Verve Coffee, started in 2007, operates 12 cafes, has a hefty B2B business and recently launched a canned beverage. Stephen J. Bronner Published 8:00 am CDT, Thursday, March 21, 2019 Photo: Courtesy Of Verve Coffee Photo: Courtesy Of Verve Coffee Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Courtesy Of Verve Coffee The Story Behind the Coffee Company That Fuels Google, Microsoft and Facebook 1 / 1 Back to Gallery What do Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Airbnb and Salesforce have in common? Plenty of things, of course, but one odd detail is that many of their employees are drinking Verve Coffee. The company, founded in 2007 by Ryan O'Donovan and Colby Barr, helped bring the … [Read more...] about The Story Behind the Coffee Company That Fuels Google, Microsoft and Facebook
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By Jeff Collins | [email protected] | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: March 18, 2019 at 7:35 am | UPDATED: March 18, 2019 at 11:48 am Travis Page, owner of Clover’s Lawn Service, rakes leaves at an Opendoor house on Joltaire Way in Winchester in December. Opendoor became the fourth iBuyer to start operating in Southern California. Although iBuyers have been active since 2014, the online home-buying model didn’t reach Southern California until 2017. (Photo by Frank Bellino, contributing photographer) Southern California is relatively new to the iBuyer trend, which prefers markets with large expanses of cookie cutter tract housing to make it easier to accurately price houses. While iBuying has been in full swing in places like Phoenix for several years, the first iBuyers started working in Southrn California in 2017. In the past six months, RedfinNow expanded from the Inland Empire into Orange and Los Angeles counties. Opendoor and Zillow Offers recently announced … [Read more...] about What’s an iBuyer? These companies will buy your home quicker, but at what cost?
Shona Ghosh, provided by Published 6:44 am CST, Monday, January 28, 2019 HDblog/YouTube The Chinese smartphone brand Oppo is the fifth-biggest phone maker in the world and has outsmarted Apple in China and India. Oppo is largely unknown in the West, but it has teased an official UK launch on Tuesday. It's part of a family of other massive smartphone brands such as Vivo and OnePlus. Oppo will find it tough to break in to the UK market, but it does have a reputation for adding cool new features to its smartphones. Apple may be the defining smartphone company in the West, but there's a crop of Asian brands that have outsmarted the California giant outside the US and Europe. Few Westerners will have heard of the Chinese smartphone maker Oppo, but it's one of the most recognizable brands in Asia and bigger than Apple in both India and China. It's the fifth-largest smartphone maker in the world, despite having almost no presence in the US or Europe, accounting for about 8% … [Read more...] about A massive Chinese phone company that outsmarted Apple in China and India is now heading to the West
In an East Oakland neighborhood on the verge of gentrification, when an affordable apartment complex went up for sale–and tenants there risked steeply rising rents–Kaiser Permanente, the largest private integrated healthcare system in the U.S., helped put up the money to buy the building and keep rent low. It’s the first impact investment for the Oakland-based company’s $200 million Thriving Communities Fund, and one of three major projects the company announced today. Along with the nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners, Kaiser created a new joint equity fund called the Housing for Health Fund and supplied the initial funding that let a local nonprofit, the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, purchase the building for $5.2 million. In a second nationwide loan fund, Kaiser and Enterprise are each committing $50 million to create and preserve affordable housing in the markets that Kaiser serves with its integrated system of health insurance, … [Read more...] about This healthcare giant invests millions in affordable housing to keep people healthy
Dec 27, 12:59 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Adam Levy 12/27/18 AT 12:29 AM If there's one big trend in retail, it's that more and more sales are happening online. Online shopping is growing significantly faster than brick-and-mortar stores.This article originally appeared in the Motley Fool.Online retailers brought in nearly half a trillion dollars in the U.S. over the past year with about 9% of total sales, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. And online sales are growing between 15% and 17% per year, compared to about 5% for the overall retail industry.Globally, the trend is even stronger. Some 1.66 billion online shoppers spent $2.3 trillion in 2017. By 2021, sales could more than double from today's levels.It's no surprise, then, that some of the world's largest internet companies are e-commerce companies. Meanwhile, many brick-and-mortar stores are moving aggressively into online … [Read more...] about The 7 Largest E-Commerce Companies In The World