WHOLE YOU CHALLENGES THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY AND PUBLIC TO HELP FIND SOLUTIONS FOR THOSE WITH ORAL AND VISION LIMITATIONS

As part of the Whole You Living Lab open innovation platform, the company announces its advisory group and vision to improve the health of the world together, one innovation at a time

SAN JOSE, Calif. (January 29, 2015) – Whole You, Inc., a Mitsui Chemicals’ company dedicated to providing innovative solutions that allow those with sensory and physical mobility challenges to live life to the fullest, has teamed up with crowd-sourcing company InnoCentive to challenge people from around the world to create innovative solutions for those with oral and vision challenges. In the oral space, Whole You is looking for solutions to incentivize compliance encouraging regular use of oral appliance to motivate patients to effectively manage obstructive sleep apnea. Additionally, the company has launched a vision challenge asking for ideas about other services vision care providers can offer to optimize a person’s health and well-being. One solver from each category that recommends the best idea in each category will be awarded $15,000.

Whole You is simultaneously announcing its advisory group, which consist of professionals with expertise in sensory and physical mobility areas. The advisory group will provide input and guidance to the development of the company’s sensory and physical mobility innovation efforts, while judging Whole You challenge submissions, accordingly. Current members include:

• Rupa Balachandran PhD., CCC-A Program Director Audiology, Associate Professor Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of the Pacific
• Dr. Ting-Ling Chang, DDS, Clinical Professor and Section Chair of Prosthodontics at the Division of Advanced Prosthodontics, UCLA School of Dentistry
• David Green, Social Entrepreneur, MacArthur Fellow and Ashoka Fellow
• Dr. Moshe Lewis, MD, MPH, Chief, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehab, California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke’s Campus
• Dr. Katayoun Omrani, DDS Orofacial Pain specialist, Los Angeles Pain Clinic; Dentist at the Headache, Orofacial Pain and Sleep Apnea Program at the Cedars-Sinai Pain Center
• Dr. Frank Spors, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor at the College of Optometry at Western University of Health Sciences

“We have identified many sensory and physical mobility challenges that individuals face and believe that an open innovation approach is essential to creating truly ground-breaking products that we know the market needs,” said Hiromi Inagaki, chief innovation officer, Whole You. “The partnerships with our advisory group and InnoCentive demonstrate our commitment to tapping in to great minds that are aligned with our vision – to deliver innovative solutions to for those with sensory and physical mobility challenges.”

All Whole You partnerships and collaborations, including the open innovation challenges and continually expanding advisory group, will all be a part of Whole You’s Living Lab, a unique, interdisciplinary innovation network where a broad range of experts – in collaboration with people living with sensory and physical mobility challenges and needs – come together to develop solutions that will optimize health, well-being and experience to unlock human potential.

“One of my main goals is to provide my patients with the best solutions available so they can live life to the fullest, and Whole You is now on the frontline of this innovation,” said Dr. Ting-Ling Chang, DDS, Clinical Professor and Section Chair of Prosthodontics at the Division of Advanced Prosthodontics, UCLA School of Dentistry. “I am pleased to be a part of the company’s platform that encourages ongoing discussion that will drive enhancements in the dental industry. I look forward to seeing what solutions will come from the InnoCentive challenge.”

To provide a solution to one of the InnoCentive challenges, please visit: www.innocentive.com/pavilion/wholeyou.

About Whole You
By combining open innovation with wide range of partners, material innovation, and deep understanding of market needs, Whole You Inc., a Mitsui Chemicals company, is committed to offering solutions that allow those with sensory and physical mobility challenges to live life to the fullest. Through Mitsui Chemicals’ acquisitions of Dentca and PixelOptics and Panasonic Healthcare’s technology, Whole You and its partners will push the boundaries of technology to greatly improve how life is experienced by millions of Americans.

Whole You is headquartered in San Jose, CA. For more information, please visit www.whole-you.com.

