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Two European accelerators, Fusion and Swiss Start Up Factory, have joined forces to help local tech start ups. They will collaborate on numerous projects that will surely benefit the start ups in the area. Start up pre selection process and acceleration, university cooperation, joint events, and shared office space are just some of the benefits of this new dynamic partnership.
This partnership will hopefully build a closer relationship between the French and German Swiss companies. Each company is unique but compliment each other in their end goal of helping start ups. Guillaume Dubray, founder of Fusion, feels that Switzerland is at the center for tech start up innovation and has conditions that will help start ups do well. Mike Baur feels like this partnership will help bridge the language gap between these two companies. He feels that they both have resources that can benefit start ups, and their work together will help these companies in an unprecedented way. Both companies want start ups to flourish in the booming fintech market.
To help companies, they will work together to pool resources and mentors. They will hold events and workshops together and work towards helping start ups in the area. They will even have mentor exchange networks and other resource sharing to ensure the start ups get the best possible outcome. Fusion is a company that integrates Switzerland’s position as a financial center and a fintech center. This company hosts start ups from all over the world.
Swiss Start Up Factory, started in 2014, is looking mainly for up and coming digital entrepreneurs. They have a three month program to help start ups from pre concept stage to finish. The services they provide are financing, coaching, mentoring, and other start up building services. They also host local and global start ups. Once a start up is finished their program, they should be self-sustaining. They usually debut on a special day.
Mike Baur is a co-founder and managing partner for the Swiss Start Up Factory. He is responsible for the company’s financing and capital raising. Baur has over 20 years experience in the Banking industry.
Michael Zomber is a prominent antique arm collector, author and a filmmaker. He was born in Washington D.C. The accomplished historian holds bachelor’s degrees with honors in Psychology and English literature. He also has a master’s degree in English literature from UCLA. Together with his wife, Michael has two children. His deep passion to safeguard the past has seen him collect guns of the orient, guns of the famous, dueling pistols, shot guns, million dollar guns and automatic pistols for more than 40 years. Zomber also appears as a guest historian on Tales of the Gun series due to his extensive experience with antique arms and armor.
Apart from his love for antique weapons, Michael Zomber is a renowned author of screen plays and historical novels. The illustrious author’s work include Shogun Iemitsu, Sweet Betsy That’s Me: A child of the Civil War, and Jesus and the Samurai. Others include A Son of Kentucky and Park Avenue. Shogun Iemitsu is a war and romance novel discussing about the 17th century in Japan. The novel is about two young samurai. Jesus and the Samurai novel use original sources to connect early Christianity and development of traditional Samurai virtues. Sweet Betsy That’s me is a historical tale about a young girl on the farm in Western Kentucky. She recreates the day her father comes home wounded from the civil war. It was his first novel to be published.
As a filmmaker, Michael Zomber is known for screen plays like La Cucaracha, Deep Sea Diving and the acclaimed Soul of the Samurai. Critics applauded la Cucaracha. It was awarded the best picture at the Austin Film Festival. Soul of the Samurai is a documentary about six young people from America, Russia, Korea, Japan and china. Brought together by their commitment to Zen Buddhism and Samurai culture, they use Schwarzens child’s radius to breach the space just to become masters of the past and the present. It highlights their journey into Newtonian and Einstein’s physics. Michael Zomber enhances the historical authenticity in this film by incorporating talented artists and Samurai masters and extensive research. Be sure to check out Michael on Facebook.
A good reputation can take a person and a business far. A reputation speaks many things. Character, honesty, loyalty, and integrity are all those positive traits a good reputation is known to embody. The second a reputation is marred or harmed by external forces, things can go bad and do so very quickly. A business finds its coffers depleted. A person may find previously solid relationships strained. This is why it is so important to always try and keep a reputation as pristine as possible. With the internet, this is not always possible.
A popular blog or social media page can wreck a reputation. One post could reach tens of thousands of people. A series of posts presented in the search engines can all do massive harm. Again, this is a terrible thing people have to deal with today. Imagine making one mistake and getting arrested. The arrest is reported on several social media pages and published in online articles. A few months later, the charges are dismissed because they had zero merit. Yet, the original news reports remain published and continue to haunt someone who is perpetually labeled guilty.
