Jetson ONE – Flying Through The Forest

Source: Jetson

The feeling you experience when flying the Jetson ONE through the forest is unreal. The excitement and thrills are phenomenal, far more incredible than what you have seen in sci-fi Hollywood blockbusters.

Can you think of any manned aircraft capable of speeding through the forest like this? Our mission is to make the skies available for everyone with our safe personal electric aerial vehicle. Are you ready to experience a completely new and exciting way of travel?

Tesco trials renting out office space to workers

( via – – Fri, 13th May 2022) London, Uk – –

Remote working and your weekly shop in one? Both could be possible after Tesco announced a flexible working trial with office service provider IWG.

From mid-May, people will be able to use office space created in the chain's New Malden store in London.

A flexible office area will use space in-store, with desks, co-working areas and a meeting room provided.

The move highlights the continued move away from traditional office set-ups since the pandemic.

IWG said that the trial with Tesco was reflective of “really strong demand” from office workers to have suburban alternatives close to home, as opposed to commuting into city centres.

“People don't want to spend hours commuting every day and instead want to live and work in their local communities,” said Mark Dixon, founder and chief executive of IWG.

Research from the company suggests that 72% of workers would prefer to work flexibly.

Zooms from the milk aisle?

The partnership comes as supermarkets are increasingly looking for new ways to make money from their physical stores, with many shoppers having switched to online deliveries during the Covid pandemic.

The pandemic and lockdowns also caused a huge shift in people's working patterns and while restrictions have eased, the latest figures suggest that the shift to flexible working is here to stay.

A survey from the Chartered Institute of Management found more than 80% of firms had now adopted hybrid-working since the end of the pandemic.

Louise Goodland, head of strategic partnerships for Tesco, said the supermarket was always looking to “serve customers and communities better” and it would be interested to see the response to the trial.

By Star McFarlane

How Apeel Sciences Founder Raised $650 Million For Their Food-Saving Start-Up

Source: CNBC

James Rogers, founder of Apeel Sciences, learned that one of the main causes of global hunger isn’t that we as a species aren’t capable of growing enough food, it’s that so much of it goes bad before it can be consumed.

The reason food goes bad is fairly simple: Oxygen comes in, water goes out. If he could find a way to stretch that out, he might be able to make a dent in global hunger.

James thought, if we could slow the process of steel from oxidizing, why couldn’t we do the same for a ripe avocado?

Here’s how Apeel became a $2 billion start-up looking to end world hunger.

The rise (and fall?) of the Covid testing industry

Source: CNBC

The multi-billion dollar Covid-19 testing industry emerged practically overnight to meet sudden demand for coronavirus tests. But with Covid-19 testing requirements now easing, what does its future look like?

The Covid-19 testing industry sprung up almost overnight. There was an overwhelming demand for tests around the world, and entrepreneurs reacted quickly – pouring money into hiring staff, securing supplies and building laboratories.

Together with more established players, testing capacity ballooned and a brand-new industry was born. Qured is one of those newcomers. It was launched in 2017 as a doctor-on-demand service, but in 2020, the company spotted an opportunity it couldn't ignore. “It was really demand from our patients, which drove our pivot towards Covid testing,” said Alex Templeton, CEO and co-founder of Qured.

Initially, Qured focused on helping businesses bring their staff back to work safely, but it was an innovation in rapid self-testing for travel that put Qured on the map. “We just started thinking about how to validate that it's you who's done it, that you've swabbed correctly. We figured out that a video call was the way to really solve this,” Templeton said.

This innovation resonated with British Airways, and in February 2021 the carrier launched a partnership with Qured. From there, growth exploded, with the company striking deals with American Airlines and Heathrow Airport, as well.

How Misfits Market Built A $1 Billion Start-Up Selling “Ugly” Organic Produce

Source: CNBC

Misfits Market is an online grocery delivery service that sells “ugly” organic produce for cheap. In the first four months of 2021 alone, Misfits Market rescued the same amount of food it saved in 2020 as a whole.

In 2020, Misfits Market shipped 77 million pounds of food to more than 400,000 households across the U.S. Since launching in 2018, Misfits Market has expanded to both coasts, has over 1,000 employees and has received over $300 million in funding.

