It wasn’t always a clean sweep for Handy Inc.

You may have heard of one of the nation’s well-known cleaning services, Handy. Handy connects everyday people with household services, but makes sure they’re matched with trusted professionals. Handy also makes things easy for the customer. Professionals are pre-screened, and can be booked within 60 seconds. But Handy wasn’t always the success story we know it as.

As 2016 began, the company re-hauled the way they partnered with cleaners and professionals – having them complete an online application without human help. At first it didn’t work. Their “onboarding” dropped by 40 percent.

Many people who hire a contractor or cleaning services worry about their home and belongings, and some do have valuable items stolen. According to the Chicago Sun, 47-year-old man was charged in June of 2016 for stealing thousands of dollars worth of expensive jewelry items. The ABC affiliate in San Antonio, KSAT reports a similar theft took place early December. Keeping this from happening was the idea that sparked Handy and their creators Oisin Hanrahan and Umang Dua.

In 2012, when the pair launched their company, then called “Handybook,” there were three other large companies trying to do the same thing – Homejoy, Mopp, and Exec. Homejoy went out of business in 2015 and Handy acquired their two other rivals.

Handy.com made some changes with the times to stay on point with their customers. Outsourcing customer service and hiring engineers to work out glitches in the online “onboarding” allowed them to save money and start succeeding. The company did have to layoff workers to go digital, and acknowledge its difficulty.

“It’s important, as you go through these scaling moments, that you figure out the places where you can do something in an automated way and where the human touch is more valuable,” said Hanrahan to Inc. Magazine.

That same article totes the companies now-growing success. It now costs them a third less to gain a customer, and in the last year the company saw their gross margins turn positive, the companies margins as a whole jumping nearly 15 percent.

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http://www.inc.com/magazine/201611/jeff-bercovici/from-pivot-to-profit.html

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Mike Baur Helps New Swiss Entrepreneurs Through Swiss Start-Up Factory

At a time when many people are hoarding their resources, entrepreneur, businessman and financial specialist Mike Baur and his team at Swiss Start-Up Factory are using their skills and resources to help new entrepreneurs to succeed. Baur attended the University of Rochester New and earned MBA. He also has attended University of Berne and graduated with an Executive MBA. He then spent 20 years working his way up in the Swiss private banking industry from a UBS commercial apprentice to becoming an executive board member for one of Switzerland’s largest private bank. In 2014 Baur and his two partners started the Swiss Start-Up Factory.

 

At Swiss Start-Up Factory Mike Baur is in charge of fundraising and organizing financing rounds. The experienced entrepreneur also mentors some of the programs participants. SSF is currently Switzerland’s number one privately funded, independent early stage startup accelerator. Baur spends a great deal of time sharing his valuable insight and expertise on entrepreneurship with youths committed to starting their own businesses. Baur is also the Swiss Startup Association director and co-founder. This gives him the opportunity to help other new business incubators.

 

The Swiss Start-Up Factory program is comprehensive and very effective. Entrepreneurs selected to participate go through a 3 month training and preparation program. They are taught all the essentials necessary for starting, developing and growing a business. They are trained in accounting, sales, marketing, budgeting, product management, legal services and much more. The participating companies are given all the tools they need including information on financing options, access to trainers, coaches and mentors and an office in the heart of Zurich. They are also introduced to an international network of entrepreneurs offering potential business opportunities.

 

Mike Baur understands the importance of new technology based businesses to the Swiss economy. He also knows it is essential young people become involved in creating and running companies to provide the products and services their countrymen and others need. Baur knows how much of a difference getting the right support at the earliest stage of business building can help lead to success. That kind of support enabled Baur to have a successful banking career and retire at 39.

 

Each year Mike Baur and his team works with two groups of new entrepreneurs to help them complete the three performance milestones necessary to graduate. Attaining those milestones increases their chances of developing and running profitable businesses that can endure.

 

Rick Shinto, Penelope Kokkinides And InnovaCare Health’s New Executive Team

InnovaCare Health is a leading provider of Medicaid and Medicare Advantage Plans. The entity is committed to offering high standard of healthcare. These high-level services are enhanced through cost effective and sustainable models, which are fully integrated with the most advanced technologies. InnovaCare Health provides physician practice services. In Puerto Rico, the company runs two Medicare Advantage plans. They are PMC Medicare Choice and MMM Healthcare. The membership of the two plans is nearly 200,000 people who are served by over 7,500 providers. At InnovaCare Health, patients are given the top priority.