These things do happen. Mercifully, a solution exists to help such individuals. Online reputation management (ORM) services are available to perform the necessary “reconstructive surgery” to help get a name back into the good graces of the public. At the very least, the service will work to downplay or overwhelm bad content with new content that casts its subject in a better light.
Online reputation management firms are relatively new businesses on the digital marketing landscape, but they employ a number of traditional functions. Search engine optimization, public affairs and relations, and promotional blogging are a few of the methods employed. This time, instead of directly marketing a brand or product, the work is done to help a reputation.
Better Reputation is a solid new service that wants to help people suffering from an online crisis to get their positive name restored. The company knows one bad day or misdeed can unfairly tarnish someone. Through working with Better Reputation, those problems could be addressed and fixed.
When the festive holiday is about to end and the year about to end, most people begin to formulate their New Year’s Resolves. Although common resolutions like breaking bad habits and shedding some few pounds exist, nowadays, Americans are completing serious resolutions like investing for retirement. According to the findings of U.S. News and World Report, an ordinary American will require between 75 and 80 percent of his or her current income to sustain his or her current lifestyle during the retirement period.
Tips on saving for retirement by Sam Tabar
Sam Tabar has a comprehensive knowledge of the commodity investment topic. However, he advises prospective investors to understand the ins and outs of commodity investments before investing in them. Commodity investments are unpredictable and experience price fluctuation, hence carrying out intensive research before investing in them is advisable. Tabar emphasizes the importance of diversifying commodity portfolios to deal with price volatility. Tabar has witnessed many investors in invest in high priced commodities only for their price to go down the next day.
According to Tabar, making retirement investments does not necessarily mean trading in commodities or investing in mutual funds. Prospective investors can invest in social conscious firms that are launched at a surprising rate. He gives a hint of Grameen Bank, which offers microloans to needy small business owners across Southeast Asia. This trend is growing in America and across the globe. Tabar is speaking from both a professional and practical angle since he is an investor in one of the socially conscious firm, THINX that creates “period panties.” The period panties are classic panties designed to address fashion needs of women specifically throughout their menstrual period.
THINX donates seven sanitary pads to women in African developing nations for each pair of panties it sells. The donations are made through the AFRIpads. THINX’s donations enable young women to go to school even when they are menstruating. Without the pads, many young women are forced to remain at home one week every month.
Investing in commodity trading and social entrepreneurship is just a hint of the many ways Americans can save for retirement. Tabar advises prospective investors to take their resolutions seriously. He believes the journey to success begins with a single step.
Since January 1, 2016, Eduardo Sirotsky Melzer has been the chairman and president of RBS Group. He is also chairman and founder of the investment company, Digital E. Bricks. Not only is he passionate about the businesses he is in charge of, but he is also widely know to be passionate about sports.
Eduardo, who goes by his lifelong nickname of Duda, graduated from Harvard with an MBA. After graduation, he joined RBS and became the Director General for their domestic division. He quickly moved up the ranks, becoming Vice President of Market and Business Development and then Executive Vice President of RBS within a four-year span.
He has received several major awards during his tenure in the business world. Chief among these are the Caboré Award he received in 2006 under the category of vehicle professional. He was also named Featured Professional in the Executive category in 2009 by the Brazilian Advertising Association. In 2011, he was awarded the Coletiva.Net for marketing management.
Duda Melzer has a strong reputation for always managing to stay the course during any rocky times that a business he is in charge of may be experiencing. He is very well regarded by his colleagues and peers.
Learn more about Duda here:
In the last few years, there has been an increase in private equity firms engaged in alternative investments in the United States. Alternative investment firms mainly deal with tangible assets like certain precious metals, historical antiques, coins and even stamps and real estate, venture capital and hedge funds. The United States has some of the largest firms involved in alternative investment in the world. One of the firms in this sector is Highland Capital Management that was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas in the United States. Over the years this firm has grown to become one of the most experienced firms in the world.
Highland Capital Management majorly deals with the management of hedge funds and structured investment. The growth of this firm is largely attributed to its Chief Executive Officer James Dondero and co-founder Mark Okada who have steered the firm to where it is today. The firm has expanded its operations and established offices right here in New York and ventured into London and Singapore. The two founders have inspired the employees of the firm who have also largely contributed to it being placed on the map as one of the best alternative investment firm in the world.
