Designers Capital – Designs By Janie http://designsbyjanie.com/ Mon, 05 Jul 2021 04:59:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://designsbyjanie.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2-150x150.png Designers Capital – Designs By Janie http://designsbyjanie.com/ 32 32 pioneers move forward with first KNX member – KNXtoday https://designsbyjanie.com/pioneers-move-forward-with-first-knx-member-knxtoday/ https://designsbyjanie.com/pioneers-move-forward-with-first-knx-member-knxtoday/#respond Tue, 22 Jun 2021 08:02:41 +0000 https://designsbyjanie.com/pioneers-move-forward-with-first-knx-member-knxtoday/ With KNX now present on all continents, the stage is set for a smarter world. Yasmin Hashmi provides an overview of the progression of KNX in Africa and the rapidly changing market. Africa. What a continent. So diverse. So full of potential. So ready for KNX! According to the World Bank, with the world’s largest […]]]>

With KNX now present on all continents, the stage is set for a smarter world. Yasmin Hashmi provides an overview of the progression of KNX in Africa and the rapidly changing market.

Africa. What a continent. So diverse. So full of potential. So ready for KNX! According to the World Bank, with the world’s largest free trade area and a market of 1.2 billion people, Africa is in a position to create “a whole new development path, by harnessing the potential of its resources. and its people ”.

Although COVID-19 had a severe economic impact in 2020, in 2021 the continent is rebounding. Africa is teeming with enthusiastic tech entrepreneurs and startups, as well as national governments supporting major projects, and embracing technology for all kinds of applications, including building automation.

Members of the KNX user club in Tunisia.
Nour Shebita, KNX tutor and managing director of ELEK-Egypt, the first KNX member in Africa.

The first KNX member in Africa

Egyptian manufacturer and training center, ELEK-Egypt has become the first KNX member (i.e. manufacturer) in Africa, and plans to launch the first KNX product “Made in Egypt” this year, which is a big step forward. Indeed, with the first KNX member now in place in Africa, KNX is officially present on all continents, which is also a great success!

According to Nour Shebita, KNX tutor and Managing Director of ELEK-Egypt, Egypt is a huge market with a population of over 100 million and is the gateway to the diffusion of KNX technology in the African market.

The building automation market has grown in Egypt alongside the economic reform that has taken place in the country over the past six years. Its use is widespread in the commercial sector, including many megaprojects such as the new capital and the new town of Alamein.

New Alamein City is a megaproject in northwestern Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea, and is still under construction.

Shebita would like to point out that knowledge of the KNX market is high among consultants, contractors and owners, and that KNX is now part of the consultant specifications. In the residential sector, KNX is also well known as the market’s most reliable platform for home automation. He continues: “I think the main challenges lie in the residential sector with IoT and wireless technologies. KNX responds to this by promoting KNX-IoT and KNX-RF while keeping the same KNX values ​​as the global standard for home automation and home automation for over 30 years.

Driving forces of the KNX community in Egypt

According to Shebita, the KNX community is growing very rapidly in Egypt, which is reflected in the fact that the number of KNX Partners (Certified KNX Professionals) has more than doubled in the last two years. In addition, many KNX members now have representatives and agents in Egypt. He adds: “The main driving forces behind the commercial sector in the Egyptian market are multinational companies such as Schneider and ABB, as well as consultants and specifiers. In the residential market, these are architects, interior designers and homeowners. As the KNX Egypt community grows and the launch of the KNX Egypt Users Club begins, we expect an even stronger influence from KNX in the Egyptian market.

KNX Partners intern at the ELEK-Egypt KNX training center.

It doesn’t stop there. “Thanks to the efforts of KNX members and training centers, especially in sponsoring university students who use the technology in their graduation projects, we have never seen such awareness of KNX in our market,” said said Shebita. “In fact, our training center is starting a wave of KNX trainings this year, including the advanced KNX course which will be held for the first time in Egypt in July. We are also planning to introduce the KNX Tutor course next year.

ELEK-Egypt’s KNX training center will be busier than ever this year.

KNX across Africa

ELEK-Egypt, is by no means alone in its efforts to see KNX thrive in Africa. The KNX association first became active in South Africa, where it organized an event on KNX Secure with the South Africa National Group.

KNX Secure event organized with the national KNX South Africa group.

There is already a user club in Tunisia, and there are now training centers in Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, South Africa, Algeria and Morocco, and an ever growing number of KNX certified professionals (Partners ) across the continent.

KNX equipment used for training in Ivory Coast.

According to Abdelaziz Elmarchoum, Home Automation Engineer and KNX Tutor who co-founded the first KNX training center in Morocco, the number of KNX Partners in Morocco alone has increased from 22 to 83 in less than 5 years. Elmarchoum has also set up another training center in Casablanca, called Megadomotic, in which it welcomes trainees from all over Africa. As he says, “we were able to train candidates from Senegal and Ivory Coast, and we are developing partnerships with other African countries for the promotion of KNX.

Abdelaziz Elmarchoum from Megadomotic (center) forming KNX Partners in Casablanca. Megadomotic welcomes interns from all over the continent, and develops partnerships with other African countries for the promotion of KNX.

Elmarchoum says that while COVID-19 has considerably slowed down the construction market and therefore the home automation market in general, KNX in Morocco is gradually gaining momentum. He highly recommends KNX for all new construction projects and works in the residential sector on villa projects fully equipped with KNX modules. “Megadomotic is consulted by electricity companies as a KNX expert”, he adds, “We thus play the role of KNX home automation design office and KNX systems integrator, from specification to design, programming and installation, as well as after-sales service and support.

Meanwhile, smart green buildings expert and EDGE-IFC, and KNX tutor, Dr Ingr Blaise Mempouo, says things are going slower in Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire, although to be fair he doesn’t has been promoting KNX in these countries only since 2019 and this year respectively. Until now it has been used for lighting control and security, and while many professionals including architects, engineers, facility managers and building owners are showing interest, the High cost of KNX devices remains a problem.

KNX certified partners in Cameroon with their KNX tutor, Dr Ingr Blaise Mempouo (center).

