AutoPreme helps car buyers find luxury accessories

first_imgTwo students at the USC Marshall School of Business aren’t waiting until graduation to start their own company. Sophomores Jonathan Lee and Kun Song have launched AutoPreme, a luxury car accessory startup company, and it has already taken off, raising $20,000 in sales in three months.For most undergraduate students, application of knowledge in the outside world does not begin until after graduation. Starting approximately one year ago during their freshman years, however, Lee and Song began brainstorming and developing a business concept based on their mutual love of cars. Through their research, Lee and Song discovered the grandiosity of the automobile industry: 1.3 million cars are sold per month in the United States alone. AutoPreme was officially launched in November 2015 in efforts to make a mark on the accessory sector of this already booming industry.“The car accessory business is dominated by a select few companies, who all produce similarly styled accessories,” Lee said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “AutoPreme is here to give consumers a real choice when shopping for car accessories. Our first product is our luxurious floor mats.”AutoPreme has already made a significant dent in the automobile accessory industry despite having only been out for three months. Within two weeks of the launch, AutoPreme had been selling five to 10 sets of floor mats a day for a variety of car models, with each set priced at $350-399. To date, AutoPreme has accumulated about $20,000 in sales with an advertising model centered around minor social media marketing in addition to accompanying features on several automobile blogs and forums.One of the company’s current areas of development is the production of different molds for the floor mats. Currently, AutoPreme produces molds for different models of Mercedes Benz, Porsche and Hyundai vehicles. Additionally, in an effort to expand the types of floor mat, consumers are encouraged to send AutoPreme an email with the year, brand and model of their unlisted vehicle to purchase a custom mold.Moreover, Lee and Song have taken the necessary steps toward garnering the support needed to further the success of their company and have focused their attentions toward raising funds to expand their company.“Currently, we are in the process of finalizing our crowdfunding campaign and are not taking orders. We will be launching a campaign through KickStarter. Through the funding, we will be able to expand our customizable range, bringing in more molds and colors,” Lee said. “We even auditioned for Shark Tank last week and hope to expand our company through it.”AutoPreme’s vision does not end there, though. Lee and Song have crafted their mats out of a substance they call PremeLeather, a waterproof, anti-oil, acid and scratch material perfect for the floor of a car.Additionally, Lee and Song have incorporated an aspect of humanitarianism into their brand, something they are hoping to increase the appeal of AutoPreme as the company expands in the future.“We are passionate toward the responsibility of saving our environment and natural resources and are proud to announce our sponsorship for the [World Wildlife Fund],” Lee said. “For every AutoPreme floor mat order, we will donate $5 back to the World Wildlife Fund.”last_img read more

Volleyball: Wisconsin rides 17-set win streak to No. 16 Illinois

first_imgRiding high amid an eight-game winning streak, the Wisconsin volleyball team can seemingly do nothing wrong.In a week that saw them sweep two Big Ten foes, extending their set winning streak to 17, three Badgers were awarded with Player of the Week honors.Sophomore Kelli Bates was named the Co-Player of the Week, junior Lauren Carlini was honored as the Setter of the Week and Tionna Williams was named Freshman of the Week.Head coach Kelly Sheffield reflected on the team’s successful week at his news conference Monday.“I think we had a pretty good week, individually, with some players,” Sheffield said. “I thought Kelli Bates had a monster week and I think her hard work is starting to pay off and show a little bit in her all-around game. Her and Taylor Morey have really been working hard at their ball control. They’ve been coming in early in the mornings, and I don’t think there was any coincidence that our last four matches have probably been our best passing matches of the season.”No. 11 Wisconsin (20-6, 12-4 Big Ten) is peaking at the right time and will look to push its unbeaten streak to nine as they travel to Champaign to take on No. 16 Illinois (18-9, 9-7).The Badgers and Fighting Illini faced off earlier this year, with Wisconsin winning 3-1 to secure its first Big Ten victory Sept. 30.Volleyball: Badgers drop Fighting Illini in four setsThe Wisconsin volleyball team can finally chalk up a conference victory in the win column. After losing three straight games Read…That match saw junior Romana Kriskova break out and lead the team with 15 kills, and the Badgers could use another solid performance from her as she has fallen under the radar in recent weeks.“I’m not worried about [Kriskova],” Sheffield said. “She hasn’t put up great numbers in the past few matches, but truthfully some of that might have to do with the coaches rather than her. I think when we get right down to it she is going to be somebody we will be able to count on.”The Badgers know they have a major opportunity in front of them this week as they play against two top-20 teams that they may face deep in the NCAA tournament. The opportunity to make a lasting impression on the selection committee is not lost on the team.“We’re excited about this week,” Sheffield said. “We’ve got two teams that are not just top-20 teams, but they’re two teams that you could be facing that second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, if we’re fortunate to still be playing, caliber of teams that you could be squared off against to try to make a run to the Final Four.”The Badgers take on the Fighting Illini 8 p.m. Wednesday and the match will be televised on the Big Ten Network.last_img read more

