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Emergency Tweets

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In need of some emergency assistance? Dial up your favorite social site.

Recently 16-year-old Adam Greenwood was on board a Virgin train traveling between two cities near London. He was in the bathroom and discovered a bit too late that there was no toilet paper available. So he did what most teenagers would do in an amusing situation and pulled out his cell phone.

But instead of documenting the incident he tweeted Richard Branson’s company telling them of his predicament. Within minutes they tweeted back asking him what coach he was on. He responded and a few minutes later a man knocked on the door and stocked Greenwood with toilet paper.  read more »

Emergency Tweets

twitter.jpg

In need of some emergency assistance? Dial up your favorite social site.

Recently 16-year-old Adam Greenwood was on board a Virgin train traveling between two cities near London. He was in the bathroom and discovered a bit too late that there was no toilet paper available. So he did what most teenagers would do in an amusing situation and pulled out his cell phone.

But instead of documenting the incident he tweeted Richard Branson’s company telling them of his predicament. Within minutes they tweeted back asking him what coach he was on. He responded and a few minutes later a man knocked on the door and stocked Greenwood with toilet paper.  read more »

Giving Back

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Astronauts might be an elite group; but with ten bucks you could buy your way into the club.

The Urgency Network is a nonprofit startup. And its donors are scoring more than good karma by forking over their hard earned cash. The company uses its connections to celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Paul McCartney and Richard Branson to offer donors unique experiences. So if you donate ten dollars to a good cause you will be entered into a raffle to win a prize. Each ten dollar donation gets you another ticket and volunteering your time earns additional tickets.  read more »

A Hollywood Protest

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The laws of another country; are costing the companies of ours.

The country of Brunei recently instated Islamic criminal law. It punishes adultery, abortions and same sex relationships with flogging, stoning and amputation. Now Hollywood and some of its deepest pockets are responding.

The sultan of Brunei owns the Dorchester collection of hotels which includes the world famous Beverly Hills hotel. Following the new law The Motion Picture and Television Fund announced it won't hold its annual night before the Oscar party at the hotel. Others taking part in the boycott include Richard Branson’s Virgin group, The Hollywood Reporter and The Feminist Majority Foundation. All of which hold major events at the Beverly Hills hotel.  read more »

A Hollywood Protest

The laws of another country; are costing the companies of ours.

The country of Brunei recently instated Islamic criminal law. It punishes adultery, abortions and same sex relationships with flogging, stoning and amputation. Now Hollywood and some of its deepest pockets are responding.

The sultan of Brunei owns the Dorchester collection of hotels which includes the world famous Beverly Hills hotel. Following the new law The Motion Picture and Television Fund announced it won't hold its annual night before the Oscar party at the hotel. Others taking part in the boycott include Richard Branson’s Virgin group, The Hollywood Reporter and The Feminist Majority Foundation. All of which hold major events at the Beverly Hills hotel.  read more »

Branson and the Bet

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Sir Richard Branson is trading in his business suit; for a pencil skirt.

Recently the founder of Virgin Airlines and one of the richest men in the world had his legs shaved and got all dolled up to honor a bet. In 2010 Branson and Air Asia chief Tony Fernandes wagered that their Formula One racing teams would finish ahead of each other. Turns out Fernandes finished two spots before Branson and last week it was time to pay up.

So Branson put on the tight red uniform of a flight attendant and serviced a flight from Perth, Australia to Malaysia. His job duties included pouring drinks, serving food and making flight announcements.  read more »

Starting Out

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Ready to start your own business; you’re going to have to get a little personal.

Mark Thompson is a successful Silicon Valley venture capitalist and bestselling author. He is also working with Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to promote successful individual achievement. I recently spoke with Thompson about the challenge of building your own business and why it’s worth it.

“The motivation is legacy the motivation is having an impact that lasts I think people are tired of being in a place where their looking at somebody else’s vision or perhaps not fulfilling their own vision and having an impact on the world and having a sense of purpose and a passion.”  read more »

Virgin Unite

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Striking out on your own? Time to screw business as usual.

That’s the idea behind Virgin Unite; a foundation run by Richard Branson that connects people with entrepreneurial ideas. Recently I spoke with Mark Thompson; a successful silicon valley venture capitalist helping Virgin Unite promote entrepreneurship.

“Everybody knows that when you strike out on your own you need help, you need support and you need inspiration to do what you believe not what someone else tells you or what’s published in a book somewhere you really want to be in a place where you can do good and do well at the same time.”

Thompson says Virgin Unite wants to help people develop their ideas in a way that benefit themselves and the community.  read more »

Under the Sea

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The upper class has a new playground and its 20,000 leagues under the sea.

Submarines are now replacing yachts as the signature symbol of status among the wealthy. Richard Branson has his own underwater vessel.

And according to ABC News director James Cameron is planning on taking his submarine to the Challenger Deep; the deepest place in the ocean. His plan is to spend six hours under the sea collecting footage for National Geographic. Earlier this month he set a world record by taking his submarine five miles below the ocean’s surface to the New Britain Trench. Cameron says the submarine is a blast. He says it allows him to see things that humans never have.  read more »