Eric Lefkofsky is an entrepreneur and understands the world through the lens of business. Since his college days Lefkofsky has used to the free market to find solutions, so it made sense to invest in the tech startup Tempus. He understood the potential of their new approach to cancer and wanted to give them support. There approach, treating cancer patients with personalized therapy, is unlike anything previously done.
He Wants To Promote Personalized Medicine
Our current approach to medicine takes a strange “one size fits all” approach. Even though doctors understand that everyone has a unique genome and life history they treat patients as if one solution is going to work regardless of the individual’s circumstances. Tempus breaks away from this thinking to favor a different approach to cancer therapy. Equipped with the unique DNA sequence of the patient, Tempus is able to help doctors understand how the patient’s genetics will interact with any particular therapy. Some genes will allow certain medicines to work very well, but others medicines may not work at all for a patient with a specific genetic makeup.
Lefkofsky Knows How To Pick A Winner
Throughout his career as an entrepreneur, Lefkofsky has successfully identified which companies can succeed and which he shouldn’t even bother with. While still attending the University of Michigan Lefkofsky created his first company Brandon Apparel. After a string of similar hits he eventually founded Groupon. At the time one of the fastest growing web companies, in fact it set a record for reaching $1 billion in revenue, Groupon was eventually purchased by Google for a whopping $6 billion dollars. When Lefkofsky touches something it has a tendency to turn to gold. That’s something physicians working in cancer therapy could use.
He Wants To Give Back To Others
As a billionaire entrepreneur Lefkofsky carries great power. He understands the impact he can have on the lives of others. Founding Tempus was more than just an endeavor to make some money. It is a reflection of values Lefkofsky holds strongly. Over time, the billionaire has created a number of charitable organizations and provided support to others. The Lefkofsky Family Foundation, operated by him and his wife Liz Lefkofsky, contributes to the aid of children in need across the world and Tempus, like his foundation, is simply extending that into a new territory.
Finance entrepreneur James Dondero has recently announced his latest charitable contribution at a local luncheon. Dondero has offered to provide a $1 million grant to The Family Place in order to help the organization come up with the $2.8 million it needs to finance its Legacy Campaign. With the help of Dondero’s grant, The Family Place will be able to continue helping a number of victims who suffer from family violence. It will also be used to help fund a number of events that allow the organization to reach out to more people in the community. This is the latest in a number of philanthropic activities that James has done to improve the quality of life for members in the Dallas area community.
James Dondero co founded his company Highland Capital Management back in 1993. He looked to develop a firm that would meet the needs of numerous large scale institutional investors. With his firm, James would help institutional investors by using a number of finance options. He would provide things such as hedge funds, collateralized loan obligations and equity securities to help them get better returns on their invested capital. He would also provide them with advisory services as well. As a result, Dondero and his firm have been able to allow numerous investors grow their capital and more efficiently manage it. Since the finance industry is global, Dondero looked to expand to international markets. With the success of his firm, James allowed Highland Capital Management to expand to other countries such as Brazil, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
Dondero has had a long and successful career in the field of finance. Prior to co founding Highland Capital Management, he started out working as a trainee. During this time, James would invest in credit securities for his employer. With this experience, James was able to get experience that would help him advance his career in the years to come. For a number of years, James would steadily move up to more advanced positions in the industry. He would reach his peak by holding the position of chief investment officer. This position enabled him to participate in the management of financial assets that were worth billions of dollars.
Diversant is a well known staffing firm that specializes in recruiting top information technology talent for various companies. With over twenty years of experience, Diversant has been able to successfully meet the needs of many companies that were looking for the best technology talent available. As well as helping companies, Diversant also helps technology professionals seek the ideal job opportunity that will allow them to reach their career goals. Part of what has allowed Diversant to establish itself as a leading technology staffing firm is its core values. The firm adopts the philosophy of teamwork, discipline and diversity to serve its clients. With these core values, Diversant is able to work closely with clients and staff members to help companies and professionals of many backgrounds reach their goals.
One of the reasons why Diversant has been able to become a top technology staffing firm is its leadership. The firm is run by the principal John Goullet. He has worked in both the staffing and technology industries throughout his entire career that spans three decades. With his experience and expertise, Goullet has been able to guide Diversant to successfully meeting the needs of companies and technology professionals. Since he is always up to date on the latest technology, John knows what companies need to look for when it comes to certain skillsets of employees. He is also aware of what companies need in order to get the most out of their technology resources and personnel. Therefore, John Goullet has the knowledge to help facilitate the best connections when it comes to staffing technology workers and companies.
