Posts by Joanna Weinstein

  • Marine who hates grocery shopping says he’ll help you make dinner

    Joanna Weinstein at Power Pitch4 mths ago

    Nick Taranto hates grocery shopping, and like most of us, he can’t afford to dine out every night, so answering the dreaded question, “What’s for dinner?” became a real challenge for him.

    For a while, Taranto just ordered lots of greasy take-out but then, he says, he got fat. And that’s when the former Marine and Harvard Business grad set out to turn the common dinner dilemma into a big money maker.

    “We’re on a mission to help Americans eat better,” said Taranto. “The food system in America is stodgy, opaque and incredibly wasteful.”

    Now Taranto knows exactly what’s for dinner, and he believes his start-up, Plated, will not only eliminate annoying trips to the grocery store but also change how people all across America put dinner on the table.

    CNBC gave Taranto 60 seconds to dish out his big idea to see if he could convince YOU and a panel of judges he has the recipe to make millions and that his company knows exactly what you want to eat tonight! Watch the video to and judge for yourself.

    Point, click, and plate

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  • Dog lovers start luxury hotel for your pooch

    Joanna Weinstein at Power Pitch5 mths ago

    Brothers Steven and Jason Parker are on a mission to create the ultimate five-star hotel experience but their accommodations are very exclusive … only dogs can check in!

    “We wanted to get into the luxury pet care business because there's two things in life we love and that is dogs and owning our own business,” K-9 Resorts Daycare & Luxury Hotel co-founder Steven Parker told CNBC.

    We gave the Parker brothers just 60 seconds to pitch their award-winning pet care facility. Will their idea get five-star approval from our panelists? Watch the video and see if K-9 Resorts has what it takes to succeed in the dog-eat-dog start-up world.

    More than just puppy love

    The Parker brothers are not newcomers to the business world. At just 12 and 14 years old, instead of riding bikes after school, they were running a dog walking business.

    “Jason and I always loved dogs growing up and our parents weren't really big dog people so we wanted to find a way to prove that we were responsible enough to care for dogs,” Steven Parker told CNBC.

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