Béla Fleck is widely recognized as one of the world’s premier banjo players, and is currently in NYC to perform a live show and answer fan questions at The New York Times headquarters. Jon Pareles, chief pop music critic for The Times, will be in the room to ask those questions. He will be joined by Caryn Ganz, The Times’s pop music editor, who will be chatting with the audience and providing insight throughout. You can submit your own questions here.
VILLAGE VENTURES AND FRESHTRACKS CAPITAL ANNOUNCE $1 MILLION INVESTMENT IN MOPHIE”Vermont-based venture capital fund finances investment in Burlington-based iPod Accessories firm founded by 19-year old serial entrepreneur(Middlebury, VT 8/1/2006) – FreshTracks Capital, L.P. (FreshTracks), a Middlebury-based venture capital fund focused on investing in Vermont growth companies, announced its investment in mophie” of Burlington, VT. FreshTracks joined majority investor, Village Ventures, a Williamstown, MA based venture capital firm.Together, the syndicate invested one million dollars in the company, with an additional amount to be invested in the near future. mophie” is a developer of innovative, value-added solutions for the digital lifestyle accessory market, currently focusing on iPod accessories. mophie” was founded by Ben Kaufman, a 19-year old entrepreneur while he attended high school on Long Island, NY.Bo Peabody, who led the transaction for Village Ventures, founded Tripod Inc., one of the original developers of web-based personal publishing and communities in 1992 while he attended Williams College, then sold Tripod to Lycos in 1998.Sharing the perspective of college student entrepreneurs, Kaufman and Peabody connected immediately. Peabody commented, Bens maturity, understanding of his market, and vision for his product are exemplary. The power of the iPod economy continues to dominate digital media, and Ben has done a great job tapping into that community in conceptualizing and crafting mophies innovative RELO product line.Kaufman has been managing businesses since he was 14, when he founded his first company, a web development firm called BKMEDIA. Kaufman relocated mophie” to Burlington, VT when he enrolled at Champlain College and decided to lay down roots in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. Kaufman is one of the charter members of Champlain Colleges BYOBiz Program, which encourages student entrepreneurs to bring their businesses with them to college.Its hard to believe that something that started as a daydream in my high school math class has come to fruition. I am here today because of the incredibly tight-knit Vermont business community which has helped this 19-year-old prove that no matter how old, or young, you are, if you work hard enough and never give up hope for your dream… it can certainly come true, said Kaufman.Lee Bouyea, an Associate with FreshTracks Capital added, Weve been working with Ben for close to a year now, advising mophie and networking with Ben to locate the resources necessary to help the company become equity ready.FreshTracks recently assisted in hiring CEO Dave Schmidt to the company, allowing Ben to focus on product development and marketing, the two things he does best. Bouyea will join the board of directors when the transaction is completed.Schmidt brings to the company his former experiences as VP of Sales at Burton Inc., the international snowboard company, and as GM of Himaya, a sports sunscreen company, both based in Burlington, VT. Schmidt is excited to drive the mophie” team to success and said, This is a terrific opportunity to run a young company with amazing potential, and to help Ben realize his vision. Doing all of this here in Burlington makes it even better. This is a great place to grow a branded consumer products company, and we want to make mophie the next in a long line of successful growth companies that tap into the Vermont brand.Kaufman continued, I am super-psyched to begin pushing forward with the team we have now put in place. With backing from FreshTracks and Village Ventures, along with the amount of knowledge and experience they bring to the table, we are primed to make a huge impact on this market.mophie” is the 13th investment in FreshTracks first fund. FreshTracks provides a broad spectrum of equity financing to growth companies. Its investments include seed and early stage financing provided to re-launch EatingWell, a food and nutrition media company located in Charlotte, VT; financing for the going-private transaction of Vermont Teddy Bear; and expansion financing provided to ClearSource, a water bottling company with a flagship plant and springs in Randolph, VT.FreshTracks is often the first stop for Vermonts entrepreneurial companies seeking equity financing, no matter what their size or stage, said Cairn Cross, Managing Director of FreshTracks Capital. We have demonstrated that we can provide financing and value to very young companies as well as play an integral role in high-profile, complex private equity transactions, such as Vermont Teddy Bear in 2005.About mophie”mophie is a developer of innovative, value-added solutions for the digital lifestyle accessory market. Dreamt by a 19 year old with a head full of ideas, our goal is to create a funky product development firm built around good people and great ideas. For more information visit mophie.com.About FreshTracks Capital, L.P.FreshTracks Capital L.P. (www.freshtrackscap.com(link is external)) is an $11 million venture capital fund formed in 2001 and part of the Village Ventures nationwide network of venture capital funds. Since inception, FreshTracks Capitals first fund has invested more than $6 million in 13 portfolio companies. FreshTracks invests between $250,000 and $1,500,000 in private