DBL Investors http://www.dblinvestors.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:58:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Top Chef star Tom Colicchio likes what he tastes in SF school lunchroom http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/10/top-chef-star-tom-colicchio-likes-what-he-tastes-in-sf-school-lunchroom/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/10/top-chef-star-tom-colicchio-likes-what-he-tastes-in-sf-school-lunchroom/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:52:04 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1856 By Jill Tucker: U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi donned an apron Thursday to cook up some yogurt-based ranch dressing with television chef Tom Colicchio at San Francisco’s Mission High School to show support for healthy food in schools.

The cooking demonstration was a far cry from reality TV food competitions, Collicchio — head judge on “Top Chef” — gave the food high marks.
“This is what you get in school?” Colicchio asked assembled students as he tried the ranch dressing on a sample size of turkey chef salad served in district cafeterias. “This is awesome.”

San Francisco contracts with Revolution Foods, which uses whole grains and fresh produce in its school breakfast, lunch and supper meals.

To read the full arti­cle, visit SF Gate.

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Vivint Solar Prices IPO at $16 per Share, Opens Higher, Aims for SolarCity-Style Ride http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/09/vivint-solar-prices-ipo-at-16-per-share-opens-higher-aims-for-solarcity-style-ride/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/09/vivint-solar-prices-ipo-at-16-per-share-opens-higher-aims-for-solarcity-style-ride/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:10:28 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1866 By Eric Wesoff: Vivint Solar, owned by the Blackstone Group, set its IPO terms to offer 20.6 million shares at $16 per share. That would give the Provo, Utah-based installer and financier a market cap of more than $1.5 billion. Goldman Sachs, BofA Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse are serving as lead underwriters. [. . .]

Nancy Pfund, managing partner at DBL Investors (an early investor in SolarCity), notes, “The stock market will welcome this IPO, as a growing number of people want to build solar portfolios, and to do that, they need more high-quality names. Solar is still only at 1 percent penetration. We need several strong companies to transform the energy market from one that is fossil-based to one that fits our planet’s need for a low-carbon future. Just as at the beginning of the 20th century, there emerged hundreds of oil companies that over the decades turned into the Exxons and Chevrons and BPs of the world, now we are just beginning to experience a clean energy version of this metamorphosis. There is ample room for companies like SolarCity, Vivint, and others to thrive as we pass the energy torch from the 20th to the 21st century.”

To read the full article, visit greentechsolar.

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Store Tours: The RealReal http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/09/store-tours-the-realreal/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/09/store-tours-the-realreal/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:40:22 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1852 By retail TouchPoints, The RealReal has seen rapid growth over the past few years, due to consumers’ growing appetite for luxury goods. Recently, the RealReal gave theRetail TouchPointsteam a tour of their new warehouse in Secaucus, NJ. In this episode of TouchPoints TV, Natalie Seufferlein, spokesperson for the RealReal, discusses the company’s growth, plans for the new facility and how the company will get front-and-center during the holiday season.

See the retail TouchPoints interview here.

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NASA Awards Boeing And SpaceX Contracts To Deliver Astronauts To The Space Station http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/09/nasa-awards-boeing-and-spacex-contracts-to-deliver-astronauts-to-the-space-station/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/09/nasa-awards-boeing-and-spacex-contracts-to-deliver-astronauts-to-the-space-station/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:09:56 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1863 By Alex Knapp: NASA officially announced today that both Boeing and SpaceX have been awarded Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contracts. These contracts are for the development of spacecraft that will be able to take astronauts to the International Space Station, with a target start date of 2017. The third company in the running for a contract, Sierra Nevada Corporation, did not receive an award.

To read the full arti­cle, visit Forbes.


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RallyPoint, a LinkedIn for Veterans, Battles Unemployment http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/09/rallypoint-a-linkedin-for-veterans-battles-unemployment/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/09/rallypoint-a-linkedin-for-veterans-battles-unemployment/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 22:43:54 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1860 By Kurt Wagner:  Following four years of active duty in the Army, and another 12 serving in military-related civilian positions, Nicole Jensen ran into an unexpected problem: She couldn’t find a job.

Over a five-month period, Jensen says she applied to nearly 90 jobs, of which she heard back from three. She had profiles on every job site she could find, Monster, USA Jobs and LinkedIn among them. At one point, she actually “dumbed down” her resume, taking off prior management experience in the hope of catching the attention of recruiters looking to fill more entry-level roles.

“I’m not going to tell you exactly how I felt because there are some expletives in there,” she says now, laughing. “It gives you a worthless feeling not even hearing back [from the recruiter]. Hearing nothing made me feel worthless and ignored.”

Jensen’s relocation to Texas from Germany — where her husband was wrapping up his 24th year of active duty — meant she needed to rejoin the civilian workforce, which found her military qualifications difficult to understand. Recruiters couldn’t translate Jensen’s military experience, and she didn’t know any other way to explain it. When her brother, another veteran, recommended RallyPoint, a LinkedIn-style professional network specifically focused on active and veteran military members, she signed up. She had nothing to lose.

Within 72 hours, she was contacted by Time Warner Cable for a program manager opening. Her first day on the job was last week. “The recruiters on RallyPoint, they really stepped up,” she said. “[Most] people don’t know what veterans can really bring to a company.”

RallyPoint is looking to solve an issue facing hundreds of thousands of veterans joining or returning to the private sector. Recent veterans, or those who have served since Sept. 11, 2001, face a 9.2 percent unemployment rate, much higher than the 6.2 percent unemployment rate for the general U.S. population.

To read the full arti­cle, visit ReCode.


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SpaceX solar system, installed by SolarCity http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/08/spacex-solar-system-installed-by-solarcity/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/08/spacex-solar-system-installed-by-solarcity/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 22:00:11 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1840 View from above, currently clocking in at 4,000 solar panels.

View the original post via SpaceX on Twitter.

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