Tiger Woods is famous for becoming the greatest golfer of the modern era, but what he isn’t known for humor. Well, not until Thursday’s game at the Presidents Cup.Apparently Woods was so funny that his partner, Matt Kuchar calls him Carlton after the character Carlton Banks – Will Smith’s nerdy cousin in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”“I figured this guy was the perfect Carlton,” said Kuchar with Woods standing next to him.“Thank you very much,” Woods replied, with a smile.They’re so committed to the “Fresh Prince” bit that they even greeted each other–in front of cameras–doing the handshake that best friends Will and Jazz did when greeting each other on the show. Watch their rendition of it below.“I thought there was something a little extra,” Kuchar said. “Something fun to do. Baseball high-fives look like a lot of fun but look a little too complicated, so we went old-school with the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air — a little snap-back after you slap hands.”Kuchar went on to say:“It’s fun. I figure he’s kind of like Carlton, and we really had a good time doing it out there.”Watch how Smith and Jazz actually did the handshake in the video below.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. After getting his PhD in applied physics at Stanford, Alex Lidow spent 30 years at International Rectifier (IR), a publicly traded chip company founded by his father Eric Lidow back in the 1940s.Alex pioneered IR’s power management technology, co-authored the core-patents on which its business was built, became co-CEO with his brother, Derek, in 1995, and ran the company solo after Derek left to found market research firm iSupply in 1999.Alex grew the company to over $1 billion in sales until 2007, when he was ousted in a board coup, along with most of his management team. To make matters worse, the board had frozen all his stock and he was going through a divorce.With his finances tied up and his reputation turned toxic, Alex knew no one would hire him or fund his ideas, so he had no choice but to figure out how to thread that impossibly narrow needle.Against all odds, Lidow somehow managed to bootstrap a new semiconductor company, Efficient Power Conversion (EPC), based on a new technology, Gallium Nitride (GaN), that Lidow believed could compete with and someday surpass silicon as the basis for electronic devices.Today, EPC’s GaN technology can be found in a laundry list of hot new applications: 4G LTE base-stations, self-driving cars, augmented reality headsets, high intensity LED lights, tablet computers, wireless power charging, and even an XRAY pill you can simply swallow instead of going through the agony of a colonoscopy.The company counts Apple, Google and Microsoft among its more than 700 customers around the world. And EPC has achieved the Holy Grail of the chip industry by making GaN technology both higher performance and lower cost than traditional silicon transistors.How did Lidow, now 61, pull off this miracle? In a wide-ranging interview, he told me that “having no money forces you to make good decisions.”Personally, I think he’s selling himself short. Lidow struck me as being almost naively optimistic and extraordinarily creative at finding novel solutions to seemingly impossible problems. That, to me, is a pretty killer entrepreneurial one-two punch. Alex also offered plenty of savvy advice for bootstrapping and scaling a startup:Make the supply chain as frictionless as possible.The key is to plug into existing infrastructure so you can scale with minimal capital, development and training. Besides saving a lot of cash, there are also fewer distractions. EPC’s GaN technology uses existing, under-utilized silicon factories that require virtually no new capital, processes or trained people. That’s huge.Related: Disruption Is More Than the Buzzword It’s BecomeTake advantage of a virtual workforce.Most of EPC’s employees work from home at least some of the time. Since top high-tech talent is spread all over the world, it’s easier to allow employees to work from home than to try to convince them to move to L.A. Interesting that a practice denounced by Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer has been such a positive factor for EPC.Make “lean” part of your company DNA.In a day and age of high-flying, high-spending, high-tech unicorns, EPC has managed to maintain a lean mentality. Its offices are humble and its executive team, including Lidow, flies coach. And virtual offices have lower overhead costs, as well.Related: 5 Ways the ‘Lean’ Approach Can Help Your Startup GrowHire slowly, and only top people.Startups are all about growth, these days. Everyone’s trying to grow quickly, and with that comes the temptation to hire quickly. In reality, nothing runs a startup into the ground faster than making bad hiring decisions. EPC has taken its time in hiring only the best people, even when that meant being short-handed for a while.Indeed, industry-leading companies like Apple and Google place an extremely high priority on hiring the best talent that fit their unique culture. On the flipside, Parker Conrad, founding CEO of health insurance startup Zenefits, was forced to resign last month because he prioritized growth over compliance procedures and internal controls.Related: Rules for Hiring a Startup Team That Believes in Your BrandBy any measure, Lidow has had a pretty rough time of it and somehow managed to come out on top. But as I often say, adversity builds great leaders. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see Lidow realize his dream of “crushing silicon with GaN.” If he does, it wouldn’t be in spite of the hardships he’s endured, but because of them. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. March 16, 2016
Share Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Palladium Hotel Group ready to unveil the new TRS Cap Cana on Nov. 1 Tags: Dominican Republic, Palladium Hotel Group, Palladium Hotels & Resorts, TRS Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Palladium Hotel Group is expanding its upscale TRS Hotel brand with the opening of the TRS Cap Cana Hotel, a new adults-only resort property in the D.R.The resort will open Nov. 1 with 115 luxury suites, 39 swim-up junior suites, nine ocean view suites and one ambassador suite. There are also two pools with waiter service, an extensive gym and Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness, as well as a personal butler and 24-hour room service.SuiteThe site is currently undergoing renovations prior to its Nov. 1 opening in order to convey the elegance and cutting-edge design of the TRS Hotel brand, say Palladium Hotel Group reps. The all-inclusive property is about 10 minutes from Punta Cana Airport.Two à la carte restaurants will be on site: Gaucho, offering Argentinian specialties; and an informal Japanese à la carte restaurant offering street food specialties.PoolsTRS Cap Cana will also offer TRS Hotels brands’ Helios beach club, billed as a fresh and stylish dining experience inspired by the famous beach clubs of Ibiza. Other culinary features include two show cooking restaurants, a coffee shop, and four premium bars including the Gaia pool bar and the Gravity Sky Lounge Bar.LobbyNearby diversions include the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course Punta Espada, eco-tourism adventures, international fishing tournaments, luxury yachting charters, polo fields and natural theme park Scape Park.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe TRS Cap Cana Hotel opening announcement comes at a time of growth for Palladium Hotel Group. The company plans to open two new properties in Costa Mujeres, Mexico in November 2018 – TRS Coral Hotel and Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa – as well as two new hotels in the BLESS Collection Hotels, opening in January and Summer 2019 in Madrid and Ibiza.In total TRS Hotels include TRS Turquesa Hotel (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic), TRS Yucatan Hotel (Riviera Maya, Mexico), and TRS Coral Hotel (Costa Mujeres, Mexico – opening November 2018). Travelweek Group