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Interview with entrepreneur Nitin Khanna

The CEO of MergerTech has made quite a career for himself as an investor, leader, and as a driven entrepreneur with experience in the tech field. Nitin Khanna grew up in a household of businessmen, whether it was his father or uncles, as he was raised in India and later pursued a degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University. After finishing school, he started out a company with his brother called Saber Software that was successful from the start with companies using their software; even for the big election in the year 2000 between Bush and Gore. After selling Saber Software, he built the company known today as MergerTech with the mission to help out other entrepreneurs with their own companies.

Nitin Khanna is a strong believer in having a good team of employees with a clear mission, value, and culture. He admits that he and his brother worked well together with Khanna working more on the sales side of things while his brother was running the plans. Nitin Khanna makes sure that he executes his plans and that is what he believes is a key to his success throughout his career in business. Again he emphasizes the essential nature of having a good unit of employees who will tackle their goals and if present is destined for success. Whenever he can, he tries to get each team member working effectively through motivation and the goals of the brand.

One of the interesting elements that Nitin Khanna states in the interview is that successful entrepreneurs make free time and will have it at their disposal; an unlimited amount of it too. He believes that successful and like-minded people such as himself will make time and know how to use it effectively. One of the tips that the entrepreneur gives is that others should use their time wisely and stay productive throughout the day. The ultimate goal when it comes to Nitin Khanna is building a company that stays around for a long time and gives others advice to recognize what they are truly good at and going for it. The businessman spends his days speaking with team members either addressing their problems or answering their questions. In his free time, he likes to spend his time DJing, reading, or producing documentaries at festivals.

See Nitin’s profile https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=26286906&capId=143882691&previousCapId=100891&previousTitle=Accel-KKR%20LLCC

Dick DeVos Gains National Attention For Work In Grand Rapids

Do you know the DeVos family? They are one of the largest and wealthiest Republican families currently in Michigan. Richard DeVos was the co-founder of Amway, a Fortune 500 company responsible for many arenas in the United States. However, Dick DeVos did not exactly follow in his father’s footsteps directly. He worked with Amway in the 1980s but after leading record-breaking sales, he turned to philanthropy and working with business leaders in his hometown.

 

DeVos wanted to affect change at home. He wanted businesses to be more successful in the central parts of the city, and he was wary of what had happened to many businesses in Detroit after the teams abandoned the central downtown areas, such as the Pontiac SilverDome.

 

It was clear that there were plans to build up Grand Rapids, but DeVos shied away from any plan that didn’t place commerce directly in the business district or at the center of downtown. It was the DeVos Family Foundation that funded many of the changes in the downtown parts of the city, including the creation of the DeVos Performance Hall and DeVos Place Convention Center. There was even a sports arena built called the Andel Arena.

 

All of this came from Grand Action, which was a committee formed by business leaders in Grand Rapids. While DeVos worked with Grand Action, he also had solo partnerships, such as his work with the CEO of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. DeVos is actually credited for saving this airport due to his business deals and negotiations in the early 2000s with the airlines at this once small airport.

 

Now the Gerald R. Ford International Airport is doing major ticket sales with over 3.26 million passengers in 2018 alone. This number wasn’t even projected to be hit until 2020. However, the airport has experienced extreme growth in just a few years. In fact, the airport also received funding upwards of $45 million for the Gateway Transformation Project. This project would upgrade parts of the airport and build a new business traveler center. It would also add new options and convenient roadside services to the airport.

 

From these actions, DeVos received recognition from the CEO of the airport as well as CEOs of airlines that he worked with while at the Gerald R. Ford International airport. This included the CEO of Southwest. Through his actions and strategy, he was able to take a failing airport and turn it into a profitable one that could service multi million passengers in a single year.

 

DeVos has been meeting with the Management Advisory Council since his appointment in September 2017. He now joins his wife Betsy DeVos, the 11th US Education Secretary, in Washington. It’s unclear if he will pursue any other type of political career, but he has been steadily working with the FAA in Washington throughout 2018 and 2019.

 

Read http://dickdevos.com/news/ to learn more.

The GJP Group And CVC Brazil Guilherme Paulus

Like any other businesses, the tourism sector can create much success and yield big returns for its investors. You just have to know what to do and at what time to invest so as to create a strong foundation and legacy in the business. Well, it’s not just that, you also have to be willing to put in the work and have a supportive network around you to go the extra mile. These are amongst the factors that have caused startups to be successful like Guilherme Paulus’ CVC or close down within the first few years of existence. Most business ideas are still growing in the dreams of their owners due to the lack of courage to take the risk. For Guilherme Paulus, it was not so different back in 1972 before he met with the then State Deputy, Carlos Vicente Cerchiari.

