Sweetgreen Creates A Trend For The Healthy Food Market

Sweetgreen is becoming a big name in the healthy food industry all over the United States. It is a top of the line, fast and casual salad chain, supported by huge investors such as Steve Case, Danny Meyer, and Daniel Boulud. Their strategy is targeting those key elements that are important in the food industry today, which is healthy and fresh food, organic ingredients, and accessible locations. Learn more here: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ekeg45fe/nicolas-jammet-nathaniel-ru-jonathan-neman-co-founders-sweetgreen-262627/

The Georgetown University classmates have played a significant role with the technology operations, resulting in 30 percent of Sweetgreen’s transactions coming from it’s website or mobile app. Nathaniel Ru, CEO of Sweetgreen, mentioned that technology has always been important to them. In addition to other strategies, the Sweetgreen entrepreneurs are revisiting their management solutions. They want to create a closer relationship with their customers. In order for that to happen, Sweetgreen shuts down the corporate office five times a year so that everyone can work in the restaurants. They do not believe in having huge corporate headquarters in order to decrease their body count. Learn more: http://www.thehoya.com/nathaniel-ru-jonathan-neman-and-nicolas-jammet/

Sweetgreen
Sweetgreen is becoming very popular, having long lines out the door. They began in Washington, DC. and has expanded to 40 locations in New York and California, with upcoming locations in Boston and Chicago. They offer healthy food options that are satisfying and delicious. Nathaniel Ru doesn’t just want there to be lunch traffic, but people to come for dinner and on the weekends. There is never a long wait for food, regardless if the line is wrapped around the corner!

About Nathaniel Ru
Nathaniel Ru attended Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in finance. Ru and two other graduates founded Sweetgreen. The idea came from the fact that they believed their community needed dining options that offered healthy, but affordable meals. In 2010, Ru and his partners started a festival, known as Sweetlife. It is now the largest music and food gathering in the region, with 20,000 in attendance. It features well known music artists, as well as food from the best chefs, food trucks, with local vendors and farmers. Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnQ9aK4ZmFA

Mike Baur; Investing in Start-up Technologies

Before starting up in business for himself, Mike Baur was educated at the University of Applied Sciences Bern where he earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Banking and Finance, then went forward to the University of Rochester to get his Master of Business Administration from the University of Rochester; and earned his Executive Master of Business Administration in 2008 from the University of Bern. In 1991, Mike went to work for UBS Fribourg Wealth Management for nine years, and then on to UBS Wealth Management in Switzerland for two years, and finally UBS KeyClient Group Switzerland for another six years.

 

Going to work for Clariden Leu in December of 2008, he was in the Business Area Head Private Banking Switzerland, to Head Private Banking Switzerland, and finally on to Head Private Banking Sallfort Privatbank AG. After Claridon, Mike Baur decided to branch out on his own.

 

In 2014, with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer, Mike Baur co-founded Swiss Startup Factory. Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF) is a company dedicated to creating global companies that want to shake up the ‘normal’ business model, products, and other prevailing norms. What SSUF does is assist in helping early stage startup companies with the financing needed, coaching, services, office space, mentoring, and to allow access to a large investor and entrepreneurial networks. Mike Baur is personally responsible for financing rounds and fundraising at SSUF and is Executive Chairman.

 

Mike Baur is a busy man as he is the Deputy Managing Director of Swiss Startup Invest which is the Leading Financing Platform for high-tech start-ups in Switzerland, presenting not only early start-ups, but also later stage start-ups. Swiss Startup is the lead force in transforming the Venture Capitalist scene and Business Angels in to becoming the highest in integrity and competence, plus welcoming other Industrial Partners to participate. Mike is also co-founder of the Swiss Startup Association which is the voice of Swiss start-ups in the sense of wanting better regulations, legal and regulatory tax environment. The goal is to create a friendly start-up environment with Switzerland’s regulators and authorities, and become more politically and socially aware of Switzerland’s start-up ecosystem and more.

 

Mike is also Vice President of Innovation Lab Fribourg (ILF) which encourages and supports student entrepreneurs from business, natural, and the engineering sciences to present to the market new technologies with support from ILF, in the way of support from other entrepreneurs and investors not only from Switzerland, but worldwide, in addition to mentoring and training. Mike Baur is busy not only with the present but the future of technological start-ups.

Sam Tabar’s New Direction To Attract Investors To FullCycle Energy Fund

FullCycle Energy Fund is based in Los Angeles and is a leading investor in technologies that convert waste to energy in order to bring in more jobs to the energy sector while at the same time creating a greener environment. They recently had the pleasure of bringing a new member to their executive board.

The new member is Sam Tabar, a former attorney and investment banker who is now FullCycle Energy’s Chief Operating Officer. In this new role Sam Tabar will be responsible for managing the company’s assets and bringing in new investors into the company’s portfolio. Tabar certainly has had experience marketing investment services to individuals with a lengthy resume he has to his name.

According to Bloomberg, Sam Tabar looked to be heading to a career as an established attorney at the outset. He attended Oxford University where he studied liberal arts, and then decided to go into law and attended Columbia University’s law school in New York.

He was also an editor for the Columbia Law Review journal while working on his J.D. Tabar started out at Skadden and its partners law firm where he became an expert in tax issues, overseas investments and accounts, underwriting and SEC-related matters for hedge fund clients.

He was starting to make a name for himself in corporate law, but this career became put on hold when Sparx Group came calling and asked him to join their PMA company based in Asia.

Tabar began 8 years in the hedge fund advisory business when he started at PMA, and he was promoted from general counsel to Head of Business Development. The assets under management at PMA grew significantly by $1.2 billion during Tabar’s time there and some of Asia’s most notable corporate executives chose PMA as their portfolio manager.

From PMA, Sam Tabar moved to the large ranks of Merrill Lynch where he continued to market to institutional clients and help clients manage funds in pensions, family foundations, institutional grants and other gifts.

Tabar left investment banking and decided to become a venture capital investor. He did briefly join a law firm again at Schulte & Roth, but he decided not to pursue it anymore in 2014. But Tabar is pleased to be a part of the team at FullCycle Energy Fund.