Unlike so many other young men his age, Sergey Petrossov is a 29-year-old ingenious entrepreneur who managed to utilize his creative thinking to turn his ambition for success into one of the most convenient flight applications to date. Today, Petrossov runs operations as both the Founder and CEO of JetSmarter—a billion-dollar flight booking company that allows customers to reserve jet flights in a much more conveniently organized and timely manner. Moreover, in addition to overseeing JetSmarter, Sergey Petrossov is also a Co-Founder of Federal System of Distance Education and previously served as the Vice President and Co-Founder of LiveContact for three years from 2006 to 2009.
Being that Petrossov came to the U.S. with his family as a young Russian immigrant, he naturally developed a strong work ethic as a child that further pushed him to want to excel in life. His entrepreneurial talents were displayed early in life during his days as a student in high school when he started an import and export tire rims service and decided to take up an extensive study in technology and computer science as a college student at the University of Florida. Nonetheless, it was Sergey Petrossov’s active live-chatting experience in college that made his career interest in technology become absolute. Yet, it wasn’t until Petrossov experienced the difficulty of trying to reserve a private jet flight for the first time that the idea of creating a much more useful application for booking flights clicked in his mind.
With his newfound idea in mind, Petrossov assembled a team of some of the best developers (NASA, BMW, Nokia, Uber, etc.) and created JetSmarter. After releasing the beta version in August 2012, Petrossov was able to get additional funding from hundreds of other partners and vendors to finally have the means to launch JetSmarter in March 2013 to the public. For his outstanding achievement and being the ingenious developer behind one of the most useful flight applications, Sergey Petrossov was included in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list of successful entrepreneurs in 2016.
The digital age has brought with it a level of convenience that our society has never yet before experienced in its long history until now. These days, anything is just a simple click of a button away, sometimes with an almost instant result bringing that desire to the doorstep in minutes. Whether it is clothes, food, a ride, or a collector’s item, the world is at our fingertips and in our screens.
When it came to flying across the country, though, that same level of convenience was not quite a part of the entire process. In terms of scheduling private flights, the process was more suited to the Wright brothers than someone in our modern time. Well, that was until Sergey Petrossov created an idea that became a successful disruption to the way the world flies. What began as an idea after a trip aboard a private jet has now become a company that is poised to change the very way society views flying in general.
The man behind this airborne revolution, Sergey Petrossov, has found his success in creating a service that many did not think was possible, well, until he did it, of course. Now with the backing of influential investors and propelled by the level of convenience that it interjects into the process of flying, Sergey Petrossov as well as his company, JetSmarter, have taken the world by storm.
The young entrepreneur has found himself receiving accolades for his efforts in changing the way we fly having received the honor of being named one of Forbes 30 under 30. Now, years down the line from that first take off, Sergey Petrossov has found himself in a position to expand his company’s reach towards a wider market with offerings in the future that will rival commercially available options with established airlines.
Journalist Doug Levitt has spend the last 10 years traveling all over the country to meet every part of American society. While crisscrossing the country by Greyhound Bus, he learned a lot of lessons about poverty and America’s forgotten underclass.
Throughout his travels, he has talked with fully-tattooed Neo Nazis, truck drivers, prostitutes, homeless people and even musicians. Over the years, what started out as an experiment morphed into a hobby. While Doug Levitt admits that transportation by Greyhound isn’t the first choice of most travelers. But this was by design for Levitt, because he knew that he would meet an eclectic group of characters.
The Greyhound Diaries was borne out of the 2004 presidential campaign. Levitt signed up as a volunteer for John Kerry to help register voters. As he traveled from town to town by bus, he met with a number of people. After the registration was over, he continued to travel around the country. He collected pictures, mementoes and songs to mark his travels.
Mr. Levitt was previously a war correspondent for CBS News. He also worked at NBC and CNN in some of the most war torn countries on the planet. The D.C. native graduated from Cornell University then went on to receive a degree in management from the London School of Economics. He has created a one-man show based on his Greyhound Diaries travels and performs it around the country. Levitt says he may continue his project for a few more years, but right now, he’s content with performances at Walter Reed Army Hospital.
Squaw Valley Ski has been growing in both physical size and reputation over the past several decades. CEO Andy Wirth has been a steady part of Squaw Valley’s ever expanding ascent toward the top of the luxury ski resort ladder. Recently Wirth was appointed to the Reno – Tahoe Airport Authority Board and his expertise in resort management as well as his deep commitment to the area will serve as useful tools in the board’s work toward aiding the region. Outside of the recent board appointment there have been other exciting new things to pay attention to at Squaw Valley Ski.
When Wayne Pulsen first established Squaw Valley it had been his goal to connect his mountain to that of Alpine Meadows. With an Alpine Meadows to Squaw Valley connection in place there would be almost no better place in all of North America in which to taste what mountain slopes had to offer. For decades that vision had laid dormant until recently. CEO Andy Wirth and White Wolf owner Troy Caldwell finally reached an agreement to begin setting up a base to base gondola that would connect Alpine Meadows to Squaw Valley Ski.
The reason that this gondola has been so long in the making is simple: the land that Toy Caldwell owns, White Wolf, sits right between the two mountains. Without Caldwell’s cooperation the gondola could never get off the ground, no pun intended. Now with a deal in place we will be seeing these two mountains connecting sooner than later. Long has traversing between the two mountains been the greatest issue for ski resort enthusiasts in the Reno – Tahoe area. Packing up and unloading is a huge process, especially when you have to traverse between two mountains to make it happen. This gondola deal represents a huge victory not just for the skiers but the owners of both companies.
Squaw Valley has seen exponential growth in recent years with Andy Wirth leading the charge. With this long lusted after gondola nearing construction it seems only a matter of time until the company is reaching even newer heights.
PICKING THE RIGHT WINE
The first thing you need to know is what you are going to be eating. If you are having things like chicken or fish, even dishes with creamy sauces, pick a white wine. This will sit better on your stomach. When it comes to foods like beef and wild game, you need to drink a red wine. I always recommend this for the beginners. If you are more experienced, then you can afford to break some of the rules. For instance, there are some chicken dishes which can be paired with a red wine, but you have to be specific about which kind you are using.
For some of your more spicy dishes, you can drink a sweet wine. It all depends on what you are cooking and what other people’s tastes are. You also have to have knowledge of the different regions. An Italian wine is going to be much different than a South African wine. When it comes to the comparison of old-world wines and new-world wines, you should go with the older ones. Why? It’s safe to say that those companies have perfected their process a bit more. The new-world wines are still trying to develop things. Their work might not be as proficient. That’s why it’s best to stick with the German, French and Italian wines.
With the American wines you should pick the ones from Oregon and California’s Napa Valley. These are some of the best. They also have years of experience under the belt. The Oregon and California wines have most of the kinks worked out already.
You should also pick a good year. Not all aged wines are the best. For some aged wines, letting them sit too long will do more harm. If you have any questions about which direction to go, speak to a wine expert. He or she can help you out. Don’t know any? Why not talk to this guy.
THE ANTIQUE WINE PROFESSIONAL: IT’S STEPHEN’S WORLD NOW
Stephen didn’t used to be king of the wine world. He was also stuck in the day-to-day grind, just like the rest of us. As soon as he made the choice to not live like that anymore, that’s when his world changed. His wine business is booming, and he said goodbye to his life as an insurance salesman once-and-for-all. Go online to his website and take a look at what his company has to offer. Stephen is truly an example of living your dream and becoming a success. Come and check out his exquisite wine collection today.