New York is the second largest city for startups to find success. As exciting as that may sound, that also means that New York is incredibly competitive. When it comes to successfully launching a startup, there’s one thing that every startup needs; affluent investors.
With the proper investments, startups can compete with big-name companies in their industries. The Big Apple is filled with both types of investors. That’s right, there are two kinds of investors, and startup owners need to know both of them. Not every investor invests the same way, so it’s important to choose the right kind of investor.
The first type of investor is the one that everyone already knows about: venture capitalists. Venture capitalists usually invest large amounts and cash. The lesser-known investors are referred to as good angel investors. These people usually invest smaller amounts but there are always several of them going in on one project.
After finding the right kind of investors, it’s important not to bore them with a long explanation of what the company does. They only want to know if the company is viable in their world, so make every initial answer short and to the point (ideamensch.com).
If an investor like what they hear, then a full explanation can be given, but don’t be afraid not to answer every question perfectly. It’s understandable to not have to answer every question asked. That doesn’t mean that it’s not important to answer all the crucial questions.
Such brilliant advice comes from Chris Burch. Burch has been involved in over 50 startups throughout his career. He’s worked in New York for over 40 years, learning all the tricks of the trade. Now, he shares that advice freely through blogs and interviews (medium.com).
There’s nothing he loves more than inspiring the next generation of business innovators to follow their dreams. That’s what he did long ago, and he can’t imagine what his life would be like if he hadn’t chased his dreams.
Wes Edens, Fortress Investment firm Co-founder, is a private investor located in New York. He is also a basketball team, Milwaukee Bucks, co-owner. Besides that, he also owns Fly Quest Team League of Legends. After he acquired his Bachelor of Science degree in Business and finance administration in the University of Oregon State, he joined Lehman Brothers firm. He operated in the firm as a managing director from 1987 to 1993. In 1993 he left the Lehman Brothers firm for Blackrock private firm as a managing director until in 1997 where he left and together with other four co-founded the Fortress investment in 1998.
Wes Edens is currently the private equity president, chief investment officer of the fortress investment since 2009 and also a co- CEO of the firm. In his post, he is in charge of public and private equity and trade alternatives businesses. From 2002 to 2007, he worked as Newcastle Investment LLC as CEO. Besides that, he was also the Euro Castle investment CEO from 2002 to 2006 and the president in 2005 in the same firm. He also acted as the CEO and president of Capstead Mortgage firm in 2000 to 2003. In the year 1999 to 2000, he served as CEO Impact Commercial Incorporation. From 1997 to 1998 he worked as the managing director of the Switzerland Union Bank. Since the year 2002, he has also been serving as director and chairman of Drive Shack organization to date. From 2007 to 2017, he served as Florida East Coast chairman and the New Senior Investment firm. He is also the New Senior investment firm, Mapeley Limited director and chairman since 2005 May. In 2005 he was allotted the chairman and director of Gatehouse Media incorporation and also a New Media group chairman since 2013 November. In October 2013 he was appointed chairman and director leisure and gaming properties until 2016. In 2008 to 2013 he acted as Penn National Incorporation director and also Brookdale Living Incorporation as the director.
Fortress investment firm is an investment company that deals with institutional, private and public investors. It is one of the firms in the United States to offer alternative options in the investment and business industry. With more above 65 billion dollars controlling assets, Fortress Investments is considered as one of the leading companies venturing into the business investment field.
Wes Edens appeared in five months for a second time in the New York Times in the private equity firm. His total take-home pay was listed as 54.4 million dollars annually. The total amount being a sum of 13.4 dollars he receives an annual compensation from fortress investment and dividends amounting to 41 million dollars he obtains as a shareholder. With a salary of $200,000, $1.1 million from stock awards, $478,493 in compensations and $11.6 million he ranked position 962 in the 2008 world billionaires list according to Forbes. As at April 2016 proxy statement, Wes Edens held Fortress investment shares summing to 63.3 million of the total stock owned by the company.
