William Saito has amassed the sort of experience that few other entrepreneurs can match. Because of these experiences, he is able to provide the sort of advice that few others can. As someone who has essentially spent his entire life working in the world of technology, he is in privileged position to provide key tips and pointers.
He got his start creating computer security programs and he eventually drew the attention of Microsoft for his efforts. They would eventually collaborate on a partnership that allowed Microsoft to use his authentication technology going forward. He would eventually sell off his assets to the company and become a trusted adviser to a number of governing bodies.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sought out his counsel and he was also hired to the 2020 Summer Olympics technical staff. The National Diet Committee asked for his assistance after the Fukushima Daiichi tragedy took place. The Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry have all relied on his advice in the past.
William Saito has gained a great deal of knowledge from all of this past experience. That is why so many observers look to him to find out more about what to do going forward. In his mind, startups are allowing themselves to succumb to turmoil because of their unwillingness to take any sort of risk.
Too many people are trying to pick nothing but winners but in reality? This sort of mindset tends to be rather limiting. He points to the fact that so few Japanese companies ever change hands from a leadership standpoint as another factor that plays a role in the financial turmoil. These companies do not thrive because there are no competitors who can give them the proper push.
Japanese companies are also famously failure averse and this stops a number of ideas from ever getting off the ground in the first place. Bankers have questioned William Saito and asked him how they can make the necessary changes to assist startups. What they do not realize is that they have allowed themselves to become a part of the problem.
Saito likes to refer to those venture arms that work in the world of VC as being “very conservative”. Instead of actually taking a risk and making an investment, these companies are asked to collateralize instead. Instead of picking a winner, they are taking out loans instead and this contributes to the turmoil.
In order to change this climate, Saito suggests that people should be more willing to take a look at companies that have experienced past failures as opposed to chasing the sure thing. Many of the biggest companies in Japan (such as Honda and Sony) were created by someone who went through a past failure. Everyone must fail once and this is a philosophy that William Saito lives by.
Amanda Coulombe of NGP VAN tabled a question to the panel asking them what future prospects they saw for political data. Kassia Devorsey stated that the rate of information to a wider amount of people is what she expects in the near future. Unlike the current state, where data is limited to a small group of individuals and large corporations able to purchase that specific data. CTO of NGP VAN John lee agrees with Devorsey he expects the sophistication of data to be better than present and hope they could be put together to target a particular campaign or group of individuals. blue chip thinks the media are the largest consumers of this data assembled by organizations like NGP VAN and DNC.
Matt Saniie sees the information getting to the disenfranchised people in communities that could be progressive in nature and getting them to volunteer and promote the progressive rhetoric. Handler believe different apps for different objectives can be made in future, though they already present now he is expecting a platform that will contain online advertising video ads and possibly mobile canvassing.
With the event coming to a close, the audience was allowed to ask questions they had. The first one asked how targeted digital advertising played a role in making the democrats superior. CTO of NGP VAN John lee claims research on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and other social that allows sending information to the right people is an efficient way of using digital advert. Devorsey added that the democrats can channel the audience that is suitable and that gives a better advantage.
Third question from the audience was if the republicans felt data analysis for political use was important. In a phrase Handler highlighted that as the specific reason they have been losing for the past two cycles. CTO of NGP VAN John lee says that there is an increase in firms specializing on this particular issue, republicans are catching up and urges the progressives to be vigilant.
Whitney Wolfe is one of those entrepreneurs that continues to heat things up as the dating app industry gains momentum. She has become someone that really knows how to take dating apps to a completely new generation by marketing to this consumer base. She is aware that there are a lot of dating apps out there, and this is what gave her the ideal to become more creative with the app that she created. Now that an app like this that allows women to make the first move it appears only logical that it would rise to the top.
What Whitney Wolfe has done is create an app platform where women feel safer. Women also feel like there is less of a chance of harassment here with Bumble because there are the ones that are making the first move. This is what has made the Bumble app that Whitney Wolfe created much more popular with professionals. While Tinder may pick up a college crowd of singles there is a great amount of interest in Bumble from a professional crowd of women.
People that are utilizing the app for these features may also turn on Bumble and start dating. This is something that engages a ton of professionals that are single. Physicians, business owners and corporate business women are checking out Bumble for their dating purposes.
