Eric Lefkofsky Transforms Online Genius into Real World Problem Solving

Eric Lefkofsky’s experiences as an entrepreneur stretch back to his college days at the University of Michigan. There, he sold carpet in his first ever business. This started in his freshman year. At the University he earned a bachelor of Arts/Science before continuing his education at Law School and receiving the title juris doctor in 1993. Born near Detroit and raised in Michigan, he now lives outside of Chicago, in Glencoe, IL, with his family.

Over his entrepreneurial career, Eric Lefkofsky has co-founded many online start-ups such as Groupon, Uptake, and the venture capital company Lightbank, which funds start-up companies in the Chicago area. While he earned his fortune in the online realm with exciting new companies, he has remained very active in “face to face” community service and focused on improving other people’s lives.

From Lightbank, he co-founded and became CEO of Tempus Health LLC, a company dedicated to funneling the power of technology into the fight for better cancer treatment. It focuses on using technology to create more personalized, data driven treatment options for cancer patients, and enabling physicians to better understand cancerous tumors within a patient’s body. This is in addition to the millions of dollars Lefkofsky has donated for cancer research over the years.

In 2013, Eric and his wife, Liz, became members of “The Giving Pledge,” a pledge made by philanthropic-minded individuals to donate half of their wealth to charitable giving. The Lefkofsky Family Foundation has donated millions of dollars to hospitals and foundations throughout the country to support cancer and brain tumor research and improve patient care.

The Foundation also provides money for causes in education, medicine, human rights, and the arts. Educational endeavors range from local Chicago charities such as Young Chicago Authors to national programs including Teach For America. Medical treatments are another huge focus, as are human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch, the Anti-Defamation League. His family foundation also funds several museums, theaters, and other cultural venues.

Sam Boraie and Boraie Development: Helping New Brunswick One Building at a Time

Spend enough time in New Jersey, particularly in New Brunswick, and more likely than not, you’ll start hearing the name “Sam Boraie.” Sam Boraie is the Vice President of Boraie Development, an urban real estate development company centered in New Brunswick, New Jersey and expanding across the state. Plenty of articles have been written about the beauty and luxury of Boraie Development’s buildings, but there is more to the company—and more to Boraie himself—than just a nice-looking product: Boraie Development is increasingly becoming an integral part of New Brunswick’s—and New Jersey’s—community revitalization and redevelopment.

For instance, in 2013, Boraie built One Riverview at Rector Street, which was Newark’s first high-rise residential project in more than fifty years. This particular building was especially important to the community: Sam Boraie partnered with international basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, who grew up in Newark, to construct the building. O’Neal joined with Boraie to give back to the community, and One Riverview has certainly been a success in that department: the building is now known as part of an incredible neighborhood transformation.

Newark isn’t the only city that’s been transformed for the better by Boraie’s buildings. In 2015, Boraie Development completed The Aspire, a luxury rental tower in New Brunswick. This building has been praised for its cool, modern look, designed to attract the growing population of young renters in the city—but The Aspire has done more than just attract a new renter market. Located in a neighborhood of trendy restaurants, clubs, and theaters, The Aspire’s new renters have helped revitalize the heart of New Brunswick, further contributing to the city’s redevelopment efforts. Boraie also has new commercial residences on the horizon, promising further redevelopment for the city in the future.

But Boraie hasn’t only helped the community through real estate development. Boraie is also on the Board of Trustees of New Brunswick’s Historical State Theatre, a well-known landmark in the city. The Theatre puts on many events that contribute to the cultural development of New Brunswick, including concerts, plays, ballets, and other shows. Boraie Development specifically has sponsored the State Theatre’s annual Free Summer Movie Series. This series has featured fan-favorite movies like Frozen, E.T., Babe, and Despicable Me 2. But the Free Summer Movie Series is great not just because of its entertainment: it unites the community once a week, allowing people from different backgrounds to come together at one of the community’s most historic venues. And as Boraie’s Vice President has said in the past, the company is “proud to sponsor this wonderful event.”

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Finally, Boraie is on the Advisory Board for Elijah’s Promise, a New Brunswick-based charity. As their website’s mission statement says, Elijah’s Promise uses food “as a tool for change,” aiming to end hunger through “promoting good food for all, providing education and job training for the food industry, and creating social enterprise food businesses that help build a better world.” Elijah’s Promise makes its mission statement a reality through a variety of local community programs in New Brunswick, including providing a soup kitchen and community garden. Again, these are things that greatly benefit the community—and are made possible in part by Sam Boraie and his company.