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Contact:
Christina Witz
H+K Strategies
Christina.Witz@hkstrategies.com
310-633-9424

10 Reasons Why Cancun is the Spring Break Mecca of the World

10 Reasons Why Cancun is the Spring Break Mecca of the World

As your designated driver and local destination expert, we have seen it all. Amstar is your official airport shuttle during Spring Break 2015 at the top beach destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean and it’s our pleasure to give our top 10 reasons why Cancun is the Mecca of the Spring Break world. 

Cancun’s white sand beaches and the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea make this city on the sea a favorite international beach destination for many a traveler. But there’s so much more. Cancun has also become notorious for not only having a great Spring Break party scene, but for having the Spring Break party scene par excellence. And while tourism in Cancun has become much more diverse over the last several years, one thing is certain: Cancun is like the Floyd Mayweather of Spring Break destinations: it remains undefeated.

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Here’s why.

#10 Mariachi sombreros

Fulfill your secret desire of wanting to dress up like a mariachi and travel to the paradise that is the Mexican Caribbean for some tropical sombrero shopping. Yes, that’s right, you’ll find great prices on an array of mariachi sombreros that not only make great souvenirs to take back home with you. Plus, they’re so big they provide lots of shade, which in turn means you won’t go home with that raccoon look that would make you a social media sensation.

#9 Added skin tone

That is of course as long as you make sure to wear sunscreen to avoid that baked gringo look of falling asleep on the beach without sunscreen (or a mariachi sombrero). Yes, friends, make sure to apply heavy doses of sunscreen so that you avoid those painful sunburns that ruin the rest of your trip But don’t let that scare you, because just by spending some healthy time on the beach, which we’re sure of course you will, you’ll still go home with a nice tan that will be the envy of all the unlucky peeps that stayed home in the cold while you partied away on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

#8 Right next door

Cancun is like your lovely neighbor with the great swimming pool. Close by, an awesome backyard, cold beer and good looking friends hanging out together under the sun. Yes, Cancun is all that and much, much more. And with direct flights from many U.S. destinations and most large airlines flying in and out of this tropical paradise, it’s never been easier for you and your friends to make that venture down Mexico way. You’ll also have a friendly face to greet you when you arrive.

#7 Accommodations for all

From all-inclusive accommodations to shared rooms in high-end or low-end hostels, not to mention AirBnB, Cancun has got the overnight solutions for all budgets. And with a great public transportation solution that basically runs all hours of the day, you’re free to choose a room with an ocean view or one that’s in the heart of downtown Cancun. Either way, you’ll never be more than 20 to 30 minutes away from the next beach party. And that’s all that really matters.

#6 Real Mexican food  

You see, as delicious and mouth-watering as Tex-Mex food can be, it isn’t now nor ever really was authentic Mexican cuisine. So even if you can find that and many other ‘Merican staples such as McDonalds, Burger King and Starbucks galore (although not quite on every corner), make sure you dive into the deliciousness of the real deal. For instance, try the Yucatan specialty of Cochinita Pibil, or the pride of the Mexican Caribbean, Tikin Chic, which not only sounds cool but is a very tasty charcoaled fish covered in achiote sauce and onions. Or a michelada, which is not only a great beer-drink-mixture for that hangover you just can’t shake, you can also get it with shrimp skewers.

#5 Tequila

Cue the music, because this one’s easy. While there’s no doubt that you should test your tolerance by drinking you some tequila, you should know that it will be an experience unlike those painful affairs you had back home. Know why? Because what you drink back home may bear the name tequila, but it likely isn’t. And it’s painful. In fact, real tequila must be 100% blue agave (a plant not a cactus) and is best imbibed using your best tough guy impression: straight no chasers. Your body will thank you the next day when you realize that your tequila trauma was due to a drink that was nothing more than a cheap imitation of the 100% blue agave nectar known in Mexico as a drink from the gods.

#4 Inception Music Festival. ‘Nough said.

If you haven’t been to or heard of the Inception Music Festival, then in all likelihood you fell into a comma after taking a hard fall while running with the bulls in Pamplona haven’t woken up in the last two years, during which time over 60,000 spring breakers have gathered their youthful energy for some of the best damn partying this side of the Rio Grande. Top international DJ’s, great music, beautiful beaches and more party people from all over the world dancing to the beat than most people ever see in a lifetime. Organizers of this party on the beach (and at Cancun’s premier nightclubs) call it, “The wildest week of your life.”

