Elevator Pitch

My elevator pitch experience was a bit different than my classmates. To start off, I thought and still do think it is a great assignment, stressful, but very good and it needs to be done. Being able to pull something off inside one minute is extremely difficult and really is a skill. When giving an elevator pitch, you are not only selling your product, but also yourself. You could have a fantastic idea, but if the people that you are selling it to do not believe in you, then there is really no point. My elevator pitch was given just to our professor instead of in class because I have a bit of a stomach bug as I sit here and write this post. So my experience was sort of like a job interview which I do not want to say is harder, but it is a bit different than pitching to the entire class. I think that having the experience of doing it one on one is important as well as giving it in class. I really enjoyed the assignment and am glad I did it because it got me to attempt to perfect a skill that I thought I already possessed and that is talking to people.



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Hiro 88 Sushi & Sake Grill

Finally down to my final review! This place I am about to mention is a Japanese Sake and sushi grill, much similar to Blue, but instead of Americanized, it is very authentic in regards to what they serve overall on the entire menu. A close colleague of mine told me that a Japanese friend of his recommends this restaurant over all other sushi places in the Old Market area as well as Omaha in general. This restaurant is called Hiro 88. A truly more authentic take to Japanese cuisine, Hiro 88 allows customers to have a multi-cultural experience that you really do not get at any other Japanese sushi restaurant in town. Priced similarly to Blue, but the quality of the raw fish all the way to the sake bombs is fantastic. They have two happy hours, one mid-day that is great then they have another that they call, “reverse happy hour.” Reverse happy hour ranges from 10pm-12am and the menu is honestly massive. They have an extensive menu to being with but in comparison to Blue, the happy hour menus are way bigger and more extensive. The drink menus are great with a long list of drafts and cocktails that are made in house with fresh ingredients. They have a fantastic alcohol selection as well. If I were to recommend any place on this count down my first one would easily be Hiro 88. With a friendly staff and great atmosphere, whether you are meeting a friend, colleague or having a family meal, you can not go wrong with Hiro 88. Check them out here and thank you for reading!




Blue Sushi & Sake Grill

Now, I completely understand that $12 all you can eat sushi is not for everyone. I think that Tokyo is geared more towards the “bang for your buck” college students, but needless to say there are two other places that offer a slightly higher quality, as well as a higher price point. The second sushi restaurant and bar is Blue Sushi & Sake Grill. On there website, Blue claims that they are a restaurant “unites creative ingredients with energetic vibes, premium cold sake with happy moments to give you a fresh and fun new way to experience sushi.” I agree with that statement. I’ve been to Blue a handful of times and I really like the vibe and atmosphere that they have created. They have a lower level that is more formal and then upstairs at the top of the restaurant they have more of a lounge area that is very casual. The wall graphics are awesome and give off a very fun and happy vibe. Upstairs in the lounge is where the happy hour takes place. The happy hour at Blue I rate at about a 6/10. The reason being is that it is still pretty pricey for a happy hour. The quality of sushi and the presentation on the plate is very good, but I still feel like they could do a better job on the overall pricing. Blue to me is more really for the show, but it is good quality as well. But trust me, I understand sushi is expensive to begin with, but Tokyo and the other restaurant that I will mention in the 3rd part of this review have GREAT happy hour deals. To learn more about Blue and make a reservation, you can go to the website here.


Tokyo Sushi

When coming to Omaha, a lot of people ask, what is there to do? Where is there to eat? Why should I come to Omaha? Now, these 3 very general questions are asked a lot and do I think you should come to Omaha strictly for sushi? No. But, I do believe these are 3 places that I highly recommend trying if you happen to be in the Omaha area. In Omaha, the Old Market area is a cute, European-esc part of the city that attracts tourists for a multitude of reasons ranging from horse & carriage rides to sushi bars. I have hand picked 3 of the most well-known sushi restaurants and bars at 3 different price points for your next trip to Omaha. The first one that I’m going to bring up is the lowest on the price scale. It is called Tokyo Sushi. If you want that bang for your buck type of sushi, with surprisingly good quality. A very laid-back and casual atmosphere so a fantastic place for lunch with a friend, colleague or family member. The one thing about Tokyo that stands out to me is how they deal with the lunch hour. From around 11-2, they have a deal that is $12 all you can eat. Trust me, you can throw down A LOT of sushi. Me and my roommate go on occasion and we are full for the entire day, it is a great way to relax and have a nice meal over the lunch hour. The servers are friendly and the restaurant is very clean. I would rate it a 8/10 and I take into consideration price point, overall quality, and then how friendly the people are. This is the lowest restaurant on my price scale so please read my next blog for the review on the moderately priced option! You can check out Tokyo here.



This week vs Last week

I will be honestly, I did not enjoy the pieces of writing as much as I did last week. These pieces were not as compelling as the ones I have read previously. The ones that we read previously had so much detail and made me feel like I was actually there and I knew the people that were in the stories that were being written about. Although having said that, the stories that we read this week were interesting in themselves. They were feel good stories and I think that they would be very popular to your average reader. I however, just wish there was more detail in regards to how it was written. screen-shot-2015-10-29-at-7-20-04-pm


Before this class, I never heard or dealt with Kickstarter. With that being said, I have actually had a lot of friends that have used gofundme, which is another website that basically does the same thing. The only different I can really point out is that most of the gofundmes I have seen, they are a bit more for individual purposes such as service trips, self-funding projects, trips abroad, and things more of that nature. I think after looking at the examples in class, we see that Kickstarter is more for businesses.