According to Dr Mempouo, “In Africa, improving the adoption of KNX solutions for smart buildings requires a paradigm shift in the delivery of critical buildings. The need for smart building technologies demands leadership across the private, academic, public, civil and community stakeholder sectors. We need to be able to demonstrate the benefits of KNX with practical solutions, including project case studies. To this end, we have recently set up a new center, ‘Center Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment Vert et Intelligent’ (Scientific and Technical Center for Green and Intelligent Buildings) at the School of Architecture of Abidjan, with the aim of key to accelerate KNX awareness and skills development. The new center has been registered as a KNX Scientific Member and aims to bring together experts from Africa and Europe to build on lessons learned and develop key recommendations to help the sub-Saharan region adopt KNX solutions while achieving the United Nations SDG. 11 (Sustainable Development Goal 11) with regard to the objectives of Goal 7. “

Promote KNX for greener buildings in Cameroon.

Conclusion

According to the World Bank, if African countries implement reforms that provide reliable electricity, close digital infrastructure gaps and make the digital economy more inclusive, it will improve connectivity, boost technology adoption. digital technology and create more and better jobs for men and women. Of course, it is difficult to make sweeping generalizations for such a vast and diverse continent, but if the dynamism, optimism and enthusiasm for KNX already shown by our African colleagues is anything to see, we cannot help but expect to see even more exciting developments in terms of energy efficient, comfortable and healthy buildings and cities.

Yasmin Hashmi is the editor-in-chief of KNXtoday magazine.

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Where to eat after lockdown – WWD https://designsbyjanie.com/where-to-eat-after-lockdown-wwd/ https://designsbyjanie.com/where-to-eat-after-lockdown-wwd/#respond Tue, 22 Jun 2021 05:01:36 +0000 https://designsbyjanie.com/where-to-eat-after-lockdown-wwd/ PARIS – After being closed for seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Parisian restaurant scene is back in full force. The great chefs took advantage of the period of confinement to work on new concepts of street food intended to seduce a local clientele, in the absence of a large part of the […]]]>

PARIS After being closed for seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Parisian restaurant scene is back in full force.

The great chefs took advantage of the period of confinement to work on new concepts of street food intended to seduce a local clientele, in the absence of a large part of the usual foreign visitors to the French capital.

Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno transformed his bistro and wine bar Allénothèque into a summer burger pop-up called Burger Père & Fils, while Alan Geaam launched Sâj, a take-out counter serving stuffed Lebanese flatbreads.

Sign of the reshuffle of the traditional ranks of French gastronomy, chef Jean Imbert, 39, was appointed chef de cuisine of the Plaza Athénée hotel last week, succeeding industry legend Alain Ducasse, who held this position. for 20 years.

Winner of the French edition of “Top Chef” in 2012, Imbert runs two companies with musician Pharrell Williams: Swan in Miami and To Share in Saint-Tropez in the south of France. Later this year, he will open a restaurant in the renovated Dior headquarters on avenue Montaigne in Paris.

During this time, the large hotel groups are busy establishing new sites across the city. Among the upcoming projects of the Moma group, we can mention a new branch of Café Lapérouse and the Mimosa restaurant of chef Jean-François Piège, inspired by the Côte d’Azur, both to open inside the Hôtel de la Marine. recently renovated on the Place de la Concorde.

For its part, Paris Society launched its new Italian trattoria Bambini at the Palais de Tokyo, in addition to a bar and a restaurant on the roof of the new concept store Sacré Coeur, offering Italian-Mexican tapas, courtesy of the resident chefs. Lorenzo Rennella and Pepe Iglesias. Here is a selection of new addresses to discover in Paris:

The Halle aux grains restaurant of the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection.
Franck Mura

GRAIN HALL

For the restaurant of his new contemporary art museum at the Bourse de Commerce in Paris, billionaire François Pinault called on the award-winning father-son duo Michel and Sébastien Bras, whose concept for the Halle aux Grains is inspired by the origins of the building as a grain exchange.

Originally from Laguiole in the sparsely populated Aubrac region in the south of France, they specialize in contemporary cuisine made with local, seasonal produce.

“With each project that we have undertaken, whether on the Millau viaduct or at the Soulages museum in Rodez, we always want to create a map linked to the history of the place, and here of course, there was this very strong link with cereals, so it has become the common thread, ”Sébastien Bras told WWD.

Cooks worked with all varieties of grains and seeds, including amaranth, kamut, broad bean, alfalfa, millet, barley, and flax. “We have tasted, sprouted, grilled, puffed, infused, fermented and cooked in a thousand ways to compose this new writing,” says Michel Bras.

The menu also includes a new interpretation of its signature “coulant au chocolat”, a hot cookie with a center of liquid chocolate, accompanied here by grilled oatmeal ice cream.

For the interior, industrial designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec used wrought iron for the tables, seats and lamps, and punctuated the space with thick green and brown glassware produced near Venice, Italy. The openwork curtains are made of guipure fabric, borrowed from the world of haute couture.

“It’s extremely comfortable, but the language is fairly new,” explains Ronan Bouroullec. “It’s quite contemporary, raw and direct, but at the same time, there is a real sweetness. Pinault has his own private dining room on site, which could quickly become the city’s ultimate electric breakfast table.

Grain hall
Stock Exchange
2 rue de Viarmes
75001 Paris
Phone: +331 82 71 71 60
halleauxgrains.bras.fr

The terrace of Julien Sebbag's new Forest restaurant.

The terrace of Julien Sebbag’s new Forest restaurant.
Courtesy of the forest

FOREST

After opening two restaurants on the roof of Galeries Lafayette – Creatures vegetarian restaurant and Tortuga fish spot – Julien Sebbag is putting meat on the menu with Forest, his latest concept opened in partnership with Moma Group on the esplanade of the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

“Forest is a place of experimentation which strives to respect a fundamental ethic: eco-responsibility. We see it as a kind of post-apocalyptic forest, in the near future, where nature is trying to take its rightful place. In all humility, we try to support it with dishes that prioritize recycling, locally sourced foods and a true celebration of craftsmanship, ”Sebbag said.

Among the dishes that come out of the open kitchen are oyster mushrooms flambéed with Mezcal Unión; asparagus and peas salad, and a colorful zucchini carpaccio with kalamata olives. The cocktails, developed in partnership with the Belvedere vodka brand, highlight fermented ingredients.

