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Handy Offers Tipping Option To Customers

Everyone is talking about the topic of tipping. Restaurant owners are finding that paying their wait staff more on the hour and not allowing tips is a move in the right direction. However, the famous housecleaning company Handy is adding the tipping option to their app.

They are one of the few, if not the only company that uses an app for their housecleaning services. Now, they want their customers to be able to show their cleaners what a great job they have done. By allowing them to add a tip, they can show their gratitude. Customers have always been able to pay using the app, but now they can use their phone’s app to give extra to the workers.

What made Handy decide to make such a drastic move? Well, their customers were tipping before, but it was mostly done through cash transactions. By allowing them to tip through the app, it’s just a cleaner way to keep track of things. Oisin Hanrahan is the CEO at Handy. He started the company with his 2 roommates when they were at Harvard Business School. The company was doing great right from the start, and in 2012, he dropped out of school to pursue his dream. Their gamble has definitely paid off. Handy has seen exponential growth over the past three years and recently received another $50 million in funding just this July.

What makes Handy so different? Well, his workers each earn about $18 per hour. They work like other firms who offer on-demand style working. Handy keeps 20 percent of the earnings, but that doesn’t include tips. During the beta testing for the new tipping feature, they saw that customers were more inclined to give a tip when they had the digital option. So many people don’t carry cash these days, and many of the workers really deserve the tips they get. Plain and simple, more people will tip since the option is available. Other sites like Uber already use this option and have favorable reports from the addition. It’s just another way that Handy continues providing services for their customers.

With salaries of $18 an hour plus tips, it seems that cleaning houses may be one of the more lucrative careers around.

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Marc Sparks Relocates Timber Creek Capital Offices to Increase Productivity

As originally reported on PR Newswire in January 2015, serial entrepreneur Marc Sparks has relocated his Dallas Timber Creek Capital, LP offices after 14 years at the former location. The new offices will optimize collaboration to focus on startup businesses.

With his private equity firm, Marc Sparks serves entrepreneurs in developing new businesses into revenue generating companies. The new facility enables the firm to host three separate companies and offer an extensive incubation period. Sparks believes that a quality, conducive and collaborative work environment is a critical ingredient for success.

The new offices will support Sparks’ belief, after 35 years of entrepreneurial experience, that there exists a special flow within an office that is required to maximize collaboration and output.

Sparks takes on a handful of companies at a time and offers them mentorship and access to resources like banking, marketing, capital, office space, etc. His team supports companies through the multiple stages of launching a sustainable business.

“Faith, passion, tenacity, focus, savvy of monetization, and an outrageous sense of urgency, or as my team calls it ‘spark speed’, are qualities that have helped me succeed and that I like to mentor,” Sparks said. “I have seen every level of entrepreneurial success and failure and this is why Timber Creek Capital, LP is so qualified to help take on entrepreneurs’ ideas and turn them into prosperous business models.”

Marc Sparks is the founder, owner, and CEO of Timber Creek, LP. He is also an author, philanthropist, and serial entrepreneur continually turning new ideas into businesses. His book, “They Can’t Eat You,” underlines Sparks’ tremulous road as an entrepreneur to help others create a path to success.

Timber Creek Capital, LP is a private equity firm, specializing in turning the dreams of passionate entrepreneurs into sought after, revenue generating products and services. In its Dallas, Texas office, Timber Creek Capital provides the necessary capital, office space, equipment, legal, accounting, graphic arts, web development, customer service expertise, intellectual capital, banking, merchant banking, marketing, networking, support staff and over 35 years of entrepreneurial experience to navigate businesses from inception to fruition.

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Is Biotechnology Booming?

As reported from The Wall Street Journal

Biotechnology is responsible for many innovations and cures for the use of the public. However, the business aspect of this industry is often overlooked which allows poor decisions to pervade the plans of many investors.
The biotech industry has gained more advanced companies other than older biotech companies such as Genentech and Amgen. These companies are rooted in the less explored but highly promising areas of biotechnology while still competing in the more commonly studied fields of the industry. Since 1983 the biotech industries have made many improvements in many less studied areas including cancer. The biotech industry has also seen the slow emergence of other fields including neuroscience. Scientists in these fields have been working to develop more effective ways of studying these dynamics and recording relevant data.

