Nathaniel Ru: Sweetgreen’s Ingenuity

Sweetgreen is the nation’s top salad chain restaurant. Many didn’t think a salad chain could work, but co-founders Nathaniel Ru, Jonathon Neman, and Nicolas Jammet proved them wrong. People, in particular, millennials, are more health conscious these days. Opening a health-based restaurant that only sells salads was a great idea.

It’s not just the salads that resonate with customers. As Ru put it, Sweetgreen is about feeding more people better food. The restaurant’s atmosphere is about integrating healthy with delicious, self-sustainable ingredients. Sweetgreen’s menu isn’t just healthy for its customers; it’s also healthy for local economies and the environment.

Another way to describe Sweetgreen is to call it a modern company. The biggest advantage to running a business these days is having an endless array of technology to make things easier. For the co-CEOs, Sweetgreen had to be a tech-savvy business; it became part of their DNA. A good percentage of the restaurants’ transactions occur online.

Their ingenuity didn’t stop at embracing technology. The other half of successfully running a company is management. Many great companies failed because of a lack of sufficient management. Sweetgreen’s management strategy goes beyond corporate headquarters. In fact, Sweetgreen doesn’t have a main headquarters.

The entire company operates in an effort to decentralize their headcount. Even the co-CEOs operate bicoastal. Since opening some offices in Los Angeles, they now fly back and forth, steadily growing the company at their pace. They even make office employees work in the restaurants to ensure that customers are appreciated on a corporate level. Read more: Sweetgreen Founder Interview – Nathaniel Ru | Business Insider

Opening a restaurant in Georgetown wasn’t their first idea, but it was the best idea. In their entrepreneurship class at Georgetown University, where they first met, they learned to spot marketing opportunities. At the time, the Georgetown area lacked any real healthy eating options.

They opened their restaurant in 2007. It was an immediate hit with the local students. Things were going great until their winter break. Most of the students were away on vacation and business got slow. Yet, their restaurant endured, ensuring the future co-CEOs that they were on the right path.

Through all the ups and downs, they learned to handle it all. In a way, that caused a problem down the line. As the company expanded, they found it hard to let others take the reins.

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Glen Wakeman: The Symbol of Success

Glen Wakeman has had a successful career in business and finance for over 20 years. Today, he is the CEO of Launchpad Holdings LLC, which he cofounded 2 years back. In 1981, Glen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance in the University of Scranton. He also graduated from University of Chicago in 1993 with an MBA in Finance.

After graduating, Wakeman began his career at GE Capital where he held P& L and business developmental posts. He later joined Doral Financial Corporation where he later became the President and CEO. Additionally, Wakeman was also appointed the Chairman of the Doral Bank’s Board of Directors. Wakeman later founded and became the president of the Nova Four. His businesses have over 17, 000 employees and they hold over $15billion in assets

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Wakeman is also known as a mentor to many people who love to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. He aids the C-level executives on how to handle their roles and positions. Currently, Wakeman also counsels Sitter Bees and Dream Funded. He also guides people about startups and their exponential growth and new market entry among other aspects. Other than that, Wakeman also actively applies his methodology, which has so far been proven to have 5 key areas: governance, execution, leadership, human capital, and risk management.

Glen Wakeman, who is an investor and an author shares insights about the international fiscal issues, administration, strategy and emerging markets. On his blogs, he often provides advice on angel financing and capital collection. He is also passionate about innovation, growth, and executive development.

Wakeman also has a lot of international experience as he has so far operated in 6 different countries and 30 regions worldwide. The above has given him international recognition and made him a good reference point for people who need professional advice. (BusinessWire)

If you are an entrepreneur, check out for Wakeman’s blogs as they will give you pointers on how to do your job better. They will also offer advice on how to avoid some mistakes that can cost you your business. Glen will also help you grow your business. You build your business by following the steps of those who have done it before.

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