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HUMAN Healthy Vending Named “Top 100 Brilliant Company” by Entrepreneur Magazine

We have some very exciting news to share! HUMAN Healthy Vending was just named one of the “Top 100 Brilliant Companies of 2011″ by Entrepreneur Magazine.

This is a huge achievement for us AND you, and we are stoked about it! A BIG thanks to you, our awesome operators, fans, locations, and customers. It’s great recognition for everyone making a positive impact on the healthy vending movement…from the bottom of our hearts, we say THANK YOU!

The article describes our history, from the birth of an idea to the company we are today. We are revitalizing the vending industry with our innovation and educating consumers along the way. The biggest obstacle to overcome when convincing people to choose healthier options is for them to know and understand that they need to choose these options. The second biggest obstacle is creating easier access to healthy options for everyone.

We’re overcoming both obstacles with our innovative healthy vending program and your help. Thanks again for helping us make healthy vending a huge success.

The June 2011 issue of Entrepreneur magazine is available on newsstands now. Check it out!

Best in Health,

Sean & Andy

Founders, HUMAN Healthy Vending

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Exaptation: The Biology of Business

Have you ever used something for a completely different purpose than what it was originally intended to be? It’s called exaptation–and in its simplest biological terms–an organism develops a trait optimized for a specific use, but then the trait gets hijacked for a completely different use. Right now, I’m writing about this biological term and using it for business purposes. I’m taking part in exaptation.

Many “inventions” as we know it are the product of exaptation. Interestingly, exaptation usually occurs on accident.

Take the printing press, for instance. Centuries before Gutenberg invented it, the Romans were using a press to squeeze grapes into wine. Gutenberg put two and two together and realized that the same mechanisms of the wine press could be used to print pages.

Or, take the Internet. Tim Berners-Lee designed the world wide web as an academic roundtable. Scholars would be able to post their work for review from other scholars using hypertext format. Once web pages began to seep out of the academic realm and touch consumers, the Internet took on a whole different form. Berners-Lee’s original academic landscape of the early 1990s exapted into online shopping, gambling, instant messaging, etc.

The HTML format Berners-Lee adopted lead Sergey Brin and Larry Page to determine page authority on the Internet. PageRank was developed, and the Internet as we know it was born.

So, exaptation happens a lot in business opportunities, even for us here at HUMAN. We all know the clunky vending machines sitting in every bowling alley and office break room. We exapted into a healthy vending machine company featuring state-of-the-art machines. LCD monitors that display nutritional information and product advertisements. Credit card readers. Remote monitoring to track the sales of each machine.

We have embraced exaptation, and so should you. Who knows, you just might come across the next best accidental venture.

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skelly

Biomedical Engineer who earned his degree from The Johns Hopkins University & Columbia University. Named one of Forbes’ Top 30 Under 30 in 2013. Co-Founded America’s first Pure Play healthy vending company in 2003.
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