Whitney Wolfe has appeared in Vanity Fair and Vogue magazine as these magazines highlighted her wedding. This is how a lot of people have heard about Bumble even though they were not familiar with the dating app scene. The mere fact that Whitney Wolfe has gotten married is something that also drew a lot of attention to her app.
She has been able to successfully promote this app because she has been able to adapt to a young generation that is tired of the same standard apps of the past. Apps like eHarmony and Match have been apps that were designed by older men. Now that there is a young woman in place that is just as young as the millennials that are using her app it becomes easier for her to relate to this generation that utilizes her app.
It is said by the wise elders that the intelligence of a person is not in detecting patterns and attaching false connections. It is in ignoring the noise, the wrong models and seeing with sheer clarity the things with value. In the case of Ara Chackerian, this statement is a high-valued truth. Modernity has made things more technical and digital and less attached to reality, and for Ara Chackerian, this has posed a challenge to establishing ground rules in ethics and intelligence.
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Intelligence for Ara Chackerian is about generating solutions for the real world problems, not making things more complicated by creating solutions that only apply in theory, not in reality. Ideas, he argues in his Ideamensch interview, are rooted in life experiences. They have to be grounded in trial and error. They have to stand the test of time and the robustness of time being the expert. Anything new to him has still a lot of challenges because its costs and risks might still be hidden. The excellent thing about Chackerian is that it is in his passion to find these hidden costs, unravel them, unearth them so that the valuable ideas come out for everyone in the society to benefit.
Granting that the solutions have no hidden risks, Chackerian is all about implementing them for the world’s benefit through the networks he built with his project, TMS Health Solutions, which he co-founded and of which he is a general partner.
You don’t also just see Mr. Chackerian stopping his work for the world in angel investments and entrepreneurship alone. He for the longest time has quite well built a name in the field of philanthropy. In a world where the people who help can be accused as virtue merchandisers or simony practitioners, Mr. Chackerian sets himself apart by not advocating charity as a publicity stunt or a marketing gimmick. Check out angel.co to know more.
The great Nassim Taleb said that virtue should not be advertised and should not be a ticket-selling strategy, and the right thing about Ara Chackerian’s philanthropy work is the fact that he thoroughly agrees with Mr. Taleb’s point. You can visit YouTube to see more videos.
Last November, one of the United States’ largest providers of quality meats announced that it would be closing one of its largest facilities in the countries. Tyson Foods – which is based in Aurora – planned to close its facilities in Chicago at the end of last year. The closing would have led to 480 jobs being lost on Chicago’s Southside, which is already an area that is depressed for good, quality jobs. The facility is located on Ashland Ave. and the plan was to shut the facility down by October 1st of 2017.
With the recent drive of consumers to look at fresh foods, Tyson had formerly implied a strategy to offer new recipes, such as one with Asian flavors or offerings that included things like freshly scrambled eggs or freshly cooked sausage patties. OSI Food Solutions also favors freshness and quality ingredients above all else and plans to continue this strategy, while taking it to a higher level through its global reach. With the purchase of Tyson Foods came the acquisition of some of America’s favorite brand names. Jimmy Dean Sausage and Ball Park fall under the Tyson brand and will now be a part of the OSI Food Solutions family.
In addition to the purchase helping to drive OSI Food Solution’s reach across North America, the acquisition helped to save the majority of the jobs of people who had remained at Tyson Foods after the company made the announcement that it would be shutting down its Chicago facility. This was a major deal for the former Tyson employees, many of whom had been working with the company for decades and rely on the job in an area of Chicago where jobs are scarce.
In addition to the acquisition of the former Tyson plant, OSI Food Solutions also announced major growth results for its facility located in Spain. Apparently, the facility has not only managed to double the sales for its entire line of chicken products, but has announced major growth across all meat sectors. The production and distribution of meats (including beef, pork, sausage, chicken, hot dogs and more) has grown in the last year from twelve thousand to more than twenty-four thousand tons. The fact that this growth is weighed in tons and not pounds showcases the massive reach that OSI Food Solutions has, as well as the company’s dedication to long-term, sustainable growth throughout the globe.