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#3 Mayan ruins and pyramid- climbing

Nothing says Mexican Caribbean more than the must-see Mayan ruins that are spread out all over the Mexican Caribbean. And with so many great sites to visit, you really can pick your poison based on what sounds best for your group. Want to visit a Seven New Wonder of the World? Then Chichen Itza is calling. Want to see a walled-city built to overlook the Caribbean Sea? Tulum is in your future. Want to ride bikes in the middle of the jungle and climb the highest pyramid in the entire Mexican Caribbean? Coba is your shot of tequila. Prefer to get off the beaten path and visit a less-crowded but equally impressive monument to the mighty Maya empire? Ahoy, Ek Balam!

#2 Land and sea adventures galore

If archeological sites are nothing more to you than simply pieces of crumbling stones covered in faded and barely visible paint, then you just might want to consider other activities to complement your party-filled agenda. And this is part of what makes Cancun such a great place to visit. there’s always something for everyone! Want to take a catamaran cruise to the beautiful island of Isla Mujeres, with some snorkeling at a coral reef mixed in for good measure? What about some deep sea fishing or a mixture of land and sea adventures at one great aquatic park? And be it soaring through the canopy on zip lines, getting your fill on an ATV-ride through the jungle or diving down into the depths of underground rivers, it’s all good. Plus, there’s more to do than you’ll ever find time for.

#1 Too blue to be true

Last but definitely not least. In fact, we saved what is perhaps the best for last: Cancun’s white sand beaches. If you’ve never been to Cancun or the Riviera Maya, you’ll have a hard time believing that those incredible azure hues of the Caribbean are the real deal. But, yes, it’s true. No Photoshop is needed to make these beautiful beaches look any more amazing and awe-inspiring than they already are. Moreoever, with over 16 miles of white sand paradise to choose from, you can always take some time away from the party scene to kick it back and soak up some rays in front of the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.

And remember, always drink responsibly and follow all safety regulations, especially when you’re at the beach. Have fun, live the moment to the fullest, and always remember that Amstar dmc is your local expert for tips and advice about the best things to do and see while in Cancun. We’re online and in destination 365 days a year and are always more than happy to help. 

What’s Next in Learning Spaces?

Herman Miller and IIDA Challenge Students to Capture How Campus Environments Must Evolve for the Future with Sixth Annual Video Contest

ZEELAND, Mich., Jan. 28, 2015- The world of higher education is changing rapidly in response to myriad shifts on and off campus, including intense economic pressures, the widening skills gap and ongoing advances in technology. Yet, there is one constant: a universal mission shared by every college and university – equip students for success, in the workplace and in life. Physical learning spaces have never been more integral to that goal. No one knows this better than the students who are on campus every day.

Herman Miller Inc., in collaboration with knowledge partner International Interior Design Association (IIDA), has launched its sixth annual Student Video Contest, inviting students to explore “What’s Next in Learning Spaces?” Using a video camera and their imaginations, students are asked to show how learning spaces should evolve to support the talents they need to excel in the future.

“Learning has no boundaries. It happens everywhere, from classrooms and studios to the places students live and socialize,” said Jeff Vredevoogd, Director of Herman Miller Education. “Higher education continues to more intensely focus on student experience, and drive the innovation that will enable students to thrive on campus, and ultimately, in the workplace. The student voice is critical. This contest will help us – as researchers, designers, faculty and administrators – better understand how students use existing spaces and, in their eyes, what will make on-campus spaces even more valuable as they pursue lifelong learning.”

The Student Video Contest is open to students attending two- and four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. EST on March 27, 2015. Representatives from Herman Miller and IIDA will select three finalists whose submissions best represent creativity, originality and relevancy to the theme. A public vote will then decide the final ranking for the top three submissions. The first place winner will be awarded $2500; second place $1500, and third place $1000. Finalists will be invited to join Herman Miller at the 50th annual Society of College and University Planning conference in July 2015 in Chicago. The students will participate on a panel, share their videos and further explore “What’s Next in Learning Spaces?”

