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Go ‘Green’ for Spring: Guidelines for a Sustainable Office
Go ‘Green’ for Spring: Guidelines for a Sustainable Office 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

Spring is in the air, Earth Day is around the corner and we (the Varsity team) are happily settling into our new office in downtown San Francisco. This seems to be the perfect time to share some more details about creating our new space. We hope to demonstrate that it is a doable process –…

Sustainable Office Encourages Employee Happiness and Satisfaction
Sustainable Office Encourages Employee Happiness and Satisfaction 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

We continue our interview with CEO Patrick Ciccarelli about Varsity’s recent move to a new building, and the efforts involved in creating a sustainable office environment. 1. From a business owner’s perspective, what are the major benefits of a “green office”? We didn’t create an office as much as a collaborative space where people can…

Sustainable Solutions and Design: Planning for a ‘Green’ Office
Sustainable Solutions and Design: Planning for a ‘Green’ Office 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

In light of our recent office move, we sat down with CEO Patrick Ciccarelli to discuss some of the key ‘green’ elements and sustainable efforts that went into the construction, planning, and design of Varsity’s new office space. What are some of the key ‘green’ features of Varsity Technologies’ new office? Key features include Cradle…

Technology Solutions: Predicting Trends with the Future of 4G
Technology Solutions: Predicting Trends with the Future of 4G 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

A couple of months ago I was introduced to the book Flash Foresight. Premise of the book: By taking into account everyday information and basics of probability, it is possible to predict future trends quite accurately. Interesting… With this revelation in mind, I decided to do some research and work on a prediction of my…

Simplicity and Intelligence in One App: Pulse for Android and iPhone
Simplicity and Intelligence in One App: Pulse for Android and iPhone 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

Pulse is a newsreader for Android and iPhone that I’ve found indispensable. It’s just too good to pass off as “just another app.” Discovering Pulse resulted in one of those moments when, after the adoption of a new technology for example, you stop and think, “How in the world did I ever survive without you?”…

The Future of the Phone: Understanding Unified Communications
The Future of the Phone: Understanding Unified Communications 945 430 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

Many of my readers may remember the rotary phone. Oh yes, that beautiful piece of machinery that had heft, clarity of sound, and a comforting click, click, click as you dialed a number. In all those years, how much has changed? Let’s just say…those days are gone. The technology of today is sleek, stylish, and…

12,000 Meals: A Day at the San Francisco Food Bank
12,000 Meals: A Day at the San Francisco Food Bank 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

At Varsity, one of the ways that we try to “give back” is through all-company volunteer events. Recently, members of the Varsity team rolled up their sleeves, pulled on tight plastic gloves, and got to work at the San Francisco Food Bank. It’s quite an impressive operation they have. We learned that they move around 45…

Technology Solutions: Why I Prefer the HTC Flyer to the iPad
Technology Solutions: Why I Prefer the HTC Flyer to the iPad 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

It starts the same way every time; new technology sparks a whole new innovation for a part of my life that was only partially working. So, with much enthusiasm I purchased an iPad shortly after it was available. My goal was to find a technology solution to use as my work tool for meetings, appointments,…

Welcome: A Blog With Purpose
Welcome: A Blog With Purpose 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

The pervasive “blogosphere” has been nudging at my side for some time now. Sure we’ve discussed posting to our own blog and contributing to the online community, but I’ve always resisted as I didn’t think we had a justified reason to add to the barrage of information, news, and opinions already available. Then again, there aren’t…