The firm has been operation for more than twenty years and the employees have gained invaluable experience in this sector and set them apart from other emerging alternative investment firms in the United States. Highland Capital Management has over one hundred and eighty employees spread out around the world. The firm’s philosophy is anchored on the principles of experience, discipline and boldness that have shaped how they handle their affairs in the course of serving their clients around the world. Those who wish to contact the firm can do so through either of their offices in Dallas or the offices mentioned herein for more information one can also visit the website of the firm.
Dondero is the current president of the firm and resides in Dallas Texas. He has worked for over three decades and has gained valuable experience in the financial sector. He is the chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical and Nexbank. He began his career in 1984 in the Morgan Guaranty training program. He studied at the University of Virginia and graduated with Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi from the McIntire School of Commerce with dual majors in Accounting and Finance. He is also a Certified Management Accountant and earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst Designation.
One of the things I am very passionate about is helping people understand just how powerful their thoughts are. What you think will eventually turn into words. And what you say will eventually turn into actions. That’s why it is so important we surround ourselves with positivity.
When I heard about QNET and the RYTHM Foundation coming together for the Positive Thoughts Project I was super happy. What an amazing way to impact the world.
Here is how the Positive Thoughts Project Works:
For a period of four weeks the RYTHM Foundation asked all of their Facebook friends to leave a positive comment on one of their posts. The goal is to reach a total of 1000 comments during the initial four weeks. Being that Facebook has over a billion active users, it shouldn’t be too hard to reach 1000 comments.
If 500 comments are received during the first 2 weeks, QNET will donate a HomePure RED to Taarana, a school dedicated to helping children with special learning needs. If during the second 2 weeks an additional 500 comments are received, QNET will donate yet another HomePure RED to Rashid Centre. Rashid Centre is a centre that caters to the disabled in the UAE.
To help QNET reach this goal all you need to do is leave a positive comment starting today. Please know comments will be monitored and only those deemed valid will count towards the overall goal. Each individual is allowed to leave a maximum of 3 posts.
Once you leave your comment be sure to share the post with your friends. The more comments they get, the more children they can help. Just think about it, your positive comment can help deliver clean water to children who really need it. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty awesome.
So what are you waiting for? Start commenting right now. All it takes is 60 seconds and you will make a huge impact in a child’s life. And though this sounds simple, don’t underestimate the power of a positive thought. It can do much more than you realize.
QNET is a leading direct selling company in Asia. As you can see by this campaign, they take corporate social responsibility very seriously. The Positive Thoughts Project is just one of the many projects they have going on. To learn more about QNET visit them online at www.QNET.net.
You may also send tweets on their Official Twitter Account.
Students in Newark, New Jersey are getting some much needed help in finding summer jobs this year from Kevin Seawright the CFO of Community Economic Development Corporation (CEDC). This company under the guidance of Seawright has managed to bring significant community businesses and leaders together to assist in making this program a success. Teaching kids the value of having a job that will provide them all with the tools necessary to find success in the world.
This program is for Newark residents that are current students. They are aiming to provide six weeks of work experience that they are paid for. The hope is that the students will develop a better focus on their future goals and in turn will help boost the college graduation rates in the local Newark Community. There is more than just a job involved here as there are empowerment lectures, college readiness programs, on the job training and financial literacy lessons. It is hoped that all of these will combine to increase the productivity of program participants, broaden their horizons and contribute to the community as well.
One of the main improvements to the program in 2016 is the requirement to apply for the program online. In previous years there was a time consuming six-week process that students had to undergo. That seemed to discourage some participants. This year the process online was a simple 30 minutes. That has increased the number of applications received already. It is hoped to increase the total number of participants in the program from 3,000 last year to a sturdy 3,500. The financial literacy provided to the students is coming from two new participants. Santander Bank and TD Bank have both committed time and funding to allow for students to learn about finances. These are the basic skills of how to open a bank account and manage money. They are dedicated to providing students with the tools needed to function well in society after they graduate and enter the workforce with some valuable tools.
The program will be running from July 5-August 16th. All of the participants in the program will pay the students minimum wage. All of the members of the CEDC are extremely proud of the effort that is being put into developing a positive program that will increase the hope that all members of the Newark community will enjoy a brighter future because of it.