Guilherme Paulus co-founded CVC Brazil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A., a tour operator in 1972 at the age of 24. The venture started off as a small business and the co-founder left it after four years. CVC, under the leadership of Guilherme Paulus, has become the world’s leading tour operator in Latin America. The operator’s success has continued to grow with the number of tourists increasing every year. As of last year, the tour operator transported over 9 million tourists and is therefore hopeful that more is to come. Back in 2009, the company’s 63.9% stakes were bought by a private equity firm, the Carlyle group, at an estimate of 420 million dollars.

In 2005, Guilherme Paulus founded the GJP group which manages and controls the GJP hotels and resorts in Brazil and other parts. These over 20 brands of hotels and resorts are located in Maceio, Rio De Janeiro, San Paulo, and Salvador. The GJP group manages its hotels as well as third-party hotels. The group also operates on the basis of market and commercial representation of independent hotels.

Guilherme Paulus has received several recognitions and positive for his hard work and success in the tourism sector. In 2013, he was featured in the Forbes issue of billionaires and was listed at the 1.1 billion dollars’ worth.

Check more about Guilherme Paulus: https://www.panrotas.com.br/hotelaria/investimentos/2018/08/guilherme-paulus-abrira-hotel-de-luxo-com-nova-bandeira-em-sp_158399.html

Shervin Pishevar says Uber could be last major startup if tech monopolies not reined in

Shervin Pishevar is one of the most accomplished people in the world of tech finance. He is the founder and CEO of Investment company, one of the most prominent and prolific venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. He has been instrumental in the founding and growth of Virgin Hyperloop, Uber and Airbnb. Shervin Pishevar has also founded a number of companies on his own, including Ionside, WebOS and Social Gaming Network.

Shervin Pishevar also runs one of the most-followed Twitter accounts in the technology sector. He has more than 100,000 followers, who hang on his every word. Recently, Shervin Pishevar engaged in a more than 24-hour tweet storm where he went into detailed analyses regarding a wide breadth of topics. One of the topics that he addressed is the current problems that tech monopolies are posing for startups.

Pishevar is no stranger to the world of cutthroat tech startups. As someone who has helped to launch dozens of companies, he has seen the many methods that are used by the Big Five tech monopolies to shut down potential competitors before they reach the point of posing a serious threat to the monopolists’ markets.

Shervin Pishevar says that one of the ways in which new startups are driven off is through the particularly nasty practice of lawfare. The way it works is that companies like Google, with nearly unlimited cash reserves, can invest $50 or $100 million in paying teams of top-end lawyers to harass competitors with nuisance lawsuits.

In many cases, these lawsuits are completely specious. Yet, the companies who are targeted by them are forced to show up in court and defend themselves, lest they incur default judgments that could put them out of business. The fact that companies like Google can outspend these new startups by factors of 10,000:1 or more means that, eventually, these firms can be exhausted by court costs.

Even when the monopolies lose, they win because even if they end up having to pay court costs, all of that money comes out of operating capital until the court case has been resolved. And in many cases, such resolutions can take years.

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/shervinpishevar

Stream Energy

Stream Energy was founded in the year 2005, and it is a company that provides energy, wireless, protective and home services to its large clientele base. Stream Energy is worldly renowned, and currently, it serves in over seven states, and some of these include New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Texas. Stream is concerned about its environment, and their social responsibility is to give back to the society to make it a better place. This prompted the formation of Stream Care Center which is an organization they formed to give back to the society since the company is making a lot of revenue in energy sales.

 

Stream Energy in Dallas patch

Dallas Patch recognizes brands that are socially responsible and give back to the society or partake in activities that are of benefit to the society. In 2018, Dallas Patch featured Stream Care Center as the new philanthropic foundation in town that was helping the community at large. Back when Hurricane Harvey caused havoc in Houston, Stream Care Center is among the foundations that chipped in and helped the people in that area affected by it. Stream Care is also in partnership with the Hope Supply Company in Dallas that is a company that strives to help the people that are homeless in the area. Their partnership has been ongoing for close to four years and is involved in providing basic needs such as shelter and clothing.