Sebbag has chosen Dorion Fiszel as artistic director, in charge of the musical entertainment of the restaurant, which will move inside in the fall.

forest
Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris
11 avenue du President Wilson
75016 Paris
Phone: +331 84 25 12 22
forest-paris.com

The Maison de la Truffe restaurant designed by Alexis Mabille.

The Maison de la Truffe restaurant designed by Alexis Mabille.
Francis Amanda / Courtesy of Maison de la Truffe

HOUSE OF THE TRUFFLE

As she prepares to celebrate her 90th birthday next year, truffle specialist La Maison de la Truffe has called on fashion designer Alexis Mabille to refresh its historic boutique and restaurant in Place de la Madeleine. . Mabille, whose interior design agency Beau Bow is also behind the decor of the Froufrou and the famous cabaret Le Boeuf sur le Toit, has opted for a warm design inspired by nature.

“Wood, stone and plants evoke an enveloping and comforting woody undergrowth. The waxed oak marquetry creates optical effects. The paneling opens windows onto lush tapestries, slats of glass and exposed stones, as if this Parisian living room were located in the heart of a lush forest ”, specifies the designer.

Founded in 1932 by truffle trees from the city of Carpentras, the Maison de la Truffe acquired a tasting area in 1978. Now owned by the Caviar Kaspia Group, it also sells fresh and preserved truffles, as well as condiments. flavored, olive oils, cheeses, sauces and foie gras.

House of the Truffle
19 place de la Madeleine
75008 Paris
Phone: +331 42 65 53 22

maison-de-la-truffe.com

See also:

Dior opens a restaurant in Paris with chef Jean Imbert

How Alexis Mabille helped a Parisian institution to regain its luster

Netflix’s “Chef in a Truck” brings Ritz pastry to the streets of Paris

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Avant Coureur at the crossroads of art and fashion – WWD https://designsbyjanie.com/avant-coureur-at-the-crossroads-of-art-and-fashion-wwd/ https://designsbyjanie.com/avant-coureur-at-the-crossroads-of-art-and-fashion-wwd/#respond Tue, 22 Jun 2021 05:01:23 +0000 https://designsbyjanie.com/avant-coureur-at-the-crossroads-of-art-and-fashion-wwd/ PARIS – To ride on the current revival of the Parisian shopping scene, Mourad Behlouli settles in Aubervilliers, a northern suburb of the French capital, with a new retail concept that straddles the border between art and fashion. “I didn’t want to open another street art gallery – there are already several,” said Behlouli, describing […]]]>

PARIS – To ride on the current revival of the Parisian shopping scene, Mourad Behlouli settles in Aubervilliers, a northern suburb of the French capital, with a new retail concept that straddles the border between art and fashion.

“I didn’t want to open another street art gallery – there are already several,” said Behlouli, describing his new retail space, called L’Avant Coureur, a French term that relays the notion of forerunner.

Located in a 650 square foot space, the concrete space will feature men’s and women’s clothing and sneakers, with private sales several days a month. The store lists brands like Yeezy, Enfants Riches Déprimés, Supreme, Ami, Takashi Murakami and Maison Margiela, while the featured artists will include Quentin Veron, Jadore Tong and Ckeja.

“I wanted to show that street art – I saw it in terms of creativity – inspires great designers; street art and fashion go well together, and I wanted to add to that state of mind, ”Behlouli added.

The former merchant navy officer, who traces his interest in fashion back to a Versace store in France, said his travels around the world have helped cultivate an interest in crafts. On his long breaks at sea he would head inland, return to Paris and experience the local fashion scene, hitting all the fashionable places.

The Avant Coureur in Paris.
Courtesy of L’Avant Coureur

“In fashion, you create and recreate – inspired again and again by years gone by – while with street art, there is a complete revival. I’m not talking about simple graffiti on walls or tags. I’m talking about the creativity that comes from the streets but that settles in the biggest galleries in the world… it inspires fashion, ”said Behlouli.

“My idea is to offer products that are very avant-garde in terms of fashion, but which are also works of art,” adds the entrepreneur.

Behlouli explained that he wanted to push his idea beyond personalizing or personalizing things, which have become buzzwords in the industry.

“We’re not talking about personalization – it’s a form of subculture, and I don’t mean it pejoratively, but what I want to do is create works of art that are at the same time work. very refined haute couture, ”he added.

Behlouli explained that he focuses on limited series in collaboration with artists. He buys clothes, including runway pieces, from big fashion houses – he cites Balenciaga as an example – or in outlets or showrooms, then works with artists to design original pieces that cannot be found. nowhere else on the market.

“I really want to emphasize the artisan side of things – I’m not interested in large-scale production,” he added. “You have to start working with your hands again, not with machines. Manual work is more skillful than machine work, in my eyes, ”he insisted.

The Avant Coureur's fur piece

Fur garment from L’Avant Coureur.
Courtesy of L’Avant Coureur

Behlouli, who worked in the oil industry – then in aquaculture to help African countries, he said, describing the latter activity as his “mea culpa” for early jobs – noted an interest in fight against overconsumption.

He called in a craftsman who works with existing furs – those that languish in the back of a closet – to give them new life.

“He recycles them, he deconstructs them and rebuilds them according to his design,” notes Behlouli, who also says he is motivated by the desire to preserve the craftsman’s know-how.

When asked if his travels influenced his aesthetic, he responded enthusiastically. “I didn’t go to design or fashion school but I have a certain sensibility that stylists don’t have – and that’s thanks to my travels,” he said.

Behlouli cited Africa in particular. “When I see what artists are doing and what they are capable of creating, my travels have completely changed my life in that regard,” he added.

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SHENGZE FASHION WEEK 2021 kicks off https://designsbyjanie.com/shengze-fashion-week-2021-kicks-off/ https://designsbyjanie.com/shengze-fashion-week-2021-kicks-off/#respond Tue, 22 Jun 2021 04:59:00 +0000 https://designsbyjanie.com/shengze-fashion-week-2021-kicks-off/ The five-day fashion week featured 23 fashion shows, 4 cloud fashion live broadcasts, 2 fashion design contests, 4 industry conferences and forums, and a textile cloud exhibition. Almost 300 high-quality merchants and thousands of stylish fabrics were showcased online, fully showcasing the industrial strength, market vitality and urban charm of Shengze, the beautiful city of […]]]>

The five-day fashion week featured 23 fashion shows, 4 cloud fashion live broadcasts, 2 fashion design contests, 4 industry conferences and forums, and a textile cloud exhibition. Almost 300 high-quality merchants and thousands of stylish fabrics were showcased online, fully showcasing the industrial strength, market vitality and urban charm of Shengze, the beautiful city of fashion. It has also demonstrated its fashion characteristics of being “native, original and popular” around the world.