Super Bowl MVP winners: Who has won the award most in NFL history?

first_imgIn the history of the Super Bowl there have been only five players to receive the game’s Most Valuable Player award more than once, and all of them are quarterbacks. In fact, quarterbacks have won the award 28 times.The Patriots’ Tom Brady (four Super Bowl MVP awards), of course, is on the list of players with multiple Super Bowl MVP awards, along with Bart Starr (2), Terry Bradshaw (2), Joe Montana (3) and Eli Manning (2). Brady broke a tie with Montana when he won his fourth MVP award in Super Bowl 51.  MORE: Ranking the Super Bowl MVPs | Biggest whiffsThe award has been won by the winning team’s quarterback in nine of the last 12 seasons. The three non-QBs over the past 12 years? That would be Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes, Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, Broncos linebacker Von Miller and Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman.Here’s a list of every player to win Super Bowl MVP: Super Bowl MVPsYearSuper BowlMVPTeamPos1967IBart StarrPackersQB1968IIBart Starr (2)PackersQB1969IIIJoe NamathJetsQB1970IVLen DawsonChiefsQB1971VChuck HowleyCowboysLB1972VIRoger StaubachCowboysQB1973VIIJake ScottDolphinsS1974VIIILarry CsonkaDolphinsRB1975IXFranco HarrisSteelersRB1976XLynn SwannSteelersWR1977XIFred BiletnikoffRaidersWR1978XIIHarvey Martin/Randy WhiteCowboysDE/DT1979XIIITerry BradshawSteelersQB1980XIVTerry Bradshaw (2)SteelersQB1981XVJim PlunkettRaidersQB1982XVIJoe Montana49ersQB1983XVIIJohn RigginsRedskinsRB1984XVIIIMarcus AllenRaidersRB1985XIXJoe Montana (2)49ersQB1986XXRichard DentBearsDE1987XXIPhil SimmsGiantsQB1988XXIIDoug WilliamsRedskinsQB1989XXIIIJerry Rice49ersWR1990XXIVJoe Montana (3)49ersQB1991XXVOttis AndersonGiantsRB1992XXVIMark RypienRedskinsQB1993XXVIITroy AikmanCowboysQB1994XXVIIIEmmitt SmithCowboysRB1995XXIXSteve Young49ersQB1996XXXLarry BrownCowboysCB1997XXXIDesmond HowardPackersKR/PR1998XXXIITerrell DavisBroncosRB1999XXXIIIJohn ElwayBroncosQB2000XXXIVKurt WarnerRamsQB2001XXXVRay LewisRavensLB2002XXXVITom BradyPatriotsQB2003XXXVIIDexter JacksonBuccaneersS2004XXXVIIITom Brady (2)PatriotsQB2005XXXIXDeion BranchPatriotsWR2006XLHines WardSteelersWR2007XLIPeyton ManningColtsQB2008XLIIEli ManningGiantsQB2009XLIIISantonio HolmesSteelersWR2010XLIVDrew BreesSaintsQB2011XLVAaron RodgersPackersQB2012XLVIEli Manning (2)GiantsQB2013XLVIIJoe FlaccoRavensQB2014XLVIIIMalcolm SmithSeahawksLB2015XLIXTom Brady (3)PatriotsQB2016LVon MillerBroncosLB2017LITom Brady (4)PatriotsQB2018LIINick FolesEaglesQB2019LIIIJulian EdelmanPatriotsWRMore Super Bowl 54 news by Sporting News• Full betting odds & prediction for 49ers vs. Chiefs• The 25 best Super Bowl commercials of all time, ranked• Super Bowl Roman numerals, explained: A guide to help decipher the NFL’s weird numbers game• Superb Owl Sunday 2020: The story about owls and Super Bowl 54 you didn’t know you wanted until now• Who is the fastest player in the NFL? Tyreek Hill has serious competition in Super Bowl 54• Jimmy Garoppolo trade, revisited: How QB quickly turned 49ers’ big risk into Super Bowl reward• Patrick Mahomes’ baseball career was filled with potential• Why Joe Montana left the 49ers for the Chiefs• How did 49ers’ Deebo Samuel get his nickname? • What is the Chiefs’ mascot? A history of KC Wolf’s pioneering place in the NFL• Nick Bosa and Donald Trump: Revisiting the 49er’s social media controversy ahead of 2019 NFL Draft• Way-too-early NFL power rankings for 2020last_img read more