Spend enough time in New Jersey, particularly in New Brunswick, and more likely than not, you’ll start hearing the name “Sam Boraie.” Sam Boraie is the Vice President of Boraie Development, an urban real estate development company centered in New Brunswick, New Jersey and expanding across the state. Plenty of articles have been written about the beauty and luxury of Boraie Development’s buildings, but there is more to the company—and more to Boraie himself—than just a nice-looking product: Boraie Development is increasingly becoming an integral part of New Brunswick’s—and New Jersey’s—community revitalization and redevelopment.

For instance, in 2013, Boraie built One Riverview at Rector Street, which was Newark’s first high-rise residential project in more than fifty years. This particular building was especially important to the community: Boraie partnered with international basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, who grew up in Newark, to construct the building. O’Neal joined with Boraie to give back to the community, and One Riverview has certainly been a success in that department: the building is now known as part of an incredible neighborhood transformation. See: http://www.boraie.com/

Newark isn’t the only city that’s been transformed for the better by Boraie’s buildings. In 2015, Boraie Development completed The Aspire, a luxury rental tower in New Brunswick. This building has been praised for its cool, modern look, designed to attract the growing population of young renters in the city—but The Aspire has done more than just attract a new renter market. Located in a neighborhood of trendy restaurants, clubs, and theaters, The Aspire’s new renters have helped revitalize the heart of New Brunswick, further contributing to the city’s redevelopment efforts. Boraie also has new commercial residences on the horizon, promising further redevelopment for the city in the future.

But Boraie hasn’t only helped the community through real estate development. Boraie is also on the Board of Trustees of New Brunswick’s Historical State Theatre, a well-known landmark in the city. The Theatre puts on many events that contribute to the cultural development of New Brunswick, including concerts, plays, ballets, and other shows. Boraie Development specifically has sponsored the State Theatre’s annual Free Summer Movie Series. This series has featured fan-favorite movies like Frozen, E.T., Babe, and Despicable Me 2. But the Free Summer Movie Series is great not just because of its entertainment: it unites the community once a week, allowing people from different backgrounds to come together at one of the community’s most historic venues. And as Boraie’s Vice President has said in the past, the company is “proud to sponsor this wonderful event.”

Finally, Boraie is on the Advisory Board for Elijah’s Promise, a New Brunswick-based charity. As their website’s mission statement says, Elijah’s Promise uses food “as a tool for change,” aiming to end hunger through “promoting good food for all, providing education and job training for the food industry, and creating social enterprise food businesses that help build a better world.” Elijah’s Promise makes its mission statement a reality through a variety of local community programs in New Brunswick, including providing a soup kitchen and community garden. Again, these are things that greatly benefit the community—and are made possible in part by Sam Boraie and his company.

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David Osio Launches a New Real Estate Mobile App

 

David Osio, the chief executive officer of Davos Real Estate Group, has announced the launch of a new mobile app, Davos Cap Calculator to increase the company’s efficiency. The new mobile app will help clients to estimate the return on their real estate investments.

 

For the last six months, Davos’ Executive Director, Gerard Gonzales has been working round the clock to design and develop the mobile app. The app will allow investors to estimate returns on their investment after deducting expenses. Davos’ mobile app has been developed on the latest technology platforms such as iPhone and Android. Gerard Gonzales says that this is the beginning of a series of complementary apps that will help investors to estimate real estate gains and forward the report to Davos’ agents through an interactive chat.

 

David Osio said that the idea of developing a mobile app came in line with Davos’ objective to increase efficiency and transparency. Davos realized the need to develop a mobile app that allows property experts to guide clients when investing in real estate across the United States. As such, the innovative app allows investors to have a clear financial vision when venturing into the real estate industry. With Davos CAP Calculator, you can estimate the price of a property and determine the property that suits your projected income. Furthermore, the new app has a mortgage calculator that allows clients to assess the value of their mortgage, funding period, and associated interest rate.

 

Besides working on the development of the new mobile app, Davos Real Estate Group commits to providing excellent services to its customers. Currently, Davos is negotiating a new strategic partnership with a global-scale real estate agent to extend their services to the European market.

 

About Davos Real Estate Group

 

Davos Real Estate Group is a subsidiary of Davos Financial Group, a global-scale financial services company and a leading provider of comprehensive financial advice in the Latin American market. Davos’ mission is to formulate an investment strategy that meets specific needs of an investor. The firm capitalized on an experienced workforce and combination of premium products to develop quality services.

 

About David Osio

 

David Osio is an accomplished investment advisor who currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Davos Financial Group. Before joining Davos Financial Group, Osio worked at Banco Latino, an international bank headquartered in Miami. As a philanthropist, David Osio supports several humanitarian foundations such as Children’s Orthopedic Hospital in Venezuela. He graduated from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in 1988 with a degree in Law.