Bloomberg reports its valuation tops $1 billion, putting it into unicorn territory. But Misfits Market wasn’t an obvious success. In fact, it was just one of many businesses started by its 29-year-old founder Abhi Ramesh.

Mike Lynch UK entrepreneur loses $5bn fraud case over sale of Autonomy to HP in 2011

( via– Fri, 28th Jan 2022) London, Uk – –

UK entrepreneur Mike Lynch has lost a multi-billion pound fraud action brought over the sale of software company Autonomy to Hewlett Packard (HP) in 2011.

The High Court judge found that HP had “substantially” succeeded in its bitter civil case but indicated that the US firm would get considerably less than the $5bn it had sought in damages.

The ruling follows years of bitter wrangling over Autonomy's value, which HP cut by almost $9bn after buying the firm for $11bn.

Mr Lynch has always denied any wrongdoing and said the failure of the acquisition was due to HP's mismanagement.

He is also due to learn later on Friday whether Home Secretary Priti Patel has approved an extradition request to the US where he faces criminal charges, including wire fraud and securities fraud, relating to the deal.

His Autonomy colleague, former chief financial officer Sushovan Hussain, was convicted in the US in 2019 and jailed for five years. He has subsequently lost an appeal against that conviction.

How This CEO Earned Over $725,000 Designing Luxury Bags While Studying For Her MBA

Source: CNBC

Wilglory Tanjong, 25, is a full-time MBA student at The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. She is also the founder and CEO of Anima Iris, a luxury purse brand with pieces handcrafted by artisans in Dakar, Senegal.

After living on food stamps as a teen and later coping with the loss of her mother, Wilglory promised herself she would become financially independent and live life to the fullest. Not only has her company brought in over $725,000 in sales in less than two years, but her bags have been worn by Beyoncé and spotted on Issa Rae’s show, “Insecure.” Here’s how Wilglory is turning her passion project into a million-dollar business.

The Barbershop booking software App Worth $750 Million

Source: Forbes

Songe LaRon and Dave Salvant left their desks behind to create booking software for the nation’s 109,000 barbershops. Today, their fast-growing startup, Squire Technologies, is valued at some 60 times this year’s estimated sales and is featured on this year’s Forbes Next Billion-Dollar Startups.

Neither LaRon, a 37-year-old corporate lawyer, nor Salvant, who is 36 and worked in finance, had worked in a barbershop before — or run a small business of any sort. So, in 2016, they made a gutsy move: They spent $20,000 of the $60,000 of cash they had on hand to buy out the lease on an ailing barbershop in Manhattan’s Chelsea Market. “That gave us a test kitchen to develop the software,” recalls Salvant, the company’s president. “This was a huge gamble.”

They didn’t cut hair (which requires a license in New York State), but they did pretty much everything else: Ran the front desk, swept hair off the floor, ordered supplies, talked to customers. It was a crash course in how barbershops really operate. From the outside, a barbershop looks simple: Book an appointment, get a cut, pay with cash or a credit card. But behind the scenes are the complexities of a business in which barbers may rent chairs from the shop or receive different cuts of revenue, tips may be in cash or credit, and each barber may set their own schedule and their own prices.

LaRon and Salvant realized they had to rework Squire from a glorified appointment app to something that could handle all the nitty-gritty headaches of running a very particular type of small business.

10 People who prove College isn’t Necessary to be Successful in Life

Source: Alux

This Alux video will answer the following questions:

Why college is not needed to be successful? Does college matter to be successful? How can I live a successful life without college? Is college a waste of time and money? Does college guarantee a job? Can we live without education? Is college important for a successful career? Does where you go to college really matter? Do prestigious colleges matter? What are the pros and cons of going to college? What jobs can make you rich without college? What should I do if I don't go to college? Can I make a living without a college degree? Is it okay to not go to college? How many college students become successful? What is the hardest degree to get? Can you get a job with just a bachelor degree? Is a Bachelor's degree good? Why school is a waste of time? Which years of college are the hardest? Is college really worth?

Pimlico Plumbers closing in on a £100m deal to sell company

( via– Wed, 15th Sept 2021) London, Uk – –

Pimlico Plumbers tycoon Mullins nears £100m deal to sell company

Neighborly, a home services provider backed by the private equity giant KKR, is among the parties trying to buy Pimlico Plumbers, Sky News understands.

