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July 26, 2011 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
KEVIN McELROY won't speak with me on the phone. So I've been unable to ask this very important businessman a question: Does he give a damn about the Philadelphia wedding disaster he's unleashed on Brett Condon and Rob Zahorchak? Condon, 28, and Zahorchak, 31, were supposed to marry on Saturday, Sept. 24, aboard the Philadelphia Belle - the restaurant/catering paddleboat, docked at Penn's Landing, that opened with dazzle in December. The couple paid their entire $18,998 Belle bill on June 29, two months before it was due. That's because Brett, a new attorney at the Center City law firm Weber Gallagher, and Rob, a manager with GameStop, "scrimped and saved, and the cash was in the bank.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2011 | By Michael Liedtke, Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. cofounder Larry Page is known for his vision, passion, and intelligence. Yet there is concern that his other known traits - aloofness, a rebellious streak, and an affinity for pursuing wacky ideas - might lead the company astray. Page takes over as chief executive officer Monday as fast-rising rivals and tougher regulators threaten Google's growth. Investors used to Google's consistency in exceeding financial targets worry that new leadership will bring more emphasis on long-term projects that take years to pay off. And many people are not sure he has enough management skills to steer the Internet's most powerful company.
NEWS
May 25, 2012 | Ronnie Polaneczky
"OBVIOUSLY, this is a really cool thing," says Ryan Rubino. "We'll want to do something to celebrate. But we'll wait a few weeks, out of respect for our friends. Because this is bittersweet. " Bittersweet, indeed, that San Francisco's iconic eatery Fior D'Italia went belly-up on Tuesday after 126 years of serving calamari, osso buco and gnocchi to hungry masses. Fior d'Italia, founded in 1886, is no longer America's oldest Italian restaurant. That oven-hot torch has now passed to Ralph's, on South 9th Street near Catharine, founded in 1900 by Rubino's great-great-grandparents Francesco and Catherine Dispigno.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2012 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
When Brian and Sharon Squires got into the coupon business more than 20 years ago, Internet shopping didn't exist; neither did TLC's Extreme Couponing and its homage to bargain hunting. Actually, coupons were a rather dull affair, mostly black-and-white clippings from the newspaper, or slightly snazzier versions crammed into envelopes that showed up in the mail. The Squireses - sweethearts since their days at Northeast High School and then at Temple University (Class of '79)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2011 | By Gregory Thomas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Part of Polly Chung's morning routine, while sipping her coffee, is to peruse the 100 or so daily e-mail alerts that stream into her in-box each night. They come from Groupon, LivingSocial, and dozens of other deal-a-day websites offering hefty discounts at nearby businesses that bank on a consumer's compulsion to seize a good deal before time runs out. More often than not, Chung, a middle-aged New Yorker, buys something - two-for-one movie tickets or maybe a visit to the acupuncturist - and adds it to a spreadsheet she created to track the hundreds of deals she's purchased.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Former Comcast Corp. CFO Michael Angelakis, now running a $4 billion Comcast-backed investment fund, made his first big bet Monday with a $250 million investment in battered online-deals site Groupon. Angelakis will join the Groupon board as part of the transaction, Groupon said. Angelakis, Comcast's former chief financial officer and vice chairman, launched Atairos earlier this year, with offices in New York and Bryn Mawr. Comcast has agreed to fund Atairos with $4 billion. Atairos will be purchasing $250 million in senior notes that are due in 2022 and can initially be converted into Groupon shares at $5.40 a share, Groupon said Monday.
FOOD
August 11, 2011
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: C.L.: I heard Night Market in Mount Airy was awesome. I was so jealous not to taste the artisan pizzas from Nomad's REO Speedwagon pizza truck that I took a road trip to Nomad's home base in Hopewell, N.J. Nomad, for folks who don't know, is opening a branch in Philly in October, in the former Horizons space at Seventh and Bainbridge. Based on my visit, I am S-T-O-K-E-D! Across from a postcard-perfect white church, this little clapboard building is like a dreamy pizzeria chapel.
NEWS
March 15, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thanks to virtual cows, online coupons and other digital culture storms, two more Wharton School of Business alums have joined the ranks of the world's billionaires, according to Forbes magazine's annual list. The two are also in cahoots - even though their academic stints in West Philadelphia didn't overlap. Mark Pincus, Class of '88, is the mastermind behind the so-called "Google of games," a San Francisco firm called Zynga now worth $5 billion to $7 billion, says Forbes. Not too shabby for being four years old. A big chunk of the throttle-money - $180 million - came from Russia's Yuri Milner, who studied at Wharton in the early 1990s, and has since become a major money man in the digital world.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
Erin Branche spins a few times a week at Flywheel , but she looks forward to the opening of the Center City SoulCycle . Before a swank event, you'll find her at Blo-Out for a bouncing and behaving hairstyle. Central Nails is Branche's go-to mani-pedi spot. And not only does Branche meet her beauty and exercise needs à la carte; as the owner of Lash Bash, a Rittenhouse Square salon specializing in eyelash extensions, she's in the lifestyle niche-filling business, too. "It's 100 percent how I live my life," Branche, 32, said of her piecemeal yet upscale approach.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Comcast's new chief financial officer, Mike Cavanagh, knocked it out of the ballpark with compensation in 2015 of $40.6 million. He officially began his job as CFO on July 1. A former New York banking executive, Cavanagh earned more than Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts, who was compensated $36.2 million, and NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke, with $33.7 million, according to the cable giant's regulatory filing, made Friday. Based on its national rankings, Bloomberg News said Cavanagh was the best-paid chief financial officer in the United States.
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