Sun Ruizhe, chairman of the International Textile Manufacturers Federation and chairman of the Chinese National Textile and Clothing Council, said in his opening speech that Shengze, as a major textile city, is crucial for the development of high quality industry by leveraging its capacity for industrial synergy. clusters of enterprises valued at one hundred billion yuan, its capacity for interregional enterprise development valued at one hundred billion yuan and its ability to integrate resources into the market at one hundred billion yuan.

Li Ming, Party Secretary of Wujiang District, said in his speech that Wujiang has been known as “the land of fish and rice” and “the homeland of silk” since ancient times, while Shengze is known as the capital of silk for thousands of years. Silk textile is Wujiang’s top 100 billion yuan valued industry, with a man-made fiber production capacity of one-tenth nationwide and home to the Hengli and Shenghong groups, both global Fortune 500 companies. silk market business in China reached one hundred billion yuan for eight consecutive years, forming an industry, market, enterprises valued at one hundred billion yuan and growing together. It’s unique across the province and even across the country.

Fashion week attracted fashion brand countries including Italy, France, Spain and United States. It brought different fashion styles and cultural charm, and further enhanced the complementary eastern aesthetic and western classic style. It deeply incorporated the best fashion design of three Chinese Golden Award winners – Zhang Zhaoda, Wu Xuekai and Zhang Yichao, as well as local brands such as SAINT JOY, SANGLUO, CHIAYI, ROMROL and ZI JINGHUA, making continuous efforts to integrate the original high-quality fabrics of Shengze with the creative design of “Big Power”, leading the development of the industry.

Second, the finals of two design competitions were held during fashion week. One was the 2021 China Women’s Clothing Design Competition ‘DONGFANG CUP’ jointly organized by the China Fashion Designers Association and Shengze, the other was the ‘SHENGZE CUP’ 2021 Jiangsu Top 10 Designers Award jointly organized. by the Jiangsu and Shengze Fashion Designers Association. Both events attracted many outstanding new domestic designers to visit Shengze, allowing designers and fabric companies to come into close contact and achieve industry transformation in Shengze. At the same time, industry forums and fashion summits have been held successively in Shengze, including the China Design Summit, the International Sustainability Forum On Advanced Functional Fibers, the Yangtze River Delta Fashion Industry Alliance Silk Fashion Development Summit, and the 4th China Haute Couture Summit & 2021 China Fashion Association Annual meeting of the professional customization committee. It will continue to improve the intellectual property of “SHENGZE FASHION WEEK” and further expand the international and domestic influence of the textile industry in Shengze. The opening ceremony also included the launching ceremony of the Yangtze River Delta (Shengze) division of the 2021 Rayli affordable luxury brand competition, the launching ceremony of the “China Cup” digital art application design competition , Fashion Shengze ”2021 and the launching ceremony for the construction of a World-Class Textile Industry Cluster Climate Action Demonstration Zone on the theme“ Engaging in Sustainability and Achieving the Carbon Goal first “, the launching ceremony of the 9e Jiangsu (Shengze) Textile Expo Cloud Exhibition and the May 5e Shopping party, etc.

Third, the “cloud exposure” with offline connection has made it possible to realize new opportunities for transformation and development. As one of the ‘highlights’ of fashion week, the 9e Jiangsu (Shengze) Textile Expo Cloud Exhibition was held as planned. He continued to use “cloud” mode to connect “mode” elements. The five large exhibition halls exhibited tens of thousands of high-quality and popular fabrics from home and abroad, where buyers could communicate with exhibitors “online” without any distance.

While fully demonstrating the vitality of Shengze fashion under the condition of “integration of industry and city”, SHENGZE FASHION WEEK has continued to promote the modernization of local industries and the construction of culture and brands of Jiangnan, has strived to build the “most beautiful window” for a thriving textile industry and local brands in Shengze, in areas of trend, technological innovation, industrial connection and international trade.

SHENGZE FASHION WEEK SOURCE OF THE WEEK

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Filter Coffee Co. opens new office in Delhi and accelerates growth https://designsbyjanie.com/filter-coffee-co-opens-new-office-in-delhi-and-accelerates-growth/ https://designsbyjanie.com/filter-coffee-co-opens-new-office-in-delhi-and-accelerates-growth/#respond Tue, 22 Jun 2021 03:01:39 +0000 https://designsbyjanie.com/filter-coffee-co-opens-new-office-in-delhi-and-accelerates-growth/ Filter Coffee Co., a Mumbai-based integrated digital marketing and social media management agency, recently opened a new office in Delhi to encourage rapid growth and tap into the region’s diverse talent pool. The expansion has been carried out in accordance with the company’s growth strategy and will go a long way in establishing the digital […]]]>

Filter Coffee Co., a Mumbai-based integrated digital marketing and social media management agency, recently opened a new office in Delhi to encourage rapid growth and tap into the region’s diverse talent pool.

The expansion has been carried out in accordance with the company’s growth strategy and will go a long way in establishing the digital presence of the Delhi-NCR-based brands.

Currently, the new office accommodates a team of more than 30 employees, ranging from creative directors and account managers to social media managers, graphic designers and a content production team. Due to the pandemic, the Delhi team set up at the start of the lockdown are currently working from home.

Anuja Deora Sanctis

Anuja Deora Sanctis, Founder and CEO of Filter Coffee Co, led the company to set up digital mandates for brands such as Yakult, Benefit Cosmetics, Beam Suntory, Lâ ???? Occitane, Forest Essentials and Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic at? ??? all based in Delhi-RCN. The company has managed to change the digital marketing ball game in the span of seven years.

The Delhi wing will be led by Sakshi Venaik as the group’s chief solutions officer, who has extensive experience in digital strategy, public relations, social media and celebrity influence strategy. She has been deeply associated with the Mumbai Filter Coffee Co unit and has been integral in executing some of the brand’s major campaigns as well as building the Delhi team with top industry experts. .

