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Christopher Birch’s Take on Tech Fashion Trends

Christopher Birch is the The CEO and Founder of Burch Creative Capital and it is his philosophies, thought and experience that are behind the core value of the companies. He is never sigh of endorsing new companies and ideas and has an eye for innovation.
Under his guidance Burch Creative Capital has invested in numerous new ventures hand have seen the coming of age of more than 50 companies. It is perhaps best to listen when such a figure talks about technology and innovation. Also, Chris Burch has an added advantage of being with companies operating is different verticals including fashion. It is not surprising that he talks expertly about how fashion and technology can successfully marry to create winning products.
With technology advancing at breakneck pace, the fashion industry cannot be far behind in utilizing it for its benefit. A number of innovations have made things much more useful, intelligent and fashionable. Burch quotes numerous such examples in his article. Anouk Wipprecht, a designer from Holland who has a penchant for using technology in her innovation has invented a dress that can make dresses and another one that can paint itself.
While helmets are essential for bike riders, they are a nuisance at times and are certainly not an item we can call fashionable. However, a new innovative design has made it both fashionable and more useful. Instead of being wrapped around your head throughout your ride, it sits like a scarf around your neck and appears only when you suffers a sudden jerk, indicating an accident.
Similarly, it is extremely difficult for firefighters to communicate in the thick of action. A very useful technological innovation is gloves that can send messages by way of gestures.
We spend significant amount of energy when we walk or run. Also, as we are moving, we generate kinetic energy which can in principle be converted to other types of energy. Soledad Martin is trying to design shoes which can convert this energy into electrical energy, enough to charge mobile phones.
These are all examples of technology can help fashion. It isn’t all one-way traffic though. There have been instances where fashion has come to fashion’s rescue.
When Google Glass was launched, it failed to generate a lot of hype because for all the cutting edge technology, they were trying to sell nothing but a pair of glasses. Glasses, and especially very expensive tech heavy glasses, are not things you would expect to be in a rich person’s choice of party wear! To deal with issue, Google turned to the world of fashion. Diane Von Furstenberg made her models wear them in the ramp walk. The world took notice as she is a top designer and thus the fashion world gave an example of why it’s a fair partnership between tech and fashion.

Wirth pleased with end of Olympic Valley Incorporation move

Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, is ready to move on after it seems the move to incorporate Olympic Valley has ended, according to a story in the Reno Gazette – Journal. The battle over incorporation has gone on for years, but it was halted recently when California’s Local Agency Formation Commission released a study saying the town would not be viable financially.

Snow has also started falling early, so Wirth and ski resorts have good news on two fronts. While the battle raged, a four year drought wreaked havoc with many western ski areas. “This has been a very, very tough four years,” Wirth said.

Now Wirth hopes the community will work together on transportation needs and other issues apart from Olympic Valley. The valley was host to the 1960 Olympics and is now host to Sqauw Valley resort that Wirth runs.

Wirth had opposed incorporation moves, saying it was a threat to business and civic interests. He was relieved when the group pushing incorporation formally ended their efforts after the report was released.

Wirth’s company spent well over $100,000 opposing the measure, saing it wold result in higher taxes and decreased levels of service to the area.

“It was truly a recipe for disaster, for fiscal disaster,” Wirth said.

Backers said Wirth opposed it because he did not want to have to answer to a local city council. Now he only has to answer to county government on things like zoning.

For his part, Wirth noted the group pushing incorporation also spent a lot of money on their campaign, but it will not apparently come to voters any time soon.

Wirth has worked in the resort industry for 25 years, beginning his career at Steamboat Springs in 1986. In 2007 he was named executive vice president and appointed chief of marketing by Intrawest, who had bought Steamboat Springs that same year. In 2010 he left there to become president and CEO of Squaw Valley.

After taking over at Squaw Valley he directed a $70 million upgrade to the overall ski design and infrastructure. He also improved customer experience as the company went from the bottom 20 percent to the top 20 percent in customer satisfaction under his leadership. Nearby resort Alpine Meadows was merged with Squaw Valley in 2011 and now the two offer a combined ski ticket. Wirth is now CEO of both areas.

Sanjay Shah Is Changing The World Of Business And Charity

Sanjay Shah has been in the spotlight recently for his work in charity. Shah founded Autism Rocks. Autism Rocks is a charity that hosts private concerts with very famous musicians in order to raise money for research for autism. Shah is so passionate about this cause because his soon was diagnosed with the disease in 2011.