To view contest rules and guidelines, visit hermanmiller.com/studentvideocontest. You can also connect with Herman Miller on Twitter (@HermanMillerEdu), Facebook or Pinterest to catch the latest updates throughout the competition (#SVC2015).

About Herman Miller Inc.
Herman Miller’s inspiring designs, inventive technologies and strategic services help people do great things and organizations to perform at their best. The company’s award-winning products and services generated approximately $1.9 billion in revenue in fiscal 2014. A past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, Herman Miller designs can be found in the permanent collections of museums worldwide. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also helped establish Herman Miller as a recognized global leader. In 2014, Herman Miller again received the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top rating in its annual Corporate Equality Index and was named among the 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers by Industry Week. Herman Miller is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.

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Contact:
Roya Bruce
Herman Miller, Inc.
roya_bruce@hermanmiller.com
(619) 847-5334

carpooling, Europe’s No. 1 ridesharing app, debuts in U.S. to college market

carpooling, Europe’s No. 1 ridesharing app, debuts in U.S. to college market

Students can now tap green, cost-effective, door-to-door long-distance ridesharing platform

Palo Alto, Calif. and Munich, Germany ─ January 28, 2015 ─ In December, the No. 1 European ridesharing platform, carpooling, launched in the U.S., making mid- and long-distance transportation easy, safe and affordable — especially for college students. Drivers and passengers can quickly select and connect on the details of their trip via free iOS and Android mobile apps. With this launch, carpooling opened its ridesharing technology to U.S. consumers, providing a convenient, safe, social, and green-friendly way for riders to save money when traveling long distances.

In the past, getting to a Spring Break destination or going with friends to a music festival cost effectively could be tough. The carpooling app encourages students traveling the same direction to ride together, share travel costs and help the environment by getting cars off the road ─ all while making the experience comfortable, safe and fun. Instead of taking a boring bus ride or an expensive flight, carpooling makes it easy to safely connect with drivers and enjoy road trips in the company of friends and classmates.

The carpooling app enables students to post available car seats and find passengers. In just a few seconds, the app lets passengers search for rides anywhere in the U.S. App features have been designed to make traveling via carpooling safe and reliable. Drivers include information on their profiles such as car license plate, photo ID and Facebook profiles. Travelers can rate drivers, view a driver’s star rating and read passenger and driver comments to help ensure a safe, secure ridesharing experience.

Through a product integration with Uber, carpooling is the first company to offer a door-to-door long-distance service in the U.S. Passengers can be picked up at home by an Uber driver to take them to the starting point of their carpool, and then have an Uber driver at the arrival point to take them to their exact destination, if needed.

“Students in particular need a cost-effective, eco-friendly and fun mode of transportation to get to where they want to be, whether they are going on Spring Break or headed to a concert in another city. We recognize there won’t be an abundance of passengers and drivers connected with each other at launch, but we’re confident from more than a decade of experience in Europe that supply and demand will grow rapidly,” said Markus Barnikel, carpooling CEO.

Designed in collaboration with renowned global product strategy and design consultancy frog, the carpooling app makes finding rides and meeting up with drivers quick and intuitive. Registration and login is made easy via Facebook. Drivers then post their driving routes and times of departure. Passengers can search for available rides, compare prices and departure times, and review driver profiles.

Booking a ride takes only a few seconds. With the “Live Map” feature, the passenger can see the meeting point and book an Uber ride, if needed, to get there. Built-in GPS functionality lets drivers and passengers easily locate one another at the agreed meeting place and time. After the ride, the driver and passenger rate each other.

Ridesharing via carpooling is unique from other platforms:
· Carpooling ridesharing is designed specifically for longer distances (average trip is 125+ miles).
· Carpooling does not employ drivers or encourage driving for profit. The company and app provides a platform that enables everyday people who happen to be traveling in the same direction to contact each other and share the costs of their trips.
· The carpooling app is a premium tool with value-added functionality designed specifically to make ridesharing easy, safe and convenient.

