Archives: December 2016

FreedomPop Solves the Question: Should the Internet be Free?

Every once in awhile the question will arise – Should access to the Internet be free? It seems as though the global exchange of information in real time has become just as essential as requesting a glass of water at a restaurant, free of charge of course. From students to parents, blue collar and white collar workers, the homeless and the elite, fast and sometimes life-saving communications and information shared on the internet has become crucial to our existence in this modern tech-driven society.

 

The obvious response to the question of free wi-fi and voice is – who will bear the costs of the needed infrastructure and staff? Well, according to a FreedomPop review, this company has developed an interesting service model which offers limited cell phone and internet access that would fit many individuals who otherwise cannot afford the increasing costs of big box cellular services.

 

As a start-up, FreedomPop established over 10 million hotspots over the United States and charged just $5 per month for a basic cellular voice and data plan. They successfully took a big bite out of the four big carriers who failed to acknowledge the large base of potential customers who required light usage and demanded low fees. The current FreedomPop service model clearly demonstrates that cellular and wi-fi access can be offered for free, along with an ala carte, or add-on as needed option, to provide flexible, affordable, and convenient access to this modern day lifeline. A summary of the company’s plan includes:

 

 

  • 500MB of 4G cellular service
  • 200 voice minutes and unlimited texting
  • no required contract or cancellation fees
  • hotspots on the extensive Sprint network
  • $10 ‘top up plan’ to purchase additional access
  • 1 year free service plan
  • low cost $10.99/month after first year

 

 

Rather than gouge the consumer with unnecessary fees, $80 to $100 rigid service plans common to the big four cellular carriers, and high priced gigabyte data, FreedomPop generously offers a $20/month unlimited everything plan that rivals the big four. Along with access to one the most extensive networks in the world, the company has also added a line of LTE phones and the iPhone 5 to its mobile provider lineup, offering all customers a high-end, voice and data experience without compromise.

 

Through innovative thinking and a consumer-oriented mission, access to a minimum level of free internet and voice or highly affordable services are not only possible but should also be expected. FreedomPop has challenged the big Four Carriers to refocus and rethink their service models to include a broader clip of our society, and its needs.

Squaw Valley Informs The Public About Upper Mountain’s Water Quality

Recently, Squaw Valley provided a detailed statement regarding the water quality at its facility. It was made in response to the recent news regarding the presence of coliform and E.coli bacteria in the resort’s upper mountain drinking water. The prospective health concern was initially reported to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health on November 8 on cbs.com. Experts were dispatched to the location to test the water. After undertaking several tests, they confirmed the presence of the bacteria in the water.

Squaw Valley ski resort and water safety experts undertook extensive treatment procedures. After a few days, the water started showing signs of improvements. According to Wesley Nicks, out of the four wells serving the upper mountain, three are indicating low levels of coliform. The wells are also E.coli free. Nicks is the director in charge of environmental health in Placer County.

Upper mountain restaurants are currently not in operation. However, because of the health concerns skiers are not permitted to drink water from the affected wells until it has been certified as fit for consumption. Presently, no health problem has been reported. In addition, people are to go to the resort to engage in top-to-bottom skiing.

In a recent statement, Liesl Kenney made a comprehensive statement regarding the quality of water at the Squaw Valley upper mountain. Kenney is Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ public relations director. In the statement, Kenney pointed out that the cause of the contamination is the heavy rainstorm that affected a number of water systems in Placer County. Because of the unusual storm, an upgraded water system at Gold Coast and High Camp was overwhelmed. This system was installed during the summer. The resulting flood led to the contamination of the system. The health concerns were limited to that specific system. None of Squaw Valley’s other water systems were affected. However, there are no worries regarding consumption of the water by the public, as the bacteria were detected in time.

Following detection of the issue after routine testing, Squaw Valley contacted Placer County Environmental Health and Squaw Valley Service District. The ski resort also swiftly moved to consult with other water safety professionals. With the help of these experts, Squaw Valley took appropriate steps to address the concern. It will also continue with the treatment of the affected system’s water until it is free from the bacteria. Squaw Valley will not use the water at Gold Coast and High Camp until the experts and health officials certify the water clean.

Squaw Valley values the safety of its customers. As solution to the issue is being worked out, Squaw Valley guests at Gold Coast and High Camp will continue to enjoy normal services. They will have full access to Squaw Valley facilities. They will be offered free bottled water. The resort will continue updating guests about the progress of the treatment process as availed by health officials and experts. In conclusion, Kenney noted that the ski resort would like to appreciate Placer County and the Squaw Valley Public Service District for their help and ongoing cooperation.