Dr. Richard Shinto is the CEO and president of InnovaCare Inc. In 2012, Shinto was awarded the Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award. It seeks to recognize entrepreneurs that demonstrate extraordinary success.

Read more:
InnovaCare Health Announces Three Additions To Leadership Team
InnovaCare Subsidiary MMM Healthcare Acquires First+Plus Medicare Advantage Members

For over 20 years, Rick Shinto has gained immense experience in managed care by working in clinical and operational healthcare. Prior to his appointment at Aveta Inc, Shinto worked for NAMM California as the chief medical officer. Previously, he joined NAMM from Medical Pathways Management Company where he served as the chief medical officer. In addition, Shinto served as the chief operating officer of the company. Between 1996 and 1997, he rendered his services as the president of medical management for MedPartners. Rick Shinto has authored a number of articles on clinical medicine. He holds a B.S., which he received from the University of California. Shinto graduated from the University of New York with a medical degree. Additionally, he is an alumnus of the University of Redlands where he earned his M.B.A.

In July 2016, Richard Shinto announced the addition of three leaders to the company’s leadership team. The three new members of InnovaCare Health are Jonathan Meyers, Penelope Kokkinides, and Mike Sortino. Jonathan Meyers serves as the chief actuary officer. He joins the company from Horizon BCBS. Penelope Kokkinides works as InnovaCare Health’s chief administrative officer. She joins the firm from Centerlight Healthcare. Mike Sortino serves the company as the chief accounting officer. Previously, he worked for Samsung Fire and Marine Insurance Company.

Penelope Kokkinides rejoined InnovaCare in 2015. Previously, Kokkinides was the chief operating officer of the firm. She also worked for Aveta Inc as the chief operating officer and the clinical operation’s vice president. Penelope has over 20 years of experience in healthcare. She has specialized on government programs. She has extensive knowledge on managed care industry.

Read more about Rick Shinto on the InnovaCare site.

David Osio And His Company Are Actively Participating In Philanthropic Efforts

David Osio has been in the industry of investing and real estate for a long time now, and he has built up a rather large reputation for himself, not only for being wealthy and successful, but for being a remarkable philanthropist. He has long been using his success as a way of taking part in humanitarian projects and giving back to the global community when he can. He is also quick to help others and share his knowledge for the business and success. Through his own words and his company, Davos Financial, David advocates to others to follow in his footsteps, not only to be successful, but to share their success and help others with it as well. In this manner, the world will become a better place for everyone and people will be able to find success at a faster rate. David’s knack for helping out and giving back to the community has gone a long way in making him a leader in the industry, not to mention his impeccable work ethic and ability to steadily follow his goals.

 

This includes real estate, investments, and financial management. His company also recently released a new mobile application for their clients to take use of while they are working. This app gives an individual a bunch of different information they need on a specific property to gauge whether or not they should be interested. It can give projected gains or losses on a property as well as the long term costs for maintenance, including mortgage payments. This tool will go a long way in helping David’s clients make informed decisions.

 

David Osio has always stuck to the conservative and safe approach when it comes to investing, to minimize the amount of risks he took and could lose from. This payed off obviously, as he has amassed a huge empire for himself and many people come to him seeking his advice. Luckily, David is big on sharing and giving back to others to improve the community for everyone as well as the success people can find. Along with his many contributions to philanthropic projects and charities, he inspires others to follow in his footsteps to make their own contributions to good causes.

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New Evolution of Smooth Lip Balm Offers a Rainbow of Flavors

The evolution of smooth or EOS lip balm launch has been expertly designed and skillfully packaged to create a colorful, exciting product intended to capture a share of the lip care market. The EOS lip balm advertising campaign featuring the smiling lips of a young model perfectly states the case for its lip care product. The model’s lips are smooth, plump and pleasing, and the implied message is that her lips are kissable. The lip balm product container itself is colorful, and uniquely designed into an interesting shaped container, unlike the usual lip balm tubes.

But the real bonus from evolution of smooth and the key to the product’s success is the variety of flavors available for purchase. Every flavor has an exotic, playful name like strawberry sorbet, lemon twist and medicated tangerine for the more serious-minded among users.

The multitude of delicious flavors available makes the purchase of multi-packs a desirable option for the consumer and may be a successful merchandising gambit for the manufacturer. Each evolution of smooth uniquely designed container is also color coded to help identify the flavor inside the container, and a package of five different flavors with five different colored containers makes a perfect gift or stocking stuffer for anyone, and for the purchaser makes a worthwhile but sizeable impulse buy.