 

Philanthropic efforts

 

Stream Energy has been involved in a lot of philanthropic efforts that strive to assist people during natural disasters and calamities. Some of their philanthropic efforts include:

  • They have worked with Habitat for Humanity that offers cheap mortgages to people and free labor for the repairment and building of new and old houses.
  • They have worked with Red Cross several times offering aid to individuals affected by natural calamities and providing them with food.
  • They worked with the Salvation Army back in 2016 to provide relief food and money to individuals that were affected by the tornado that occurred in Texas.
  • The organization continues to make major strides in the country.

https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/organization/stream-energy

How GreenSky is Embracing Technology

If you’re not already familiar with GreenSky , it is one of the ten biggest Fintech companies in the United States, according to Forbes.com. The company is also ranked number 17 on CNBC’s disruptor 50 lists in recognition of their contributions to the financial industry. As far as their financial standing, GreenSky , at last check, has a valuation in the neighborhood of $3.6 billion, and given their growth in recent years, this number is expected to continue to climb.

In addition to their impressive valuation figures, GreenSky  operates through a network of 17,000 merchant retailers and is also backed by Fifth Third Bank, the principal subsidiary of Fifth Third Bancorp, which is one of the largest banks in the U.S.

Co-founded by Larry Smith and David Zalik, GreenSky  has positioned themselves to be a mobile-first company. This commitment has enabled the consumer finance company to allow customers the option of initiating a loan through the convenience of a smartphone. To say this is groundbreaking would be an understatement; however, this progressive move to further embrace technology is what differentiates GreenSky from other consumer finance companies.

Cognizant of the conveniences that come with “smartphone lending,” Co-founder David Zalik admits that there was a time when initiating a loan without being in the presence of the lender would have been unfathomable; however, he also states that times are changing, and GreenSky is a company that is committed to keeping pace with new industry trends, provided they align with the company’s goals.

Now that we have some background information on GreenSky , let’s take a closer look at what it means to initiate a loan from a smartphone. According to company information, this process streamlines the loan process while placing the consumer in the proverbial driver’s seat.

To submit a loan application, a consumer would need to download the GreenSky app to their smartphone, and from there, they will scan their driver’s license and provide their date of birth and social security number. Once the necessary data has been submitted, GreenSky  will conduct a loan evaluation. Provided the loan is approved, customers will receive their loan details, which include an APR and the complete terms of their loan.

https://www.fool.com/investing/2018/06/12/greensky.aspx

Jeunesse Global expands rapidly throughout Pacific Rim

Although they aren’t household names to most Americans, Randy Ray and Wendy Lewis have long been known throughout the North American direct-selling business as some of the most talented and astute entrepreneurs to have ever graced the industry. Responsible for the formation of dozens of great companies, the couple has enjoyed immense wealth and power within the industry for decades.

But as Ray and Lewis approached the typical retirement age, they pondered whether it was time for them to finally hang up the towel and enjoy the fruits of their labors. In August of 2009, the couple finally took the plunge, trading in their lives of quintessential workaholics for the leisure and luxury of retirement in an exclusive Florida community. But old habits die hard. It didn’t take long for Ray and Lewis to develop a serious itch for the fast-paced excitement and deep sense of meaning that they left behind when they exited the business world. They started selling a few products out of the garage of their Florida mansion. Soon, the couple was back to spending 70 hours per week and more on their new venture, which was now trading under the name of Jeunesse Global.

Early on, both Ray and Lewis made the conscious strategic decision that they would focus their new venture on the East Asian market. The couple had travelled extensively through the region and was well aware that the population had been stuck under the jackboot of communism for the better part of a half century. Ray and Lewis knew that as free market reforms continued to take hold throughout countries like China and Vietnam, that those markets would represent one of the most bounteous opportunities in the history of commerce. They quickly started making efforts to recruit some of the top product distributors from the region.

This bet would prove to be one of the best that Ray and Lewis ever made. Today, Jeunesse Global is a force majeure throughout much of the East Asia region. It has made billions of dollars in sales, much of which have come from its health and beauty products that are specially tailored to the Chinese market.

https://www.facebook.com/JeunesseHQ/

Louis Chenevert Production Management Success

Louis Chenevert was born in the year 1958 in Montreal, Quebec. He had a normal childhood during which he developed an interest in business and entrepreneurship at a young age. He knew that with hard work, success is bound to follow. Chenevert went to the HEC Montreal Business school at the University of Montreal where he specialized in production management where he is responsible for goods produced with the best quality and quantity at a fast speed and at a minimum cost to allow an overall profit. The efficiency of a company often relies significantly on production management and Chenevert wanted to be part of company success.

Chenevert is a Canadian, he has worked hard by knowing what wanted and worked to achieve his goals and determination has driven him to meet all. He has achieved greatness in the business as an entrepreneur.

