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Person of the Week Robert Marchand

Starting 2017 off on the right Cycle Robert Marchand has an impressive feat at 105 years old. Almost 100 years ago Robert Marchand was told by a cycling coach that he should give up as he would never amount to anything on a bicycle. Well here we are almost 100 years later and that coach long gone but Marchand in Saint-Quentine-En-Yvelines, France was the place where he just finished riding 14 miles in one hour and setting a new world record for his age! 

 He awaits a rival to compete against him and said he would have had a better time had he seen the current lap time. At the end of his 92 laps he received a standing ovation showing the world that you do things for yourself and do not worry about what the others say. Haters are always going to hate and try to stop you. Make up your own mind and do what you want to do as Robert Marchand has done.


The Hawaii' of other continents

I'm finishing up at top 50 experiences in the world to seek out and explore list. During the research and writing process I've discovered a few variations of "Hawaii" for other countries. In Europe there is a archipelago called the Azores off the coast of Portugal and only a 3.5 hour flight from the east coast 4 hours from London and 2.5 from Spain called the Azores and is known as Europes version of Hawaii. Due to it's location surrounded by water despite being so far north it never experiences drastically cold temperatures.

South Americas version is the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Equador and Africa has Madagascar. In Asia there are many places that would be considered competition to Hawaii.

Happy 2017!


U.S. Customs and Border Protection Newest Offering

Faster Entry through the UK border

Just recently announced is something called Registered Traveler by the United Kingdom Border Force to give faster and more convenient entry into the UK for elgible nationals from the USA & Canada. Membership of Registered Traveller costs £70 in the first year and £50 per year thereafter.

Membership of Registered Traveller includes the following benefits:

Access to ePassport gates

Use of the UK / EEA queue

No requirement  to complete a landing card on arrival in the UK

No routine credibility interview with a Border Force officer.

Visitor eligibility criteria have changed and you now may apply to join if you have made at least 4 journeys to the United Kingdom in the previous two years.  Complete details of Registered Traveller eligibility and availability can be found online at www.gov.uk/registered-traveller

Registered Traveller is proving extremely popular with members and to date there have been over 275,000 crossings of the border by members with extremely positive feedback such as,

“I think it is fantastic! It has made a major difference to my experience travelling as it gives me a great deal of time back.”

“Time saving and improved experience of clearing immigration.”

You can apply for Registered Traveller online now at www.gov.uk/registered-traveller.

 

My thoughts -- Do you think the Euro Zone will eventually have the same offering?


Brussels Airport a new reality

If you are flying out of Brussels airport in Belgium then you should head to the airport at least an hour earlier than you normally would. Ever since the train station attack the country is on high alert and you will find soldiers walking the streets with guns similar to what you would see in Israel and what is known as the common norm.

The uber and taxi pick up and drop off is no longer in front of the airport but rather at the bottom of the garage and you have to walk or take an elevator up and once you do you have an outside area that used to be where cars would pass through but now it's blocked off and you have the first security screening.

Once you pass through this then you can enter the airport if you are flying out, check in, and then go through security again followed by customs and a long walk to your gate.

In India if you don't have a ticket you can't enter the airport and this type of "Nudge" prevents attacks and issues at the airport. Will this one day be a common reality for all flyers. We used to be able to walk up to the gate without a ticket in the USA but that stopped after September 11th.


Rich Ruddie

Condor Airlines flying from Baltimore Washington International (BWI) to Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) direct for only $311.00 including one bag. Flight time is 9 hours. For those wanting to travel from the Washington D.C., Delaware, Maryland, Virginia region to Europe and know the headaches of flying on Wow Air (not recommended) then check out Condor Airlines.

Condor Flight 2075 is the one I will be taking and will leave a review of my experience. I flew from Boston on Wow Air to Iceland and can confirm that Wow Air is not fantastic or "WOW"ful they are more like Spirit Airlines. So only fly with them if you absolutely have to.
 
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Richart Ruddie: Private Jet from London to New York

Now you can fly private from New York City to London. Just announced today on the heels of the Brexit catastrophe JetSmarter of Fort Lauderdale, Florida has announced new Trans-atlantic service launching this August. For those interested in signing up for a Jetsmarter Membership and would like to receive a discount please send me an email.

START SPREADING
THE NEWS

 

JETSMARTER
LAUNCHES TRANSATLANTIC
LONDON – NEW YORK
JETSHUTTLE™ ROUTE
THIS AUGUST

 

The intercontinental JetShuttle™ service will be a great way to do business, or just jet between two of the world’s grandest cities.

 

TAKE A SPEEDY WEEKEND TRIP
FIT FOR A KING, OR QUEEN.

 

Fly off to London (EGGW) from NY (HPN)
on a Friday at 9:00AM, and return Sunday at 6:00PM.
Or, flip it and stay the week. Your move.

