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Ventures (pronounced “better”) stands for “Back To The Roots,” a phrase that encompasses the idea of creating a company that stands for sustainability, progress, and social responsibility. BTTR Ventures, formed by two innovative and passionate business majors from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, aims to turn one of the largest waste streams in America – the tons of coffee ground waste generated daily – into a highly-demanded, nutritious, and valuable food product: specialty mushrooms. Beyond the unique approach of using trash to produce a valuable product, the group is focused on using this idea to change the way business is done. Not only will this initiative create a healthy food source, but it will also provide urban jobs, prevent thousands of tons of valuable substrate from being dumped into landfills, and donate a substantial portion of its profit back into the communities from which the coffee ground waste originated. This idea can lift up the images of all parties involved and will contribute to revolutionizing the standard way of doing business, directly impacting our economy and changing the world. We have recently secured distribution into all 26 Whole Foods in the Bay Area – creating a closed-loop system in their stores by collecting their Allegro coffee and selling the mushrooms grown on their “waste” a few yards away from their specialty coffee store. Furthermore, we have partnered with Peet’s at the national level which allows us to collect coffee from all of their stores. Selected as finalists in the BBC/Newsweek World Challenge 2009 and recognized in BusinessWeek’s annual entrepreneurship competition, the venture is already getting noticed for its innovation and focus on revolutionizing the standard way of doing business. Our Goal: Our goal is to offer an excellent opportunity for job-seekers interested in gaining hands-on start-up, management, and social entrepreneurship experience in the field of urban agriculture, and environment sciences/agriculture. We are offering the chance to work in a unique, challenging, and creative setting amongst other motivated and passionate individuals. Our company offers an exciting and challenging environment committed to the success of an individual interested in becoming a strategic and creative thinker who is willing to push the bounds of traditional business. Our company is aiming to revolutionize the way we think about business – turning trash into cash, in order to provide people food and employment. The Team:
BTTR Ventures founding and management team is comprised of two highly qualified Cal alums who are part equity stake owners of the company: • Alejandro Velez. In addition to founding a 350+ member non-profit organization, The Sage Mentorship Project, Inc. (www.sagementors.org), and being awarded the Chancellor’s 2009 Public Service Award, Mather Good Citizen Award, and being named the 2009 Cal Alumni Association Undergraduate of the Year, Alex Velez has worked as a summer financial analyst at various financial services institutions and telecom company including Citigroup, UBS, Morgan Stanley, and Qualcomm, Inc. During the summer of 2008, Alex worked for Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division – Media & Telecom in New York and has deferred a full-time analyst offer until July 2010 with Credit Suisse’s LatAm Coverage Group in New York. Alex is a May 2009 summa cum laude graduate of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business with a degree in business administration and a minor in education. He has been recognized with various awards and scholarships, including the Financial Executives International (FEI) Merit Scholarship, and is on a fullscholarship by the CFA Institute to complete the Certified Financial Analyst curriculum of which he is currently a CFA Level II candidate. In addition, he taught a finance course attended by 50+ people (Comprehensive Introduction to Investment Management) at the Haas School of Business. Alex is also a proud cancer (Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) survivor. Nikhil Arora. Nikhil Arora, a Phi Beta Kappa scholar, is a May 2009 summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, from the Haas School of Business and Department of Political Science. Additionally, from 2008-2009, he served as President of Alpha Epsilon Zeta (www.aezinc.org), a growing professional fraternity on campus. Nikhil has spent time involved in business development with Raymond James Financial, sales and finances with InfoTechnik Consulting, operations advisory with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and deal flow analysis for the Social Capital Index. He also spent nearly six months in 2007 at the University of Ghana, Legon working to design a profitable recycling program for the 30,000 person campus. In his spare time, Nikhil is an avid US Soccer and LA Galaxy fan, a travel enthusiast, and someone always on the look-out for quality, new music. Through the guidance of these two individuals as well as our various faculty and executive-level advisors, we will provide the resources to create the best opportunity to learn how to execute strategic business initiatives, manage team members, and successfully create valuable partnerships. Furthermore, as a growing start-up, if you prove to be an exceptional addition to the team, you will have the possibility of attaining options in this company. Job Description: As an intern in BTTR Ventures’ sales department, you will be responsible for coordinating tasks with other sales interns in established territories. You will also help generate and analyze reports with sales statistics to determine the sales potential of established and new markets. And most importantly, monitor the preferences and behavior of customers to meet the team’s quotas and goals. Qualifications: Candidates must have strong writing and speaking skills, a positive attitude and an eagerness to learn. Candidates must be outgoing, personable, creative, independent thinkers with an open mind for new business related experiences. The ability to see projects through from creation to implementation is a key component to internship
responsibilities. We do not require prior experience or training in sales, agriculture, financial services, VC firms or start-up’s. Requirements: • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with others • Desire to work in a fast-paced start-up company • Excellent communication skills • Strong drive for perfection and attention to detail • Keen analytic thinking • Valid driver’s license • Management skills recommended (but not required) • Ability to assist and encourage others to buy products recommended (but not required) The advantages you will gain: If you have passion for changing the world and believe you can do so through business, then joining BTTR Ventures is the perfect launching pad for your career. Through this program you will gain the experience of working on a fast growing company with lots of future opportunities, and according to your performance, might the opportunity to earn commission on sales. Moreover, besides acquiring great sales knowledge, we will help you in areas of communication, negotiation, market research, and relationship management. Meanwhile, working alongside a hardworking, devoted group will give you the opportunity to create new connections for the future. Some of the responsibilities include: • • • • • Meet sales quota; Generate sales reports; Generate market research reports; Create detailed performance sheet that will be submitted to the founders; Utilizing creative ways to enhance brand awareness of the company amongst customers;
Please email your resumes with a cover letter to: Careers@BTTRVentures.com
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