The price points of the evolution of smooth represent a quantum leap among the other lip balm manufacturers, but the successful packaging, multitude of flavors available and matching colorful and interesting containers will signal success for the product line. Need EOS lip balms? order the products online thru ULTA or the website evolutionofsmooth.com.

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Keith Mann: The Leader With Passion

At Dynamics Search Partners, Keith Mann is a true leader. It is a job that he is very happy to have and it is not a job that he takes for granted. He realizes he is beyond blessed to have it and each and every day on the job is a true gift. That attitude has helped him throughout his entire life, especially when it comes to being a philanthropist. In his mind, it is part of being a leader. When someone becomes a leader, they have a lot of power in their hands. They can choose to use that power for good or for evil. In the case of Keith Mann, he has used that power for good.

 

One of his pet projects and something that is incredibly important and vital to him is the Uncommon School Districts of Brooklyn. These are kids that need a little help to get to where they want in life. That is why he held a fundraiser which raised over twenty-two thousand dollars for a school that is going to be opening up for testing. For many of these kids, they are incredibly bright and they have tremendous skills that they wish to put to use. In many cases, they do not get the chance to show them off because of money.

 

In life, when all things are equal, great things can occur for anyone. As they often say, it is not where you have started in life, but it is where you finish. For the children at the Uncommon School Districts, they are going to get a get a chance to write their own ending and it is going to be a great ending. They have new-found confidence now because they do not have to worry about money. That is the least of their worries. They can focus on education and they can focus on becoming a great leader like Keith Mann.

Bruce Levenson Sells the Atlanta Hawks

Bruce Levenson is one of the most respected businessmen in the United States. Last year, he decided to sell the Atlanta Hawks basketball team, together with the operating rights to the Philips Arena. To make the transaction successful, Levenson had to hire reliable banking institutions. He chose the Goldman Sachs and Circle Sports.

However, reports indicate that the price the team was sold is lower than what the banks had promised Bruce Levenson. Before the transaction, Goldman Sachs had promised the businessman that he would get one billion for the team and the operating rights to the Philips Arena.

After the sale had been completed, it was clear that the bankers failed to deliver the amount they had promised the businessman and the rest of the former Hawks team owns. Antony Ressler paid seven hundred and thirty dollars for the team and the Philips Arena. The bankers said that this was the highest bid. Bruce Levenson and his group were expecting a higher amount.

Experts in the sporting industry, however, did not agree with the first promises made by the bankers. These professionals have enough experience, and they warned that the one billion price was extremely high for the consumers to purchase the team. One of them said that the team was only capable of attracting nine hundred million dollars. One sports economist, Andrew Zimbalist predicted that the team would be sold for less than seven hundred and fifty million dollars. Although the bankers did not take his advice seriously, it turned out to be the correct one.

Bruce Levenson, however, made a huge profit from the sale of the Hawks. However, Forbes experts and economists in the sports industry say that the team was oversold, and a lot of money was lost at the bidding table.

Eric Pulier: The Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Eric Pulier a writer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, California. Eric Pulier is an American born and raised in Teaneck New Jersey. While in fourth grade, Pulier began his computer programming courses and ventured into database management through his founded company. He went on to study at Harvard University in 1985. He majored in American Literature and English. In Harvard, he authored the Harvard Crimson. He also took classes at a nearby college in MIT. In 1988, he graduated in Magna Cum Laude.

In 1991, Pulier relocated to Los Angeles where he founded PDT (People Doing Things). This was a company that addressed education, health care, and issues related to technology. In 1994, Pulier established the Digital Evolution Interactive Agency. In 1998, the company got merged into the United States Interactive, LLC. Pulier founded the idea about building Straight World. This is a private network for chronically ill youngsters that provides them an opportunity to blog, chat, meet, and post content to those who share the same experience.

In 1997, Pulier was selected by the Presidential Inauguration Committee to execute and create the technology in Washington, D.C. they named it the Bridge to the 21st Century. While working on this exhibition, he got a chance to participate in the Al-Gores Vice-president technology and health care forum where he advised on technology and health-related initiatives.

Mr. Eric Pulier has founded numerous ventures including Media Platform, Desktone, Akana and much more. He has also co-authored SOA Understanding Enterprise. This is a notebook for service-oriented architecture in an enterprise set-up. Eric is a donor to numerous non-profit companies. While in X-prize Foundation, he sat at the innovation board. This is a foundation that looks at a competition to solve the greatest humanity challenges.