Ronald Fowlkes first interacted with products from First Spear when he was serving as a marine in the U.S Marine Corp. Despite the fact that he served in the marine and is a former leader in the SWAT group for the St. Louis Police Department, many who know Ronnie consider him as a teddy bear. Currently, Ronald Fowlkes is the Business Development Manager of Eagle Industries Unlimited. For a long time now, Ronnie has been involved with the developing and delivering gear of the best quality for departments of security. Long before he started working with FirstSpear group, he worked as a Military Products Sales and Business Development Manager for IWT. Ronnie Fowlkes serves the FirstSpear group as the Director of Business Development. He is tasked with coordinating with professionals from law enforcement and the military division. He is also required carry out demonstrations concerning the operation and business development. These demonstrations help to promote the marketing of products developed by FirstSpear group. Ronnie has always had a passion and interest of being in the marines even at a tender age. While in the military and also serving in the police force, he noticed that the equipment they were using was from FirstSpear. These were long lasting purely American made gear that fit well and was light in weight. Ronald Fowlkes has a clear line drawn between personal life and business. He begins his day by seeing off his children to school and then gets back to start off his work. The organization has a lot of international contracts, so Ronnie makes some phone calls early in the morning. At his office, he responds to emails and returns the phone messages. He then gets in touch with his team and is brought up to speed on open issues and activities. Ronnie is confident that his success is brought about by teamwork. The firm works closely with the Department Of Defence and the local state and law enforcement, and they can identify what their clients need. Furthermore, the users of their products often recommend the company to other clients. Ronnie is excited about the trend of laser cutting and new tube technology. This technology would help the firm a great deal as it is an industry with a lot of copycats hence the need to patent their products. Ronnie has a habit of writing down stuff, a skill he was taught in the Marines. He keeps a journal and tries to accomplish everything on it and if any work spills over it is scheduled for the first thing the next day. Ronnie is a firm believer in customer satisfaction as a key to successful business. The company has built valued ties and relationships with clients, and this has contributed significantly to his success. Ronnie recommends reading “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell as it gives insights on sacrifices made for our freedom. Ronald Fowlkes is a fan of sports and coaches the youth team for his kids. He also writes a blog about the National Hockey League. He has written how fighting in hockey matches has reduced dramatically over the past league years. Fighting during a hockey game was as a way to give the team energy and catalyze the momentum of the game especially after being scored a lot of goals.
As President and Chairman of the second largest media conglomerate, Duda Melzer has had to look for new an innovative ways to grow the company. When he took over as President of Grupo RBS from his uncle in 2012 Duda went to work determining where the group could perform better. He determined rather quickly that the company had not done enough in the digital space and he concentrated his efforts growing the digital imprint of the media company.
Duda Melzer Digital is no stranger to the digital marketplace, as he is the founder of e.Bricks Digital, a capital venture firm that is now part of Grupo RBS. He created the company when he noticed a need for financing for the massive amount of digital players that were popping up in the 21st century. The company has been a massive success and helped Grupo RBS become on of Brazil’s top three internet companies. You can visit their eduardosirotskymelzer.com
Melzer is a graduate of the prestigious Pontifical Catholic University in Brazil and then moved to the United States to attend Harvard University, where he graduated with a Master’s of Business Administration. Melzer then worked briefly as a consultant at both Booz Allen Hamilton and Delphi in the United States before returning to Brazil to work at his family’s company, Grupo RBS. The company was founded by Melzer’s grandfather in 1957 and is one of the largest companies in South America, with over 6,000 employees as of 2017. Check out pauliceiadojazz to know more.
Hussain Sajwani is the Founder of DAMAC Properties, as well as its current chairman. Today, it is one of the most highly-regarded global property development companies in existence, which is a direct result of Mr. Sajwai’s keen business acumen, and uncanny foresight. He attended The University of Washington, where he garnered degrees in Economics and Industrial Engineering, after which he returned to the Middle East, securing a position in the financial sector of Abu Dhabi Gas Industries. After a two-year stay, Hussain Sajwani decided that it would be more lucrative to work for himself, and he promptly started, what is now known as, Global Logistics Services, using funds that he made selling time-share apartments while at The University of Washington. Today, that venture has evolved into a powerhouse, serving 150,000 meals each day, in regions throughout Africa, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Today, as one of the pioneers of Dubai’s property market expansion, Mr. Sajwani is listed as one of the top 100 most influential people of Arabian heritage. He recently discussed the practices that have made him a consistent winner in the world of entrepreneurship, as well as the things that keep him motivated today.
