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From broom closet pizza man to billionaire CEO ; Drone taxi?! ; Portland, ME

"Sometimes you have to get rid of something that's good and tinker with something that's better." — John Schnatter
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Close your eyes and imagine: What does the highest level of success looks like? What I see is what these men and women are seeing with their eyes open! They make up the list of the world's billionaires (published this week). In today's newsletter, we highlight one of the 195 newcomers to the group, a pizza man who humbly started his business in a broom closet, proving that success has little to do with where you begin, but how you execute. — Ehab Zahriyeh, your newsletter editor

From broom closet baker to billionaire CEO 

The Forbes 2017 billionaires list released on Monday included a newcomer whose product many know well. Papa John's CEO, John Schnatter, currently with a net worth of $1 billion, started his pizza empire in the back of a bar in 1984 and has since expanded to 4,900 locations in 44 countries and territories.

"In 1991 I didn't have $2,000 to go on vacation. In 1994 the company was worth $200 million," Schnatter said in a CNBC interview. "We literally went from nothing to literally having a lot of blessings in a short period of time."

Schnatter has kept true to his company's slogan, refusing to buy cheaper ingredients in order to cut costs and up the company's stock. With a little grit, focusing on a good product and keeping your values consistent can pay off over time.

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Would you ride in a pilotless flying taxi?

For those of us without a pilot's license and $399,000 to spare on the first commercial flying car, all hail the EHANG184.

Chinese startup EHANG debuted the self-flying taxi in Dubai last July. The autonomous-flying drone with four rotors can carry one passenger and baggage over a 23-minute journey, at speeds of up to 63 miles per hour. The quadcopter has a fail-safe mechanism to land immediately if any mechanical issues arise.

"This is not only a model," said Mattar al-Tayer, head of Dubai's transportation agency to the Telegraph, "we have actually experimented with this vehicle flying in Dubai's skies." 

Passengers will be able to order a flying taxi via an app once designers and regulators nail safety and logistics. The idea of a quick-flight morning commute is pretty enticing.

No business card necessary: 3 alternative ways to ensure follow up

We all know how frustrating it is to send an email and never hear back. What's worse is having met the person without taking advantage of the moment—you didn't swap business cards. Don't get yourself in this bind. Try these three in-person approaches to be sure the conversation continues.

1. Get their business card. You don't want to share your card and then rely on the other person to get in touch. Having their information lets you be in control. 

2. Put a meeting on your calendars right then and there. You are already with each other. Prevent the inefficient back and forth of scheduling via email later.

3. Connect online on the spot. Social media can be even more valuable than contact information. "The digital dialogue not only showcases your expertise, but can also open the door to other connections to welcome into your network," 
writes Katie Devlin, a Millennial Corps ambassador at IBM. 

The bottom line, Devlin says: "While you can't rely on your resume to land a job, you shouldn't fall back on business cards to foster your network."

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Stop ignoring the northeast gem of Portland, Maine

 

Post written by Kayla Brizo, Forbes Product Owner. Follow her adventures on the Travelling Fool.

If you live in the Northeast like my family, chances are you've been to most of the go-to family roadtrip spots: Boston, Philly, D.C., Toronto. The list of reasonable places you can hit in the family mini-van goes on and on. What happens when you've exhausted that list? It's time to look a bit further, namely to Portland, Maine.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a bad version of Maine's most famous export. Don't miss out on a lobster roll from a local food truck.
Lighthouses speckle the entire coast, some of which can be reached by climbing across boulders to see where the lighthouse keepers lived.
The L.L. Bean store in nearby Freeport is open 24/7. This part shopping, part theme park let’s you try out their gear in an indoor bass pond before purchasing.
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