PSI-Pay and Kerv Wearables boast of inventing the first wearable ceramic ring that can make contactless payments. The ceramic ring allows you to pay for goods and services from a linked account. The ring uses near-field communication technology that interacts with a merchant’s contactless card reader when you are less than 1.6 inches away. The wearable ceramic ring was unveiled at the yearly Wearable Technology Show. The founder of Kerv Wearables acknowledged that their new invention could not be a success were it not for the joint partnership with PSI-Pay. Despite Kerv having the financial muscle to create the product, they needed an expert in innovative payment systems which PSI-Pay was the best.
The ring provides high levels of dependability and security which persuaded MasterCard to approve its use with prepaid accounts. Users can, therefore, make payments to millions of shops, transportation services, theaters and eateries across the globe. Also, PSI PAY customers do not have to sign receipts, pair a phone with the device, remember personal identification or get stranded at eateries when their mobile phones run out of battery power. The ceramic ring does not depend on a mobile app for it to work.
The wearable ring was manufactured using ceramic material that is not only sturdy but also waterproof and not going to break and scratch. Also, the materials used to manufacture the ring hardly cause skin irritation or damage. The wearable ceramic ring is available in different colors and sizes. Consumers can order for a black and orange, white and blue or solid white. PSI Pay makes these rings at affordable costs about £89.99 to £ 99.99 to own one. You do not need to worry if the ring you ordered will not fit you. Kerv Wearables sells a sizing tool that helps consumers to determine their finger size before making an order. The firm also offers free shipping of the jewelry and accepts back orders that did not fit their customers’ fingers.
With the evolution of electronic wallets, the managing director of PSI-Pay, Phil Davies, compared two prominent models namely the American and the European. The former is mainly used to make purchases of goods online while the later can be used to make a variety of payments. The American model lacks the element of stored value and is entirely card-based hence chargebacks can be passed through irrespective of the circumstances. However, in the case of the European model, it incorporates an element of stored value, and the wallet operator stops chargeback liabilities.
Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is the title of a new novel by renowned actor Sean Penn. The book is a darkly humorous look at the life of a contract killer who spends his regular time as a septic tank salesman. Penn has recently stepped away from the movie business and immersed himself in the author’s craft. So far his work is yielding a heavy amount of praise. Sean Penn’s writing style has been likened to such literary giants as Charles Bukowski, Hunter S. Thompson, William Burroughs and Mark Twain.
Sean Penn’s new novel was the primary topic of an interview in Vogue Magazine. Vogue managed to catch Sean in the midst of a tour in support of his new book, Bob Honey Who Just Do stuff. At the time of the interview, Sean was doing the Los Angeles leg of the book tour and so Vogue was able to catch him at home. Sean emphasizes that he has fully enjoyed the creative process of writing a novel. He enjoys the unique satisfaction of being the sole creator of an artistic statement. Bob Honey Who just do stuff is truly a weird masterpiece. Sean has always gotten a great deal of enjoyment out of the release of a new film, but the individual achievement of putting out the novel has been a new and exciting experience for him.
On the topic of what may lie in his future regarding the movie business, Sean is reluctant to commit. He makes it clear that he has no acting gigs lined up in the immediate future. The furthest he is willing to go is in revealing that there is a particular movie project out there that he would be interested in directing. Sean is more interested in fully pursuing this writing career he has embarked on. There is already a second book well in the works. After years working with numerous casts, Sean is happy to sit back and enjoy not having to battle with the egos of others and simply being able to create something that is truly a representation of himself.
Daniel Taub has argued that the Geneva deal regarding Iran’s nuclear capabilities will result in them making an atomic bomb regardless of what is in this deal. He said that his nation of Israel is reaching out to even long-standing enemy nations in order to stand against this deal.
Daniel Taub is a lawyer and the former Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom. He writes a lot of articles for newspapers and in some of them he has talked about forming new alliances with other Middle Eastern nations to counter Iran’s influence.
He has also written that Israeli officials need to continue to pressure traditional allies on this issue including in Washington D.C. Some of the Middle Eastern nations he thinks Israel might cooperate with in regards to the Iranian threat is some of the Gulf States as well as Saudi Arabia.
The threat that Iran poses is so great that Daniel Taub said that parties in the Middle Eastern region are realizing that they have to make choices on who they ally with that they never would have made before.
He says that this presents an opportunity for Israel because those in the Middle East who are more forward-looking realize that partnering with Israel is in their own best interests.