Starting a successful crowdfunding campaign is very tricky. I think the biggest thing to raising money is being relatable to people and having them believe in the cause you are trying to raise money and awareness for. As the the Coolest, that was a pretty good idea that I think a lot of people that live on water bought into. Usually, you associate people that live on the water to be wealthier than most, so donating to a business like this really does not make a big deal to them, as well as spending $400 on a cooler. I also think that they go very creative in regards to what they were giving away to people that donated.


In contrast to how well the Coolest did, the Mudtails Kickstarter, I honestly think it just was not a good idea. And with that I think the idea was all over the place. When we watched the video in class, it just did not make sense to me and I think that was the case for a lot of the class. I mentioned earlier in this post that to have a successful Kickstarter that you need an attention grabbing idea, and for me, this just was not it.Placeholder Image

Profile Writing

After reading both of the articles for this week as well as reflecting back on the “Dear Nate” profile piece, I can honestly say I did not know how to write a profile piece until now. I honestly thought that a profile was like an interview, but now I see it as more of a story giving you a look into how someone is or was. A personalized story. I’m taking their words and making into an art piece that is to be enjoyed by other people.

Both pieces I thought were great, but I had a bigger connection with “The American Male at age 10” than the “Mr.Rodgers” piece. The use of imagery and the creativeness that I got from the American Male was fantastic. I could really picture myself as if I was there as well as if I were that kid in the story. I felt like I was experiencing what she was writing first hand and in my opinion, that is exactly what writing or good writers should strive to do. The other piece seemed more like an interview to me. I mean, we are still talking about two fantastically written pieces of writing, just one appealed to me over another. I am very thankful that our assignment to read both of these pieces because I was really in the dark on how to properly write one of these type of pieces.





Going through and reading what ideas these students came up with are very creative. When I was reading through them, I still thought that my furniture app was still a better idea…but it was really awesome to see young people doing creative things and trying to come up with the next big idea. With all this being said, there are some ideas in the 16 that we as a class went through and I cannot say they were all really great. The two ideas that I thought were the ones in my opinion that I believe to fail first where was the idea with the event attendance and then the idea with the Muggle Quidditch brand. These two ideas to me feel like they are very difficult to tackle. I do not really see the need for either of them as well. When you are planning an event, you already know through discussions with the companies as well as getting and understanding the planning data, a ballpark estimate of how many people will actually show up. Then with the Quidditch brand I think that the market is so small that they are trying to reach that I actually do not see it working out, but I hope I am wrong because I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. The two ideas that really stuck out to me and I believe that they have the chance of doing really well are getting rid of the trash in a sustainable way and the changing of the shipping containers. Sustainability and clean energy are huge topics in our country today, so ideas that challenge the norms of that have the ability to be very successful. As for the shipping container idea I think anytime you can change something for the better, make it more successful, and as well as revolutionize something, obviously you have a chance at making a huge impact on not only your own life, but also, everyone elses, which in fact, is way more important. If you would like to see the article, you can read it here.


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Lean Method

“A business plan is essentially a research exercise written in isolation at a desk before an entrepreneur has even begun to build a product. The assumption is that it’s possible to figure out most of the unknowns of a business in advance, before you raise money and actually execute the idea.” This quote taken from the reading, to me, is the most influential thing I took from the reading. This is so very essential to creating a business and building a certain type of product. The type of product that you have can really be anything, does not have to something you can physically hold, but needs to be something people can use on a day to day basis. I think the lean method takes a very smart approach to this on basically getting feedback on the business or product first hand through potential customers before making any rash decisions that could jeopardize yourself or the business. Another part of the reading that really stayed with me was when he was speaking about the lean model and mentioned that “ customer feedback matters more than secrecy and that constant feedback yields better results than cadenced unveilings.” I think that really putting the customer first, to me, sounds like the smartest way to go when trying to start a business. Kind of like how we watch the video the “TheSkimm” in class. They had a “Skimm Girl” that was their target audience, or target customer that they really did their best to appeal too. This is a very smart move in my opinion, as you can tell by “TheSkimm” that method works very well.



Well I think obviously the story in and of itself is very moving. Really an amazing story to read and should be an inspiration to anyone doing anything, especially athletes. Nate seemed like an amazing kid as well as an amazing athlete. What more could a coach really want? He clearly put the team before himself and really pushed the other guys. That is what makes a team special are kids like that that are completely selfless in what they are trying to accomplish. From a writing standpoint, I thought the writer did a fantastic job telling the story. He made it feel like I knew Nate and the entire family. I thought the biggest thing that made it so compelling was being able to get ahold of his father’s notes that had written all those years. That allowed the story for an unbelievably personal side to the story. Something truly real that the reader can not help but feel attached too. Having an element like that just makes your story 100x more relatable to your audience and readers in my opinion. This type of reporting, wanting the details and paying attention to the details and the ideas to make it a great story, really made it a fantastic story. I learned that paying attention to the details in this piece is something that everyone should look for in there pieces of writing. IMG_2032