About carpooling
Headquartered in Munich, Germany, with initial funding by carmaker Daimler, carpooling was founded in 2001 as mitfahrgelegenheit.de by three students at the University of Würzburg in Germany. The platform quickly grew in popularity, and today ridesharing is one of the most popular travel options for mid- to long-distance journeys in Europe. More than 3.5 million ridesharing offers are accessible through the carpooling app every day. For more information, visit www.carpooling.com.

Press Contacts:
David Templeton
DBT Communications, Inc.
203.530.0458
press-us@carpooling.com

Carleen LeVasseur
DBT Communications, Inc.
408.264.6767
press-us@carpooling.com

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PwC US Launches CareerAdvisor

New platform of tools to provide students with resources they need for the career they want

NEW YORK, January 27, 2015– PwC US today announced the launch of CareerAdvisor, a free, interactive and customizable tool that will help students discover their unique interests and professional goals as they prepare to enter the job market. Designed to support students of all majors, CareerAdvisor aims to equip the next generation of leaders with what they need to effectively develop their resumes, prepare for interviews, build an online presence and successfully launch their careers. CareerAdvisor is accessible online and via all mobile devices.

“Good grades, extracurricular activities, and a strong resume alone won’t guarantee that you will find yourself in the career of your dreams,” said Michael Fenlon, PwC’s US and Global Talent Leader. “CareerAdvisor helps job seekers discover who they are, what they want to do and how to get there. Whether it’s accounting, engineering, teaching, science or health professions, or management consulting, CareerAdvisor acts as a motivational tool for students to reflect on their passions and take control of their future.”

CareerAdvisor is comprised of four areas, each which includes activities, articles, videos, tips and tools to give users an advantage in the job market. Students can customize these resources to create their own personal experience to meet their career planning goals and stand out from the competition.

The four areas of CareerAdvisor include:
1. Assess – Identify your unique strengths and interests to select a career path that is right for you
2. Maximize – Tap into the resources you’ve got in order to make informed choices that can open doors to new opportunities.
3. Prepare – Develop a job search toolkit that will showcase your unique talents and the value you can bring a potential employer
4. Present – Understand how to strengthen your personal brand, communicate with confidence and build relationships so you can stand out from others and make your mark

“The foundation of leadership lies within self-discovery,” commented Rod Adams, PwC’s US Recruiting Leader. “PwC is dedicated to helping build leaders at all levels by helping them realize the career and life success they aspire to achieve, and CareerAdvisor is another way in which we are fulfilling this mission.”

CareerAdvisor can be accessed online and via any mobile device so users can update their profiles wherever they may be. The tool allows users to link their social media accounts to their profile.

For more information about PwC’s CareerAdvisor, please visit: http://careeradvisor.pwc.com

About PwC US
PwC US helps organizations and individuals create the value they’re looking for. We’re a member of the PwC network of firms, which has firms in 157 countries with more than 195,000 people. We’re committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.pwc.com/US.

© 2015 PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership. All rights reserved. PwC refers to the US member firm, and may sometimes refer to the PwC network. Each member firm is a separate legal entity. Please see www.pwc.com/structure for further details.

This content is for general information purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional advisors.

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Contact:
Suzanne Dawson
LAK Public Relations, Inc.
sdawson@lakpr.com
(212) 329-1420

Tanja Sullivan
PwC US
tanja.sullivan@us.pwc.com
(646) 471-6959

ASCO Numatics Announces 2015 Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarships

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY, USA — January 20, 2015 — ASCO Numatics, the world’s leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation, flow control, and pneumatics solutions, today announced it has begun accepting applications for its 2015 ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship program.

ASCO Numatics will award two $5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students, provide $1,000 grants to their college’s engineering departments, and host the students at “The Amazing Packaging Race” at PACK EXPO International 2015 in Las Vegas in September.

The application period is now open and the deadline to apply is April 3, 2015. Details and forms are available at: http://www.asconumatics.com/scholarship.

