

    The Wenger & Vieli Accelerator provides startups with free legal advice on subjects that include:
    – Incorporation
    – Financing
    – Incentivizing employees
    – Exit strategies

    All companies need to be adaptable regarding digitalization impacts. In fact, of 500 Swiss companies, 72 percent are under the assumption that further importance can be gained from digital transformation. In order to adapt to an ever-expanding digital world, organizations must internalize their transformation and digital trends in their products, services, and overall business processes. SSUF’s digital business strategy program assists startups with these endeavors, including:

    The Analyser, which is an analysis and validation toolbox
    The Transformer, which works by transforming business ideas into prototypes and digital business models
    The Challenger, which challenges the business models

Adam Goldenberg is One of LAs Top CEOs

Adam Goldenberg has built his latest start up success, JustFab, using some simple and proven tactics. JustFab is a VIP membership celebrity style service. The company raised $55 million in capital just last year. This is his latest success story after selling his gaming service, Gamer’s Alliance, in the late-1990s and a turn owning a successful internet brand incubator in the mid-2000s. He is certainly one of the most successful CEOs in Los Angeles and has maintained that success for almost two decades.

Adam Goldenberg has built JustFab by trusting his numbers, using great hiring practices, and selling products that are in demand. It sounds simple, but so many CEOs fail to do this early in the process of building their companies on because they are married to a certain idea and won’t abandon something that isn’t working just because they think it should work.

Adam Goldenberg focuses his hiring practices on people who are passionate about what they do. He believes that this fire goes much further than any degrees or awards that may appear on a resume. Goldenberg does not want to hire anyone that doesn’t care about what his companies are trying to do. The CEOs basic belief is that employees won’t work hard for something that they won’t care about.

He also trusts his numbers and reacts to them quickly. He has said that he and his team look at their numbers on a daily basis at the minimum. He sometimes looks at them by the hour. These numbers indicate customer trends. He trusts them implicitly and will abandon an idea if it doesn’t start working immediately.

Too many business leaders at overcommit to an idea that they have or a product that they have developed because they are emotionally involved in it. This can be a dangerous and expensive practice if it is not remedied over time. Goldenberg is quick to take a product out of the catalog if nobody is buying it. This is even if he thinks that it is a great product. He only sticks with products that are giving him a profit.

Goldenberg is a young star and is one of the leaders amongst the CEOs in Southern California. He has built 3 great companies in just two decades leading companies. He has built these great companies using great hiring practices and by trusting his metrics. This takes an egoless leader who is willing to use the ideas of others.

Coworking spaces are perfect for Millennials

 Millennials Are So Happy (Living And Working) Together

Coworking spaces or co-living spaces are working platforms that aim at taking away the feeling of isolation that most people experience in our cities today. They can be book clubs, group dinners and so on. They all have one mission; curing loneliness. The people born between the mid-80s and the 90s (Millennials) do not mind using one another’s company. However, many individuals nowadays do not take part in the relationships that fill the void of loneliness. Relationships like family and marriage do not interest them. This attitude explains why many young people are lonely.

The mid-80s and early 90s kids love the safety and structure in co-working and co-living environments. Mostly, co-living platforms work in loco parentis. The co-working and co- living startups take up duties like ensuring office gadgets like printers are working, clean up the place and so on. Co-living apartments have a hierarchy of tenant advisors; they help solve conflicts if any. These startups also take note of the need for privacy; there are private phone booths available but with rules to govern them. Millennials love the feeling of having someone to take care of them and togetherness.

Workville offers Manhattan offices for rent situated near to Times Square, Bryant Park in New York City. They offer ready move-in working offices, open desks, and shared rooms. Members of this Startup co-working platform can spread out to perform their duties, hold meetings and take calls from the lounge arena, café and the three open space terraces available. The Workville community is made up of quality young businesses and talented startups. These two together create a culture of prosperity. The Workville team has worked hard to come up with a luxury co-working environment.