 

JET ACROSS THE POND IN SUPREME LUXURY
ON THE GULFSTREAM G IV SP.

 

SAVE ABOUT 5 HOURS IN TRANS-ATLANTIC TRAVEL TIME:

 

No TSA Security Lines and Available Helicopter Transfers to participating airports.

 

IT’S THE SAVVIEST WAY
BETWEEN NY AND LONDON

 

IT’S THE MOMENTOUS
TRANS-ATLANTIC JETSHUTTLE™

 


Where Luxury Meets Logic - Jetsmarter

Jetsmarter has created an opportunity for those who want to travel in luxury. For those that do not like the hassle of long TSA lines at the airport can now have the treat of flying private for only $15,000 a year with an all you can fly model. Below is an exciting email that they recently sent out and if you're looking into the possibility of joining then please connect with me on Linkedin and I will help you get a discount for joining from the marketed price.
 

WE’VE JUST COMPLETED
OUR MOST SUCCESSFUL
MONTH EVER 

 

This validation of our new approach to private aviation is gratifying, as sophisticated flyers – like you – are recognizing the innovation and value we are bringing to an industry that was hungry for change.

 

On this occasion we want to share with you – members of the JetSmarter community – some news and insights about where we are going. 

 

As you know, JetSmarter is the best option ever for flying private. We’ve done something profound – created a new class of air travel, accessed by a simple app, that offers both custom charters and unused seats on thousands of flights every day.

 

We’re not just offering lower costs for private aviation and making it accessible. We’ve fundamentally rewired the marketplace, which we believe is the difference between just low cost and true disruption.

 

WE WERE CREATED BY DISRUPTERS TO FLY DISRUPTERS. 

 

THE WHAT, WHY, HOW

 

WHAT: We are re-inventing the private aviation industry for the on-demand, mobile economy by connecting people who need seats with planes that have them.

 

WHY: There are more people who can benefit from private aviation – and can afford to – than are taking advantage of it.

 

HOW: Using technology to create a new marketplace for accessible, reliable and enhanced air travel.

 

OUR MISSION

 

Create a world where private aviation serves as much of the flying public as possible.

 

OUR SERVICES

 

FIND A FLIGHT

 

Book seats on existing flights between thousands of destinations

 

CREATE YOUR OWN:

 

Schedule your own charter, an entire plane or individual seats 

 

OUR BUSINESS MODEL WORKS FOR BOTH OF US

 

MEMBERSHIP:

 

We offer one tier of membership for $10,000 per year (with an additional $5,000 one-time initiation fee). This fee – which is required to use JetSmarter – gives customers access to our services, and gives us a consistent and recurring revenue stream.

 

Why are we telling you this? We believe in transparency, we know our members are smart business people, and we want to share this information with you because you are entitled to know it!

 

SEATS ON SCHEDULED FLIGHTS:

 

While some seats on our scheduled flights are given complementary to our members as a perk, others are also available for purchase. Members pay for seats when they run out of their allocated supply of free reservations, or when they want to purchase companion seats for non-member friends or family. A significant portion of these seats are purchased as extra seats or companion seats with a healthy profit margin.

 

ON-DEMAND FLIGHTS:

 

These are charter flights. Members can either book an entire aircraft, or can book by the seat (sometimes we call this “create your own shuttle”). When members create their own shuttle they purchase roughly 25% of the seats. This enables our members to save money by not having to book an entire plane… while giving us extra seats to put out as a scheduled flight.

 

So we can make a fair profit, and continue to offer value to all our members as we expand our services.

 

PUTTING ECONOMICS TO WORK FOR OUR MEMBERS

 

It’s a basic law of economics that purchasing power drives prices down. At JetSmarter we buy flight hours in bulk for some of the lowest “cost per hour” fees every seen in the industry.

 

Every second that every million-dollar plane sits on the ground or repositions empty represents an opportunity for the owner to make money...as long as they get paid at or below their operational cost of the plane.

 

We are the largest purchaser of third party aircraft hours in the world, which creates massive economies of scale and allows us to optimize “back hauls” (empty legs) and pair them with charter flights, both shared and whole aircraft.

 

We can do that, because we built a sophisticated pricing engine that charges our members at the sweet spot where we can make a profit. It's no different than any market where there's profit to be made by addressing structural inefficiencies.

 

Our efficient platform – driven by algorithms and artificial intelligence – optimizes inventory to drive down prices, create availability, and give us the resources to grow JetSmarter in the U.S. and globally.

 

SHARING INFORMATION AS WELL AS PLANES

 

We have raised more than $56 million, and this year alone we will do nine figures in revenue.

 

The flying public is not being well-served by existing options. We don’t think anyone would disagree.

 

At JetSmarter we have identified an opportunity to build a new transportation network that will rewire the way we humans look at air travel. And our growth shows that our innovation is being well adopted.

 

We thank you for your patronage, membership and shared quest to make travel fun again. By optimizing the world’s planes we can optimize the world’s productivity.