“This year, we again are pleased to offer our support to America’s best and most driven engineering students through the ASCO Numatics Scholarship program,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing – Americas, ASCO Numatics. “We’re proud, as an industry leader, to support our next-generation of engineering leaders.”

Over the past 8 years, ASCO Numatics has awarded $70,000 in scholarships to 14 students based on their potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the industrial automation engineering profession. In addition, we have provided another $14,000 in grants to 12 U.S. schools of engineering.

The ASCO Numatics scholarship is merit-based and will be awarded on the candidate’s potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the industrial automation engineering profession, particularly as it relates to the application of fluid control and fluid power technologies. A panel of ASCO Numatics executives and independent judges will select the finalists.

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program in an instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, or automation engineering discipline at an accredited U.S. educational institution for the 2015/2016 academic year. Candidates must also maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, and be a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident. The deadline to apply is April 3, 2015. Details and forms are available at http://www.asconumatics.com/scholarship.

ASCO Numatics will award the scholarships at “The Amazing Packaging Race” at PACK EXPO International, to take place in Las Vegas from September 20-23, 2015. The race, sponsored by ASCO Numatics, is a fun and educational event that pits teams of packaging students, from programs around the country, against each other in a race to gather points by completing tasks at specific PACK EXPO booths.

About ASCO Numatics
ASCO Numatics, a division of Emerson, offers comprehensive fluid automation solutions, including fluid control and fluid power products, for a wide range of industry-focused applications. The ASCO Numatics product line in North America consists of more than 50,000 valves, an extensive selection of air preparation equipment, and a full line of actuation products. ASCO products include solenoid pilot valves, angle body piston valves, linear indicators, redundant control systems, and pressure sensors. The Numatics line covers valve manifolds, cylinders, grippers, filters, regulators, and lubricators. For more information about ASCO Numatics products, visit www.asconumatics.com.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2014 were $24.5 billion. Emerson Industrial Automation (www.EmersonIndustrial.com), a business of Emerson, provides automation and power generation technologies and services to a wide range of industries. With its global capabilities and deep industry expertise, Emerson Industrial Automation is a trusted partner for products and solutions that increase machine performance, efficiency, reliability, and availability. Its industry-leading brands include Appleton®, ASCO®, Branson®, Browning®, Control Techniques, Kop-Flex®, Leroy-Somer®, McGill®, Morse®, Numatics®, O-Z/Gedney, Rollway®, SealMaster®, and System Plast™.

Note to Editors:
Press contacts: Don Goncalves, 781-793-9380, dgoncalves@tizinc.com, and Kristen Walker, ASCO Numatics, 973-966-2372, kristen.walker@emerson.com

Coffee Club Goes Viral With Members Earning Free Starbucks Cards

Now accepting new members and set to go viral – Free Coffee Card Club is helping coffee lovers pay for their coffee. The company operates a membership club that rewards members with Starbucks coffee cards for referring new members to the club. The market potential is enormous with 54% of American adults drinking coffee every day. The club is already popular with college students and young professionals.

The main idea of the club is simple. A person pays a $20 fee to become a member. They get one $5 Starbucks gift card just for joining. That member is then rewarded additional $5 Starbucks cards for every new member they refer to the club. The more friends a member refers to the club, the more coffee cards they earn.

It’s no surprise that coffee is still a welcome addiction to so many people. A 2012 Huffington Post article cited the following coffee facts:

“Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year, making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world.”
“52% of coffee drinkers would rather go without a shower in the morning than give up coffee.”
“49% of coffee drinkers would rather give up their cell phone for a month than go without coffee.”

These facts clearly demonstrate the explosive potential of this coffee club as members tell their friends about it on Facebook and other social media sites. As if the world is not already wired enough, coffee fans will appreciate this new way to subsidize their happy habit. For more information, visit http://www.FreeCoffeeCards.com.

About Free Coffee Card Club:
Free Coffee Card Club operates FreeCoffeeCards.com. The site is a coffee club where members earn Starbucks coffee cards for referring new members. The club launched January 1st 2015 and is designed to go viral via perpetual member referrals. The club has no affiliation with Starbucks Corporation.