 

Mike Baur’s Swiss Startup Factory Lunches the Three-Month Accelerator Program

Swiss Startup Factory was launched in 2014. It is based in Zurich, and it focuses on thriving digital entrepreneurs. Swiss Startup Factory provides exciting opportunities from the first day through their strong network in Switzerland and all over the world. Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF) is a platform where innovation meets execution. SSUF runs a three-month start-up accelerator program that provides an exceptional platform for mentoring, coaching, services, and office spaces strategically located in Zurich. Furthermore, SSUF has a solidly established entrepreneurial network that helps them to achieve their ambitious goals. SSUF has a mission of providing young and talented entrepreneurs in Switzerland a platform that guides them through the business-driven process to achieve their ambitions.

 

Accelerator program

Mike Baur is the founder of Swiss Startup Factory. SSUF supports young accelerator companies that specialize in digital technologies. The accelerator program selects and evaluates the investment enabled startups. SSUF then helps the startups by mentoring them. The next batch will begin in September 2016; therefore, interested parties can apply to become part of the portfolio of Swiss Startup Factory. The accelerator program is a source of likeminded people who can come up with connections and share them.

 

The three-month program offers affordable prices for desks, conference rooms, and office spaces. The office space features a welcome area, conference room lunch room, fitness room, free wifi, storage space, in-house film studio, and Nespresso bar. SSUF is now aiming at Fintech startups so that it will launch the accelerator program this summer. SSUF has partnered with the Geneva-Fintech Accelerator Fusion in a bid to make the accelerator program a success.

 

Swiss Startup Factory hires a top financial entrepreneur

Mike Baur announced that SSUF had hired a former entrepreneur on board. The new member is an investor and a mentor. Mike Baur has hired Michael Hartweg to join SSUF team. Michael is Fintech investor and mentor for young entrepreneurs and Fintech founders. Michael has not been operational in derivatives specialists Leonteq and its shares for close to two years now.

 

About Mike Baur

Mike is the founding partner of Swiss Startup Factory. Baur has been working in the Swiss banking industry for 20 years, and he is the man behind the fundraising and financing rounds at the Swiss Startup Factory. Mike started his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 39 in 2014 when he founded SSUF together with two partners. Baur has an MBA from University of Rochester New York and an executive MBA from the University of Bern.

 

Sam Tabar’s Advice About Diversifying Portfolios

Sam Tabar, a prominent financial strategists who has recently been named the Chief Operations Officer of the Full Cycle Energy Fund, has recently discussed the topic of diversifying portfolios in business. The businessman addressed the topic among a group of his fellow investment strategists during a leadership meeting for investors. Sam Tabar has described one of his major passions as educating future investment professionals. Because of his passion, Sam Tabar often hosts events where he teaches up and coming investment professionals about the ins and outs of the corporate financial world. During this meeting, Tabar explained the importance of diversifying portfolios in investment banking.

Sam Tabar discussed his role as the COO of the Full Cycle Energy Fund during his educational meeting to explain how he helps expand the company through portfolio diversification. Tabar explained that his role in the company is to handle financial decisions in a way that will help build the company’s brand in the long run. By diversifying portfolios for the Full Cycle Energy Fund, Tabar helps to ensure the company’s financial future. Tabar explained to his fellow investors that the financial decisions that they will make on behalf of their companies have the power to potentially destroy the company or make it into an empire.

When advising the team of investors on best practices for diversifying portfolios, Tabar stated that financial strategists should always invest in multiple stocks and sectors. He also explained that investors should consider multi-faceted bond options to ensure their business’ competitiveness in the financial market. Sam Tabar expressed that the most import factor in diversifying a company’s portfolio is the investor’s ability to properly access the nature of the company’s financial situation. If the company is in a position to take more risks with regard to portfolio diversification, then the investor should discuss portfolio options that will yield a higher payout but may consume a greater starting cost. For companies that are not in a position to take great risks, Tabar advises diversifying the portfolio by choosing stock options in real estate investment and other options that are do not require high profits to maintain.

George Soros: Why Helping Ukraine should be Europe’s Top Agenda

Billionaire’s hedge fund manager has been a staunch advocate of the reestablishment of Ukraine’s economy. Recently, he wrote an article on Project Syndicate, highlighting why the European Union will benefit from helping the troubled country. Basing on this, he explains that Ukraine should be Europe’s topmost priority.

