HYLA Mobile (formerly eRecyclingCorps) is one of the world’s leading providers of mobile device trade-in and reuse solutions. Since its founding in 2009, HYLA Mobile has worked to extend the life cycle of mobile devices to build economic opportunity and enable information access for new users, while helping to protect our planet. HYLA Mobile operates in seven countries and partners with leading carries to provide instant, in-store trade-in credit for used mobile devices. The high quality, cleared devices are resold to consumers around the world, extending access to affordable, high-quality wireless technology in developed and emerging markets. HYLA Mobile has helped divert over 17.2 million pounds of e-Waste away from landfills by repurposing 39 million mobile phones to date since its founding in 2009. HYLA Mobile is based in Dallas, Texas, with European headquarters in Belgium. To learn more about how HYLA Mobile is changing the way people think about used mobile devices, visit www.HYLAMobile.com.
Designed for students in grades 3 through high school, Think Through Math (TTM) is a learning system that provides quality math instruction and supports students – and teachers – in unprecedented ways. Developed by teachers and technologists to help students prepare for rigorous Common Core and TEKS standards and assessments, TTM accelerates student understanding and supports classroom effectiveness.
Think Through Math is directly addressing the need for stronger mathematics performance. 2.5 million students and 80,000 teachers now use Think Through Math in schools spanning 47 states across the country. In 2014, students completed approximately one billion complex math problems and receive millions of live tutoring sessions using the program.
SJF Ventures portfolio companies employ 10,346 individuals at year-end 2015 with 78% of these jobs created after SJF investment. The 23 active portfolio companies employed over 2,600 individuals in 2015.
In addition to creating jobs, SJF investments are generating indirect employment for contractors and suppliers.
Optoro’s mission is to be the leading market solution for returned and excess goods, providing superior value for buyers and sellers across the world. Through its cloud-based, multi-channel selling technology, online remarketing expertise, and full suite of business intelligence tools, the company offers its clients the optimal solution for managing and selling returned and excess inventory. Since its founding, Optoro’s focus has been on using cutting edge technology and access to the world’s online marketplaces to drive higher recovery rates, quicker turn-times, and more transparency for its client’s goods.
Validic maintains a singular focus: to deliver quick and simple access to digital health data enabling its clients to better manage and engage their populations, improve outcomes and reduce costs.
Validic today has over 160 million lives under its client population reach and 246 mobile health devices and applications integrated into its platform.
Chickens love to roam and eat just about anything; they particularly love seeds, grasses and critters. Chickens are not supposed to be confined to small cages and fed the sort of monotonous mixture they get in factory farms.
Pasture-raising is a way to get chickens back where they belong and with a healthier, more natural diet, the eggs they lay are far superior. Vital Farms requires that every bird under its farmers’ care live on at least 108 square feet of pasture during daylight hours. By dining on wild grasses and bugs, Vital Farms hens get more vitamins and minerals than they would on a corn-based feed alone. They also receive clear benefits of the outdoor lifestyle they enjoy – cleaner, less stressful, less competitive, plenty of fresh air and sunlight.
In 2007 Mother Earth News, a strong advocate of better farming practices, ran a thorough nutritional comparison of pasture-raised and factory eggs. In comparison to a conventional egg, it found pasture-raised eggs contain:
In 2008 a follow up study showed that the significant sunlight exposure the hens enjoy translates from the sun to the hens to the eggs in the form of increased levels of Vitamin D – by as much as 4 to 6 times more than conventional eggs! Other tests have also shown that pasturing yields higher levels of folic acid, and even (in a test that Vital Farms ran itself) measurable levels of Vitamin C, which is a first for eggs.
Vital Farms hens are raised in a humane and caring environment, and the eggs that produce are healthy for you. Happy hens lay healthier eggs.
Experiencing meteoric growth in 2015, NEXTracker has installed tracking systems for new utility-scale solar power plants that helped avoid approximately 2.8 million tons of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere over the past three years. That’s the equivalent of removing 589,000 automobiles from the road, or powering 255,000 U.S. homes with all clean energy, for one year.
Since its inception in 1999, Community Energy has led the development of more than 1,000 MW of wind and solar generating facilities. Community Energy has used a pioneering mix of utility off-take approaches, renewable energy marketing programs, new financing structures, development expertise, and public funding and policy support to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy technologies at scale. With offices in Boulder, Colorado and headquarters in Radnor, PA, Community Energy has a strong presence in most states with active renewable energy markets outside of California.
