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BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 9/20/2017


INNOVATION AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY | KARTHIK MURTHY

Karthik Murthy Patent Attorney. Source: Murthypatentlaw.com
Karthik Murthy
Source: Murthypatentlaw.com

BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 4/28/2017


MATTHEW WERTER TALKS ABOUT THE UPS AND DOWNS OF LAW AND BUSINESS

LEADERSHIP/PODCAST

Sole practitioner of Emerald City Estate Law, PLLC.

https://soundcloud.com/user-240370148/matthew-werter-talks-about-the-ups-and-downs-of-law-and-business

BY: Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 1/24/2017


THIS BILLIONAIRE MADE IT TO THE ‘BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB’

LEADERSHIP

Phil Maloof an owner of the PALM’S Casino Resort. Source: cigaraficionado.com

Not many people are billionaires, and there are many billionaires that are not in the limelight. Among the well-known billionaires are Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates. What they have in common, besides their large fortunes, is that they’re married. However, there are also bachelor billionaires such as Phil Maloof, one of the Maloof brothers, owners of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ is referred to an exclusive network or organization of billionaires.

PALM’S Casino Resort.
Source: Pinterest

The Palms Casino Resort is modern, swanky, and enticing. Think hot sunny days, relaxing at the rooftop poolside with an icy cocktail, and Playboy Playmates having fun.

Evenings with Phil Maloof include pool parties in Beverly Hills mansions, rooftop parties in Venice Beach, and celebrity guests like Seth MacFarlane, producer of Family Guy and Playboy Playmates. Cigars and liquor in the evenings, fine dinning, nightclub hopping, luxury soaking, and rides in his limo. Maloof was also a state senator before moving to his Beverly Hills mansion.

In August of 2016, Maloof put his Vegas penthouse up for sale at $22 million. The condo is located on the 59th floor of the Palms Place Hotel and is over 6,000 square feet.

Phil Maloof is also a generous billionaire; for example, he bought his personal assistant a new car. His leadership style is relaxed, well poised, and charismatic. The Maloof brothers also are investors. His business network is world-class.

BY: Kristal Whyte
EDITED BY: Caitlyn Schmidt
PUBLISHED ON: 1/18/2017


MEET AUSTIN NOWAKOWSKI A PROMISING LAWYER FOR ENTREPRENEURS

LEADERSHIP/PODCAST

BY: Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 1/12/2017


AN INTERVIEW WITH TYRA BANKS BEAUTY BRAND PARTNER

LEADERSHIP

Source: Sandra Torgerson-Gould / Facebook

WEALTHMEUNLIMITED.COM interviewed Sandra Torgerson-Gould, a business partner of Tyra Banks, about Banks’ cosmetic beauty product line. According to Torgerson-Gould, Banks wanted to start a make-up company for years, and decided to launch this line during her years within the modeling industry. Torgerson-Gould adds that Banks has developed innovative products. Torgerson-Gould calls herself “the mascara queen”, because she has no lashes to speak of and needs a lot of help from beauty products.

Torgerson-Gould was selected by Tyra Banks to be one of two hundred to launch the line a little over a year ago in order to extend the line. Torgerson-Gould calls it a social selling company. Banks emulates the empowerment of women and shares that with other women and men can join too said Sandra. She is part of a community of entrepreneurs. Everything in her product line is fun, fast, and fierce, according to Torgerson-Gould, who says it was an honor to be Banks’ partner.

She met the model icon for the first time in Los Angeles, and has since had a one on one with Banks and says it has been amazing. She loves how easy and transformative the cosmetics are and describes the application of cosmetics as a science, almost like the skills required in a PhD. Feeling and looking good come hand in hand according to Torgerson-Gould.

Torgerson-Gould is now full-time, but began her career working just part-time. Banks has partners all over the country and says there’s no limit to what you can do. Tyra’s notoriety and celebrity bring the product line into the social sphere, attracting users such as Heidi Klum. If you treat it like a business it will run like a business, and if you treat it as a hobby it will run like a hobby she added.
Torgerson-Gould strives to be both a mentor and coach in her work. She believes the cosmetics are for a lot of people, and she customizes her approach in her sales perspective. Torgerson-Gould says that she likes to laugh when she’s working, and believes that working together and learning from each other is what the team does, that every voice matters.

Towards the end of our interview Sandra talked about a few company highlights. Tyra Banks is the CEO and they just hired a Chief Operating Officer. The COO came from Rodan and Fields, a skincare line, and who comes with a lot of experience, she continued. The brand has grown in a significant way, and the fact that everyone knows the name Tyra Banks makes selling easier, according to Torgerson-Gould.

REPORTED BY: J. KRISTAL WHYTE
EDITED BY: JESSICA LAWLER
PUBLISHED ON 1/4/2017


LEADERSHIP

HOWARD BEHAR ON BUSINESS, HIS BOOKS, AND THE EXECUTIVE LIFE AT STARBUCKS

Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks for North America and Starbucks international, helped it grow to the behemoth it is today. He is an author, speaker, advisor, and a board member. Wealthmeunlimited met with Howard, and he talked about his views on business and management, furthermore he talked about some of the topics in his new book.
Howard-Starbucks
Behar didn’t have a college degree and he didn’t
have experience in the food industry but he did
grow up watching his father’s grocery business,
and today he is worth $50 million. Behar now
leads speaking engagements as an inspirational
speaker on business leadership points. Behar
has authored two books; “It’s Not About The
Coffee” and “The Magic Cup”. On his realization
that it wasn’t about the coffee, Howard Behar
says that their personalities clashed occasionally,
his and Howard Schultz, the chairman and Chief Executive of Starbucks, Behar said that Schultz “was fanatic about the coffee, and I [Behar] used to argue with him [and] drive him crazy. I said, Howard come on what business are we really in? Until he finally told me to shut up, it was about serving people.” The Magic Cup is the parable of modern business and Behar emphasizes on leading with values.