George Soros is of the opinion that the Ukrainian crisis largely resulted from Crimea’s annexation by Russia. The full blown crisis that has resulted from the annexation is threatening the unity of the EU. The union has been hesitant to act because numerous crises are almost crippling it. According to Soros, the European Union needs to put its house in order so that it can address the crises bedeviling it.

Why Ukraine Should be Saved from Further Turmoil

The hedge fund billionaire opines that on formation, the European Union wanted to promote individual sovereignty among member countries whilst enhancing the common good of the entire bloc. For years, this acted as the guiding light of the union, which was regarded as the archetype of good governance. Unfortunately, the crises faced by the EU in the course of its existence, have weakened it instead of galvanizing it. The euro crisis in particular, has wedged a significant rift between debtor and borrower countries.

Many citizens currently perceive the union as a relationship of convenience between rich nations and poorer nations. The former have been incessant in imposing their ideologies on the latter. This is the situation that is currently facing Ukraine. The annexation of Crimea is a pointer of neocolonialism and tyranny. The occupation happened at a time when the EU was faced with the Greek crisis among other challenges. It was therefore unable to act decisively.

The Maidan Revolution gave birth to a new Ukraine, which is resolute in its efforts to oppose Russian ideologies. This explains why Moscow has been relentless in its efforts to destabilize Kiev. So far, Ukrainians have managed to stand up against Russian advancement. This is the right time for the European Union to offer its support to Ukraine. For a long time, Ukrainians have shown their willingness to be part of the EU. The union should lead the way in showing them that they have its support.

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George Soros – Forbes

Europe’s Ukrainian Lifeline

Strategies that Can Help Ukraine Stabilize

According to Soros, there is need for the European Union to draw a raft of measures, which will help bring things back to normal. Problems that bedeviled the old Ukraine such as massive corruption and tyranny, should be done away with. Political reforms must be put in place so that public institutions become accountable to the public.

Economically, the EU should help Ukraine market its products to a wider market. Providing the country with the necessary management expertise will similarly go a long way in helping its economy to recover. Investors should also be lured to the country because it has a massive potential. All investments made in Ukraine should be guaranteed by bodies such as the World Bank’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency. This show of goodwill will spur Ukrainians into working towards the economic recovery of their country.

Learn more about George Soros:
http://www.investopedia.com/university/greatest/georgesoros.asp

http://www.biography.com/people/george-soros-20926527

Bernardo Chua’s Success with Organo Gold

Bernardo Chua has become a world renowned expert in sales and marketing mostly from the success of Organo Gold. In December 2015, Chua launched a rewards program that was meant to benefit independent distributors and retail customers of Organo Gold. He cited the program, called Preferred Customer, as a business model that would help with diversification. The biggest benefit that customers will get with the program is savings because they will have exclusive access to Organo Gold product specials and promotions. Besides that, customers and distributors can also take advantage of the support system that will be made available in the form of expert representatives. The program also aims to improve the customer service available for retail clients and independent distributors.

Bernardo Chua

According to Bernardo’s Facebook, he is based in Canada and started Organo Gold in 2008 to bring the benefits of Ganoderma to the public. Ganoderma Lucidium is a mushroom that has been at the forefront of traditional Chinese medicine for ages. The fungus possesses antioxidant qualities and is also excellent for the immune system. Bernardo Chua saw the potential of marketing Ganoderma; and therefore, concentrated on providing it in products such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and other beverages. Over the years, Organo Gold products have increased in variety to cater to the lively lifestyles of its consumers.

Marketing Genius

With the marketing and sales expertise of Chua, Organo Gold Gourmet Coffee has become one of the most notable names globally. The privately held company is currently providing the benefits of Ganoderma in over 35 countries across the world. One way that Chua has been able to market Organo Gold is through the Independent Distributor network where people buy products in wholesale then sell for a commission. Presently, the company has over a million distributors worldwide. Under the leadership of Chua, Organo Gold has grown into one of the top Direct Selling businesses and its compensation plan offers more opportunities for distributors.

Recognition

Bernardo Chua’s success at Organo Gold has not gone unnoticed with 2015 bringing him and the company prestigious awards. He received the Dangal ng Bayan Award, which is a tribute to world-class Filipino achievers and products. Organo Gold bagged the People’s Choice Award for Number 1 Global Network Marketing Company and another for Best Gourmet Organic Health Coffee.  Be sure to follow the man on a mission on Twitter, where he can be found @OGBernie.

Jim Hunt: All About the People

When Jim Hunt, investment professional, came up with VTA publications, he did it for a major reason and that was the people. He knew this product would be great for the people and something they could truly get use out of it. Jim Hunt has always been about investing in people and investing in the future. It is a big reason why he has been as successful as he has in past, present, and future. VTA Publications has only been around since 2012, but it has grown and grown in the past four years. It is because he has assembled a team of professionals that know how to get the job done in a timely and professional manner.