The mystery of Kroos

first_img(embed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3ygI6g_CWM (/ embed)It is a mystery, although this course already had an antecedent for this situation, although partial: Kroos was one of the two slaughtered by Zidane in the rest of the derby at the Bernabéu, in which he started out with five means and only Benzema in tip . After a poor first half, Marseille withdrew the German and Isco and gave entry to Vinicius and Lucas Vázquez to extend the team by the sides, which gave good result: victory by 1-0, goal of Benzema.The fact is that Zidane has done relatively well without Kroos this season, which could motivate his decision to bet on the other four means. In LaLiga he did not play against Mallorca due to injury and Madrid relented (1-0), but then reserved it against Eibar and Osasuna and in both cases the whites won and shoneThey scored eight goals and left a good impression. Nor did he play at the Unionists’ house in the Cup (1-3), nor in Bruges in the Champions League (1-3).When Zidane was asked about his motivations to leave Kroos out of eleven in a duel of this caliber, the technician was not especially explicit, beyond stating that he had a plan and the Germanicist did not enter: “There was no injury or discomfort, it was a technical decision. He is a very important player but today’s option was this. When I say it’s a technical decision, it’s nothing against Kroos, who is doing well. I have players and I chose “. With the numbers in hand, it is true that the German is a key piece: he has played 2,543 minutes of 3,360 ‘, 76%; he is the seventh most used player by Zidane this course.While it is true that his participation at the orders of Zidane had been declining as the seasons went by at Real Madrid: in 2015-16 he played 81% of the minutes with the Frenchman; in 2016-17, 76%; in 2017-18, 64%; and in 2018-19, 52%. This course had recovered tone and prominence, but its substitution before the City supposes an unexpected slowdown without too much explanation. The question now is: Will he repeat the substitute in the Classic or will he return to eleven in a game in which Madrid plays life in LaLiga? Real Madrid, a few weeks ago an oil raft, is now a crusher, the dwarfs grow to the white team: he has lost five points of the last six in LaLiga against Celta and Levante; He has lost Hazard, his star signing of the course, probably for what remains; he needs a miracle in Manchester after falling 1-2 in the first round of the Champions League against City; and said meeting left surprising news, the substitution of Toni Kroos, one of Zidane’s strong men since he reached the white bench. Without news of physical problems for the German, the logical bet became that Zizou reserved to Kroos to settle the game in the second half, especially in case Madrid got ahead and needed to sleep the duel. Conditions that were given, but the white preparer preferred to enter Bale rather than the German; then, with 1-2, Lucas Vázquez and Jovic entered in search of a miracle. Zero minutes for Kroos.center_img It was especially surprising that the Marseilles coach gave up German in a match against an opponent like English, a specialist in tame the ball and against which a technical midfield was necessary first of all, capable of discussing possession before Pep Guardiola. Zidane chose Casemiro, Valverde, Modric and Isco before Kroos; Malaga once again entered the eleven in an important game, as he has been doing since late December. He justified the bet, he was one of the best in Madrid and scored the only white goal.last_img read more