growth-oriented companies, primarily companies in close geographic proximity to Vermont. FreshTracks Capital, L.P. has 53 limited partners including Middlebury College, Banknorth, National Life Insurance Company, Key Bank, the John Merck Fund and Vermont Community Foundation.About Village VenturesVillage Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm investing in exceptional entrepreneurs building information technology and life sciences companies in emerging domestic geographies. Village Ventures identifies promising investment opportunities in partnership with its nationwide network of 13 early stage venture capital funds focused on these emerging markets. The combination of local capital and hands-on investment focus with Village Ventures’ centralized services and national network helps create compelling and innovative companies.www.villageventures.com(link is external)
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionInquiry is just first step in the processLet us not lose sight of the fact that the House of Representatives determines whether Articles of Impeachment should be promulgated. If they determine sufficient evidence of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the Senate conducts a trial. If the Senate finds guilt, the penalty could be as little as censure, with more severe penalties available. In other words, a House vote does not mean immediate removal from office.Bruce S. TrachtenbergNiskayunaTrump’s supporters ignoring the factsColumnist Hugh Hewitt on Sept. 27 (“Welcome to Al Capone’s vault. Look familiar?”) was at it again. He followed up his July op-ed, in which Robert Mueller’s testimony was compared to Lee’s failure at Gettysburg and Napoleon’s and Hitler’s failure in Russia, with a new one. President Trump’s conversation with Ukrainian President Zelensky was “a nothingburger.” Fox News and the president staff person Kellyanne Conway have taken the same line. Nothing to it, just Democrats hating the president.I find it hard to believe that anyone who takes the time to read the full transcript of the conversation between the president and Mr. Zelensky and the whistleblower’s full account wouldn’t have a question or two about the president’s behavior.Jim MurphyScotiaAccusations reflect on the accusersOften at the point that an accusation is leveled, the accusation is more a reflection of the accuser, rather than a proper characterization of the behavior of the accused. This transference is evident in today’s political environment.President Trump was accused of colluding with a foreign power to effect the 2016 election, when the Clinton campaign colluded with a foreign power in hiring Fusion GPS to develop opposition research using Russian-gathered intelligence.As part of the Russian collusion hoax, President Trump was accused of obstruction of justice by not providing documents in a timely manner under subpoena from Congress. Thirty-three-thousand of Secretary of State Clinton’s emails, under subpoena, were deleted.Most recently, President Trump is suffering through an impeachment inquiry, as he is accused of “strong arming” the president of Ukraine, while Vice President Joe Biden bragged about having the prosecutor removed from his son’s case in Ukraine using “strong armed” tactics. Is there something being missed here?John P. SummersSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
Pardew feels the Belgian has a promising future. “Jason is a young player that we brought from abroad, he has fantastic technical ability,” Pardew said at a press conference. “He has lots to do to threaten our first team, but he is a smiley boy so we hope he does well here.” Pardew reported no fresh injury concerns ahead of the West Brom match. Connor Wickham, Mile Jedinak, Damien Delaney and Joel Ward are all in line to return following the international break. “I am a bit frustrated because I have so many key first-team players missing,” he said. “That is an area we need to put right. My medical team tell me by the time we play West Ham they will be back, and that will be much better news for us. “But we are still strong this weekend, though. We are fortunate that the starting XI who are on the sheet most weeks are still there, which is good.” Pardew indicated Gayle would be in his plans for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off against West Brom, when former Eagles boss Tony Pulis returns to Selhurst Park. However, when asked whether the player was set for a new deal, Pardew said: “It’s not something I’m aware of. “We obviously have to keep an eye on players’ contracts as they run down, but I think we are pretty comfortable where we are. “Signing Yannick (Bolasie) was a real boost for us and having key players under long contracts bodes well for going forwards.” The Eagles boss continued: “I was very impressed with him (Gayle) last Sunday. If he had scored two goals he would have been man of the match, and he could have, he was so unlucky with a couple of chances. “That is what he gives us and he has worked his way into the team. “He will play on Saturday and hopefully he will score.” Palace recently added 17-year-old Anderlecht winger Jason Lokilo to the club following some time training with the under-21s and receiving international clearance. Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew hopes Dwight Gayle can let his goals do the talking again this weekend, but is not aware of any new deal in the pipeline for the striker. The 24-year-old forward was a target for both Norwich and Bristol City in the transfer window but remained at Selhurst Park. Gayle grabbed a hat-trick in the 4-1 Capital One Cup win at Charlton and impressed when drafted into the attack for the Barclays Premier League game against Watford, where Palace won 1-0. Press Association