Chenevert landed a job with General Motors at St Therese, Quebec. He was hired by a man called Guy Hachey and put him in charge of the General Motors Assembly line Montreal. They both had an interest in improving the company and rising through the ranks in the process. Chenevert was not completely satisfied with his position in the General Motors after having worked there for 14 years. He felt it was about time to transition to a different industry.

Karl Krapek was another veteran in the same company who was looking forward to changing himself. He convinced Chenevert jump into aeroscope industry was in the best interest. In 1993 Louis decided to make the transition to the aeroscope industry and joined Pratt and Whitney Canada (PWC). It is an aircraft engine manufacturer based in Canada just outside Montreal.

 

In 1996 the vice president of P and W was retiring, and Chenevert was chosen to succeed him. After Chenevert got in the job, it took him three years before he was named the president of P and W in 1999. Chenevert later moved to UTC where he became the director then in 2008 he became the president and CEO of the UTC companies. He also received degrees and a doctorate honor from the university where the patients have access to the latest cancer therapies and best care. Louis is also useful in charitable events where he supports the Yale Cancer Centre. He is now retired, but with him, you can never predict what opportunity he has next.

 

http://www.yachtingmagazine.com/louis-chenevert-horizon-yachts-P105-design

A Few Quick Questions With ATS Digital Services CEO Robert Deignan

Robert Deignan is a successful businessman that is the CEO and co-founder of ATS Digital Services. ATS provides companies with digital support solutions including connectivity issues as well as general troubleshooting.

Deignan is a native of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and while in high school earned a full scholarship to play football at the University of Purdue. Deignan graduated with a degree in organizational leadership and played briefly after college with the Miami Dolphins.

Robert once again resides in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area with his wife and son. He recently took a moment to provide some insight into his life and career.

What Was The Inspiration For ATS Digital

I worked once at a company named Anti-Malware Software and we had many complications with the installation of our software on the machines of our customers. We learned later that the very issues we were fighting, Malware, was successfully blocking our attempts to install our software. We came up with the solution of having our tech experts remove the malware and install our product from remote locations. When my partners and I decided to move on to our next venture, we used this concept as the centerpiece.

What Is A Typical Day Like For Robert Deignan

I awake at about five am and meet a friend at the gym each morning at 5;45. After my workout, I return home and after seeing my wife and son off to work and school at seven or so I enjoy a cup of coffee before driving to work at eight.

My first order of business once at work is to answer emails and tie up any loose ends from the day before. After that, its a crapshoot and no two days are the same.

What’s a current trend that gets you excited

More and more home computer users are turning to remote technology to fix and repair their computers.

Do You Have A Habit That Makes You Successful In Business

I think there are two. I absolutely believe in myself with my whole heart and I love to analyze numbers.

What Is One Piece Of Advice You Would Give A Younger Robert Deignan

Just one? There are many. (Chuckles.) Okay, I would warn myself about the extreme risk of hiring family and friends and caution myself against it.

 

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Jason Hope hopeful of an aging cure

Numerous diseases face humanity in the world today. Some of these diseases are minor while others are complex. In all the medical conditions that face humanity almost all of them depend on the personality. The disease that one person face is not the disease that affects the other person. However, there is a condition that every human being must go through. It is called aging. Aging is a natural process that the human body goes through as he lives longer. It is an irreversible process that no matter who you are, you must go through.

Aging does not respect the status of your health or the geographical location that you come from. As long as you are living, you must get old, and aging is automatic. There is nothing wrong with getting old apart from that it makes life unbearable. As people get old, they become prone to old diseases. It is at old age that you will find people who have never had health issues all lives moving from one hospital to the other in search of medical attention. Aging brings health complications which make life hard for the people.

Aging is a health problem that man has been facing for a long time. In fact, since creation, man has been handling aging. There has never been a solution to stop or reverse the condition. In fact, it is a commonly accepted fact of life that one must age. This has been the belief for many years, but there is one thing that is currently happening that could change the whole narrative. There is a probability that a new narrative will be written if a research being conducted by a group called SENS Research Foundation will succeed.

Jason Hope

SENS Foundation has received the support of philanthropist Jason Hope who thinks that the research can change the manner in which treatment of diseases is carried in the modern day. According to Jason Hope, there is a high probability that biotechnology research could lead to a breakthrough in the industry. We are moving closer to a breakthrough that could see human beings combat aging. This will mean that human beings will live a healthy life for many years. By taking away the effects of aging, people will be able to enjoy life for many years and possibly the span of life could be added. Jason Hope has been working with numerous other people in the biotechnology industry to make this dream a reality.

Jason Hope info: medium.com/@jasonhope