John Puckett’s advice to budding entrepreneurs is simple. “Do it,” he says, from across the table at Punch Pizza, one of the newer additions to “Nordeast” Minneapolis, originally a blue-collar neighborhood known for a Grain Belt Beer brewery, Kramarczuk’s Deli, and a 62-year-old polka bar. Bespeckled with an unassuming air, one wouldn’t automatically expect that Puckett was part of the founding duo behind Caribou Coffee Company (NASDAQ CBOU). Caribou, the nation’s second-largest coffee chain, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in December. Contrary to the business leaders who steal headlines, Puckett carries himself like the family doctor he might have become had he not launched an enterprise with sales that now exceed $330 million. “I’d tell someone that’s young or old, entrepreneurs aren’t crazy people that jump out of airplanes and want risk,” Puckett said, echoing the “margin of safety” … [Read more...] about Caribou Coffee pioneer swaps espresso for pizza
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MC: What is ID.me? And, where did you get the idea from? Blake Hall: ID.me is a digital identity network, which allows people to prove they are who they say they are. Essentially, once an individual has verified their legal identity or any other identity card -- whether it's healthcare providers data card or student status or military status -- that credential is then tied to a single sign-on that is portable across different websites, where people can authorize information that has already been verified to be shared to multiple sites. We’re one of four companies in the United States certified by the federal government to issue a digital, legal identity that is recognized by government agencies. Historically, the most broadly adopted identity networks are Visa and MasterCard. Your payment identity is effectively ubiquitous. We take it for granted, but, prior to the networks, many issuing banks had to issue a BankAmericard to their customers because merchants didn’t know … [Read more...] about Could a digital identity network prevent the next Equifax-like breach?
Update 9:22AM 8/6/2015: T he Remix Mini has shot way past the original goal of $50,000 to the tune of one million dollars pledged. In celebration, the $40 tier for a 2GB model has been reopened, and every Remix Mini will include an HDMI cable.Original article: Chinese startup Jide has launched a Kickstarter campaign today for its upcoming Remix Mini computer, described by its developers as “The world’s first true Android PC.” The miniature computer features an ARM-based processor and a customized version of Android dubbed Remix OS. What’s more, the first 500 backers to pledge upwards of $20 will receive the budget-friendly Remix Mini variant, which ships with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage.“We know you were probably thinking about buying 2 Chipotle burritos with a Patron Margarita with 20 bucks,” writes Jide Tech humorously in its Kickstarter copy. “But instead you bought a computer. Your mama would be proud.”While the … [Read more...] about Update: The $20 Remix Mini, an Android PC, hits one million on Kickstarter
Google is an online company, but it has ambitions to get close to your interests in the great big offline world too. With the over-the-air launch of Google Wallet for the Sprint Nexus 4G, they're taking a bold stride toward becoming a carrier and value holder for your everyday gas, food, and other transactions.It's a big idea with a simple application: waving your phone instead of swiping a card. Using a chip in the phone embedded with Near Field Communication (NFC), Google Wallet connects with a kiosk or mat put out by the retailer, the customer enters a PIN to authorize the transaction (and prevent accidental hip-bump purchases), and Google Wallet ferries the money to the banks and credit processing entities on each side. Google gets no cut of the deal, but they do have a chance to place ads on the transaction screen (if a retailer approves), to promote and sync up their Groupon-like Google Offers, and to link Android owners even more tightly to their web-connected phones.Here's a … [Read more...] about Five common questions about Google Wallet answered
Halloween day isn't always the best play to get free things or deals - in fact, many of us spend a lot of money trying to get ready for the holiday. However, if you are looking for some cheap Halloween activities or you don't want to go out and face the cold weather to get some candy (or you are too old for that), there are some things to take advantage of this time of the year. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock Of course, everyone knows that tomorrow is the best time to go get half-priced Halloween candy, but you can start taking advantage of these Halloween deals today:Baja Fresh: Children in costume get a free meal.Baskin Robbins: All locations charge $1.31 for each scoop of ice cream.Chipotle: Get a $3 burrito, bowl, salad, or tacos at Chipotle when you wear a costume.Chuck E Cheese's: If you child comes into any location in costume, he or she will automatically get 50 free tickets.IHOP: Kids 12 and under get a free "scary" pancake that is designed … [Read more...] about Scary Good Halloween Deals And Steals
While it isn't quite as popular as Cinco de Mayo, today, Tuesday, October 4, 2016, is National Taco Day. It is an excuse for Mexican food fans to go out and eat up the discounts or free promotions that come along with dining at out. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock Some chains are opting to give food away while others are giving swag or discounts. It might all just be a ploy to get you in to spend money, but if you get to enjoy a crispy beef taco or a soft chicken taco, who are you to complain? The discounts on National Taco Day are plentiful, and you could spend all day moving from one restaurant to another. Some chains, like Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, which has 26 stores, are going bigger and better. They have added a two-pound taco to the menu and added a free regular taco to the deal.“Last year’s two-pound Taco Gigante promotion was such a hit that we knew we had to do something extra special this year,” says Margaritas … [Read more...] about Where To Get Tacos On National Taco Day