How Sweetgreen’s Is A New Type Of Restaurant
June 14, 2017 — 5:13

Sweetgreen’s is a restaurant that is different than other chain fast food places. It sells food that is organic, fresh, and healthy. Additionally, each restaurant gets its ingredients from farms that are local to its location. The restaurant now has 40 locations which are located in the Northeastern United States and in California.

One of the co-CEO’s of Sweetgreen’s Nathaniel Ru, said that the restaurant was premised on the idea of serving customers healthy, great tasting food. When he and the other co-founder of Sweetgreens were attending Georgetown University they all attended an entrepreneurship class. They also came from families of immigrants who had started their own company. They developed the idea of Sweetgreen’s by noting that there were no healthy restaurant options around the university.

Nathaniel and his business partners established the first Sweetgreen’s near Georgetown University and it proved to be a very successful restaurant concept. They’re first big test occurred during winter break as all of the students went home for the holiday. They expected business at the restaurant to be slower and yet it was still very busy. This proved the broad appeal of Sweetgreen’s which now has restaurants both near and far from university campuses.

Nathaniel Ru has said that he wants to build a business that stands for more than just providing people food. He wants to help create a culture of healthy eating that primarily eats food from local sources. This not only helps build local economies but it also cuts down on the environmental impact or running a business. Getting ingredients from local sources cause far fewer greenhouse gasses than getting food shipped to each restaurant from across the United States or even from around the world.

Rather than clustering their locations near other fast food options as most of the chains operate, Nathaniel Ru points out that they establish theirs in areas that are up and coming. The idea is to place restaurants near where people live rather than just near where they work. In this way they stay busy not only during lunch hour but also have lines out the door for dinners and during the weekend hours.

Another important thing at Sweetgreen, according to Nathaniel Ru, is an open kitchen design. They want customers to see and experience their food being created. The company focuses on being transparent and showing rather than telling their customers how they treat the food that they serve.


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Mike Baur; One of the Pioneers of the Startup Ecosystem in Switzerland
June 9, 2017 — 1:41

Mike Baur is a technology investor and a former banker based in Switzerland. His work revolves around scouting for startups, advising startups, and connecting them with investors. He started his career in the banking sector as a commercial apprentice at UBS Fribourg. Baur worked in this role for nine years. He moved to a higher position in 2000. He joined the KeyClient Group Switzerland division at the bank two years later. Baur advanced to Clariden Leu as the head of private banking in 2008. This is another top bank in the country.


Baur accepted the same position at Sallfort Privatbank AG in 2012. He worked there for one and a half years. He is noted for his meteoric rise from the bottom to become a top executive at the top banks in Switzerland. He left to become an investor in technology companies after working for two decades in the financial sector. He launched Think Reloaded AG in April 2014. Baur co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister at the beginning of 2015. The accelerator is based in Zurich. It incubates startups for three months. They also provide services such as office space, mentoring, and coaching to teams. The Swiss Startup Factory offers startups a chance to tap into the vast network of investors and industry leaders who can help their companies.


Baur became the deputy managing director of Swiss Startup Invest last year. He gained this role after CTI partnered with the accelerator during one of the rounds. Swiss Startup Invest offers seed funding and late-stage funding to technology companies in the country. They bring together angel investors and venture capitalists to fund companies. They also host networking events where various stakeholders can come and meet the founders and see their products. Baur co-founded the Swiss Startup Association in October 2015. The association is dedicated to speak for upstarts and to make the country more friendly to their growth. They champion for a better tax and regulatory environment that allow them to thrive.


Baur is also the vice president of the Innovation Lab in Fribourg. The lab mentors and supports engineering and business students who have innovative ideas and wish to take them to the market. The lab gives them access to a network of investors, entrepreneurs, and mentors to advise them on how to succeed. He is frequently invited to give talks at universities and startup events because of his rich background in business and startup companies.



Hussain Sajwani of Damac Properties
June 7, 2017 — 18:33

Hussain Sajwani is the founder of DAMAC Properties, a company that started off in Dubai and is now a global brand. Hussain Sajwani attended the University of Washington and worked at GASCO as a contracts manager. GASCO is one of the leading companies in the world. When he quit working there, he started his empire in 1982 with a catering service company. Today, he has expanded to the property market in Dubai venturing in hotel accommodation for visitors going to the Arabian Gulf for business.

In 2002, Hussain Sajwani created the DAMAC Properties company that was going to invest heavily in the real estate business. DAMAC has achieved a lot of milestones, and as of now, it is the world’s finest brand in the real estate development. They are leading in the Middle East, and they have interests and assets in other cities like Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Jeddah, Riyadh, London, Amman, Doha and are still looking to venture in other countries.

Hussain Sajwani has over 2000 employees that help in building his empire. So far, they have developed 16,800 homes having a portfolio of over 44,000 units that are yet to be completed.

DAMAC has partnered with other like-minded companies and individuals to come up with prestigious projects and get into new markets. Damac owner contracts big and established companies with respected brands having a taste of fashion that will bring excellent results and products. Read more: DAMAC Chairman Relishes His Roots | The National

The golfer, Tiger Woods made the plan of DAMAC’s newest golf course that will open in 2018. His luxurious apartments interiors were designed and fixed Italian designers like Versace, Bugatti, and Fendi. Learn more about Hussain Sajwani:

The Trumps family and Hussain Sajwani family are good friends, and they have invested in great golf courses in Dubai. The DAMAC brand is now large because of Sajwani’s entrepreneurial skills and his clear vision on real estates. He is now among the 100 most influential Arabs in the world. Efforts made by him are always fruitful.

The company is philanthropic giving cheques that go into supporting kids that are without clothing in the world. The initiative is called the Ramadan that was initiated and blessed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Al Makhtoum together with the prime minister, vice president and the ruler of Dubai.