uBreakiFix CEO Justin Wetherill spoke with Groupon about the importance of protecting your smartphone and the challenges of fixing a phone that has been dropped into a deep fryer.
On the worst thing you can do after cracking your smartphone?s glass screen
?Don?t just put it into your pocket and continue to use it,? Wetherill says. The broken glass can actually cause serious damage to the phone?s inner components and turn a relatively simple fix into a costly repair job.
On the repair process
"Look, this is something we do every day," Wetherill says. "You are not the first person to break a phone.? Collectively, uBreakiFix's highly trained technicians repair more than 20,000 devices a month, drawing from a library of high-quality parts that are tested twice before they ever get used in a repair service. Free diagnostics are a staple at all uBreakiFix locations, so customers understand the problem before any work is done.
On growing his business
uBreakiFix began as a business based out of Wetherill?s living room, and it now boasts more than 90 locations nationwide. ?We are proof that the American dream is alive,? he says.
On unusual repair jobs
Wetherill remembers one fast-food employee who dropped her phone into a restaurant?s deep fryer. ?It smelled pretty bad,? he said; however, the repairs were successful. Another customer lost his phone in a cement mixer. After some serious effort, the technicians were able to safely recover all of the important data, but the phone died a few hours later. As Wetherill pointed out, ?it did go through a cement mixer.? Some miracles just aren?t meant to be.
On the importance of a one-day turnaround time
Repairs at uBreakiFix?s store locations can often take as little as an hour, according to Wetherill. This is a critical part of the shops' focus?something Wetherill personally understands. If forced to choose between spending the weekend without his smartphone or his left arm, he jokes that he would pick the arm. ?Of course, this is assuming that there wouldn?t be any pain,? he laughs.
Dr. Lenny Bloch welcomes patients to Boca Acupuncture with a client-centered, holistic approach to medicine that asserts that symptoms arise from larger patterns and require compassionate, whole-body attention. After studying his patients' medical charts, he culls from the myriad healing treatments that fall beneath the umbrella of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)—including acupuncture, massage, and herbal medicine—to help the body to find balance and relief from ailments such as women's reproductive issues, pain, and cigarette addiction. Dr. Bloch requests that new clients bring medical records or an intricately labeled Operation board game to give him a clear picture of the history and status of their health problems.
Dr. Bloch became a believer in acupuncture and TCM after suffering a debilitating spinal-cord injury that left him paralyzed from his rib cage down on his right side and complete numb from his rib cage down on his left side. For years, he dealt with traditional western-medicine doctors telling him that he would not regain feeling on his left side, but after turning to Chinese medicine, he was able to once again feel hot, cold, sharp, and dull sensations. He's quick to admit that he still has some sensory issues, but he believes that Chinese medicine pushed him beyond the limits of western medicine, and he wants everyone who walks into his office to have similar results.
Since its founding in 1967, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation (CCFA) has sought the cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The National Institutes of Health commended the CCFA for its work "uniting the research community and strengthening IBD research." The CCFA established the precedent for research in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) by forming its own scientific journal and educational symposiums and funding cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions. It has helped discover chromosomal regions with IBD-related genes and NOD2, the first gene for Crohn’s disease.
In addition to medical research, the CCFA runs a wide range of educational programs and support services to improve the quality of life for people affected by IBD. With awareness campaigns, webcasts, and periodicals, such as Take Charge and Under the Microscope, the organization reaches out to more than one million patients and caregivers. Nationwide chapters further this work by conducting more than 300 support groups for patients and summer camps for children every year.
Zachary Goldberg founded Forever Studios with the intention of helping others create, preserve, and share their most important moments. But it's not so much what Zachary and the Forever Studios team does–it's how they do it. In addition to high-quality photo shoots, the company can produce cinematic-quality montages set to music or build custom-designed hardcover photo books. And while the the team enjoys snapping new family portraits, they can also restore old ones using digital technology.
Perhaps Forever Studios' most unique service are its movie autobiographies. In those, subjects are filmed telling their own story, all while a cinematic montage of images–such as personal photos, video clips, or mug shots–fill in the gaps between the words. The studio will even research a family's history to tell a more meaningful and complete story.
When Chris Evert played tennis professionally, she was a champion. Ranked No. 1 in the world for seven years, she won at least one Grand Slam singles title per year for 13 years straight?setting a record for men's and women's players alike. Evert may have retired in 1989, but she's still a champion. Now it's for Chris Evert Charities, dedicated to combating drug abuse and child neglect. At Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic, Evert raises money for these organizations with a star-studded weekend of tennis.
The core of the weekend? Games, of course, between celebrities from the tennis world and beyond. Past players have included Andy Roddick, Olivia Newton-John, Matthew Perry, and more. To round out the event, there's a poolside cocktail party as well as a gala with dinner, dancing, and a silent auction.
Dr. William R. Cooper, DC, leads Plantation Spine & Physical Rehabilitation Center with one mission: to help his patients live without pain. His approach is completely noninvasive; he sees no reason to add pain by cutting with scalpels or jabbing with syringes. Instead, he performs gentle hands-on adjustments and massages to ease discs away from delicate nerve tissue or stimulate the flow of oxygen-rich blood to inflamed areas. In spinal-decompression therapy, Dr. Cooper aims to relieve chronic back pain through customized sessions, which have helped past clients avoid back surgery. In an effort to put new clients at ease, he provides a thorough explanation of what to expect on the first visit and a compilation of resources for patients seeking more information.