Alex Hern, Creating Reality In A Virtual World

For over twenty-five years, Alex Hern has focused on early stage tech companies, and he has started and sold many successful companies. But for the last few years, he has focused his attention on one up and coming aspect of the industry, VR. The media usually focuses on the ways virtual reality technology will revolutionize the gaming experience, such as Pokémon Go. And other extremely popular brands, such as The Walking Dead and Rick and Morty, are working on their own VR games. But this technology has the possibility to change far more than just entertainment. Both Google and Microsoft have experimented with VR Technology in their products Google Glass and HoloLens. With the growing popularity of VR and the technological advances in mobile devices and computers, Alex Hern saw an opportunity to expand the possibilities of Virtual Reality and to use this technology to enable collaboration on a brand new level.

Tsunami XR, Alex Hern’s current company, offers customizable VR services to companies around the world. By using this technology, these clients will create virtual workspaces and allow employees all over the world to collaborate on projects. Engineers and Designers will actually see their prototypes, saving time and money. And these designs can just as easily be tested for performance or reliability in a virtual reality space. Companies can hold client meetings without the need for anyone to travel. Homebuyers will be able to tour a potential home from the other side of the country. Walmart has even already used this technology to train employees on how to handle Black Friday Customers. With increasing advances in Artificial Intelligence and in cloud computing, VR is becoming more and more prominent in society. This technology has the power to revolutionize the way business gets done, and Alex Hern is at the forefront of this movement.

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GreenSky Credit Is Big – Here’s Why

GreenSky LLC is a mid-sized lender based in Atlanta, Georgia founded in 2006 by chief executive officer David Zalik. The company is the third-largest financial technology company in the United States – the field is also known as fintech, a mashup of the words financial and technology – despite being created just longer than a decade ago.

The company recently held an initial public offering, filing confidentially with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission back in early April 2018. In that IPO, GreenSky raised just short of $1 billion – $874 million, to be exact – in funding. Altogether, David Zalik’s GreenSky traded a whopping 38 million public shares in exchange for investments in the budding company.

While GreenSky is doing pretty well for itself, David Zalik is doing even better – just after the aforementioned IPO, David Zalik was officially worth roughly $2.5 billion. His net worth is based mostly on the price of shares of GreenSky, of which he owns a majority stake.

How did GreenSky become so big?

GreenSky does nothing but lends money to approved applicants – so far, the company has given out some $12 billion to over one million happy debtors – through GreenSky Credit, a program that’s a part of David Zalik’s GreenSky.

GreenSky Credit provides approved applicants with up to $65,000. Most of such money goes to mid-sized corporate construction companies, though plenty gets shoveled to smaller construction causes. GreenSky Credit lends out so much money to builders because they’re often not paid until their agreed-upon work is complete; at best, they’re paid in installments, potentially leaving them for weeks without their customers’ capital.

David Zalik realized that GreenSky could grow to such a lofty level of success after he gained experience in the construction industry directly following the turn of the millennium. No more than a few years after the experience, GreenSky and its well-known program GreenSky Credit picked up financing from TPG, ICONIQ Capital, and PIMCO, three of the largest institutional investors across the United States. Last December, GreenSky was worth $4.5 billion.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/15/greensky-2017-disruptor-50.html

Shervin Pishevar Paints a Gloomy Prediction of the US Economy in His 21-hr Tweet Storm

Shervin Pishevar has been quiet for the last six months after announcing that he would resign from Investment company. He is a pretty vocal business personality on the social media, but for some reasons, he has remained silent. Shervin Pishevar has invested in some renowned names like Slack, Warby Parker, Dollar Shave Club, and Uber.

Recently, Tweeter account roared to life with a gloomy tweet storm about the U.S. stock market. The market had a shake-up in Mid-February. Shervin believes this shake-up will continue towards the end of the year and cause the market to lose an aggregate 6000 points by the end of the year. Here are some of his main reasons.

The February Dip Will Continue For the Next Few Months

Shervin Pishevar thinks that the dip witnessed in the stock markets in February will continue and get more in-depth. He believes that the fall is caused by increasing credit account deficits, rising interest rates and an increase in tax giveaways.

