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Cassio Audi is a renowned finance executive who currently works in a real estate private firm found in Brazil. At the company, Audi is responsible for investor matters, asset management, and fundraising.
However, Cassio did not begin his career in finance when he was young. Before moving into the financial activities, Audi was in the music industry. When he was young, Cassio Audi was a professional and well-known musician. Audi joined a Brazilian metal music band known as Viper. The other members of the band included Pit Paddarel, Yves Passarel, Felipe Machado, and Andre Machado. In the mid-1980s the band was already in the market. In the band, everybody had a special role. Cassio Audi was given the role of a drummer. In his role as a drummer, Cassio did an outstanding job in all their performances, making him one of the most valued members of the band. Cassio and his band got their inspiration and motivation from Iron Maiden (a remarkable heavy metal music band).
Due to their experience in the music industry, the group released their first album called The Killer Sword. Immediately the album was launched into the market, it got a lot of attention especially from young individuals who listened to rock music. Many tracks on the album became hits. The band later released another album known as Soldiers of Sunrise. One of the songs on the album was written by Cassio. The album soon became famous among fans of heavy metal music. Due to their prowess and success in the music world, Cassio Audi together with his band received many awards. Finally, after the release of the album (Soldiers of Sunrise), and having performed on many occasions, in 1989 Cassio Audi decided to leave the band and venture into business.
Audi studied and graduated from the University of Sao Paulo with a Master of Business Administration degree.
Desktone, Inc. was founded in 2006 by Eric Pulier and based in Lexington Massachusetts. Desktone provided the very first virtual desktop hosting platform. This was the integration of all the elements to create a PC desktop into one fully automated self- service platform.This was the creation of desktops as a service. It simplified the large-scale implementation and management of PC operation. Creating a virtual desktop infrastructure in this way reduced costs and provided greater protection for sensitive information. It provided leverage of business resources and increased business agility.
Desktone was an early implementation of cloud services. The platform allowed information technology companies to deploy Windows desktops along with Windows applications. This could occur from public or private cloud services. End-users could access Windows apps from multiple devices which included PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. The Desktone platform supported many different desktop operating systems which included Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well as Linux.The company has received multiple funding rounds including $17 million in July 2007 a $5.9 million round in March 2010 and a final-round of $1.6 million in December 2011. The total equity funding of the company reached $26.25 million dollars.
With all of its success Desktone was acquired by VMware in 2013. Desktone’s platforms were now fully integrated with VMware’s vCloud, Horizon View and vSphere products. The basis of the acquisition was that Desktone was running for many years on a large scale and that they had a very good reputation for helping their clients get operational quickly.The current VMware product name for Desktone is VMware horizon DaaS Platform. It now operates through a network of over 11,000 VMware service provider partners and is still an industry leader in desktop as service providers.About Eric Pulier he has been instrumental for the development of outsourcing virtual desktop infrastructure. He is recognized as one of the leaders in computer technology. He has founded multiple companies as a successful entrepreneur with startups that include Media Platform, US Interactive and ServiceMesh. Eric is also an accomplished author and public speaker.
Don Ressler is the brain behind the formation of several successful start-ups, including FitnessHeaven, Intelligent Beauty and other subsidiaries. His first start-up was FitnessHeaven.com which he sold out to Intermix Media in 2001. Don Ressler joined Adam Goldenberg and formed Alena Media, which turned out successful.
Alena was an e-commerce and advertising company and in the period Don Ressler managed the company, they were able to rake in millions in revenue. This was until 2005 when Intermix acquired the company and what followed was a series of disappointments because the new management was apparently not well positioned to cater for the needs of customers.
During their usual interactions, Don Ressler and his friend Goldenberg formed Intelligent Beauty. The company is one of the successes the duo celebrates and at its peak in 2010, they launched a third company, JustFab. JustFab is an online subscription retailer that stocks fashion items. Some of the items sold on the platform include shoes, handbags, denim and jewelry. It offers a personalized experience and the system is designed to allow members to choose their preferences.
In 2011, JustFab was issued with a loan of $33 million by Matrix Partners to finance the marketing and expansion of the business. In 2012, the company took additional $76 million from the same financier, Rho Ventures and Technology Crossover Ventures at http://www.matrixpartners.com/entrepreneur-stories/adam_goldenberg/. All these resources were channeled to the expansion of the company’s operations to acquire an international stature, so JustFab began by venturing into the UK, Canada and Germany.
FabKids existed as a separate entity and there was no relationship between the company and JustFab, although the names sound similar. JustFab acquired Fabkids in 2013 and decided it would be run as a separate business with its own configuration. FabKids is also a subscription online store that offers deals on kids’ fashion.
JustFab has developed over the years through the leadership of Don Ressler, who has always held the idea that going international is possible with gradual implementation. The company has continued to invest and seek finding to expand its addressable market over the years. In 2014, it closed a round of funding amounting to $85 million, which included Crossover Ventures, Matrix Partners and Shining Capital.
To deliver a more personalized experience, JustFab allows a subscription service that is valued at $39.95 monthly. The payment is automatically conferred once one makes a purchase and during the registration process, you are requested to fill a survey to help the company collect data about your preferences. Through this information, you will be given offers every month that match what you like.