Commenting on the expansion, Venaik said, “We are thrilled and delighted to enter and storm the nation’s capital. With the best of the team at our disposal, we are sure to work with great brands and create a much bigger brand on the digital front. And if it’s not now, then when? “

Sanctis said: “It has been a really exciting trip so far. I can’t wait to explore what Delhi has to offer. Entrepreneurship is about challenging yourself, and we believe that with our team of industry experts, we have a very bright future ahead of us.

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Making room for women architects, Home & Design News & Top Stories https://designsbyjanie.com/making-room-for-women-architects-home-design-news-top-stories/ https://designsbyjanie.com/making-room-for-women-architects-home-design-news-top-stories/#respond Mon, 21 Jun 2021 21:00:00 +0000 https://designsbyjanie.com/making-room-for-women-architects-home-design-news-top-stories/ VIENNA • Women may hold half the sky, but when it comes to designing the public spaces and buildings they live in, their voices have too often been silenced. A visionary project in Vienna aims to reverse that idea, with a suburb of the Austrian capital designed by and for women. It illustrates how the […]]]>

VIENNA • Women may hold half the sky, but when it comes to designing the public spaces and buildings they live in, their voices have too often been silenced.

A visionary project in Vienna aims to reverse that idea, with a suburb of the Austrian capital designed by and for women.

It illustrates how the city is trying to make urban space more inclusive, from brighter lights to wider sidewalks that make room for strollers, and how women architects and designers are leading change.

The new Seestadt district has been in full development since 2012, a vast construction site on the eastern outskirts of the city which is expected to grow from 8,300 inhabitants today to 20,000 by 2030.

Giant letters on palisades around certain construction sites proclaim “Women build the city”.

By emphasizing the role of women in urban design, Vienna helps to highlight the still dominant role of men in the creation of the built environment.

The developers and bankers who often make the crucial decisions in urban development are still predominantly men, says Ms. Sabina Riss, architect and university researcher who studies the relationship between gender and urban planning.

She estimates “the percentage of women in decision-making between 5 and 10 percent at most” in most countries.

As well as being heavily involved in the design of new buildings in Seestadt, women also take center stage when it comes to naming new streets.

German-born philosopher Hannah Arendt, American singer Janis Joplin and Swedish children’s book heroine Pippi Longstocking are just a few of the names gracing the new addresses.

The neighborhood is also hosting a new exhibition featuring women architects until October 15.

Architect Carla Lo – who herself helped design one of Seestadt’s inner courtyards – says Vienna’s town planning policies have been refreshed since Ms Kathrin Gaal in 2018 became the first woman to head the city’s powerful housing department, overseeing an annual budget of over € 1 billion (S $ 1.6 billion).

“Since she has been here, the special needs of single mothers have been taken into account when tendering projects for projects,” adds Ms. Lo.

After helping to develop Seestadt, Ms. Gaal says she wants the exhibit there to encourage other women “to make their visions come true.”

The desire to meet the needs of women is manifested in many facets of modern Vienna urban planning, from brighter street lights to more exits at sports venues to help women feel safer, to the provision of better sanitation facilities.

In residential design, too, there are innovations such as common rooms shared between several apartments to keep prices low and encourage families to collaborate on childcare.

At the exhibition, visitors can discover the often overlooked achievements of 18 women architects, artists and town planners from around the world.

For co-curator Wojciech Czaja, the exhibition corresponds to the philosophy reflected in the street names of Seestadt.

“Ninety-two percent of the streets in Vienna are named after men,” he says. “It does not reflect history or the present.”

He adds: “That’s why almost all the places here are named after women, from the worlds of art, politics, economics and architecture.

As in many other fields, women have long been involved in the planning of urban spaces, but have rarely been given the credit or notoriety enjoyed by their male counterparts.

As early as 1912, a garden city project won an international competition for the design of Australia’s new capital, Canberra.

While it was the renderings by American architect Marion Mahony Griffin that impressed the jury, most of the credit goes to her husband.

“Even today, women are excluded from projects,” says Katja Schechtner, co-curator of Mr. Czaja, citing a relatively recent case involving the most prestigious award in architecture.

“Here we have an example of (Chinese architect) Lu Wenyu; her husband won the Pritzker Prize, even though they always built projects together – and that was in 2012,” she says, referring to architect Wang Shu.

The first woman to break the glass ceiling of the Pritzker Prize – after 25 years of male winners – was Anglo-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid in 2004, for the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Several others followed: Japanese Kazuyo Sejima in 2010, Spanish architect Carme Pigem in 2017, Irish duo Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara last year, and French architect Anne Lacaton this year.

Some of the works highlighted in the exhibition can be found in many countries where urban populations continue to grow due to the rural exodus.

In Tehran, Iran, a 270m-long pedestrian walkway created by architect Leila Araghian was used by four million city residents the year after it opened in 2014, and it has since won several awards.

Ms. Lo says to Seestadt and further, “we need the views of all those who make up society”.

FRANCE MEDIA AGENCY

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Chicago native to lead Detroit Skillman Foundation https://designsbyjanie.com/chicago-native-to-lead-detroit-skillman-foundation/ https://designsbyjanie.com/chicago-native-to-lead-detroit-skillman-foundation/#respond Mon, 21 Jun 2021 19:01:54 +0000 https://designsbyjanie.com/chicago-native-to-lead-detroit-skillman-foundation/ The daughter of a white Jewish mother who taught in public school and an African-American father who became a police sergeant, Angelique Power says she grew up in South Chicago with the awareness that she was part of these communities and outside them at the same time. . As Power rose through the ranks of […]]]>

The daughter of a white Jewish mother who taught in public school and an African-American father who became a police sergeant, Angelique Power says she grew up in South Chicago with the awareness that she was part of these communities and outside them at the same time. .

As Power rose through the ranks of nonprofits and philanthropy in the Midwest, including as president of the Field Foundation in Chicago, she saw herself as a stakeholder in the systems she worked for rather than a employed, building trust and listening to others with an eye for justice.

Power will get to work in Detroit in an attempt to build that confidence this fall as the next president and CEO of the Detroit-based Skillman Foundation, starting September 13. She said on Monday that the past year has been transformative and the year ahead is even more transformative. important.