Public Press Contact Info:
Lee Williams
info@freecoffeecards.com
Phone: 858-227-9577

UniversitySpot.com Introduces Extensive, Curated List of Free Online Courses for Winter 2015

Evanston, Ill., Jan. 6, 2015 – Along with their university partners, online course platforms Coursera and edX are offering 300+ great courses this winter. UniversitySpot.com provides easy access to thousands of the best online higher-education resources for students, counselors, teachers, parents and lifetime learners, and is pleased to present a refreshingly simple list of the most current course offerings for the New Year. Quickly scan through course titles from top U.S. and global universities to find the ones best suited to your interests.

Some of the most popular offerings that have recently started and those starting soon include:

• Introduction to Genetics and Evolution (Duke University) – Starting Jan 1
• Cryptography I (Stanford University) – Starting Jan 5
• Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python (MIT) – Starting Jan 7
• Natural Disasters (McGill University) – Starting Jan 14
• Critical Thinking in Global Challenges (University of Edinburgh) – Starting Jan 19
• Algorithms, Part I (Princeton University) – Starting Jan 23
• Gamification (University of Pennsylvania) – Starting Jan 26
• Model Thinking (University of Michigan) – Starting Feb 2
• Maps and the Geospatial Revolution (Penn State University) – Starting Mar 25
• The Science of the Solar System (California Institute of Technology) – Starting Mar 30

Check out the full list of courses as well as enrollment dates at UniversitySpot.com.

About UniversitySpot.com
Published by StartSpot Mediaworks, Inc., UniversitySpot.com is the newest addition to the StartSpot Network, a collection of award-winning information portals designed to make finding the best topical information on the Internet a quick, easy and enjoyable experience. Current sites in the StartSpot Network include LibrarySpot.com , HomeworkSpot.comGovSpot.com and more. Headquartered in Evanston, Ill., StartSpot Mediaworks strives to create exemplary, high-utility best of Web resources that engage, enlighten and inspire. For more information, visit http://www.universityspot.com

Contact:
UniversitySpot.com
Jennifer Borders, Managing Editor
(847) 868-2175
jennifer.borders@startspot.com

NEEBO COLLEGE TEXTBOOK SAVINGS TIP: SELL EARLY, BUY EARLY AND SAVE BIG

Sell Fall Semester Textbooks To Pay For Spring Textbooks – Chance To Double Your Payment for Fall Textbooks

Lincoln, NE – December 10, 2014 – Nebraska Book Company|Neebo (OTC Pink: NEEB), a leading operator of more than 200 college bookstores nationwide and one of the largest distributors in the textbook wholesale industry supporting more than 2,000 college related stores, is sharing cost-saving tips to help college students manage one of their most worrisome college expenses: textbooks. The deceptively simple tip from Neebo is to sell Fall semester textbooks as close to the end of the semester as possible to capture top buy-back rates and then use those book sales proceeds to purchase Spring semester textbooks early before inventories diminish and costs rise. To give students further incentive to sell Fall books early, Neebo is launching a promotion that gives students an opportunity to double the price paid for a book at the time of sale. Neebo also offers textbook buy-back online, combining convenience, service and highly competitive pricing.

“College students today are more worried about textbook costs than ever before,” says Bill Zeuch, senior vice president of merchandising, marketing & e-commerce for Neebo. “Our company’s founding premise was to save college students money on textbooks so we are sharing tips and strategies to reduce both textbook costs and the related stress of affording required college textbooks.”

Students shopping at a Neebo store can compare the Neebo purchase quote to other providers and, if they find a better offer for the exact same textbook, Neebo will match the price. As added incentive, students selling their Fall textbooks can participate in a special text-based in-store promotion for the chance to double the amount that Neebo will pay for their textbook.

With the premium price payout from Neebo for Fall textbooks, students have a great opportunity to immediately apply those funds to their Spring textbooks while inventory is at its highest and prices are at their lowest. Students who decide to rent their Spring textbooks will enjoy a 20% discount if they act before December 21, 2014.