Charlie Mullins, the entrepreneur who became an unlikely business celebrity as the founder of a London-based plumbers, is closing in on a deal to sell the 42 year-old business.

Sky News has learnt that Neighborly, a US-based provider of home services owned by the giant private equity firm KKR, is among a number of parties which have expressed an interest in buying Pimlico Plumbers.

A private equity investor who had expressed an interest earlier in the sale process said on Wednesday that a sale of Pimlico Plumbers could be imminent, although they cautioned that it was unclear whether Neighborly or another suitor would be the eventual buyer.

Reports earlier this year suggested that Mr Mullins was likely to fetch a price in the region of £100m after hiring advisers from Cavendish Corporate Finance to identify new investors.

The tycoon, a vocal opponent of Brexit who has become an outspoken figure on a range of economic matters, founded Pimlico Plumbers in 1979 with a single second hand van.

He has grown it into one of the capital's most ubiquitous businesses, with its prominent branding displayed on a fleet of vehicles driven by its roughly-400 staff.

The company is now run by Scott, Mr Mullins' son.

Neighborly would be a logical buyer for Pimlico Plumbers as it seeks to extend its international reach.

It was bought by KKR from Harvest Partners, another investment firm, just two months ago.

Neighborly owns a range of franchise-based home services brands, including HouseMaster and Mr Appliance.

Pimlico Plumbers and KKR declined to comment, while a spokeswoman for Neighborly did not respond to a series of requests seeking comment.

By Mark Kleinman

Cupcake Pizza Company Impresses Lori Greiner on Shark Tank

Source: SPT

Andrea Meggiato and Michelle Jimenez are seeking $125k for a 5% stake in their Pizza Cupcake company.

About Shark Tank: The Sharks – tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons – continue their search to invest in the best businesses and products that America has to offer. The Sharks will once again give people from all walks of life the chance to chase the American dream and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires.

15 Most VALUABLE Books You Can Read For Free

Source: Alux

This Alux vide o we will be answering the following questions:

Where can I read books online for free? What is the best free online library? How do I find free books? Is Google books free? How do I get free books on Amazon Prime? How do I find free Kindle books? What are some free online library? Is Open Library free? What is an example of a free online library? Which is the best app to read free books? Is Amazon Kindle free to use? What is the best free reading app? Is Google Books safe? What is the #1 best selling book? Does Google Books cost money? Does Amazon have free books? How can I get free books mailed to me? Is BookBub really free? Where can I read classics for free? How can I get free physical books?

How Egypt Is Keeping This 200-Year-Old Tile Tradition Alive

Source: Still Standing

Saied Hussain has been hand making tiles out of cement for over 50 years. He says he’s one of the last still doing this work in Egypt — most other workshops couldn't withstand competition from marble and ceramic tiles. We went to Cairo to see how his business is still standing. Saied does not have a website. He sells his tiles locally in Cairo.

The Billion Dollar Pool Supply Industry Cashing in on Summer

Source: CNBC

Over the last several decades, a growing number of Americans have chosen to spend more time and money on swimming pools. Most pools can be found in California, Texas and Florida, but population growth in other Southern states is escalating the demand for pool construction and supplies. Pool Corporation, one of the largest pool supply distributers, has seen its stock price soar. Already in 2021, people are opening up their pools 20-30% earlier in the year than they did in 2020, which means they will need more chemicals and supplies to keep their pools swimmable. For now, demand is pretty strong.

UK employers struggle with worst labour shortage since 1997

( via – – Thur, 8th July 2021) London, Uk – –

Rush to reopen and departure of overseas workers have caused problems in areas including transport, hospitality and construction

Britain’s employers are struggling with the worst staff shortages since the late 1990s, amid the rush to reopen from lockdown and a sharp drop in overseas workers due to Covid and Brexit.

Sounding the alarm over the risks to economic recovery from acute labour shortages, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and the accountancy firm KPMG said the number of available workers plunged in June at the fastest rate since 1997.

Recruitment firms are reporting hiring challenges across several sectors of the economy, led by shortfalls in areas such as transport and logistics, hospitality, manufacturing and construction.

As well as the trouble recruiting chefs, kitchen porters, cleaners and warehouse staff recorded in previous months, the snapshot indicated that issues for employers were spreading to typically higher-paying sectors such as finance, IT, accounting and engineering.