 

A seat on a private jet is a terrible thing to waste.

 

WHERE LUXURY MEETS LOGIC

 


Richart Ruddie Profile Defenders

If you have reputation management needs then please see the following places that have covered me through the years for Profile Defenders that include Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The Baltimore Sun, Sun-Sentinel, The Denver Post, Forbes, and many more. In fact I am such a good brander and marketer that I had a client rank them for a famous celebrity and did such a great job that I took over all the rankings on page 1. The best part is that the client wasn't supposed to be doing that and the celebrity sued him, myself, and a few others. It's a great branding point though showcasing how good I really am at what I do for Profile Defenders clients.

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_21394356/companies-spring-up-manage-online-images-and-reputations

http://www.forbes.com/sites/cherylsnappconner/2013/05/09/the-dark-side-of-reputation-management-how-it-affects-your-business/

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223128

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10000872396390444840104577548982072928526

-Richart Ruddie

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Me leaving Japan back in October.


Jiro Sushi 2 in Roppongi

The best sushi I have ever had in my life was at.... Jiro Sushi 2 in Roppongi an upscale Tokyo suburb. As you can see by the beautiful split piece Prawn Sushi below there is no expense spared. I found Jiro through a popular netflix documentary called Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It was in this film that a 90 year old Jiro dedicates his entire life to the art of mastering the craft of Sushi. (Read more below the image)

 

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Jiro has only worked in one field in his life and thinks of himself as an artist not just a chef. He takes measures well beyond what any other restaurant owner would ever do to create the most exquisite meal you will ever have thanks to it's insane attention to detail.

He has two sons and the youngest went out on his own and started his own restaurant which is an almost exact replica of the shop in Ginza located in the Hibiya subway station. The only difference is that Jiro is left handed and his son is right handed so they are symmetrical. The Roppongi location has 8 seats at the bar and two tables each with four chairs.

My friend Marc joked that the two tables were there for guests to wait while they were told to sit at the bar. The irony is thats exactly what the tables are there for.

The lunch course is 18,700 Yen and is the best meal you will ever have. It is very hard to get into the Ginza location so I highly suggest everybody to dine and support his sons location if you are in Tokyo and would like to have the best Sushi meal of your life. My favorite pieces were the Sea Eel, Sea Urchin (I typically hate sea urchin but this was unbelieveable), The Prawn, all of the Tuna pieces, and of course the Tamago (egg). The amount of detail and thought that goes into each piece is something that you need to indulge in yourself and not for me to spoil.

If you have watched the film then you understand the importance of the Tamago and the work that goes into perfectly making that finishing piece. At the end of the meal you are invited to take photos with the chefs and they have books on Jiro which are signed by the famous craftsmen himself.

My favorite part of the experience beyond the meal was this one instance which I will write about again.

The art of Modesty

Jiro's son Takashi has been mastering the art of Sushi for almost his entire life (Jiro started when he left home at age 7 and is now 90). So with a life long of Sushi and the fact that a copy of Jiro Ono's book was signed and purchased the question was asked of his son:

Would you mind signing a copy of this book for me?

His answer was as follows:

"You think because Jiro is my father and I am his son that I can sign the book next to his name but he is Master and I am nothing but a student still. I will not be able to honor your request."


Why Elon Musk is the Most Valuable Person in the World

If there is a will then there is a way. After spending what seems like countless days reading Tim Urban and Andrew Finns Wait But Whys latest feature on How and Why Spacex Will Colonize Mars detailing with in depth precision everything from how cool it was to go to the Moon in the 60's and how excitement has waned to the most important part of the piece and why Elon Musk is the most valuable person in the world.

We are doomed. Well maybe not us today but humanity in our time here on planet earth will one day succumb to one of four possible doomsday situations. When that time comes if we have colonized and made life on a different planet then we can ensure the survival of our species.


There are people who set out to change the world but can't because of financial constraints. We have to wonder how many other people would be on missions to disrupt the world for the better if their initial successes took off as Musk's had.

Elons mission is a motivator to the entire world. He wants to give us a reason to get up in the morning and to be excited about life. Life is all about being positive and having our sights set on big goals. Saving humanity and guaranteeing our future is just one of the many huge bonuses of what SpaceX is doing and he is so damn passionate about it that he is holding off on going to Mars until he knows that without the slightest bit of uncertainty that SpaceX will carry on with out him in full capacity with people as passionate and strong willed as he.  

We all strive to be great and Musk is our Edison of today. The greatest man to ever live. Thousands of years if not millions the future will look back at this small period of time and talk about the man who saved humanity and ensured it's survival.

A whole new profound respect after reading the Wait But Why Novel on Space X and why it is so damn important. 

P.S.

If the Wait But Why Guys are reading this then shoot me a message and I will gladly donate a few hundred dollars to your cause to keep you blogging and have some other ideas for you.