About four years ago, Long Beach resident Jeff Boverman adopted a dog—a rescue dog that he called “puppy.” One fateful morning, he opened the door to his home to get equipment, and the dog escaped, running “helter skelter,” as Boverman put it.
After a trip to India in January, Cal State Long Beach graduate Gaurav Bhattacharya and Saumya Bhatnagar dropped everything to co-found Involve (previously named Glipped), a software application that seeks to match businesses with nonprofits and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), eliminating traditional overhead costs associated with corporate philanthropy and, essentially, giving millennials what they want.
The concept of the Brass Lamp, a bar with a coffee shop atmosphere, seems like something that would have had people lining up to help. Unfortunately, this was only partially true.
When his girlfriend called him, Christopher Albert couldn’t believe the news. It was September 11, 2001 and two planes had slammed into the iconic World Trade Center buildings in New York; the United States was under attack.