Restaurant job growth outpaced the overall economy in 2013 by adding nearly 300,000 jobs in the first 11 months of the year. While the restaurant industry is certainly growing, so is its energy waste. Unfortunately, restaurants are one of the biggest energy consumers in the commercial industry – consuming about 2.5 times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings, according to the Energy Star® Guide for Restaurants.
EnTouch Controls provides SaaS-based energy management systems (EMS) for retail and restaurant chains. The company’s EnTouch 360°™ service platform integrates turnkey installation, management analytics, and issue ticketing and resolution tracking that detects HVAC maintenance issues, optimizes performance, and lowers energy costs for national chains, franchise owners, schools and offices.
EnTouch Controls has demonstrated excellent ROI and energy savings at its retail and restaurant chain customers, which include Chuck E. Cheese, Smashburger, Pizza Hut, TGI Friday’s and JCPenney.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that data centers consume as much as 20 times more energy per square foot than a typical office building. And with the proliferation of data that doesn’t seem to be slowing down, the demand for both data center space and energy will just get more intense.
Measuring energy savings has to begin with a baseline of what resources data center facilities are currently consuming. FieldView helps data centers visualize energy usage now and track and trend consumption as energy savings initiatives are put into practice. That way, they can see what methods are working and where improvements might be made.
BioSurplus has always made a concerted effort to positively impact the communities where it does business and is mindful of its impact on the world.
By the nature of what BioSurplus does, it is a natural recycler. An important part of its business model is searching and acquiring pre-owned and surplus laboratory equipment. Then, the company sells these to new programs looking for affordable and specific instrumentation. Without this type of effort, most lab equipment does not see the end of its useful life. Before BioSurplus, it was too difficult for scientists to buy or sell these hard-to-find instruments. As a result, many valuable items either ended up in closets, storage facilities or landfills. Through the company’s scientific knowledge, web-presence and marketing know-how, it makes finding and selling this equipment possible. In addition, the company extends the life of instruments while at the same time maximizing their value.
The company also started the “Put It Back to Use” program, where it presents an annual award to the best idea for repurposing a laboratory instrument you might expect to find in a landfill.
Today, BioSurplus remains fully committed to achieving environmental excellence and to working with its partners and suppliers to meet or exceed the environmental commitments summarized below:
“You get what you incentivize.”
–Peter Diamantis, Founder: X-Prize Foundation
Employees are a company’s most valuable asset, but motivating them to perform their best can be challenging. To get the most from your employees, Easy Metrics recommends implementing performance based incentives, also called “pay for performance,”, a method in which employees are rewarded for completing their various tasks within a certain amount of time and quality level.
The key point with employee incentives is to align the incentive for the employee with the goals of the company and be careful of unintended consequences. If you incentivize solely for productivity, a consequence may be that quality suffers or bottlenecks develop in production. If designed properly, performance based incentives can dramatically transform an organization’s productivity.
Employees have to believe in the program, that it is fair, and that it accurately reflects their abilities and effort. There is a direct correlation between the employees’ work level and the incentives they earn. Bonusing production employees on the profit of the company often will not work because many of the factors that affect profitability lay outside of their control.
True employee engagement requires performance incentives. The challenge for the company, though, is knowing how to compile all of their data to build such a program. You will need accurate activity based cost accounting and employee performance standards to build a long term, profit driven employee incentive program. The Easy Metrics algorithm calculates the standards and performance targets.
Employee incentive programs that cost money are doomed to failure, and we believe increasing your costs defeats the purpose of the program. That’s why the Easy Metrics employee incentive programs are 100% self-funded through productivity increases.
MediaMath announced that it will be moving its headquarters to 4 World Trade Center in New York City and will receive $5.8 million from NYC Economic Development Corp and Empire State Development initiatives. The company plans to create 1,000 jobs in New York during the next five years.
Returning tree limbs, brush, leaves and grass clippings to beneficial reuse for over 20 years, SJF Ventures portfolio company Living Earth is the largest recycler of green material in Texas. As consumers and municipalities are becoming increasingly aware, recycling green material reduces landfill use, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, promotes water conservation and returns organic material back into the environment.
Living Earth recycled over 1,750,000 tons of organic material in 2015.