Despite these advancements the FDA still faces budgeting issues which many scientists believe impedes scientific progression. This information was reported recently in the wall street journal along with the news of several biotech companies changing their bases of operation. Experts have explained that these types of companies thrive in environments such as cities due to the higher rates of both company recruitment and support.

A few months ago I did a profile on biotech entrepreneur Mark Ahn. The  twenty year veteran known for being a entrepreneur,executive, and consultant in the biopharmaceutical industry. Along with his colleagues, Mark Ahn recently gave his own advice on why many budding biotech startup strategies seem to fail. Mark Ahn explained that many investors fail by investing either in the wrong product too early or the wrong company producing the product. However, Ahn explains that investing in high level research teams can assist in selecting the right products to invest in.

The biopharmaceutical industry is highly regulated and usually new products require extensively consistent funding from outside companies. This means that the companies involved can have a large degree of control over the outcome of these product’s success. the companies you that you choose to invest with can negatively or positively impact your rate of return. Investing in several small productions during their beginning phase usually becomes the most pragmatic solution. Ahn also warns against allowing current industry trends to distract from individual long term business goals. Promising innovations along with promises of success have lead many investors off their respective financial paths. Mark Ahn stresses the importance of having a solid long term plan and proper support to find success in the biotechnology industry.

Browse job sites with FreedomPop unlimited wireless

Freelancers need internet. Duh. But we don’t exactly have unlimited funds to pay the big guy communications companies. That’s why FreedomPop is so great– they provide the wireless we desperately need at a price we can afford.

FreedomPop is a California based company founded in 2011. Its CEO is Stephan Stokols, who was formerly the CEO of the video-chat startup Woo Media. The company provides wireless Internet and mobile phone services and works with both Sprint and Clearwire. They also sell various devices, phones and tablets that work with their networks. The company is projected to be serving over one million customers at some point in 2015.

The company recently expanded its Wi-Fi network and is offering unlimited Wi-Fi service to customers for five dollars a month. There are ten million Wi-Fi hotspots in the network and this number is expected to grown to 25 million within three months. Users can get both free calls and texts while they are connected as well as simply use the Internet. The Photon mobile hotspot is another option for users who need Wi-Fi wherever they go.

Essentially, the plan is to allow users to call and text wherever they are in a compatible Wi-Fi hotspot. While there are not as many Wi-Fi hotspots as cell towers, prepaid users could still save a lot of money. The company estimates that many users could save around 40 dollars a month. While Scratch wireless and Republic wireless offer similar plans, but these plans are only available on Scratch and Republic phones.

FreedomPop continues to provide traditional LTE access to its customers along with Wi-Fi access. Android users will be the first to be able to access the new FreedomPop hotspots. An app that is available as a download on both iTunes and GooglePlay will also show them where the nearest hotspots are.

One feature that FreedomPop offers is allowing its users to be able to log into Wi-Fi networks without entering passwords and accepting terms. An app will do all of this automatically whenever a user enters a FreedomPop Wi-Fi hotspot.

Many of the new FreedomPop hotspots are at food-oriented businesses like McDonald’s, Burger King and Starbucks. For the time being, most of the new hotspots are located in metropolitan areas. Major retailers like Best Buy are also included.

FreedomPop appears poised to save quite a few people some money. Basically, their Wi-Fi hotspot plan is an attempt to offer wireless communication a little differently and at lower costs.

How Would Mark Ahn Handle Biotech Startups?

Dr. Mark Ahn is a founding principal at Pukana Partners, and he has done research on how biotech startups should handle their business. When you read this story first published by PR Newswire, you will see that Dr. Ahn has very simple advice for everyone in the industry.

When Dr. Ahn shared this information with the publication, he was sharing his real world experience and research at the same time. Dr. Ahn has looked at how biotech startups function, and he has concluded that these businesses cannot make money as quickly as other companies.

The product cycle for these companies is so long that they need to have many products in the works at the same time. Also, these companies need to funding that is coming from multiple sources. When the funding is secured to take the company through the long haul, that business can better deal with the long testing and trial phases of their own products.

When Dr. Ahn says to be patient, all biotech companies should take heed. They are not going to make money overnight, and they need to have a business plan that suits them. When these companies do their homework properly, they have a better chance of succeeding.