“We need action from businesses and government to reskill and upskill furloughed and prospective workers now more than ever, as the increasing skills gap in the workforce has the potential to slow the UK’s economic recovery,” said Claire Warnes, head of education, skills and productivity at KPMG UK.

The rush to reopen after pandemic restrictions is leading to bottlenecks. Employers are finding added complications as fewer EU workers travel to Britain because of Covid-19 border controls and the government’s post-Brexit immigration rules.

According to the REC and KPMG survey of more than 400 recruitment firms, a sharp rise in hiring demand led to the unprecedented fall in the availability of candidates in June. Recruiters noted that increased hiring, Brexit, pandemic-related uncertainty and the furlough scheme all weighed on the number of jobseekers available.

Official figures show about 1.5 million workers are still furloughed with pandemic restrictions still limiting a full return to work, after the government pushed back the date for the end of most pandemic restrictions to 19 July and the Delta variant fuelled rising infections.

Rishi Sunak last week started to wind down the multibillion-pound jobs scheme, which is due to close at the end of September. At its peak almost 9 million jobs were furloughed during the first wave of the pandemic, with about 5 million in the wave in January this year.

Unemployment in the UK has fallen in recent months as firms scrambled to hire, dropping to 4.7%, or about 1.6 million people. The Bank of England forecasts that unemployment would rise to 5.5% after furlough ends. However, this is significantly below expectations last year that Covid-19 would drive up job losses at the fastest rate since the 1980s, leading to 12% unemployment.

In a sign of the growing pressure on companies, surveys from the British Chambers of Commerce published on Thursday showed 70% that had tried to hire staff in the three months to June had struggled to do so.

According to the poll of 5,700 companies, 52% said they tried to hire staff over the three months to June. The sectors with the biggest problems recruiting workers were construction, hotels and catering, and manufacturing.

Jane Gratton, head of people policy at the BCC, said part of the issue for employers was that skills shortages that had existed in Britain before the pandemic were becoming apparent once more as the economy reopened. “The encouraging increase in job creation across the manufacturing and services sectors is being held back by recruitment difficulties at all skill levels, jeopardising growth and productivity,” she said.

An estimated 1.3 million non-UK workers have left the country during the pandemic. Business leaders said easing post-Brexit immigration rules could help address shortages, but also called for further investment in skills and training from the government to increase the numbers of domestic candidates.

Employment experts believe people are being put off from work in certain sectors that have developed reputations for low pay and poor conditions in recent years, and that concerns over continuing high rates of Covid-19 are also having an impact.

Sustained labour shortages could lead employers to push up wages, which could in turn feed through to rising inflation if companies raise their prices to accommodate higher wage bills. However, there is debate about whether bottleneck pressures as the economy reopens from lockdown will translate into a permanently tighter jobs market.

Neil Carberry, the chief executive of the REC, said: “The jobs market is improving at the fastest pace we have ever seen, but it is still an unpredictable time. We can’t yet tell how much the ending of furlough and greater candidate confidence will help to meet this rising demand for staff.”

By Richard Partington, Economics correspondent

How Danny Meyer Built High-End Burger Chain Shake Shack

Source: Make it

It's hard to think of a bigger restaurant success story over the last decade than Shake Shack. The high-end burger chain began as a hot dog cart in 2001 in New York City's Madison Square Park by famed restaurateur Danny Meyer. The menu was handwritten written by Meyer on a single sheet of paper in about 10 minutes and is about 85 percent the same today. But there’s so much more to this story. Like for three years after 9/11 that hot dog cart paid the bills at the crown jewel of Meyer’s restaurant empire, Eleven Madison Park. Or how he wasted over a million developing a line of French fries only to throw them away out of pure pride. If Danny Meyer is the heart and soul of Shake Shack, its longtime CEO Randy Garutti is the engine that powers it. Here’s how they built Shake Shack.

How Child YouTube Stars Have Become Popular Brands On Par With Star Wars and Marvel

Source: Bloomberg

Content created for children on YouTube has exploded over the last decade. In just a few short years, the power to help launch a successful toy has moved from toymakers and TV executives to 9 year-olds and their parents. Child YouTube stars have now become popular brands on par with Star Wars and Marvel, and all of kids entertainment could shift because of it.