John Goullet started up his own technology staffing firm back in the mid 1990’s. He looked to capitalize on the growing demand of companies hiring technology workers. This endeavor proved to be very successful as he was able to match a number of companies with the most skilled and qualified technology professionals around. Prior to starting up his own staffing firm, John Goullet worked for a number of computing companies where he worked as a consultant. When he was a consultant, John frequently managed the hardware and software of the companies he worked at. He would also provide feedback on what technology resources were needed to make computer technology run more efficiently.
Entrepreneurship is not an easy thing if you don’t have what it takes to survive in today’s competitive market. Many people have tried it, and many of them have failed. Most of these people don’t fail because they lack money to sustain their startups on Crunchbase. They fail because they don’t have the right ingredients required to make a strong and sustainable investment. Don Ressler is one of the few young men who have set the pace for others when it comes to investment.
Don Ressler is an entrepreneur who knows how to identify potentials and capitalize on them to his own advantage. Don is behind a series of businesses that started as small startups and grew to multi-million dollar companies. He is one of the brilliant individuals behind Intelligent Beauty, a fashion and beauty outlet that operates as an e-commerce entity.
Don Ressler started entrepreneurship at a young age. His first business was called Fitness Heaven.com, which he later sold to Intermix Media. Ressler was appointed as one of the leaders at Intermix Media as a result of the acquisition. He met with Adam Goldenberg, who also sold his company to Intermix. The two had common ideologies and interests. As a result, they became great friends. Their friendship grew to business partnership after they decided to start Intelligent Beauty. As co-founders and co-CEOs, they were responsible for every segment of the company. They built it from a small startup to a large business that commanded a strong market presence all over the world.
During an interview, Don Ressler narrated how they sat in Adam’s living room with a group of Alena members. Their random thoughts quickly bred a business idea, which gave birth to Intelligent Beauty. Their business attracted a lot of attention from other competitors including Kimora Lee Simons. They later transformed Intelligent Beauty into a fashion outlet that stocks a wide variety of fashion products. They changed the name to JustFab. Like Intelligent Beauty, JustFab is highly profitable. The company controls a large share of United States’ fashion industry with over seven million subscribers.
Reno Gazette-Journal’s writeup on the trials of Lake Tahoe’s north shore neighborhood details how for four year the area had been in the midst of battles with nature and political progress. A crippling and unseasonable drought greatly effected the winter resorts in the community on mynews4.com as well as the small business who rely on the revenue that visitors of the resorts generate. Without snow tourism in the area suffered and so did the economy of the area, so when a proposal to incorporate Olympic Valley arose disagreement about whether or not that was a positive step for the future of the north shore ensued.
CEO of Squaw Valley, Andy Wirth, was a vocal opponent of the incorporation effort because of its potential to negatively effect the relationships between the business and civic communities in the Olympic Valley Incorporation. Wirth was concerned about the increase in taxes to both residents and businesses and decrease in public services like snow plowing and road maintenance and reasoned that these factors would increase the cost of living and doing business while making the area less efficient. In addition to local drawbacks, Wirth believes the incorporation would have stripped Olympic Valley of its ability to coexist with its neighboring towns as well as the resources and support the towns often lend each other to deal with regional issues.
A break in the drought has begun to lift town spirits as storms happening early in the season have produced enough snow and cold weather to allow earlier than they’ve been able to in the past ten years. The political strain on the area has lifted as well since a state commission ruled that the proposed incorporation wasn’t viable. Now that the area has seemed to overcome the two biggest obstacles it faced Wirth sees an opportunity for the community to improve and move forward together. In his years as CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings Andy Wirth has achieved his goal of making the destination a place that tourists want to flock to. His investment in the area extends beyond his business endeavors, however, to work in environmental and community service in Lake Tahoe while his work with Wounded Warrior Support raises money for the Navy SEAL Foundation that supports service members who’ve returned home.
When one looks at the life of career of Michael Zomber, it is hard not to be impressed by all that he has accomplished and all that he does, each and every day. I’m a firm believer that life is best lived when you have a lot of interests. It keeps you busy and it makes the day by go by a lot faster. He is known as an antique weapons collector, author, and documentary filmmaker. When it comes to weapons and collecting them, you will be hard pressed to find anyone that knows more than him. He is an expert in the field, without a shadow of a doubt. He could tell you anything you need to know about a particular weapon.
In fact, his knowledge and expertise is so well respected that he appeared as a guest historian on the History Channel’s Tales of the Gun series, which include: Guns of the Famous, Guns of the Orient, Dueling Pistols, Shotguns, Automatic Pistols and Million Dollar Guns, according to his website. Now, they wouldn’t put just anyone on the show. They would want someone who knows what they are talking about and they know it like the back of their hand. That is Michal Zomber. He has made it his life work to knowing everything and anything there is to know about it, and sharing as much on Facebook.
