Haidar Barbouti: A Real Estate Torchbearer

Haidar Barbouti is the kind of guy who can be defined as a savior and sustainer. The Houston-based real estate developer wears many hats. He doubles up as a manager as well as a broker at Highland Village.
Barbouti has always been at the forefront in transforming Highland Village into a major business center. Since most companies are always looking for a location with tourists, established businesses, and locals, Barbouti has strived to develop Highland Village to this level. How does he do it?
He only chooses unique and focused clients with ideas that are beneficial to the center. He also asserts that tenants must work for improvement rather than degradation; perhaps the most hilarious definitions Barbouti gives Highland village is that it has a “soul”, which should be cared for.
Highland village was established during the mid 1940s. Before then, the land was deserted. The only activity practiced on it was agriculture.
Another major setback was that most Houston inhabitant concentrated in the Heights and the East. It was bad for business. However, the development of River Oaks and Westheimer sparked a new life into Highland Village.
Between the early 1960s and 1970s Highland Village was sold to a New York based firm and then to some Houston investors before it was finally sold to Barbouti. Since then, it has stayed a notch higher than everyone else.
Many people have congratulated Hadar Barbouti on his efforts and they have not been shy to speak their mind.
One of such individuals is Jim Adams, an executive vice president of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and a descendant of the late S.N. Adams, one of the founders of Highland Village.
S.N Adams also founded the Highland Village subdivisions and Oak Estates that are located on both sides of Highland village.
It is also important to note that the name “Highland” was adopted because S.N Adams was Scottish.
The wide variety of architectural designs at Highland Village also brings about an interesting look. Buildings from all periods of history stand at all corners.
As more visitors trickled in, parking demands grew. Barbouti was forced to build a parking garage at the back of valet parking stations and P.F Chang’s.
Barbouti states that the area, together with its surrounding, has greatly changed. Likewise, retailers have not stayed the same. They now consider every detail of the environment before they can comfortably settle in.

Free Mobile Coverage is Coming to Europe

Mobile data plans have gotten cheaper as the market for smartphones has expanded, but they are still a major cost for some families. Freedompop is a new take on the cell phone data market that is looking to change that. They offer free mobile data and service on their sim card based plans. The catch? Freedompop follows the model of many apps by providing the basic functional product for free, but charging for the addons.

If you are someone who uses their phone sparingly, and doesn’t particularly care about having the most up to date phone all the time then you should take a look into Freedompop. The communications company provides users with a sim card and an account with 200 minutes of calling, 200 texts, and 200 MB of data monthly. The plan is not much for most teens, but for many adults who simply need to be able to take calls and check their email it can ease a great financial burden. Users can purchase additional data and minutes as they need it. Freedompop also offers the ability to purchase extra lines or roll over unused data to the next month. Freedompop’s plans do not come with smartphones, but the company does sell all manner of mobile devices that are compatible with their products.

In the U.S., Freedompop works on the mobile networks of Sprint and Clearwire to give users a good network of coverage. After their successful launch in 2011, its founders Stephen Stokols and Steven Sesa are currently working on bringing the service to Europe. They intend to follow the same business model on the new continent but are adding in free international calling and no roaming to their new plans. The international sim will be available in the UK, Spain, and France initially, but it will be expanding to over 20 different countries when the launch is completed. Freedompop is working alongside Three’s Spectrum to provide their European data coverage.

Forget About Making $15 an Hour at 2 Bros. Pizza

With all the talk about workers across this country trying to get the government to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour, you might not want to hold your breath if you work at 2 Bros. Pizza. The pizza joint has been proudly serving $1 slices to their adoring fans for years, and feels that they have little chance of survival if they were forced to pay employees the requested $15 per hour.

As a matter of fact, if you are working at 2 Bros. Pizza today, you are not even making minimum wage, regardless of how many hours you put in each week. Staff who have worked the pizza chain say that they have been serving these slices to New York customers for up to 60 – 70 hours a week, and barely making $450 each week. If the math is correct, that comes to well below the stand minimum wage for the state, for any state.

Folks at FreedomPop agree that the argument can be viewed from either side of the table in this particular case. On one side you have the worker who is pushing hard each day to pay the bills and make ends meet, working well over forty hours without even overtime pay. But on the other hand, the company tells their employees in advance what the rate of pay to serve $1 pizza is, and in order to provide this service they need to keep costs to a minimum where they can.