The idea for DAMAC Properties was formulated in Hussain Sajwani’s youth, as he spent a large portion of his time, assisting his father with his business. This period would provide a young Hussain Sajwani with inside access to the inner workings of entrepreneurship, in turn, instilling a lifelong passion in him. Over time, his love for entrepreneurship would intertwine with his passion for real estate, and in 2002, DAMAC Properties was formed. Throughout his career, Mr. Sajwani has been very adept at transforming his concepts from simple ideas, into groundbreaking accomplishments. He attributes this to his ability to constantly look to the future, while removing the fear of failure from the equation, while also remaining as productive as possible. Mr. Sajwani cites his love for travel as one of the primary assets to his productivity, as it allows him to see alternative perspectives of the world, and how it works.
In the last weeks of January 2018, Hussain Sajwani’s DAMAC Properties announced another luxury apartment project. The apartment project named Rěva Residences is located in Business Bay, and it offers two and one-bedroom apartments that give a wonderful view of the spectacular Dubai Canal. The apartments offer a number of exclusive services including world-class amenities, 24-hour concierge, and tried to provide lifestyle-focused concept at an affordable price in downtown Dubai. The one bedroom apartments start from AED 699,000, and a full-day sales event had arranged on Jan. 27, 2018 at Jumeirah Emirates Towers to help the customers to know more about the project.
The Senior VP of DAMAC Properties, Niall McLoughlin confirmed that Business Bay became the bustling center of Dubai in the recent years, and the Rěva Residences would offer excellent options of quality and lavish lifestyle. He further added that the apartments from the group of Hussain Sajwani offer a comprehensive experience of living including everything modern, excellent proposition, at the heart of Dubai, and more. More precisely, the apartment complex is built at the south ridge of the famous Business Bay, and the locality is one of the most sought-after parts of Dubai in the recent years.
As the owner and CEO of DAMAC Properties, Hussain Sajwani ensured that the apartment complex provides the wealth of dining, abundant green lush parks, both retail and entertainment choices within minutes, waterside paths for cycling or jogging, the largest mall in the world at next door with numerous designer stores from international brands. Also, the apartments offer youthful days as the tenants wake up every day by enjoying some spectacular views of Dubai along with the fitted kitchen, elegantly crafted interiors, spacious bathrooms, and a wide range of life-enhancing amenities at arm’s length.
The stylish lobby of the apartment has the reception that operates 24 hours along with concierge desk, temperature-controlled swimming pool, landscaped gardens, steam and sauna rooms, state-of-the-art gym, outdoor courtyard, and children’s play area. Apart from that, DAMAC Properties also offers competitive payment plans to help the aspiring customers own apartments at Rěva Residences. The payment plans allow monthly payments as low as 1% along with up to 45% balance upon the payment completion.
In the world of cryptocurrency, there are few people who know more about the subject than Jed McCaleb. As the co-founder of Mt. Gox, Mr. McCaleb is considered one of the foremost experts on cryptocurrency as well as blockchain technology. Today, Mr. McCaleb is known for one of the most famous innovations in cryptocurrency – stellar.
So how did Jed McCaleb get his start? Well, one would have to go all the way back to the year 2000. Back then, Mr. McCaleb founded a company called eDonkey. This project was one of the first peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. While the company was the first of Mr. McCaleb’s innovations, it would not be the last.
Mr. McCaleb has always been interested in disrupting the established system. And there is perhaps no one system more established and centralized than the global financial system. A decade ago, the concept of cryptocurrency and the blockchain was born. Soon afterward, Jed McCaleb saw an opportunity to create a decentralized financial system that could make it easy for anyone to make a private financial transaction online.
In 2014, Mr. McCaleb helped develop Stellar which has emerged to become one of the most popular cryptocurrency concepts. With the funds raised from Stellar, Mr. McCaleb was able to launch another related project to help people around the world with financial literacy. That project, Stellar.org, has become one of the leading destinations for those who want to understand how to move their money around the world, quickly and privately, for a fraction of a penny.
Stellar.org is a non-profit dedicated to supporting the Stellar network. The organization helps by contributing to the open source software that is the backbone of the Stellar network. The network then helps financial networks work with each other on financial transactions. In a sense, Stellar helps bring order to the wild world of cryptocurrency.
Today Mr. McCaleb is helping financial institutions, non-profits and business use Stellar as the way to create a financial infrastructure for cryptocurrency transactions. From innovation to disruption and support, Mr. McCaleb is making the world easier to connect to each other, one financial transaction at a time.