Now Visit Apple in Vienna!

Dow 30 component Apple (AAPL) revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to “leaving the world better than they found it.”

Apple announced recently that Apple® Kärntner Straße, Apple’s first store in Austria, opened Saturday, February 24 in the heart of Vienna. Nestled on the famous pedestrian shopping street between St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Vienna State Opera, the store’s 150 employees invites visitors to experience the creative sessions and services offered in Apple Stores around the world.

Apple® Kärntner Straße was designed with the original heritage building in mind, the two-level store features a corner entrance and reinstated exposed columns with large window openings that seamlessly connect it to the public gathering space outside. The highly knowledgeable employees together speak 44 languages and are ready to serve international customers.

Visitors can participate in free Today at Apple℠ sessions every day focused on photography, coding and app development, music, art and design, and more in The Forum. The diverse programs include Quick Start and How To sessions, Music Labs and Studio Hours, all led by Apple Creatives, the store’s experts in liberal arts. Interactive Photo Walks and Sketch Walks take participants outside the store to explore nearby sites in the city while learning new skills.

Programs are designed to serve all in the community, including sessions specifically for educators and children, such as Kids Hour on Saturdays. Entrepreneurs and app developers interested in hands-on training and advice can meet with Apple team members in the Boardroom for customized support.

Customers looking to simply try out Apple products can explore the entire line in the store and learn more from the store team at any time. New owners can get help customizing their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Mac with Personal Setup and users can work side by side with Geniuses at the Genius Bar when looking for technical support and advice. Additionally, the Apple Store app is a personalized guide to the best support options from Apple and another way to get connected with an expert.

I am an Apple product fan and live in and work in San Francisco so we get a bit of this experience at their stores in The City, but I would just as soon grab a ticket to experience this new store in Vienna, a town that is truly vibrant, beautiful and rich with history.

Learn more about Apple and track its ongoing progress at Vista Partners Apple (AAPL) Coverage Page.

Apple Opens its First Store in Austria Saturday

Apple® Kärntner Straße, Apple’s first store in Austria, will open Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the heart of Vienna. Nestled on the famous pedestrian shopping street between St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Vienna State Opera, the store’s 150 employees will invite visitors to experience the creative sessions..

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Minneapolis-based General Mills’s ~$8B Purchase of Natural Pet Food Maker

 Minneapolis-based General Mills (NYSE: GIS) will further diversify its business as it is purchasing natural pet food maker Blue Buffalo  (Nasdaq: BUFF)  in a ~$8 billion dollar cash deal or at $40/share according to a breaking Reuters story today.  This will be General Mills first push in the fastest growing category in the pet food market.

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General Mills to buy pet food maker Blue Buffalo in $8 billion deal

General Mills’ offer price of $40 per Blue Buffalo share represents a premium of 17.2 percent to Blue Buffalo’s Thursday closing price. Blue Buffalo’s shares were higher at $39.88 in premarket trading. The deal, which marks Minneapolis-based General Mills’ entry into the pet food business..

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Caterpillar Contributes to Utah’s Cleaner Mountain Air

Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT) is the world’s chief manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engines, construction and mining equipment, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives. Caterpillar, Inc. works to make sustainable progress possible and contributes to driving positive change on every continent.

A 76-year-old power plant in The City of Provo, Utah was recently replaced with a new one that is powered by five Cat G3520H natural gas generators. This new power plant, which is significantly cleaner that its former, will provide peak power to six municipalities in the Utah Valley Area.

Reducing emissions put off by power plants helps to make the air cleaner for over a million Utah Residents. The slopes and valleys of mountains tend to create a bowl effect and trap pollutants near the valley floor of mountains which can lead to increased coughing and asthma attacks among residents

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Breathing Cleaner Mountain Air in Utah


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Would You Like to Know “The Simple Path To Wealth?”

Here’s an interesting read called “The Simple Path To Wealth” by JL Collins that brings forth some straightforward advice for building and maintaining wealth throughout your life.

This book grew out of a series of letters to his daughter concerning various things—mostly about money and investing—she was not yet quite ready to hear.

Since money is the single most powerful tool we have for navigating this complex world we’ve created, understanding it is critical.

“But Dad,” his daughter once said, “I know money is important. I just don’t want to spend my life thinking about it.”  Most people have better things to do with their precious time. Bridges to build, diseases to cure, treaties to negotiate, mountains to climb, technologies to create, children to teach, businesses to run. Unfortunately, benign neglect of things financial leaves you open to the charlatans of the financial world. The people who make investing endlessly complex, because if it can be made complex it becomes more profitable for them, more expensive for us, and we are forced into their waiting arms.

Here’s an important truth: Complex investments exist only to profit those who create and sell them. Not only are they more costly to the investor, they are less effective.

The simple approach JL Collins created for her is not only easy to understand and implement, it is more powerful than any other. See the link below to learn more and to consider purchasing.


Disney’s Black Panther Rules Wakanda & Beyond!

Unless you have been on assignment to another planet or someplace that you could not get a connection, you have probably heard about Marvel Studios’ New blockbuster superhero movie “Black Panther”,  which follows “T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. “Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.”

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hit theatres on February 16, 2018, and by Tuesday had already hit $263 million in sales. Could we see “Avatar” like numbers from this picture? Time will tell but it certainly feels like it has that type of hype and buy in.

Note, that Marvel Studios, LLC (originally known as Marvel Films from 1993 to 1996) is an American motion picture studio based at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California and is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, itself a wholly owned division of The Walt Disney Company (DIS).

