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How the creative minds behind Light City and Mr. Trash Wheel are helping Baltimore shine brighter

What Works

Even if you’ve never heard of What Works Studio, you may have danced in the brightly lit parade on night one of the Light City festival, or hopped on LED lily pads to see them change color in the night. Perhaps you opened your wallet on Giving Tuesday to help Baltimore raise $5.7 million in one day as part of the Bmore Gives More campaign. Or maybe you pass Mr. Trash Wheel, arguably the world’s most beloved trash interceptor, on your walk to work each morning. All of these game-changing, over-the-top projects have one thing in common: What Works Studio helped make them happen.

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A love of grass-fed beef (and beef-fueled travel) launched Dana Ehrlich’s entrepreneurial career

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Dana Ehrlich always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but spent his early career plugging away as an engineer and product manager at Intel. Then, while spending a semester abroad in Buenos Aires as part of a Dartmouth MBA program, he became obsessed with Argentine beef, and decided to combine his love of food and concern for environmental issues to become a grass-fed beef baron. Founded in 2005, his company, Verde Farms is growing fast and well on its way to fulfilling Ehrlich’s mission: to change the way Americans consume beef.

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Former POW Ralph Galati helps veterans become entrepreneurs

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In 1972, while serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, Ralph Galati was shot down and captured. He spent the next 14 months at the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison — the same place where senator and former presidential candidate John McCain was famously held. This horrible experience didn’t keep Galati from having a successful career at IBM. Today, he runs the St. Joseph's University (SJU) Office of Veterans Services, which encourages military veterans to launch their own businesses.

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Teads is working to make advertising sustainable for companies and less annoying for consumers

Teads

Teads is the leading company serving outstream video advertising, reaching 1.2 billion unique viewers worldwide, according to comScore’s Video Ad Ecosystem report. Teads reported $144 million in revenue in 2015, boasting organic growth of 50 percent year-over-year. Underlying all of Teads’ digital advertising solutions is the principle that the ad must be “entirely respectful of user choice.”

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How to predict the future of your business

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Great investors like Warren Buffett have earned their titles through their ability to predict the future of the market. With a little luck, and a lot of knowledge of what business professors call “value networks,” the future of business is easier to determine. Value networks are a system of businesses and service providers that work together to create value for their customers. ...

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How former U.N. peacekeeper Nick Clark is working to keep today’s soldiers safe

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Nick Clark has founded four companies, but first, he was a soldier. He served in the Defence Force of his native Australia, and later went on assignment in Cambodia as a U.N. Peacekeeper. Today, Clark leads Alexium, a company that develops chemical solutions with an emphasis on human and environmental health. As part of that mission, Clark and Alexium are working with the Department of Defense to make U.S. Army soldiers’ uniforms safer. Here, Clark discusses the lessons of his military career, and what it means to be a true entrepreneur.

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