He is a big believer in researching and knowing as much as possible on the topic of weapons. He is very well spoken, honest, and he has a soothing voice and a wonderful way of telling a story to engage the listener and keep an audience engaged. It is a trait that he has had for a long, long time and quite frankly, it comes naturally to him. You can even tell that when you read his books. His books are a great read and a real page turner. Check them out, and more on Michael at his official site.
I am quite a keen investor, and I have searched for the finest places to invest during my life. I caught wind of an excellent new fund from CCMP Capital, and I heard the name Stephen Murray attached to it. This article explains my experience at CCMP, and I have seen incredible returns since I began with the firm.
#1: Stephen’s Sad Passing
Stephen Murray passed away far too soon after we had our first meeting. I was quite sad to hear he was ill, and he passed away not long after I agreed to invest in the new fund. #2: Stephen’s Work Ethic Speaks For Itself
Stephen worked his way up the ladder of CCMP Capital over several iterations and name changes. He was born to become an executive, and he rose to the level where his own mentors once worked.
He was so influential at CCMP that he became the CEO, and he trained several people beneath him to offer the finest customer service to every customer. Stephen used his considerable knowledge to build a new fund, and the fund was almost his parting gift to CCMP Capital.
#3: I Am Making Money
I feel confident in the investments I have made at Stephen Murray CCMP Capital, and I thankful to Stephen for the fund he created. I have used the extra income I make at CCMP Capital to fund my new garage, improvements around the house and new equipment for my business.
I have become a disciple of Stephen Murray after barely knowing him. He was an incredible executive at CCMP Capital, and he provided me with the influx of cash I required through his final fund at CCMP.
Malini Saba has always worked for herself, she doesn’t really have a bad working experience. The worst entrepreneur experience is when she worked in a country where the corruption was so great she couldn’t work around it. She also treats her company as a start up even so many years later. It helps her to keep in touch with her staff, and she is able to keep her company growing. She has experienced failure as an entrepreneur. One time she lost money due to phony permits. Her drive, philosophy, and dedication makes it easy to see why she is such a success.
Last week, Localtalkmedia.com sat down to interview newly-appointed CEO of Newark’s Community Economic Development Corporation (CEDC). Seawright was installed in the position about six months ago. The new and improved organization was reopened after a five-year hiatus to reorganize and regroup.
According to Seawright, the former Brick City Development Corporation was not fulfilling its original purpose to the community. “This organization was established to help build minority-owned businesses,” said Seawright when speaking to LocalTalkNews. “We now have a new set of goals and new direction.”
The CEDC helps inner-city would be business owners get their business off the ground with loans, training courses and seminars. Seawright assures the clients that the money isn’t a freebie. “We will help you with your business plan, and anything else the client needs. But they have to work for it.” Bringing prosperity back to the community is the organization’s number one priority, according to Seawright. He feels that the newly-revamped organization is fulfilling that goal.
Seawright has over 15 years of experience working with the federal and state government. Before his tenure at the CEDC, he worked for the city of Baltimore. While working for the Office of Retirement and Aging, he implemented an accounting program that helped them save over $100,000.
He also worked with Baltimore’s park service, Housing and Human Development and other local organizations.
Seawright says it has always been his goal to help people who may not have the resources to do it by themselves. “Everyone needs a little help from time to time” said Seawright.
Seawright is a member of the Black Public Accountants and the Society of Black Administrators.
Forefront Capital and its founder, Brad Reifler, have been gaining national prominence and attention after the founding of a new initiative designed to help non-accredited investors enjoy the same return on investment that is usually reserved for the 1%.
Non-accredited investors are classified by the SEC as people who have a net worth less than $1 million and an income that is less than $200,000 if single or $300,000 joint income if they have a spouse. This profile describes around 99% of people in the United States, and has been extensively highlighted these past years through economic reports detailing how the majority of Americans have not been able to enjoy the same increases in net worth as the other 1%.
Reifler and his firm want to change that reality by starting a trust that caters to ordinary individuals and gives them a revolutionary new investment opportunity while minimizing investment-risks. The fund itself requires a minimum $2,500 contribution but charges no fee until customers have experienced at least an 8% return on their initial investment.
The SEC’s definition of an accredited investor has come under scrutiny due to the fact that it was a definition established 30 years ago, when people had less overall investment knowledge and the stock market was not as regulated as it is today.
The Trust is relatively new and is not risk-free, but it includes a team of highly respected investment professionals and has several safeguards in place in order to mitigate risks to investors. It is the goal of Reifler and his firm to become a “firm for the people”. Read more about Brad on his SlideShare.