The W Hotels Worldwide recently opened its first new hotel in North America in seven years, a 275,000-sf, 450-ft-tall, 245-key facility along Lake Washington in Bellevue, Wash.W Hotels, a brand of Marriott International, sees this HKS-designed property as “the next iteration of the next generation of W design,” according to Greg Stobbs, Senior Director of Global Design Strategies. Last week, Stobbs and Matt Van Der Peet, W Bellevue’s general manager, conducted a web tour of the hotel’s interiors, which take their inspiration from local lakefront culture.
On paper – and fantasy sports fans know all about great matchups on paper – the prospective merger of FanDuel and DraftKings looked tantalizing. Naming rights aside (FanKings? DraftDuel?), uniting the fantasy sports powerhouses screamed dynasty – and control of more than 90 percent market share. LeBron James joining Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade on the Miami Heat? That was tiddlywinks by comparison.
Then in July, the Federal Trade Commission sued to kill the FanDuel-DraftKings deal. And with the swipe of a regulator's pen, the two would-be teammates stood on the cusp of becoming bitter sporting rivals in quest of that ultimate winner's cup: the initial public offering.
Blues Traveler, found this out when he opened his dispensary Paper & Leaf on Bainbridge Island in Washington.“In Washington state, they are pretty specific about what we can sell in the cannabis shop. Several items like T-shirts, anything that's branded that isn't for cannabis consumption can't be sold and being in rock and roll, what's better than a tour shirt?” he said. In addition, if his customers got thirsty or hungry, he couldn't sell them anything at Paper and Leaf. So, they opened a sister store next door called Market Elevated with a separate entrance. It’s described as a "Pacific Northwest Lifestyle Shop.”Cannabis outsiders think owning a dispensary is like having a cash register, but cannabis insiders know how it really works. The tight margins and onerous restrictions challenge even the best owner to make decent profits. Brendan Hill, the drummer for the iconic band
improved language and stronger memory skills, research shows.But if you read the right books, you'll not only boost your chances of getting those health benefits. You'll also learn something really valuable.Manuel "Manny" Medina, a Harvard Business School graduate and former Amazon and Microsoft employee, says two bestselling books shaped his career.There are a number of science-backed reasons why you should pick up a book. Reading, be it a novel or a biography is linked with reduced stress,
Ibotta, started in Denver five years ago, is one of the largest mobile retail apps on the market. The app offers users cash rebates on purchases from retail stores like Target and Walmart, but Ibotta also works with such online businesses as Uber and Ebay.GGV Capital has invested in nearly 150 different companies in the U.S. and China. Some of its most high-profile investments include e-commerce giant Alibaba and room rental service Airbnb. But the investment firm has also has funded Tile, which makes internet enabled tracking devices for your keys and luggage, and the female-focused online media company Bustle.Mobile retail app Ibotta is joining the ranks of major online services like Soundcloud, Airbnb and Pandora thanks to an investment from Silicon Valley-based investment firm GGV Capital.
Two-factor authentication (2FA) has been an essential step for the security-minded business or customer who want to protect their accounts, adding an additional layer of protection atop the standard password. But recent events have proven that even the current standards for extra security can fall short.With billions of stolen usernames and passwords being passed around on the dark web --including corporate accounts—it’s important to take action in advance of a threat to make sure accounts are as secure as possible.
30 percent revenue increases by 2030, amounting to $1.5 trillion.Back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, powerful muscle cars with oversized engines were what consumers’ automotive dreams were made of. Fast-forward to the late ‘90s and early 2000’s, and we entered the gas-guzzling phase of American consumerism, where large SUVs like Escalades and Hummers were the most sought after vehicles on the road.Today, we’re moving towards a new era where traditional car features will take a back seat to software powered services such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), shared mobility services and, eventually, autonomous vehicles. These technology-based advancements are forecasted to significantly impact automotive business results, with analysts predicting
How does a business pivot from being a small talent recruitment agency to generating $10 million per year as a sales technology company? Manny Medina, CEO and Co-Founder of Outreach did just that. Having started my own sales technology company called Troops, I have deep appreciation for the work Manny and his team are doing and perhaps more importantly, an appreciation for the pivots and evolution of their business. In the world of startups, not all companies start off how you think.I sat down with Manny to hear his story and how they navigated their way to becoming one of the leaders in the sales enablement space.
When Seattle-based immigrant entrepreneur Manny Medina first tried to launch a startup, he had no staff or revenue. Two years later, the Ecuadorian founder’s sales engagement platform, Outreach, employed nearly 200 people and counted $10 million in annual revenue.Now Medina, who came to the U.S. on a student visa before becoming a citizen, says he’s worried the Trump administration’s rollback of a rule that would have allowed more foreign founders to launch startups in the U.S. will drive other international entrepreneurs outside the country. That’s bad news for mid and large-size tech companies like his that rely on talent and ideas through the acquisitions of startups, the CEO said.
Buy dinner or supplies and put it on the company card. This employee convenience can also be a vexation for company budgets as casual expenses mount. A Bellevue startup, Center (centercard.com), thinks it has the right solution, and the track record of its founders suggests it might.The CenterCard puts the computing power and interactivity of a smartphone app directly into a slim credit card. Fitting easily into a wallet, the card device connects to the cloud via Bluetooth connection to a mobile phone and the card’s e-ink touchscreen. Employees can see how much budget they have and allocate a purchase to an expense category, making it easier later to fill out expenses. As Center cofounder Naveen Singh explains, expense tracking becomes “a physical part of the sale.” Supervisors can also track spending, approve special requests and reallocate budgets when necessary.