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‘Black Panther’ Breaks More Box Office Records With $21M Tuesday, $263M Cume

‘Black Panther’ is just days away from passing the $300 million domestic mark…

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Chevron Resumes Drilling in Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI)

Chevron recently confirmed that it has resumed drilling in the Kurdistan region of Iraq (KRI). Drilling had been originally suspended in October 2017 post an independence referendum that ignited issues between Baghdad & the semi-autonomous area’s government.

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Chevron restarts drilling in Kurdistan region of Iraq (Feb 19)

U.S. oil company Chevron Corp on Monday said it had resumed drilling operations in the Kurdistan region of Iraq (KRI). “Chevron can confirm that it has resumed its activities in the KRI and we have restarted drilling operations at our Sarta 3 well,” Chevron spokeswoman Sally Jones said..

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Study Shows Aerobic & Resistance Exercise Serves Breast Cancer Survivors

Researchers from USC recently reported their study of breast cancer survivors showed that aerobic and resistance exercise produced significant improvements in cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes & possibly breast cancer recurrence.

Atossa Genetics (NasdaqCM: ATOS) is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics and delivery methods for breast cancer and other breast conditions. Recently, Vista Partners Published a FREE Research Report on Atossa Genetics (ATOS). DOWNLOAD the Vista Partners FREE Report at


Breast Cancer Survivors Improve Health Through Aerobic, Resistance Exercise, USC Study Suggests

Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) show that patients who underwent aerobic and resistance training three times a week had a significant improvement in factors associated with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and possibly breast cancer recurrence…

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Dow Brings Home the Win With Austin Dillon At The Daytona 500

The Dow Chemical Company is a part of the DowDupont Holding Company (DWDP), a business that is focused on agriculture, materials science and specialty product sectors that will lead their respective industries through productive, science-based innovation to meet the needs of customers and help solve global challenges.

Austin Dillon, NASCAR driver of the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, made it to victory lane at the legendary Daytona 500 on Sunday. The Dow Chemical Company sponsor’s the No. 3 car and also partners with the Richard Childress Racing team. The pair works together to develop new technologies for the race track that are tested by Austin Dillon. Dillon’s remarkable win on Sunday demonstrated the power of the combination of advanced materials, technology manufacturing, and in-lab on-track testing are the true force behind the science of speed.

Dow’s partnership with Richard Childress Racing allows the company to apply its technologies to one of the most extreme transportation conditions- the race track- in hopes of ensuring the best delivery to the real world. Collaborations like these help produce incredible research and further the development of innovative solutions both in and beyond the transportation market.

Dow has been with me since the beginning of my Cup career – I’m very thankful for that and I’ll never forget it – and we just brought them a win. I said after my first win that nothing could beat it, but this does.” -Austin Dillon, No. 3 Dow Chevrolet NASCAR driver

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Austin Dillon Drives the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to Victory Lane at the Daytona 500


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HighTower Advisors’ David Pottruck to Retire From Intel Board of Directors

Intel Corporation (INTC) seeks to expand the boundaries of technology to provide the most amazing experience possible while it designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology globally.

Intel Corporation announced the retirement of Board of Directors member David S. Pottruck. Pottruck informed Intel that he would not run for re-election at the company’s 2018 Annual Stockholder’s Meeting. David Pottruck has been a member of Intel Corporation’s Board of Directors since 1998. Pottruck will remain a director until his current term expires at the 2018 Annual Stockholder’s Meeting.

“We are grateful for Dave’s many years of service to the board and wish him continued success in his future endeavors.” – Andy Bryant, Intel Chairman

David S. Pottruck is the Chairman of HighTower Advisors, a wealth management firm that he helped launch in 2008. He serves on the Board of Directors of Intel Corporation and, in addition, he is on the Board of Directors of several early-stage companies, including CorpU, a 21st-century corporate leadership development organization, where he is chairman.

Dave joined The Charles Schwab Corporation in 1984 as Executive Vice President of Marketing and led its innovative direct response advertising campaigns. Under his marketing leadership from 1984 to 1987, when the company went public, Schwab’s revenues tripled in size. He became Schwab’s President in 1992, co-CEO with Chuck Schwab in 1998, and CEO in 2002.

Dave previously co-authored the international bestseller Clicks and Mortar: Passion Driven Growth in an Internet Driven World with Terry Pearce. Dave currently teaches an award-winning course on “Leading Breakthrough Change” at the Wharton School.

Now he has published “STACKING THE DECK: Leading Breakthrough Change Against Any Odds”, synthesizes his 20+ years of experience at Charles Schwab, to help take change from inception to implementation. “Never one to go it alone”, he is joined on this book by twelve of the boldest change leaders in business, including Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and JetBlue CEO Dave Barger. Click on the link below to learn more about this book at Amazon.


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Intel Announces David Pottruck to Retire from Board of Directors


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Vista Partners Quote of the Day via Internet Entrepreneur Tony Hsieh

Vista Partners Quote of the Day is “Whatever you’re thinking. think bigger.” — Tony Hsieh

Tony Hsieh is an American internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is the CEO of the online shoe and clothing shop Zappos, which is owned by Amazon (AMZN). Prior to joining Zappos, Hsieh co-founded the internet advertising network LinkExchange, which he sold to Microsoft (MSFT) in 1999 for $265 million.

We are having a beautiful President’s day today in San Francisco and we hope that you are too.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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