Mr. Pulier is recognized among the top-most leaders and successful entrepreneurs. In 1999, he got an opportunity to head Exist Corporation as its director. He has also directed the Progressive Policy for a New Economy.

Visit http://ericpulier.com for more.

 

DeVos Family Endorsing Marco With Hopes That He Will Gain Momentum

Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy one of the wealthiest families in Michigan has decided to endorse Marco Rubio in his recent campaign. The family has for a long time been supportive of many Republican candidates through financing their campaigns and encouraging support from other people. The DeVos have financed Rubio but donating, at least, $21, 600 for the campaign. However, they remain neutral on who they are supporting in this season’s political campaign. Many still wonder what will happen if Trump and Cruz top in the campaign but DeVos among others have been pushing Kasich to drop out of the rally and give Rubio a better chance of winning.

 

Devos and his wife Betsy have known Rubio since 2006-2008 when he was together with them in supporting for increased choice of schools for Sunshine estate. The plea was passed and has greatly improved the performance of education in Florida. Devos Senior has however been funding Bush in the campaign with his wife Helen donating for Kasich. The family has been endorsing different candidates, but Dick says that the difference is because of the choice of individual trying to choose the best leader they see perfect in this case he and his wife are for Rubio.

 

Dick DeVos is the former chief executive officer of Orlando Magic Basketball Franchise; he was also the vice president of Amway Corporation a firm dealing with direct sales of different consumer products in the 1970s. While at it, he managed to boost the company sales by expanding it to other countries. Later he became the firm’s president until 2002 when he left the position to his younger brother. Dick and his wife Betsy pursue full-time philanthropy among other businesses with the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation and award grants to charitable organizations especially those that are faith-based and those seeking education transformations.

 

He is also a good sailor who once in a while joins youths in sailing championships to motivate them in the sport. The Dicks family likes to remain conservative despite political donations and especially when donating they like to remain anonymous in the kind of donations they give. The family is particularly concerned with the welfare of children and gives full support to a children hospital in Florida. They also encourage community development in Michigan and constantly participate in community development projects and initiative.

 

InnovaCare Health Provides Medicare Advantage Plans

The Medicare Advantage Plans may widely seem dissimilar from the Original Medicare because of the various methods of administration, which are prevalent in these two medical plans. The Federal government is charged with the responsibility of taking care of everything regarding Original Medicare on Bloomberg. The government hands over the benefits of this program directly to health institutions where the beneficiaries will receive the various health services they need.

Medicare Advantage Plan may encompass different regulations depending on the region where the recipient comes from. Noticeably, some locations may not have the Medicare Advantage Plan services on LinkedIn. It is highly advisable for beneficiaries to ensure they understand the conditions and terms of service before committing to the program. Choosing a Medicare Advantage Plan presents a recipient with many benefits, which we will discuss here below.

One of the essential advantages of the Medicare Advantage Plans is that they have a maximum out-of-pocket ceiling for beneficiaries. This indicates that when a client pays the equivalent of the cap amount, they require paying nothing extra for the services offered by the plan they choose. This comes as a great relief to a majority of the citizens because there are various inherent circumstances, which may require a beneficiary to seek additional services even after reaching the maximum out-of-pocket limit. However, a beneficiary should confirm beforehand the availability of the service since each institution offers a different rate depending on the geographical region.

Aside from the regular services involved in a particular Medicare Advantage Plan, a beneficiary can request for extra cover, usually through an appeal. Some of this additional coverage may include vision and dental coverage. In addition, health institutions such as InnovaCare Health offers zero percent interest, and a beneficiary will save a lot from the program.

InnovaCare Health is primarily based in Puerto Rico, and it is a well-founded firm, which provides managed health care services. InnovaCare offer reliable health services including Medicare Advantage Plans as well as physician practices. The facility runs on a foundation of innovation and technology, and as such, it has been able to create innovative models, which fosters cost-effectiveness as well as the integration of services to nouveau technology.

The institution’s CEO, Dr. Rick Shinto, is endowed with over twenty years of experience in the health industry. He has formerly worked with NAMM California and Aveta Inc. Penelope Kokkinides serves at the facility as the Chief Administration Officer. Penelope Kokkinides has propagated excellent health services delivery at InnovaCare health with over 20 years’ experience and surpassing management skills.