Autism Rocks has already raised several hundred thousand dollars for charity. They have had a few private concerts that were hosted in small venues around London. The charity invites a few hundred guests and they are asked to donate at least 500 pounds to charity. Many guests will choose to donate much more. There have been a variety of musicians who have performed for the charity, including Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Buble, Drake and several famous DJs, among others. The charity’s goal is to continue hosting this concerts but formulate it so that people win tickets rather than wealthy people being able to just pay for the donation. The charity also wants to host concerts in other cities around the world and possibly host several simultaneously. A final project that Shah is working is putting together a CD that is popular music and compiles several different musicians. He would like to make it so that all proceeds from the sale of the CD go to the charity.

Outside of charity, Shah is most well known for his work int he financial world. He has worked for most of the major financial banking institutions around the world, including Suisse Credit and Rabobank. Shah eventually got tired of the commute to work every day and he got tired of the long hours. He felt that he should be able to decide how long it would take him to get his work done. For these reasons, and the fact that he was laid off during the recession, he formed Solo Capital.

Solo Capital is an investment banking firm and has grown astronomically since Shah founded the company in 2011. They help clients with everything from consulting, investing, derivatives, human capital, FX, talent acquisition, and talent management. The firm grew from just a few people and Shah to now more than 100 both part time and full time employees in both London and Dubai. The firm manages assets that are worth tens of millions of pounds and they have a net worth and cash flow of millions of pounds as well. They have been able to achieve this through the vision and guidance of Sanjay Shah. And this is not the only company Shah has been able to may a success in such a short period.

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Lime Crime is a Progressive Makeup Company

The cosmetics world is one that revolves around focusing on the insecurities of women as well as men who use cosmetics. It is an industry that aims to cover up the “bad” parts of a face and make the customers feel like they need something in order to fit a norm. It is an industry that plays on the weaknesses of the customers and is one that does not encourage the people it has in its customers base to improve their looks. Most companies do not want the personalities of their customers to even shine through and instead focus on their customers acting like a billboard for the company. They do not want customers to use the makeup in the way they want, but instead want the makeup to cover up the different parts of their face.

Lime Crime is a company that does not do any of these things. Lime Crime is a company that focuses instead on making customers feel better about themselves. The company truly allows the personality of the customer to come through the makeup. Simply looking at someone who wears their favorite Lime Crime cosmetics can show a lot about the person. It can show that they are bold, they like color and they are dedicated to only putting healthy materials on their face. Most of the customers of the company do not buy into the cosmetic industry lies that say they should cover up their faces. They should not be made to feel like they look wrong and Lime Crime focuses on their own personalities.

Doe Deere is the founder of Lime Crime cosmetics. She founded the company partly because she wanted options for herself, but also because she did not want other women and men to have to worry about where they were going to get their bold and healthy makeup from. She is a bold person who likes bold colors and wanted her makeup to express that. While she started making the makeup only for herself, she quickly realized there was a huge customer base for the makeup to make its appearance on the cosmetics scene.

She has been able to overcome many different trials during her time owning the Lime Crime company. Doe Deere is a strong business owner and one who does not let the naysayers bring her down. There have been many issues with the company, but they are mere stepping stones in the way that the company will be made better. She has worked to allow the company to be one of the best for people who want a bold look without having to sacrifice the safety of what they choose to put on their sensitive facial skin.

Entrepreneurs: Success is Giving Back

 

An entrepreneur is some one who owns and operates a successful business. Anyone can be a businessman and simply own a business. An entrepreneur takes risks and therefore they see great returns. They are usually seen as visionary and innovative. They are willing to put in longs hours and they do. They work hard and make many sacrifices for their company. Sometimes people don’t see the sacrifices. It is like being a parent and their business is their baby. There are many sleepless nights and times that the parent goes without just to give to their child.This is true of a successful business (especially in their early stages) and a true entrepreneur is willing to do anything they have to do to get their business healthy. 
A successful businessperson always puts the customer first. They make sure to put forth a positive image. You don’t complain to your customers – then they would not come back. You want repeat business so you make sure to leave the customer wanting more or leaving with a positive response feeling. Word of mouth is the best advertisement so you want to make sure to encourage your customers to spread the word.
A successful entrepreneur knows that he/she has to beat his/her competition and provide superior service. You can also provide a service that your competitor does not do. There are many ways to beat your competition and a good businessperson finds it. A successful entrepreneur is well organized and good with money. It is important to take care of your clients’ money no matter what your company’s product. Time and money are valuable commodities; as much as you want people to respect your time, you have to respect others time and money as well. 
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Who is Marc Sparks?

When a good entrepreneur succeeds, they give back to their community or the causes dear to them. Marc Sparks is a healthy entrepreneur. He started out as a C student in school but now owns multiple businesses. He is the owner of Timber Creek Capital, which specializes in venture capitalism. They give start up capital to new businesses. Marc USA, a large advertising agency in Pittsburgh, has launched a new program called Marketing Sparks to help entrepreneurs with their businesses. Marc Sparks worked hard to get where he is today and now he has dedicated life to helping others get their start.