How Sweetgreen Co-founder Nathaniel Ru Used Technology To Create A Successful Business

Like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Steve Jobs and Microsoft’s Bill Gates entrepreneur Nathaniel Ru and the business partners that he co-founded the company Sweetgreen started out with a big idea. Nathaniel Ru and his two friends were college students at Georgetown in Washington DC who got together and brainstormed a game changing business idea in their dorm room. What sets Ru and his business partners apart from Jobs, Gates and Zuckerberg however is that their big idea did not necessarily concern becoming the biggest name in technology. In 2007 these young entrepreneurs set out to conquer a totally different sector of the business world: food. Learn more: http://fortune.com/2016/02/18/sweetgreen-entrepreneurs/

 

Ru and his partners launched the restaurant chain Sweetgreen in order to fill what they saw as a dearth of easily accessible healthy food in the DC area. Their restaurant has won many fans by offering restaurant goers affordable, fresh, locally sourced food. The company has managed to open 40 different locations around the country after launching in the Washington DC area. The menu boasts wholesome and tasty menu selections like a warm salad called the harvest bowl which is comprised of goat cheese, apples, toasted almonds, sweet potatoes and roasted chicken. Sweetgreen also offers its customers a dish called the fish taco warm bowl that includes ingredients like cabbage, tortilla chips, a lime cilantro vinaigrette and roasted steelhead.  Learn more: http://www.thehoya.com/nathaniel-ru-jonathan-neman-and-nicolas-jammet/

 

Though Nathaniel Ru and his partners are not tech world savants they are restaurateurs who have figured out how to build a seamless marriage between technology and good food. While many restaurants have had to adjust to the advent of technology by incorporating digital menu options into their site, Sweetgreen started out being aware of how important technology and the digital world is to building a relationship with contemporary diners in the 21st century. The company has focused on building a website and an app that allows customers to place their orders without having to come to a Sweetgreen location in person. Apparently the Sweetgreen app and website is such a success that according to business publication Fortune magazine one third of Sweetgreen’s sales are made through either of these mediums. Learn more: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2016/09/23/bluecart-simplifying-restaurant-orders-video.html

 

The company has also tried to innovate the restaurant business by throwing out traditional approaches to management. For many restaurants the relationship between corporate and local chains can be a distant one. Not so for Sweetgreen. The company prides itself on breaking down the barriers that typically keep a company’s most senior leadership removed from what is happening on the ground level at their company. They do this by taking time off from their work at the corporate office five times each year to work in their restaurants. This keeps them aware of what is happening with their company and makes them better equipped to make the right strategic decisions for Sweetgreen’s future.

 

 

Securus Technologies Receives Significant Approval Rate in Various Correctional facilities

In 2004 two leading industries in rehabilitation companies namely, Evercom and T-Netix united to form the American for-profit prison, Securus Technologies which is a technology company located in Dallas, Texas. It has international offices situated in Atlanta and Georgia. There are also offices in Carrollton and Allen both in Texas. The company has an employment rate of close to 1,000 workers and is proven to have partnered in contractual terms with 2,600 correctional centers around the United States of America.

 

With its ability to work with not less than 2,200 Correctional centers across the region and to nearby Canada, Securus made an announcement in July 2016 which indicated that they had supplied more than $600 million on investments in technologies, exclusive rights, and possessions in three solid years. Securus Technologies obtained a global brand name leader in Offender Management Systems that referred to as Syscon Justice Sytems.

 

The company boasts of introducing a system that controlled contraband cell phones. As 2016 approached, Securus Technologies Controlled Access Solutions had improved so much that made it receive a huge approval rate in various Department of Corrections facilities that were more than five in number. In July of 2016, Securus secured a partnership together with Harris Corporations on “Cell Defender” know-how. The company later made an announcement in 2017 about its wireless Contained Solution that was meant to help reduce contraband cell phones ability to connect to wireless mobile networks.

 

The center of focus in Securus, Inc. is to deploy safe and secure mobile services to the dynamic market environment. For that matter, Securus made an inclusive machine-to-machine (M2M) technology platform that has enabled the company with its investment partners to convey sophisticated hardware, devices and software Global Positioning Systems (GPS) solutions.

 

Besides Securus strategic partnership includes leading enterprises in every vertical market to bring about optimization and state of the art GPS solutions. The products they design are not only meant for college students and senior citizens but also individuals with special needs and law enforcement agencies. Its general purpose and vehicle trailing GPS locators sold through its retail chains across the country.

 

There was a sample of comments obtained from letters and emails from officials in prison around the United States. The officials were individuals with obligations to prevent and solve crimes to make living surroundings better and safer.

 

Also, there were comments by selected customers on the use of technology to prevent and solve crimes. Most of the comments were positive. An instance of such comments includes an individual who was grateful for the phone calls information they had acquired in a case involving a corrupt member of staff. As a result, a search warrant obtained and the accused arrested for introducing contraband.

 

 

The Growth Of Success Academy Continues

In 2017 the New York based Success Academy has been reported to have opened its 41 campuses and serves more than 14,000 students across New York City in some of the poorest served parts of the city. Success Academy founder Eva Moskowitz believes the way those students attending this charter school network are being taught by motivated educators has allowed the Success Academy community to become a major success that has seen test scores consistently remain higher than those achieved by peers across New York City; an all around approach to life has been taken by the leaders at Success Academy who feel they are trying to build successful members of the community in students during their time at the charter school and when they move on to employment or a college career.

 

Among the areas that are addressed by Success Academy educators are eating correctly, including recess in the daily schedule, and becoming involved in the community at all levels makes this a great option for building successful community members. The Brooklyn based Success Academy Crown Heights school saw fresh raw foods served to them during part of the day in a bid to make sure they were given the chance to eat and enjoy the best possible foods available; this fits in with the need to bring new experiences to the lives of a charter school network that sees around 77 percent of its students come from low income families.

 

At the Success Academy the day is not structured in the same way as a traditional public school, in this charter school system the need to take part in new experiences and include time for play on a regular basis is seen in the regular recesses allowed throughout the day. Another part of the day that looks to bring new levels of success to the students of Success Academy is the use of chess as a learning tool that has proven a major success alongside the need for a science based teaching lesson included in the daily schedules each day of the week.