Bonds Lost Their Power

The government issues bonds partly as a tool to reset the market and correct the deficiencies that put pressure on some sectors. However, he believes that the bonds have been used too much to remain effective. Therefore, the market may take longer or not normalize even after the central banks buy bonds.

He believes that Inflation is exported

Shervin does not buy into the thinking that the American economy is going up in contrast with the global economy. Therefore, he says that that the inflation cannot be contained within the borders and has been exported over the years. Shervin also feels that the shaky global trade deals created by the current administration will not help the situation.

Silicon Valley Lost Its Modern Rome Allure

Shervin Pishevar believes that the Silicon Valley lost its exclusivity. While it is not bad, it will negatively affect short-term economic growth. Talents and ideas are no longer strong enough to hold the Silicon Valley at the top. Shervin also feels that the American entrepreneurial spirit spread worldwide and became a global thing eroding any comparative advantages that the USA enjoyed.

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The Titans of Consumer Reporting: A NewsWatch TV Review

NewsWatch is one of the premier sites for reporting on upcoming technology. When Saygus phones were looking to fund the development of their new smartphone, the Saygus V Squared, they turned to NewsWatch to make reviews of the phone as well as promote their indiegogo campaign. Sure enough, Saygus met their funding goal and even exceeded it by $300,0000. What separates NewsWatch from the crowd is their connection to both companies and consumers that allows them to communicate the ideas of the company as well as the desires of the consumer.

Don’t let all this talk about technology fool you, NewsWatch has been in the business for a while. They started in 1990 as a program focused on financial issues, and through the 1990s they expanded out to covering various consumer and entertainment products. It was in 2011, over 20 years after their founding, that they began their tech reporting segment. Since then they have worked with various Fortune 500 companies to produce the latest product reviews for an array of brands from Audi to Sony.

In almost three decades of existing, NewsWatch has not just survived the changes in modern media, but thrived. On top of working with internationally regarded brands, they have had household names like Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence on their show, which demonstrates the level of cultural clout they continue to hold in today’s day and age. If you are looking for a direct line from brands to consumers, there are few organizations better than NewsWatch TV Reviews.

Malcom CasSelle: An Entrepreneur with Vision

Worldwide Assest eXchange (WAX), the Global Decentralized Marketplace for Virtual Assets, boasts itself as being a safer, faster, and more secure way for anyone to build and operate a virtual marketplace with little to no investment, or risk for that matter, involved in the process. Exchanging of virtual goods has been around for at least a couple of decades now. Hundreds of thousands of gamers have been selling and trading fully developed characters and unique items on games like Diablo II since back in the 1990s and World of Warcraft in the early 2000s. The trend has doing nothing if not grown bigger and better. This is exactly what lead OPSKINS innovative founder Malcom CasSelle to his newest brainchild, WAX.

The future of WAX entails so much more than a platform for selling in-game goods however. it is the foundations for not only a new global marketplace for peer-to-peer trading, but for a new cryptocurrency as well, or Wax Tokens, which could compete with such already existing and successful currencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, and Litecoin. “WAX is the onramp for mass market cryptocurrency adoption.” says William Quigley, current WAX CEO. As of right now there are nearly 2 billion WAX Tokens in circulation already, valued at around 0.16 USD each.

Malcome CasSelle attended both MIT and Standford University, where he earned degrees in Computer Science. It is no surprise that he is not only the President of WAX but acting CIO of OPSKINS as well, which is by far and large the most lucrative and successful online market place for buying and selling in-game goods from countless online video games and platforms. He is the former CTO of Tribune Publishing, as well as SVP & GM of Digital Media at SeaChange Int’l ( a company which bought-out Timeline Labs, of which he was CEO). He was also involved with startups such as MediaPass and Xfire which center around the the digital industry and online gaming. Investments of CasSelle include FB, Zynga, and Bitcoin affiliated companies.

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In the 1990s CasCelles founded one of the first media based website companies with a focus on Afrocentric culture, NetNoir, where he was acting CTO. At the turn of the century(98-03) he was selected as senior vice president and advisor for Pacific Century CyberWorks CEO, PCCW being a massive telco service company located in HongKong. After that CasSelle worked as a director of Capital Union Investments also in HongKong, and worked as a top executive for the joint venture between Tencent and Groupon. It is clear to see that CasCelle is more than just another executive in the global rat race, he is a true entrepreneur spirited businessman with high intelligence, imagination, and good old fashioned street smarts to say the least.