“There is something very unique about the Skillman Foundation, its approach to the work and the role it plays,” said Powers. “He takes advantage of everything he has in serving children. They’ve built trusting relationships. They’ve done reliable research.”

“Right now, as we come out of the pandemic – raising the voices of young people and their vision for the future – it calls and forces me to bring myself and my family back to work,” Powers said of coming to Skillman and Detroit.

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China’s fierce cafe scene keeps owners on their toes https://designsbyjanie.com/chinas-fierce-cafe-scene-keeps-owners-on-their-toes/ https://designsbyjanie.com/chinas-fierce-cafe-scene-keeps-owners-on-their-toes/#respond Mon, 21 Jun 2021 18:17:43 +0000 https://designsbyjanie.com/chinas-fierce-cafe-scene-keeps-owners-on-their-toes/ On Hunan Road in the French concession of Shanghai, jazz music derives from a boutique with elegant wood panels and leather seats. The place could easily be mistaken for a bar. Instead, the storefront is an upscale cafe called Rumors Coffee. “When we opened our store 11 years ago, we were the only ones specializing […]]]>

On Hunan Road in the French concession of Shanghai, jazz music derives from a boutique with elegant wood panels and leather seats. The place could easily be mistaken for a bar. Instead, the storefront is an upscale cafe called Rumors Coffee.

“When we opened our store 11 years ago, we were the only ones specializing in hand-poured coffee,” said Rumors co-owner Keiichi Nakayama of Japan. “We gradually started to see other stores pricing their coffee the same as ours.”

Other cafes want to copy more than their price, according to his wife, Liu Yan, who also co-manages the place.

“Some business owners brought in their own designers and started measuring the bar counter in secret. Our menus have been stolen, ”she said. “Customers told us there was a coffee training school that used our name.”

Cafes are a tough business. It got worse during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a study By Tsinghua University of China which included more than 50,000 businesses, nearly 19% of small and micro businesses closed last year, up from 6.6% in 2019.

Juzi started out as a barista and said the pandemic made his dream of opening his own cafe come true. Many others had the same idea in Shanghai. (Photo by Charles Zhang / Market)

Lockdown of the pandemic may present opportunities for some, like Juzi, who has gone from barista to operations manager at one of China’s coffee chains. She quit her job during the pandemic and opened her own cafe in June 2020, as Shanghai fully reopened after a lockdown and found affordable rental space.

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Rumors Coffee in Shanghai is part of the first wave of coffee shops in the Chinese financial capital (Charles Zhang / Marketplace)
Rumors Coffee co-owner Liu Yan said their prices, decor, and even their name were used as a model by competitors even before the pandemic hit (Charles Zhang / Marketplace)
Liu Yan, co-owner of Rumors Coffee, said their prices, decor, and even their name were used as a model by competitors even before the pandemic hit. (Photo by Charles Zhang / Market)

Pandemic competition

“After opening my cafe, I found that within six months, a few more opened nearby. Cafes appear so quickly in Shanghai! said the 27-year-old.

There are seven to eight cafes within a 1 mile radius of hers.

“The life cycle of a coffee [in Shanghai] is usually two to three years. We’ve been open for about a year and this street is already full of cafes. I am under great pressure, ”said Juzi.

There are at least half a dozen other cafes within a mile and a half of the Nameless Shanghai Cafe (left), including one to its right (Charles Zhang / Marketplace)
There are at least a half-dozen other cafes within a mile of the Nameless Shanghai Cafe, to the left, including one to its right (Photo by Charles Zhang / Marketplace)

She said she didn’t want to compete on price since her Americanos, cappuccinos and lattes are already sold below Starbucks prices, which are used as an industry standard in China.

“Some new stores offer an Americano for 9 yuan [$1.40] … Half the price if you bring your own mug. It’s scary, “she said.” At this price, I cannot guarantee the quality of the coffee.

How Starbucks won over China

Starbucks is credited with bringing coffee culture to a nation of tea drinkers. Its first shop opened in Beijing in 1999, and it was a premium experience. A cup of Starbucks cappuccino at the time was 19 yuan, which was equivalent to $2.30, according to Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua. That was beyond the reach of many Chinese consumers "when the same amount could bring back 10 kg [22 pounds] of rice," the news report added. Starbucks founder Howard Schultz told Chinese state broadcaster CGTN that the company did not make a profit for a number of years because it had to educate consumers and cultivate loyalty. As China's middle class grew, Starbucks also expanded. Starbucks currently has 5,000 stores spread across 200 mainland Chinese cities.
With borders closed during the pandemic, many Chinese customers are spending more in the domestic market, in favor of high-end cafes like Rumors (Charles Zhang / Marketplace)
With borders closed during the pandemic, many Chinese customers are spending more domestically, in favor of high-end cafes like Rumors (Photo by Charles Zhang / Marketplace)

Survive 2021

Instead, Juzi says, she stays in the game by researching and promoting new types of coffee every season. It offers high-end products like iced coffee, which takes six to eight hours to produce a cup and requires orders in advance. Juzi is also reducing his staff and sharing his rent with another company.

“We make coffee in front. They sell paintings and do frames on the back, ”Juzi said.

A framing store in Shanghai rented the front half of its store in Nameless Coffee during the pandemic to share the rent burden (Charles Zhang / Marketplace)
A framing store in Shanghai rented the front half of its store in Nameless Coffee during the pandemic to share the rent burden (Photo by Charles Zhang / Marketplace)

Rent is the biggest headache for business owners in dear Shanghai.

During the pandemic, the Chinese central government announced a reduction in rents for businesses, but this only applied to those who rented space from state-owned enterprises.

Nameless Coffee barista Liu Yi seen with ice coffee machines, which take six to eight hours to produce a cup (Charles Zhang / Marketplace)
Nameless Coffee Barista Liu Yi seen with ice coffee machines, which take six to eight hours to produce a cup. (Photo by Charles Zhang / Market)

“To cope with the high rents, most cafes sell alcohol at night or other products,” said Liu, co-owner of Rumors Coffee. She and her husband resisted. Their goal is to maintain quality and variety.

Rumors Coffee roasts its own beans and has 40 types on hand. A cup of drip coffee costs between 65 yuan ($ 10) and 140 yuan ($ 22).