He he has said that the Geneva deal, which has been praised in such places as the UK’s House of Commons, is a bad deal that won’t stop and probably won’t even slow down Tehran’s ambitions when it comes to being a nuclear power. Read more: Daniel Taub | Crunchbase and Daniel Taub | Ideamench
He said that the agreement doesn’t require anything to be dismantled such as their Arak plutonium heavy water reactor. He says that all 10,200 centrifuges they use to generate nuclear power will continue to spin even after the deal is signed because it is so weak.
Social media has become a necessary evil over the last few years. Apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat have become behemoths we all love to hate. Our feeds are full of people who only think just like us, or the converse occurs where each thought, comment, picture, or text is picked apart and each element argued to death. In the age of connectivity through tech, a single app stands out as an opportunity for teachers to interact with their students and peers as well as parents.
ClassDojo is a communication platform for Apple and Android operating systems that “connects teachers with students and parents to build amazing classroom communities.” This app is used in 2 in 3 schools worldwide in many K-8 classrooms enabling students in Illinois to connect with students in Nigeria.
Class Dojo is more than an educational social media connection. It contains tools to make every classroom more effective. It can help you make random groups of students, display activity directions, even turn on background music. The toolkit contains opportunities for students to grow and self-manage. From noise meters to timers and more teachers are free to move about their classroom giving students the chance to work together and build important life skills.
Class Dojo enables teachers to create a positive classroom culture by creating a sense of community and ownership in student-driven portfolios that can be shared with their parents as well as other schools across the globe. Students have the opportunity to upload their own photos and class work that they can later draw on or annotate, bringing their ideas to life. They can also post videos and drawings as well as personalize photos uploaded from their camera roll with frames and stickers. Class Dojo brings a whole new level of excitement to having a pen pal.
Imagine swapping stories and photos with a student just like you in Brazil, the UK, or even Nigeria. The world comes alive when students learn about cultures from other kids living in it. Picture the surprise on a student from Seattle’s face when they learn that school uniforms are the norm!
Most entrepreneurs stick to one industry that they are passionate about. This may focus on making a fantastic product, starting a restaurant chain, or offer a truly stellar service. Then there is Chris Burch who decided to follow his own path. You just may call him a triple threat. He has invested in a plethora of industries including the hospitality industry, fashion industry, consumer products, organic foods, luxury brands, and so much more (burchcreativecapital.com). The fact that Mr. Burch can invest in so many field and be successful is no easy feat, many entrepreneurs not able to accomplish this.
Let’s start from the beginning. Chris Burch studied business at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. During that time Chris decided to start a business with his brother Bob. It was a fashion brand called Eagle’s Eye Apparel. The brothers invested $2,000, lots of hard work, and their business smarts to build the company to a $165 million dollar brand. That is pretty incredible being it was Chris Burch’s first business. He also invested and helped build over 50 companies rise to success and are well recognized now (http://www.bjtonline.com/business-jet-news/billionaire-chris-burch). Some of these brands are Tory Burch, Voss Water, Cocoon9, Brad’s Raw Foods, Poppin and TRADEMARK, Little Duck Organics, and so many more.
One of latest passion projects is called Nihiwatu, a five-star resort located on Sumba, the beautiful Indonesian island. No details was left out when it came to designing this ultra luxurious resort. Mr. Burch partnered up with famous hotelier James McBride who also happens to be his good friend. They took the modest hostel with the help of $30 million dollars and turned it into what Travel + Leisure calls the best hotel in the world. Mr. Burch initially invested in the surfer’s paradise hostel for his children and the island, but with time it turned into something more.
Chris owns a private villa in the resort called Raja Mendaka which has 4 additional villas with plunge pools. His personal villa is also available guests upon request. Beyond his private home there are 27 villas in Nihiwatu. The luxury resort is lavishly designed with Ikat prints, artifacts, and antiques from the local culture of the Sumbanese people. Chris Burch also wanted to give back to the community. Not only are they the largest employer on the island, but they donate some of their profits to the Sumba Foundation. This amazing foundation helps financially aid projects around the island that need to get done. More on businessinsider.com.