Talk Fusion CEO, Bob Reina offers marketing tips to MarTech Adviser subscribers

In a recent interview with MarTech Advisor, Bob Reina, Talk Fusion CEO, shared more information about how video marketing is such a good resource for businesses. Reina recently wrote an article about how video marketing techniques have been changing over the past few years. He has explained how video marketing has helped businesses market their products and services.

Reina believes it is important for him to share his experiences and advice with other young business owners. All MarTech Advisor readers should be familiar with Reina’s vision of future technology. Businesses that are looking to grow will love all of his tips and tricks. He is recommending that businesses of all sizes make video marketing the main source of marketing.

Reina is always traveling around connecting with other business owners offering all kinds of promotional tips. Based on current trends and detailed market analysis video messages are getting the most attention and interaction. He claims it is more than just a suggestion. Video marketing will most likely be your biggest asset.

Reina’s first product was video email that was released back in 2004. Video messages were less common back then than they are now. He saw the potential success in video marketing over a decade ago and now companies of all sizes are taking advantage of Reina’s video marketing tips.

He came back to MarTech Advisor to talk to his target market of eager young business professionals looking to spice up their marketing campaigns. Reina explains how important it is to using the video marketing trends. Those who do not jump on the success now will be lost in the future. Reina has been an active contributor for The Huffington Post.

Talk Fusion was created in 2007 by Bob Reina. This company specializes in using video marketing techniques to help businesses of all sizes stand out over the competitors, as well as increase profits. The company also gives back to a variety of charities. Talk Fusion tries to make video promotions as engaging and entertaining as possible. This company now operates in 140 different countries. Sign up for their trial to learn more about what they offer.

ClassDojo: Innovation in Parent/ Teacher Communication

Modern day parents lead especially hectic lives, with more and more families identifying as two income households than ever before, making it increasingly difficult to be actively involved in the daily activities of their child’s classroom. With ClassDojo, an education communication platform, parents and teachers can keep in touch through various methods available on the app and the ClassDojo website, empowering parents by enabling them to take an effective role in the process of the education of their children and creating a community for open communication.

Based in San Francisco and founded by Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don in 2011, the company seeks to change to the way parents interact with teachers from the ground up. Users can visit the website or download the app to access ClassDojo. Parents create an account using an email address and a parent code provided by the teacher. Once they are logged onto the app they can access various tools that help to create a sort of virtual classroom experience that can be accessed easily on any computer or mobile device.

Some of the methods ClassDojo employs to achieve its goals are parent/ teacher messages, teacher provided activity schedules, student behavior reports, and photo/ video updates on classroom activity.

The app started as a way to teach behavioral traits before it was developed into its current form. The future of the app could see it transform even further based on the ever changing need of parents, teachers, and students. One possible function that could be added to the app eventually is online payments for things such as field trips and classroom supplies. Eliminating the hassle of sending cash or checks to school that could be easily misplaced by children.

Privacy is also a main priority for the company, which believes it is of the utmost importance to keep information about the teachers, children, and parents that use the app secure, so all users can rest assured that their information is protected.

The app is now being used in 2 out of 3 k-8 schools in the United States and is available in 180 other countries.

Wessex Institute of Technology eLibrary

The Wessex Institute has an extremely well put together eLibrary. The transactions for the Wessex Institute are found here. On-line access is provided so papers presented at the international conferences can be easily accessed. Publications from their Engineering and Science publications are also stored in the eLibrary. The articles the WIT Press International Journal published are available here as well.

The papers the WIT Press previously published are referenced by a system called CrossRef and are seen in publications and reputable reviews on a regular basis. They have been classified as internationally used databases. All of the books in the eLibrary are also archived and catalogued American Library of Congress as well as the British Library.

The eLibrary offers their users over 28,000 peer reviewed papers for download and a search function that is fast and reliable. Papers can be downloaded in PDF format and immediate access can be obtained regarding the latest in research.

There are seven main research areas.

1) Engineering Sciences

2) Built Environment

3) Modelling and Simulation

4) Ecology and the Environment

5) Information and Communication Technologies

6) Biomedicine and Health

7) State of the Art in Science & Engineering

This vast collection can also be seen in twenty-six subjects displayed in the eLibrary.

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