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On this episode of ParadaWorks, Glenn Parada sits down to interview Darwin Roman founder of the Latino Wealth Movement to discuss everything from business to leadership. Buckle your seatbelts you are not going to want to miss this episode. Enjoy.

I am involved in nonprofits, community programs, religion, politics, immigration, ethics & veterans. I am also the host of the ParadaWorks Podcast on the Disrupt Podcast Network.

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Revel, An Electric Moped Startup Disrupting The Moped Market Raises 27.6M

Disrupting The Moped Market

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It has taken less than two years for Revel to go from just an idea to disrupting the moped market and becoming a shared electric vehicle startup! Currently, Revel has more than 1,400 mopeds across Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn and Queens, New York. Now it’s ready to scale and grow beyond these three cities after raising $27.6 million in capital from a Series A round led by Ibex Investors.

The $27.6 million will be used to help Revel to scale up. CEO and co-founder Frank Reig said this growth will extend to its fleet of scooters within the cities it currently operates as well as expand into new markets.

What makes Revel Standout?

  1. Revel plans to hit 10 more large cities and who is behind its operations is what Reig believes differentiates Revel from other shared electric vehicle providers. In the past, other scooter startups have had a record of deploying in cities before getting approval from local authorities – Not Revel.
  2. Many startups in the shared industry, including Revel, talk up their focus on safety and desire to be responsible partners with cities. Revel’s choice of vehicle — along with a few other decisions — helps it stick to those promises

1,400 Scooters in 20 Months

The idea for Revel was born out of Reig’s travels to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he witnessed locals on every form of a two-wheeled vehicle.

“A sort of light bulb went off my head, and I asked myself, ‘why is it not a thing in the U.S?,’ ” Reig told TechCrunch in a recent interview. “I came back to New York, started studying the market more and saw all these electric moped operators had been popping up in Europe over the last few years and just realized that if I don’t do it, somebody else will.”

The company started out with a small pilot of 68 mopeds in a few neighborhoods within Brooklyn. In May, after a nine-month pilot, Revel pulled the original mopeds it used in its limited pilot and replaced them with 1,000 new models built for two riders and equipped with kickstands for parking. With more mopeds in its fleet, Revel expanded the service to more than 20 neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens. In August, Revel launched its service in Washington, D.C., where there are now more than 400 mopeds.

Revel rides cost $1 per person to start, followed by $0.25 per minute to ride and $0.10 per minute while parked. Revel says it will cut the cost by 40% for eligible riders — and give them a $25 credit — through its Revel Access program. Riders who use public assistance programs like SNAP or live in NYCHA housing are eligible for the program.

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Incredible Health Raises $15M For Its Hiring Platform

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The California startup gives nursing professionals and hospitals a faster and more efficient hiring process through proprietary matching algorithms that replace the need for hospitals to manually sift through applications. Instead the platform matches job seekers to nursing vacancies based on criteria supplied by both sides of its network. The recruitment platform Launched in late 2017 and has so far limited its range to California, with 150+ hospitals in the region signed up and an undefined “thousands” of nurses on board.

Incredible Health claims that by 2024 the US will have a shortage of a million nurses. This shortage will be a risk of financial loss to hospitals, as contractors cost more to employ, and the growing number of unfilled nursing vacancies risks the quality of care hospitals are able to offer patients.

Their hiring and recruitment solution taps algorithms to help health systems narrow down the list of qualified nurses, and to provide those nurses with personalized, tailored opportunities they’d not likely find anywhere else. That’s not to suggest it’s an entirely automated flow — human experts support both job seekers and employers along the way, vetting matches to ensure they’ll lead to fruitful, long-term employment.

Hospitals begin by making a profile and then browsing a set of licensed nurse candidates screened for over 40 specialties, education, experience, malpractice records, and certifications before sending interview requests to professionals they’d like to meet. On the candidate side, nurses can accept or decline requests that come to them and compare top offers from favored hospitals that match their criteria.

Incredible Health’s mission is to help health care professionals live better lives and do their best work.  They’ve seen strong early success helping to match these health care professionals with hospitals throughout California, and are beginning to expand their solution nationally. 

For more information, you can visit their website.

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How Transportation Company Landline Is Disrupting The Bus Travel Experience

How landline is disrupting the bus travel experience

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In a world where technology is changing so fast, it seems like we are starting to live in the future. There are some startups focused on building space ships that one day could send us all to Mars! Then there are some startups that are focused on fixing infrastructures struggling to keep up with the changing world. Landlines Founder and chief executive officer David Sunde is working on doing just that. Continue reading to learn how Landline is disrupting the bus travel experience.

At any giving moment, there is a new company raising venture capital. Landline comes out of the Midwest as the operator of a bus network. Even though the company is actually based out of LA, it has completed its initial launch in Minnesota, where there’s greater demand for short-term bus travel. Landline has closed a $3.85 million round led by Los Angeles firm Upfront Ventures, with participation from Mucker Capital and Matchstick Ventures.

Landline Bus

Booking Through Landline

The process of booking a ride on Landline is booked through its partner airline Sun Country Airlines. Sun Country travelers pay one fixed price to get them from the bus pick-up point to their final destination. With the goal of helping those who live far distances from airports save money and enjoy the experience of busing.

The perception of bus travel in the U.S. is negative. Many find the experience of bus travel to be uncomfortable and a big part of Landline’s mission is to get people comfortable on buses again as a viable alternative to air travel in certain markets.

What About Competition Like Greyhound?

Many of you might be wondering, isn’t this like Greyhound? According to Landline, they won’t compete with Greyhound because they focus on long-haul trips. However, Landline will specifically focus on connecting those in rural communities to airports, particularly regions where there aren’t already bus routes that conveniently access the airport.

For more information on how Landline is disrupting the bus travel experience click here to visit there about section on their website.

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