There’s a hotel in a beautiful and exotic location that is setting the bar for social responsibility and community development. It’s called the Nihiwatu Hotel located on Sumba Island in Indonesia. In 2016, Travel and Leisure Magazine deemed it the #1 Hotel in the World (nihi.com). But this hotel is not only concerned with leisure and hospitality. This hotel is taking steps towards improving the healthcare and education of the surrounding residents in a place where poverty easily thrives. They contribute directly to the Sumba Foundation which, in addition to the aforementioned challenges that face the inhabitants of the island, also works towards providing clean water, eliminating malaria, and promoting economic growth. The foundation benefits directly from a sponsorship from the hotel which is owned by billionaire Chris Burch.
Chris Burch is an experienced entrepreneur who has had his hand in the generation of over 50 companies over the last 40 years. As CEO of Burch Creative Capital, his investment philosophy reflects his penchant for creativity, imagination, and positivity. He has a knack for understanding consumer behavior and innovation. Currently, his company is involved in lifestyle brands including products such as home furnishings and apparel.
Over the years, Chris Burch has invested in many luxury real estate opportunities in Palm Beach, Florida, and Southampton, New York. He helped with the development of the Faena Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which features modern art, spectacular architecture, and gourmet dining. Ellen DeGeneres entrusted him to help launch her lifestyle brand in 2014 which features clothing, shoes, and accessories. ED is the name of Ellen’s brand which donates profits from t-shirt sales to protect endangered gorillas in Rwanda. In 2014, Chris Burch launched Cocoon9, a brand of luxury prefab houses that feature advanced design, efficient floor plans, and energy saving features. The one thing that seems to keep resurfacing in his career is that there is a thread of social responsibility woven through nearly everything he does.
It can be complicated in today’s world to find out what is real and what is false. We are fed so much information that at times we can become overwhelmed. We feel as though our heads are spinning and we don’t know who to trust or what to believe. There is never any doubt about that when it comes to Bob Reina, the CEO and founder of Talk Fusion. What you see is what you get with him, and people are seeing a lot of good with Bob Reina. They are seeing an individual that lives up to the promises he has set out for his customers and for himself as well.
Make no mistake about it, Bob Reina holds himself to a very high standard. He knows a lot of folks out there are counting on him to deliver with Talk Fusion. They are expecting the very best in video technology. They need this to expand their brand and get their name out there. They have a great idea, and they want to be in business for themselves. After all, the dream of many people out there is to have their own business. They know they are talented and creative, but they need the platform to let others see it as well.
The platform comes from Bob Reina and Talk Fusion. They are going to give the individual every single thing they need to be the very best they can be at their job. They don’t leave a single thing to chance. They have it all covered. Bob Reina goes out of his way to make sure the customers have choices, options, and they can use what Talk Fusion has to their advantage. It is no wonder the company has so many happy customers and why they are telling their friends about it. They are spreading the word and letting them know Talk Fusion is as advertised and it’s even more.
The Middle East is a part of the world that attracts a great deal of attention. Home to some of the oldest known human settlements, the Middle East is also home to many modern nations. One nation that has been attracting a great deal of attention lately is Iran.
Iran is run by a group of men devoted to theocracy. One person sounding the alarm about Iranian actions is Daniel Taub. Daniel Taub is the former ambassador from Israel to the United Kingdom. In this role, Taub had a close look at how the world of diplomacy works. As the ambassador, he had the opportunity to interact with many world leaders. He was also in close contact with his fellow diplomats around the globe.
His work helped give him insights into how the world of international relations functions. This is one of many reasons why he feels so confident speaking out.
Daniel Taub is of the opinion that Iran’s actions and a recent accord pose a serious threat to stability in the Middle East. He warns people that Israel may choose to react to this latest series of threats by looking at potentially new alliances in the region.
Such states include the Gulf States that are part of the modern day Middle East. They share the same concerns that Israelis do that a nuclear Iran may pose a serious danger to the entire world and to world peace as a whole.
Daniel Taub grew up in the United Kingdom. He choose to move to Israel. Here, he has raised six kids. He offers a unique perspective that bridges the western world’s view of the Middle East with someone who has spent a great deal of time in the area.
His firsthand knowledge provides him with a base of knowledge that allows him to see things others cannot. In the process, he hopes to help people understand exactly what is happening here.
His belief is that it is possible to have an agreement that leads to lasting peace but all sides need to be held accountable. In his opinion, this accord may not help at all.