Years from now, when Maen Mahfoud is asked exactly where his success as an entrepreneur began, he will likely point to his used silver Volkswagen Passat: his well-worn wagon with the distinctive odor. "You don't even need to get in. You can smell it from here," Mahfoud said standing feet away from the open tailgate. "It smells so bad because every gourmet cuisine you want has spilled in that car," Mahfoud said. To understand how that happened, one must first know a bit about Mahfoud's background.
When Maren Lane calls the theater her home, she doesn't just mean it's a place she feels comfortable. What Lane also means is the old theater at San Jose's Bellarmine College Prep is where she spent a good chunk of her childhood. It's where, Lane said, she needed to be if she wanted to spend time with her father, Tom Alessandri. "He was there all the time," Lane says. "He would include me and that felt great because I could be part of his world, which became my world."
That, it would appear, is Ollie Krause's motto. How else to explain the reason the Berkeley 14-year-old's birthday party is coming six months after his fourteenth birthday. "6 months isn't very quick, but when you think about what we've done," Krause explained. What Krause, his sister Mei Mei, and friend Andrew have "done" over that time is built twenty computer-designed, 3D-printed, compressed air-powered, semi- (of fully) automatic marshmallow launchers.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".