Valverde Barca stopped Inter playing even without star player Messi

first_imgErnesto Valverde acknowledged his side deserve credit for forcing Inter back in a 2-0 Champions League victory by saying that they stopped them from playing.The Blaugrana took control of possession with Rafinha’s strike that consolidated a late Jordi Alba angle drive.Barca star Lionel Messi was in the stands with his arm in a sling after a fracture over the weekend.“Messi is always missed, but we want to miss him by winning. We’ve said it from the start. We stopped them from playing and we did so throughout the match,” said the Coach in his Press conference via Football Italia.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It was an important and difficult match and our first without Messi. Everyone was expectant and I think we responded well.“It’s true that today’s game helped us take a step forward without Leo. Our intention was, knowing who we were facing, for Inter not to have the ball and to be very quick in our pressing after losing the ball.“They’re an attacking team, but we were the better team throughout. Arthur played very well and I’m very happy with him.“The change? I didn’t want to risk him because he had a little knock and with everything that’s coming up…”last_img read more

CM flags off Rath Yatra in Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister prayed for world peace while inaugurating the Rath Yatra festival organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Kolkata on Saturday.She pulled the rope and marked the beginning of the seven-day festival. “Religion is personal but people from every faith take part in the festival of peace and harmony,” she maintained.Thousands of people gathered at the Radha Govinda temple on Albert Road to pull the rope which is considered to be extremely auspicious on Rath Yatra. Indranil Sen, Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs, Rajeev Kumar, Kolkata Police Commissioner, Moon Moon Sen and Subrata Bakshi, party MPs and Debashis Kumar, Member, Mayor-in-Council (Parks and Squares) were present at the inaugural function. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe Rath will reach maidan where a temporary mashir bari (aunt’s house) has been set up via Sarat Bose Road, Hazra Road, Asutosh Mookerjee Road and Jawaharlal Nehru Road. There will be week-long celebrations at Maidan where there will be religious discourses on Srimad Bhagavatam, kirtans and bhajans in which devotees of the ISKCON who have come from all over the world will take part.ISKCON has been celebrating the Rath Yatra in Kolkata for the past 46 years. It was started on July 12, 1972, in which Bhagavan Prabhupada was present along with his Western devotees like Jaipataha Swami and Achyutananda Swami. While Prabhupada sang Hare Krishna Mahamantra, Jaipataka Swami played the cymbals and Achyutananda Swami played the drums. It was the first time when Kolkatans saw Western devotees dancing and chanting Hare Krishna. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe Rath Yatra festival was observed with great enthusiasm at Mayapur. Lakhs of people coming from different caste, creed and religion pulled the rope and enjoyed prasadam served by the ISKCON monks.Rath Yatra festival was also observed at Mahesh in Hooghly district where thousands of devotees pulled the rope. There is a fair organised along GT Road where elaborate police arrangements have been made for smooth manoeuvre of the Rath.In Balaram mandir, a unit of Ramakrishna Mission, hundreds of devotees pulled the rope. A special puja was also observed. Swami Vagishanandaji, one of the presidents of Ramakrishna Math and Mission pulled the rope to mark the beginning of the festival. It may be recalled the Sri Ramakrishna had pulled the rope of the chariot along with his devotees over a century ago at Balaram Basu’s house which is now known as Balaram Mandir.last_img read more