It isn’t a surprise that Kevin Seawright would be the mover behind this great program. He has a career of experience in financial management and business. He is of course not CFO of CEDC, Newark’s primary development agency. In previous years, Seawright was CFO of one of Maryland’s largest Department of Recreations and Parks managing a funding budget of over $50 million annually. He has specialized in creating budgets and providing guidance in solving of the problems faced by public and private business institutions. This program is just another way that he is giving back to the Youth of Newark. Follow Kevin on Soundcloud, but he’s also a voluminous Tweeter.
According to me, the financial world still faces many ethical and transparency issues. This has necessitated the need for a system of checks and balances to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Hence the need for compliance officers who are strictly ethical and follow the rules to the letter. As I look at the life and work of Helane Morrison, and the successful path that she has curved out for herself in the field of compliance, I can’t help but feel a sense of pride and amazement.
Career at the SEC office in San Francisco
Following the 2007/2008 financial recession, we all noticed the rampant inequalities and questionable business practices in the financial sector. These were readily accepted as the norm and reality of the day. However, Morrison stuck to her guns and was soon handpicked from private practice in Canada to head the San Francisco office that dealt with US Securities and Exchange. Reading about Helane Morrison’s demeanor and practices at the SEC position, we see that she was dedicated to ensuring that all deals were done by the book.
Morrison has proved that she is a tough bird when it comes to ensuring compliance in every financial transaction. We witnessed that under her leadership, the SEC opened cases against some of the biggest players in the financial sector targeting executives from top companies like Google and NextCard Inc.
After a successful career at the SEC, Morrison joined Hall Capital as the chief compliance office. It is important to note that Hall Capital is run by women. Morrison explains that this was the main reason why she was attracted to the firm. We notice the exceptional career balance that Morrison maintains as she juggles her duties at the firm while still engaged in other boards that equally demand her attention.
Helane Morrison was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After high school, she studied journalism and graduated with a degree from Northwestern University, Illinois. She then joined Berkeley School of Law at University of California. After being admitted to the bar, Morrison secured a job at the US Court of Appeal as a clerk. Later, she worked under one of her biggest mentors and role models, Justice Harry A. Blackmun.
Today, Morrison is the chief compliance officer at Hall Capital. She also sits on several boards including Regional parks Foundation and the American Bar Association’s Hedge Fund Subcommittee. She is highly respected in the financial world as a stern compliance officer.
The United States seems to be riddled with wealthy families. We hear about them all the time on the news and in magazines. A lot of what we hear about is their success either personally or in business. This is not the case with the DeVos family however. They are undoubtedly a wealthy family. In fact, Dick DeVos Jr. is reportedly on of the wealthiest men in the United States with a net worth of around five billion dollars. However, there is much talk and attention around all of the philanthropic efforts that Dick and his wife Betsy DeVos engage in. To be sure, they have established their own philanthropy known as the Richard and Helen Devos Foundation through which they address many political and social concerns by donating money to make positive changes.
A recent focus of their philanthropy has been in the educational realm. Recently, there has been a large push for school choice and new voucher programs. There has been a large increase in movement towards these ideals and the monstrous contributions from the Dick and Betsy DeVos foundation to this cause can certainly be attributed to its success. Currently, 13 states as well as Washington, D.C. include active voucher programs. In addition, we are seeing an increase in support for home schooling and other alternative forms of education. Religious programs and churches are another large focus of the foundation. Some programs they are associated with include the Zuni Christian school as well as the Inner City Christian Federation.
Dick DeVos lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife Betsy and their three children. They are very active both politically and socially in their city. In fact, DeVos even ran for governor of Michigan but ended up losing the candidacy.
Sailing is one of DeVos’ hobbies and passions that he has excelled in. He has two national titles and has participated and won in one of the longest sailing competitions in the world. Aviation is another interest of Dick’s.
Richard DeVos Senior, the father of Dick DeVos was the founder of Amway, a distribution company that Dick took over as CEO for a few years. He led the company into new international growth and eventually retired to focus on other areas of his life. Before this, Dick was owner and president of the National Basketaball Association’s Orlando Magic.