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Sergey Petrossov and the Genius of JetSmarter

Sergey Petrossov

Although private jet travel has long been thought of as a luxury reserved only for the rich and famous, JetSmarter has opened up to the market to reach beyond the 1%. At just 28-years-young, Sergey Petrossov sits proudly at the helm of JetSmarter as its founder. His motto? “When you go all-in as an entrepreneur, you don’t look back.”

And let’s face it, Petrossov has a lot of brag about. In December 2016 alone, his innovative company raised a total of $105 million from investors. And these weren’t just any investors, but a string of highly impressive ones, ranging from the Saudi royal family to Shawn “Jay Z” Carter.

So what exactly is JetSmarter? It’s a private jet marketplace packaged as an app, based in Fort Lauderdale, and with a valuation over $1.5 billion, making it a ‘unicorn’ within the venture capital scene. The goal of the app is to make private jet booking simple and affordable. This high level of success makes one wonder exactly how Sergey Petrossov managed to achieve all this at such a young age.

According to Sergey Petrossov, the inspiration for JetSmarter struck him in 2009 when he was pondering inefficiencies in airline travel. Upon trying to book a private flight for him and his friends, he encountered a lot of paperwork and run around. Of course, he thought, there must be an easier way!

After thinking up creative solutions, Petrossov realized that he had found a way to allow more people to fly privately, which not only yields a more comfortable flight overall but also allows travelers to skip through long TSA lines and avoid commercial airports altogether.

In just it’s first two years, JetSmarter had already been downloaded over 300,000 times, and Sergey notes that the average price of a chartered flight is around $23,000. Over 1,000 flights were booked in 2014. Of his success so far, Petrossov says that he and his team feel they are ahead of the curve in terms of their product’s innovation and they are looking forward to dominating in this space. He certainly feels like a pioneer!

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Dr. Sam Jejurikar Helps Children In Bangladesh By Performing Cleft Palate Surgery

Dr. Sam Jejurikar is a plastic surgeon who works in Dallas, Texas. Known for providing quality care to his patients, he is also known for donating his time and skills to help others. He volunteered for Smile Bangladesh, for instance. He is also a public speaker who has impressed upon other plastic surgeons the importance of following best practices and treating patient safety as the number one priority.

Smile Bangladesh is a nonprofit that provides people with free facial cleft deformity surgery. In addition to helping people in Bangladesh, they provide this surgery in other developing nations as well such as Sri Lanka. This organization was founded by Dr. Shahid Aziz in 2010. Many of the people they help are children.

Dr. Sam Jejurikar volunteered for Smile Bangladesh in March 2019. Around 300,000 people in Bangladesh have cleft palates. There are only 30 surgeons in Bangladesh who are qualified to perform this type of surgery so they can’t possibly help everyone. They thus have to rely on outside help. A cleft palate isn’t just a cosmetic issue. People with cleft palates have difficulty eating and speaking, and it can lead to other health issues.

Another type of surgery that Dr. Sam Jejurikar is well-known for is gluteal augmentation, more popularly known as a Brazilian Butt Lift. This type of surgery has been popular in Brazil for decades. It is becoming more common in the United States and he is one of the few experts in this surgery in this country. If it’s not done right, this type of surgery is dangerous.

He is a member of the Multisociety Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force. This organization is developing practices that make Brazilian Butt Lift surgery safer. Along with other plastic surgeons, Dr. Sam Jejurikar lends his knowledge to improve patient safety in this type of surgery.

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