Handy Is Growing As A Normal Housecleaning Service

Not long ago, Handy announced that they had reached about $52 million in their run rate, quite a step for a company that was entering a fairly competitive housecleaning independent contractor market. This company has tapped into the mobile on-demand market by building a platform for customers to schedule a fairly inexpensive housecleaning, while at the same time Handy workers can practically build their own customer base while on the job. Handy isn’t just simply a home cleaning app, you can sometimes find plumbers in the area for various plumbing work, but most of the services offered are standard home cleaning. They are now starting to include furniture delivery in their list of services.

Handy was founded by Oisin Hanrahan and Umang Dua, two entrepreneurs who saw how Uber was changing the way cab services were offered, and they decided to test the house cleaning market in a similar fashion. When a user downloads Handy, https://www.handy.com/, they can then schedule a booking for a cleaning, and the cleaning professional gets money credited to them, though there are cancellation options that are allowed within certain windows. Handy workers have the flexibility to take a job that comes up in their area, or if they so choose they can take the day off.

Workers must provide their own cleaning equipment and transportation, and Handy does background checks on each worker to make sure customers are kept safe. Customers don’t even have to be at home to schedule a cleaning with the way that Handy works. Handy has made certain features easier to access and opt out of, such as repeat cleaning services and retention bonuses. While it’s true that workers can make as much as $22 an hour from cleaning, many of them work this job less than 10 hours in a given week.

 

Taking Lesson from the Career and Person of Dr. Jennifer Walden

There are so many brilliant women out there, dissuaded from following their dreams, due to the mere fact that their passion is in a male-dominated field. If this is your story, Dr. Jennifer Walden brings you inspiration. She is rated among the top 24 US beauty surgeons. So, you wonder how she does it even as a single mom.

 

Dr. Walden advises that if you want to be successful at what you do and you still have a family to manage, try get a support system. Alone, you will not make it. You will need people to help you care for your children, to give you peace of mind, as you try to climb your career ladder. Another thing that you will need is confidence.

 

Walden jokes about how she returned to Austin thinking that she would be painting her nails all day long, in the office, as she waited for a patient to call in. Austin, being a green zone, didn’t have much promise to favor her career. Dr. Walden thought that because the people in Austin would have a negative attitude about her job. However, she did return there, determined to setup a practice. Her confidence paid off, she received her first call upon landing in Austin. From there, her first customers spread word and as at now, she is comfortable with her clientele base.

 

She also advises women to follow their passion and pursue a career that brings positive change in the world. This will bring a sense of importance, hence, motivating them to do more. Also, she recommends women to follow careers in business and medicine.

 

About Dr. Jennifer Walden

Dr. Jennifer Walden is one of the leading plastic surgeons in the US. She is also a media commentator, academic and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of Walden Cosmetic Surgery Center PLLC. Walden was born and raised in Austin. She attended Anderson High School and later the University of Texas, where she received her undergraduate degree in Biology. She was admitted to medical school on a waiting list but proved everyone wrong by graduating salutotarian.

The Must Knows about Handybook, Inc. Cleaning Service

You work hard all day and have a busy lifestyle but want to come home to a comfortably clean and tidy house at the end of the day and not be worried about inviting friends over. This is why having a reliable home cleaning service is so important. With Handy.com, you can use a mobile app on your phone and schedule a cleaning at your convenience with guaranteed results. Payment is taken care of electronically, so you don’t have to worry about leaving cash.

Founded by Oisin Hanrahan and Umang Dua who met in college at Harvard Business School in 2012, these young men are the ultimate entrepreneurs who created Handybook as the Uber of home maintenance. After being disgusted with the state of their own living conditions they became interested in solving the problem of providing not just cleaning, but Home Care. After 2 years they were able to raise $2 million in seed money from Highland and General Catalyst founder Joel Cutler. He admired their involvement of actually going on jobs to see what was done and how it was done that made people so happy.

While you can arrange for cleaning services, you may also be able hire a plumber, handyman or other professional in some of their current 13 cities and four new offices are opening in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. With more than 50 employees and thousands of freelancers they complete about 10,000 jobs a month and of course that will grow. They thoroughly screen and investigate all their participants with background checks, in person interviews and reference checks for your ultimate safety, security and comfort. To learn more about this great team and their backgrounds see the article in Forbes magazine http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenbertoni/2014/03/26/handybook-wants-to-be-the-uber-for-your-household-chores.

To see more company information and services please check their website at https://www.handy.com.