Neebo is committed to saving students money on their required textbooks and maintains a year-round Best Price Promise policy that assures students receive the best available market price for any textbook in-store.

About Nebraska Book Company|Neebo
Nebraska Book Company Inc. was founded 100 years ago with a store near the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus. The company pioneered used textbook distribution and expanded to campuses across the country and is today a leader in solutions for the college store marketplace supporting more than 2,000 college-related retail stores. It is now owned by Neebo, Inc., an online retailer and operator of more than 200 college stores across the nation. Neebo provides millions of students, parents, faculty, fans and alumni with the most complete selection of rental, used and new textbooks, as well as college-branded apparel, gear and accessories. Neebo is the complete college outfitter, dedicated to making college—one of life’s best experiences—even better. For more information, on Nebraska Book Company, visit www.nebook.com. For more information on Neebo, visit http://www.neebo.com.

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Draper University’s Tim Draper Hosts YouNoodle Live Featuring Student Entrepreneurs From Around The World

Conducted entirely online, YouNoodle’s virtual ‘demo day’ featuring Tim Draper encourages global sourcing of innovation and investment in the collegiate startup ecosystem.

Draper University (http://draperuniversity.com/) , an entrepreneurship program for the world’s most innovative and creative people, is partnering with YouNoodle (https://www.younoodle.com/), a startup competition platform, for the next YouNoodle Live. Draper University’s founder, Tim Draper, will be on hand to evaluate and give feedback to students from around the world that will have the chance to present their ideas during the virtual event, which will be MCed by Torsten Kolind, Co-Founder and CEO of YouNoodle. As part of the ongoing YouNoodle 1K campaign, YouNoodle Live gives startups from YouNoodle 1K the opportunity to pitch virtually to technology luminaries. The event will take place on December 9th at 9 AM PT and registration is open now at www.younoodle.com/live.

“As a vocal advocate for young entrepreneurs I am very excited to be a part of YouNoodle Live,” said Tim. “We are constantly recruiting young founders for Draper University and are proud to have one of the best networks for innovators looking to launch their ideas into the marketplace. This is a great opportunity for us to see what is out there in terms of new and unique ideas.”

“Our first YouNoodle Live was a great success and exposed the presenting startups to a global network of venture capitalists, corporate innovation managers, and seasoned entrepreneurs,” said Torsten. “Draper University and Tim Draper add a level of credibility that is unprecedented. The presenting startups will benefit not only from the global online exposure, but also Tim’s years of knowledge evaluating and educating young entrepreneurs.”

YouNoodle 1K focuses on the top 1,000 entrepreneurs and ideas selected from over 28,000 startups coming through more than 400 YouNoodle-driven startup competitions worldwide in the past 12 months. It uses judging and evaluation data from competitions to paint a picture of the global startup ecosystem. The program offers members in the YouNoodle 1K network opportunities to gain access to experts, investors and business development opportunities from all over the world.

About Draper University
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Draper University is the brainchild of venture capitalist Tim Draper, and co-founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson Venture Fund. Draper University is an innovative program for entrepreneurs, offering both residential entrepreneurship programs and an online program for the brightest entrepreneurs from around the world. Students experience Silicon Valley via a cutting edge, hands on curriculum taught by the most successful entrepreneurs in the Valley. For more information about the program, visit www.draperuniversity.com or contact us info@draperuniversity.com.

About YouNoodle
YouNoodle (www.younoodle.com) is a data-driven startup recruitment engine and customized end-to-end platform for the creation, management, and judging of startup competitions. Top universities, corporations, accelerators, as well as governments use YouNoodle’s tools to host challenges and judging processes, recruit high-potential entrepreneurs, and grow their startup ecosystems. Having facilitated more than 400 international competitions across 100 countries, YouNoodle has created a global talent network of 50,000 startups and has become a premier resource for expanding access to the best ideas and brightest talent across the globe. Based in Silicon Valley with a team comprised of 10 different nationalities who speak 18 different languages, YouNoodle creates a local and global opportunity network that expands the borders of the startup landscape and equalizes opportunities for entrepreneurs worldwide.

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