Bernardo Chua, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Organo opened and filled a new position, Chief Visionary Officer to help with the growth and development of the company’s distributors. Mr. Chua co-founded Organo, a global gourmet coffee company that distributes coffee, nutritional, and personal care products, in 2008. Organo produces its products with organic Ganoderma lucidum, an ancient herb used to prolong life longevity over two thousand years ago in China. Mr. Chua uses a direct selling model to attract international distributors in over 40 countries. Over the years, he has promoted highly respected distributors within the company to hold positions, including Chief Visionary Officer and Regional Vice Presidents in various countries.
In February 2016, Bernardo Chua added two former distributors to the executive team at Organo. He selects distributors with a proven track record in the direct marketing industry and sales. The Chief Visionary Officer (CVO) and Regional Vice President have over 20 years of experience in networking markets and shares their expertise with Organo distributors. The new Chief Visionary Officer has one of the most important roles within the company, to help expand the growth of Organo. Mr. Chua works closely with the CVO to promote the vision of the company’s growth and development.
Ganoderma, a type of herb that comes from an oriental mushroom has been thoroughly researched by Mr. Chua for many years. He developed Organo products in his home country, Philippine and started a small company. Organo experienced immediate success in the Asian markets and now has expanded to European, Canadian, African, Russian, and North American markets. The company quickly expanded within two years of operations and become the 55th largest direct sales company globally. Bernardo Chua travels around the world to speak to employees, and to educate prospective distributors and consumers about Ganoderma and its health benefits.
The first product items introduced to the Asian market were gourmet coffees and teas in variety of flavors. Organo Gold now offers gourmet mocha, latte, hot chocolate, and espresso. Bernardo Chua also developed lines of personal care and nutritional products that combine Ganoderma. He and Organo have won awards, including the Dangal ng Bayan Award for Business and Industry; Direct Sales Company of the Year; People’s Choice; and Top Direct Selling Company in the food supplement category. Mr. Chua was honored in the Philippines as an Outstanding Global Entrepreneur for his leadership role as the Chief Executive Officer of Organo. Read more about Bernardo on Wikipedia, or follow the man himself on Facebook.
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.
Over the years, financial stability has been the center of development for many countries across the world. Institutions and companies globally have invested in different types of business with the aim of boosting economic growth. As such, prices of different types of commodities and goods have stabilized in the recent years thus offering fair competition. In a recent release by Forbes indicates how the flat stock market of 2015 has boosted business development of prospects for 2016. This has provided a level playing ground that people will use as an investment opportunity to boost their business in 2016. Uncertain growth and volatility has brought about focusing on risk assessment. Through this process, people are able to weigh the risks involved in venturing into any type of business. This provides the required insight and gains to be made in the development of business opportunities.
However, other individual have continued to invest successfully despite the potential risk posed by the surging economic situation. James Dondero is one of the leading investment management icons that have scaled the heights to provide investment opportunities that have been emulated by many people. Jim Dondero is the President And Chief Executive Officer of Highland Capital Management. This is worldwide investment management firm with its headquarters in Dallas, United States of America.
After graduating from the University of Virginia, Jim Dondero sharpened his investment management skills when he first joined Protective Life Subsidiary as a chief investment officer. Here, he led the company in acquiring a profit of over 2billion dollars as the chief investment officer which added a lot in his portfolio of great success. This has been the success story that made the James Dondero shine in his subsequent appointments.
Mr. Bruce Levenson is a successful American journalist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He was born October 1, 1949, in Washington D.C. Bruce graduated from Washington University in May 1971, with a Bachelor of Arts, and then graduated May 1976 with a Juris Doctor from American University in Washington DC. He began his career as a journalist for the Washington Star and Observer Publishing.
Bruce began his business entrepreneur career in 1977 by co-founding United Communications Group (UGC) in a storage room above his father’s Washington DC liquor store. UGC is a business information company that won editorial awards in its second year of business, and by 1978, was acquiring specialized information businesses. These specialized businesses allowed UGC to diversify in multiple fields including healthcare, banking, technology and telecom. UCG is also known for being an internet pioneer and sending information electronically more than a decade before the internet became available for private use. Currently, UCG sells products and holds conferences worldwide.
Bruce according to time.com is also a founding shareholder of TechTarget, a publicly owned technology media publisher that provides online content and has offices in Atlanta, Beijing, Boston, Cincinnati, London, Munich, Paris, San Francisco, Singapore and Sydney. He is also on the board of Directors of the Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association.
Bruce’s additional entrepreneur ventures include business partner in GasBuddy, a mobile application that assists motorists in finding low-priced gasoline; and he is a co-founder of DOT, a revolutionary cooking technology. Adding to all of this, Bruce is also a managing partner of the NBA franchise Atlanta Hawks, a role he took on in 2004.
Bruce and his wife, Karen, have been giving back to society since the 1980s by funding educational enterprises for disadvantaged children. These enterprises include Peace Players, the Seed School, and the Bringing the Lessons Home program at the U.S. Holocaust Museum. They also conceived and funded the Center for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management at the University of Maryland. The Center provides university courses that instruct students in philanthropy and non-profit management. Bruce is also the president of the “I Have a Dream Foundation” of Washington DC.
Somehow, Bruce also finds time to have a personal life with Karen and their three sons. He enjoys playing basketball, golfing, skiing and adventure traveling. He even spent three nights in tent camp in Antarctica. Bruce also enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and eating Maryland hard-shell crabs. He and Karen have homes in Atlanta and Potomac, Maryland.