The private offices go for $1500 for two people and $4500 for six individuals. The Dedicated Desk in Private Office for $750 per month. The Open co-working space goes for $500 a month, $45 per day and $19 per hour. All these prices are negotiable. They rent their conference rooms for $100 per hour, and the virtual mail goes for $50 every month. Workville has partnered with other companies like Alley Boost, InDinero, Michael Page, Pops board, eBay, and many others. They also have several amenities to go with these offers. You get to enjoy amenities like fast internet connection, mail service, private phone, printers, terraces, 24hour access, daily cleaning and fresh coffee.

You can go online to gather more information on their prices, take a virtual tour. You will be able to talk to one of their employees and possibly get a chance to visit the Workville premises in person.

A Day with Andy Wirth on KCRW

In the recent years, many people in the California region, and in America as a whole, are concerned with the issue of droughts that has seen water usage dip by about 27% as compared to the last two years. Learn more about Andy Wirth: and

Many are looking at the threat posed by the El Nino and an increase in the number of storms. These weather patterns have an adverse effect on winter and winter sports and greatly affect ski resorts. This dry spell has forced many resorts to end their season early.

This was the topic of the discussion that was addressed by Andy Wirth, the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, a parent company of the Alpine Meadow and Squaw Valley ski resorts.

I listened to the radio interview conducted by Madeleine Brand in her program called Press and Play. Andy Wirth acknowledged that their skiing resorts experienced a tough winter due to what the meteorologists termed as the “ Ridiculously resilient ridge”.

This is a weather a phenomenon that prevents low pressure from coming into the mountains. This then leads to less snow which has an adverse effect on the skiing business.

He accepted that the tough winter reduced ski visits to their resorts by about 20%. This had a profound effect on their business but they were able to survive although business was not that profitable. They were able to maintain a solid capital structure even though the effects of less snow were considerable.

He is of the opinion that for a ski resort to be able to survive, it must have the ability to withstand such shocks by positioning itself and restructuring its business models. This can be done through the application of scientific methods in snow management and snowmaking. He envisages a volatile climate in future based on the Stamford weather report.

The situation can be addressed by improving on snow making techniques, and adjusting and changing of business models. Ski resorts can do this by including summer visitations in addition to winter skiing. This are useful in the organisation of weddings, meetings and events.

As resource managers, Andy feels that resorts should be able to leave a legacy by working with energy companies in the reduction of carbon footprints and thereby reducing their contribution to climate change.

Mr. Andrew “Andy” Wirth is the President and chief executive officer of Squaw Valley Ski and its subsidiary, Alpine Meadows of Tahoe Inc., since 2010. His key responsibilities in these ski resorts are in the areas of sales and marketing. He also performs other duties as the senior vice president of sales and marketing at Steamboat of Intrawest ULC.

He has about a quarter a century of experience in sales and marketing and has his offices in Steamboat Springs in Colorado. He is a holder a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Colorado State University and also attended the Edinburgh University of Scotland.

When an Online Reputation Follows You

You can be one of the most successful entrepreneurs around, but you can’t please everybody. Sooner or later someone is going to make it their mission to get you a bad reputation. Here are some ways you can deter these people from ruining a good standing you have with existing customers.

It seems counter-intuitive, but you shouldn’t respond to their attacks at first. If you see a ridiculous claim or negative review about you or your business, make sure you respond professionally. See if there is any way you can calm the situation. You will only exacerbate the anger if you are defensive. If you catch the problem early, sites like can get rid critics completely. You can always reassure customers with a memo or public statement addressing concerns. Give them a reason to stay with you because of your many good services to them, not because of a few bad reviews from others. If you provide an excellent service, some of your loyal customers might come to your defense. Remember, the value you provide is essential for a successful business. If you increase that value to counter the attack, your customers won’t jump ship because of someone with a vendetta against you. If you do need support, reach out to others that you can trust. Some entrepreneurs who have more experience might give you their experience to comfort you. Experienced entrepreneurs like to use to help clean up negative articles about their businesses. Most importantly, don’t give up on your work. Focus on why you are an entrepreneur and what that means to you. You shouldn’t stop doing what you love because you can’t please a heckler in the crowd full of applause.