“A lot of people can’t go abroad because of the pandemic, so people are spending their money here [in Shanghai]. If you serve coffee that people like, the word will spread and we will get loyal customers, ”said Nakayama, co-owner of Rumors Coffee. “During the pandemic, the number of clients we get is increasing. “

Keiichi Nakayama roasts his own coffee and keeps 40 varieties on hand at Rumors Coffee for customers to choose from (Charles Zhang / Marketplace)
Keiichi Nakayama roasts his own coffee and keeps 40 varieties on hand at Rumors Coffee. (Photo by Charles Zhang / Market)

He and his wife believe that China’s coffee culture is still in its infancy, despite a high concentration of coffee shops in Shanghai.

Coffee market

There are nearly 7,000 cafes in Shanghai, and just over half of them are shops like Rumors Coffee and Nameless Coffee, according to a study by a commercial platform under Yicai. However, outside of the financial capital, cafes are not very popular.

“I never drank coffee before working in a café in Shanghai [at the age of 20]”Said Liu Yi, the barista of Nameless Coffee.” I come from a small Chinese town with no coffee culture.

Yet his coffee-making skills left a deep mark on customers like Xiong Luying, a visitor to Wuhan city.

Xiong Luying said coffee culture is not as developed in Wuhan City, where she works, so she looks for coffee shops every time she visits Shanghai (Charles Zhang / Marketplace)
Xiong Luying said coffee culture is not as developed in Wuhan City, where she works, so she looks for coffee shops every time she visits Shanghai. (Photo by Charles Zhang / Market)

She had been to Nameless Coffee once before.

“That day I picked out a particular bean and… since it was hot, I asked for iced coffee,” Xiong said. “The barista said he tried to do it twice, but it didn’t reflect the best taste of the bean. He suggested I switch to a hot coffee.

Suddenly, barista Liu looked up from behind the cafe counter.

“Oh, that was you! He said, and they struck up a conversation.

In a city of 24 million inhabitants, the personal touch also helps build customer loyalty.

Further research by Charles Zhang.

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Revival Rugs CEO explains how exponential brand growth and distributed supply chain preserves craft traditions and creators of heritage https://designsbyjanie.com/revival-rugs-ceo-explains-how-exponential-brand-growth-and-distributed-supply-chain-preserves-craft-traditions-and-creators-of-heritage/ https://designsbyjanie.com/revival-rugs-ceo-explains-how-exponential-brand-growth-and-distributed-supply-chain-preserves-craft-traditions-and-creators-of-heritage/#respond Mon, 21 Jun 2021 16:56:34 +0000 https://designsbyjanie.com/revival-rugs-ceo-explains-how-exponential-brand-growth-and-distributed-supply-chain-preserves-craft-traditions-and-creators-of-heritage/ Revival Rugs has expanded beyond rugs into bath, outdoors, and durable furniture over the past. … [+] year. Source: Wake-up mat After an initial decline in activity in 2020 due to scarcity of inventory amid challenges in the global supply chain, Wake-up mat has increased by 70% year over year (YOY) between then and now. […]]]>

After an initial decline in activity in 2020 due to scarcity of inventory amid challenges in the global supply chain, Wake-up mat has increased by 70% year over year (YOY) between then and now. The craft-focused housewares company launched new product categories from bathroom to furniture in 2021 and experienced 100% year-on-year growth between April 2020 and April 2021. CEO and Co-Founder Ben Hyman explains how the company has been able to grow at this rate, how they source their supplies and what the next step is for the brand.

What is your current funding situation and how has it impacted your growth to date?

We raised a small amount of money from friends and family when we launched Revival, but we haven’t raised any venture capital yet. This approach has put us on a path of capital efficiency. We have not had the opportunity to abuse funds or incur significant losses to obtain new clients. In the last quarter, for example, we only spent 10% of our gross sales on direct marketing, which is significantly lower than others in the industry who spend over 20%. As a bootstrap startup, we have also ensured that the growth is sustainable and that we are profitable.

How were you able to sustain this rapid succession of new category launches this year?

We have taken the opposite approach to that of most other DTC companies. The recent playbook has been to focus on a single product in a sleepy category (e.g. glasses, mattresses, sheets), find a factory to make it, raise a bunch of venture capital dollars and invest tons of money to build a top brilliant brand around this product.

We focused a little less on raising capital, spent less on marketing, and put more energy into product development and our supply chain. Our management team is made up of people from the markets where we operate, and we have product designers, offices and warehouses in Istanbul, Casablanca and Delhi. This allows us to gradually expand into complementary product categories with greater ease, and to discover talented manufacturers who are isolated from global markets. Although it has been difficult to set up, in the long run we believe it will allow us to develop heritage industries, including carpets, and reach more people with better products at better prices.

Why launch a swimwear collection now? How has the swim collection been received so far?

The beauty of Revival is that we are a globally distributed, multicultural and international team, which is integrated into the countries where we make things. In every country we operate in, we are exposed to great designers – the best of the best. So while we are building a brand from the rug, we don’t see ourselves as a rug brand.

Rugs are perhaps the most complex textile to make. They are intricate, woven works of art that can take months or even years to complete. Interestingly, the towels themselves were originally developed in Turkey by carpet weavers, who applied their skillful weaving talent to beautify these functional textiles. Given our connection to Turkey and our understanding of textiles, this is a natural progression for us.

We have sold about half of our current inventory. It’s quite interesting to see what people are buying. The Aegean Bath collection allows people to mix and match colors between a classic off-white, a balanced French blue, and a soft pink and pink. We are delighted to see people mix and match, and to confirm our hunch that our client is not afraid of color: the sky color is our best seller!

What does the assessment process look like for new creators?

Knowing where to look starts with an industry assessment. Before we even look for specific manufacturers, we start with specific industries. We usually gravitate towards heritage craft sectors that are displaced (eg rugs, copper items) by cheaper reproductions, and where talented artisans are disappearing. Often limited opportunities lead to the collapse of heritage industries.

Once we have focused on the sector, our team members in the country are looking for local manufacturers. Many of these manufacturers have unique technical talent and skills, but may not have the English communication ability or marketing know-how to effectively list their products, sell in marketplaces like Etsy or 1stDibs, handle logistics, or insure. client service. This is where we come in.