VTA Publications is known as a publisher of non-fiction distance learning courses. It is important to know things and their publishing makes things easier to understand. They don’t make things too complicated, overly convoluted, or complex. While they are rich with details and notes, they make it to where it makes sense. They pride themselves on satisfying the customers. When the company started in 2012, they made it a source of pride to make sure their customers were always happy and they produced quality material. After all, your reputation means a lot and you have to have a strong one. Their reputation is strong as a rock.

They have thousands of customers and that is, of course, because of their products, but it is also because of strong word of mouth from those they have used their products. Not only do they have great products, but they also help organize special events for particular genres. They know how to cater to a particular audience. Everyone is different and that is a good thing. Because of this, with their events, they know how to make members of that particular audience happy and feeling like they got their money’s worth and then some.

They work both digitally and physically as well. These days, people have a preference. Some people like things digitally and like that way of doing things while others still like the physical copy. Again, it is about giving the customer options and choices.  To learn more about Jim Hunt and VTA Publications, check out their website.

Diversant Is Solving IT Staffing Issues For Corporate America

Corporate American went through a change after the 2008 meltdown. Companies learned to operate with a smaller staff and less overhead. But the demand for one segment of the workforce has increased over the last 10 years. According to Internet sites like CareerBuilders.com, network engineers, Java or Net developers, and computer programmers are hot careers, and they keep getting hotter. Diversant, the largest African-American staffing agency in the United States, is trying to keep up with demand for IT staffers. Thanks to CEO John Goullet, Diversant is filling positions with competent people faster than expected.

John started his career as a computer consultant. Goullet decided to be part of the IT staffing industry in 1994. That’s the year Goullet founded Info Technologies. His insight, diligence, and exceptional staffing team produced excellent results for clients. Info Technologies went from zero to $30 million in sales quickly and by 2009, Forbes put Goullet’s Info Technologies as number 8 on their fastest-growing privately owned company list.

When Goullet met Gene Waddy and decided to join forces in the same industry, the merger went without a hitch. Waddy’s company, Diversant Inc., was also a top IT staffing company. In 2010, Diversant was born from those two successful staffing organizations.

Diversant offers large and small corporations qualified people that pass all the tests. Diversant performs background checks, investigates resumes, and talks to references. The team at Diversant makes sure that all candidates are more than qualified for open IT positions. When some corporations want to hire candidates directly, Diversant will assist those clients when needed. Diversant’s goal is to give companies the diversity they are looking for without compromising qualifications.

Goullet’s years of experience helps clients identify staffing personnel that fits their corporate structure as well. The IT workforce is made up of creative individuals that like the freedom of working with a team as well as working solo. Goullet and his staffing team do the legwork, and they make sure the candidates fit the tasks and the company. Goullet calls that going the extra mile, and the IT staffing industry that extra mile makes a huge difference in a company’s bottom line.

Source: http://bitsylink.com/2016/04/28/how-john-goullet-improves-it-services-through-diversant-llc/

The Inspiring Career Helane Morrison

The thing that I admire the most about Helane Morrison is the way that she has continued to climb the corporate ladder and thrive as a compliance officer. The male dominant corporate industry can become difficult for a lot of women, but the women that are persistent have the ability to break the glass ceiling.

That is precisely what Helane Morrison has done, and I find her career quite fascinating. I think that the thing that has made her someone to watch is the determination that she had from the early stages of her career. She started early as a law clerk and worked for a decade on litigation cases. Helane became very aware of the corrupt practices that violations of employee rights.

So many women will graduate from a university, and they will find themselves in search of a job at the corporate level. They may not have any experience, but they want to have the opportunity to prove themselves and someday become top level executives. In an industry that is dominated by men that will rarely be the way that things will work. Fortunately, Morrison knew this, and she knew what she would have to do in order to combat this.

Helane Morrison would earn her first degree in journalism, but she would make the transition into law and go back to law school when she discovered her passion. She was very new to the law, corporate investigation and litigation environment in the beginning, but she adjusted quite well.

I think that Helane Morrison has built a resume that has allowed her to become one of the most valuable resources that any organization can have. She didn’t waste a lot of time or deviate from her plan. She built a resume that would be perfect for what she is doing right now with Hall Capital.

What Helane Morrison has done is inspire a whole new wave of aspiring female leaders that are trying to acquire corporate positions. She is an individuals in her own right, but she shares the spirit of ambition with so many corporate leaders that came before her. Thankfully, she has developed a blueprint for many that are coming after her.