Ten years ago, Dominique and Carlo DeVito decided to supplement their careers in publishing with a life as entrepreneurs. They’d always been interested in wines from around the world, and had visited many wine-growing regions. They were ready to have a go at it. After nine months of searching, the DeVitos found a perfect fit for their vineyard plans in Ghent, NY – a piece of farmland that had been part of a former dairy farm.
Caves and high tech normally don’t go together. But they should.
Stronghold Data, an IT solutions firm in Joplin, has placed its state-of the-art, fully redundant data center, 85 feet underground guarded by several layers of physical security, video cameras, biometric and other ID requirements. All their data and state-of-the art hardware is as protected as that of NASA and can serenely weather any natural and most man-made disasters.
Twenty years ago, in the back of a small garage in Marin County, CA, Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell were working on a big idea. Brooke had pawned her mother’s wedding ring to buy a small Italian coffee roaster, and Helen was fine-tuning a marketing plan for their new wholesale coffee roasting company. Brooke held a creative vision, and Helen distilled it into a business plan. Together, they were about to launch Equator Coffees & Teas, one of the first coffee projects of its kind. Eventually, it would grow into something larger than they’d ever imagined.