To find designers, a multi-pronged approach allows us to cast a wide net. We visit local markets, research local online sites, work with local governments, operate our own (now extensive) local networks, and attend national trade shows. The best allegory is the music or sports industry, where a record company or talent scout tries to find a talented artist or athlete. Sometimes you find them in remote and unlikely places.

How important are sustainability certifications to your manufacturer validation process?

We first review international certifications (e.g. Fairtrade, GOTS and / or Goodweave certifications) to ensure that facilities meet international standards and that workers are treated and paid fairly.

However, for small family businesses or cooperatives, they may not be able to afford certification from an international organization. In these cases, we take the time to meet with the owners and managers of their facilities to understand their salary structure and hours of work, as well as their core values. What is their origin story? Are their products made in a sustainable way that can be quantified (e.g. energy used, resources saved)? Is there a profession involved in the production of this product, and is this profession generational? These are just a few of the questions on our checklist, which we look at as a team when deciding to work with a manufacturer.

Once the initial questions are answered, we test each product through a thorough sampling process. When we get to a point where we feel good, our team then goes regularly during production to evaluate the process and perform quality control. During COVID, we perform regular video audits using Facetime and Whatsapp.

What does the scale of the relationship look like for the craftsman?

At this point, we have developed smaller suppliers, becoming their exclusive buyer and working with them to grow their businesses. With our Hart rug, for example, we started making it with a talented little weaver and his four team members about three years ago. We met him at a local trade fair and were blown away by his weaving skills. It did not have the scale of other larger operations in India, but the attention to detail and technical capacity was outsized. We took our chances and gave him the support he needed. At this point, he employs nearly 100 weavers to make Hart. Gradually developing the small businesses we work with and seeing our partners thrive is one of the joys of Revival.

What does this mean for customers?

For our customers, this means that we will be releasing many beautifully designed rugs, but also home decorations and furniture to complement these rugs. This means that these products will be ethically made with durable materials and will not exceed your credit card. For our artisan partners, this means access to a whole new market and the ability to grow with us and chart a new course.

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C1 Innovation Lab, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, enter into collaboration with Capital Factory https://designsbyjanie.com/c1-innovation-lab-blue-cross-and-blue-shield-of-texas-enter-into-collaboration-with-capital-factory/ https://designsbyjanie.com/c1-innovation-lab-blue-cross-and-blue-shield-of-texas-enter-into-collaboration-with-capital-factory/#respond Mon, 21 Jun 2021 16:30:00 +0000 https://designsbyjanie.com/c1-innovation-lab-blue-cross-and-blue-shield-of-texas-enter-into-collaboration-with-capital-factory/ RICHARDSON, Texas, June 21, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The C1 innovation laboratory®, in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), has entered into a collaboration with Capital factory bring the best new emerging health and technology solutions to BCBSTX members and clients. This new collaboration makes BCBSTX the first healthcare plan […]]]>

RICHARDSON, Texas, June 21, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The C1 innovation laboratory®, in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), has entered into a collaboration with Capital factory bring the best new emerging health and technology solutions to BCBSTX members and clients.

This new collaboration makes BCBSTX the first healthcare plan to be a member of the Capital Factory Innovation Council, which connects the world’s leading organizations with the most innovative startups and technologies in Texas. The C1 Innovation Lab and Capital Factory will collaborate with Texas healthcare entrepreneurs to explore, approach and pilot solutions that serve BCBSTX members, customers and our community.

Austinbased in Capital Factory is Texas’ the largest startup accelerator and its most active start-up investor. The C1 Innovation Lab, based in the city center Dallas, serves as the primary center of the Health Care Services Corporation (HCSC) for collaboration, incubation and development of new products and services. BCBSTX is a division of Chicago-based HCSC.

“In this ever-changing digital age, it is vital for us to help spur efforts to develop new products and solutions that will improve health outcomes and quality of care across the health value chain,” said the president of BCBSTX James springfield. “Startups in Texas do important work around coordinated healthcare and the use of technology to solve complex healthcare challenges, and we want to be a part of those innovative efforts. ”

Being a member of the Capital Factory Innovation Council will help advance the C1 Innovation Lab’s mission of bringing together businesses, providers, healthcare specialists, customer service representatives, and innovators to develop forward-thinking solutions that reduce waste. health care costs while improving health outcomes.

“This collaboration will provide us with opportunities to engage with new technologies and entrepreneurs at the forefront of healthcare innovation who can help us guide the way we interact with clients at all stages of the process. health, ”said Summer Wright Collins, associate vice president, design for BCBSTX. and Innovation, which runs the C1 Innovation Lab. “By participating in this process, we seek to contribute to our growth by creating innovative and competitive market offers.

The C1 Innovation Lab will interact with many startups and collaborate with innovative companies, governments and academics through meetings, roundtables and innovation summits.

“The Capital Factory Innovation Council bridges the gap between the world’s largest organizations and the best startups by Texas, in a wide range of industries. Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas’ Membership boldly strengthens our already strong health-focused community and empowers Texas startups, investors and other members of the Innovation Council to find out more, ”said Jacques Vroum III, vice president of corporate strategy, Capital Factory.

About the C1 Innovation Lab:
The C1 Innovation Lab serves as the Health Care Services Corporation (HCSC) primary hub for collaboration, incubation, and development of new products and services. HCSC is the largest customer-owned health insurer and operator of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

About the Blue Cross and the Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX):
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) – the only customer-owned health insurer in Texas – is the state’s largest health benefits provider, working with nearly 80,000 physicians and health care practitioners, and 500 hospitals to serve over 5 million members in 254 counties. BCBSTX is a division of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) (which operates the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Texas, Illinois, Montana, Oklahoma and New Mexico), the nation’s largest health insurer and the fourth largest health insurer in total. . Health Care Service Corporation is a mutual legal reserve company and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

BCBSTX.com | Twitter.com/BCBSTX | Facebook.com/BlueCrossBlueShieldOfTexas | YouTube.com/BCBSTX Community highlights

About Capital Factory:
Capital Factory is the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas, the number one startup state in the United States. Thousands of entrepreneurs, programmers and designers come together day and night, in person and online for meet-ups, classes and coworking. With boots on the ground in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, we meet Texas’ best entrepreneurs and introduce them to investors, employees, mentors and clients. According to Pitchbook, Capital Factory has been the most active initial investor in Texas since 2010.

SOURCE Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

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