Accountability and performance matter, he says. Behar believes that being a leader means having expectations of one’s employees, but that that isn’t a bad thing. In most successful companies, work rules and culture are negotiated and there is no magic in this. Behar recommends having a plan for your life, writing goals down for relationships, and having a covenant with yourself. Howard preaches to live by values -he used Trump as an example, but said he wouldn’t vote for him.

Behar talks about a structure for giving rewards and recognition to help attain goals. Behar believes that people want recognition more than money, and also talks about firing people when employees don’t do their jobs. Behar then talked about how products do change company culture, he mentioned Via the instant coffee packets. He adds that there is no balance in life, it’s challenging to juggle the demands at work and the rest of your life, he admitted that having a seemingly perfect work-life balance elusive.

Behar gushed when he talked about cheating, that people are asked to cheat, to make things look better and that people make the wrong decisions and cheat and steal and that it happens to the best of people, but ultimately it is up to them to make decisions to either quit those foibles or to find another job. Behar talks about making mistakes, that leaders too, make mistakes.

Behar’s main regret is that he wishes he would have believed in himself earlier. Being an entrepreneur takes up a lot of time and that you should love your work. Behar now believes that who you are is who you are and that should be good enough at any place.

REPORTED BY: J. KRISTAL WHYTE
EDITED BY: JESSICA LAWLER
PUBLISHED ON 9/25/2016

Tahoma Group

HOW TAHOMA GROUP IS RAISING THE BAR

LEADERSHIP

Located Redmond, Washington, Tahoma Group is an umbrella company made up of several smaller companies operating together to provide technical and business consulting services. Tahoma Group has integration teams and technical support that work with different departments to build efficiencies within their customer’s organization. Furthermore, they specifically target enterprises, small companies, cities and governments, says business Co-Founder Scott Ware.

Due to his education, resume, and work history at such popular companies such as Microsoft, Amazon -and technical recruiting agency- Robert Half, Ware understands how to develop close relationships with other companies by conducting powerful business development activities that yield sales. Before Tahoma Group, Ware attended college in Oregon and studied business and marketing. After graduation, he was actively involved in the creation of a host of startup companies which he later sold to an investment team.

Tahoma Group is comprised of a few business partners and a robust number of staff developers all hailing from various aspects of the tech and enterprise world. While on the road developing close and intimate relationships with small to medium-sized businesses Ware naturally relies on his strong business tactics, embedding sales figures by liberally and casually conducting both sales and marketing.

Moreover, Mere Cache L.C.C. is a company Ware started and it’s just one of the few companies working under the Tahoma Group, it makes hardware security, provides technical and business consulting. The company’s goal, Tahoma Group, is to provide “quality services to customers” he adds. This umbrella startup also has a R&D team as part of the company, auditing services, and they also have informal investor relations with other companies too says Ware.

In this polished interview dialogue, Scott talks about what his company has to offer and the value his company provides:

Kristal: So what are the perks of working at your company?

Scott: Values are amazing. We have our kind of F’s: family, friendly, focus, fun, futuristic thinking, freestyle so we have flexibility to balance work life and bring any sort of opportunities to the table that we want. You know, as a startup, we loosely define our service offering. Value proposition is our position in the market, but we have a lot of opportunity to bring in any kind of mix of services into our portfolio and we don’t really have limitations as far as some of our consulting.

Kristal: How much is your portfolio worth?

Scott: How much is our portfolio worth?

Kristal: Yeah.

Scott: Of our customers or?

Kristal: Products, services, and customers?

Scott: So I don’t know if that’s a question I can answer right now. We have valuations on different products and services that we have -I mean that might total up to $10 million or more.

Kristal: Okay.

Scott: But I don’t know if I have a definite answer on all that.

Kristal: Okay, great and what’s your company’s goals for the next year?

Scott: Really just to provide quality service to our customers. In our introductory phase we’ve taken on customers at very discounted rates just because we want to have client success stories. Right now we’re going through a period where we’re kind of onboarding a lot of customers and so we’re very busy. We just want to provide the right services to the right customers. We have turned down business because it just didn’t make sense for the customer as well as us and so we’re not afraid to provide the best service possible. But if we need to turn down business because it doesn’t make sense or our values aren’t inline, you know, we will do that. Our goal is really just to provide excellent service.

Kristal: Okay, and are you willing to sell your company or?

Scott: You keep-

Kristal: Yeah-

Scott: You know we all come from the corporate world and we all want the ability to customize our future, you know, just kind of ad hoc, bring in different things that excite us. So I don’t think our goal is to sell, our goal is to build a culture and a company that other people want to work for. We found things we like and don’t like in places we’ve worked and we’re applying that into what we do now. So, I mean we want to have a fun environment that people can have creative ideas and knowledge, intelligence, and the application of those two things. So I think our goal is really just to build something up that people want to work for us.

Kristal: What is your value proposition?

Scott: What is our value proposition?

Kristal: Yeah, it’s a tough question but-

Scott: In a short condensed phrase, I mean our value proposition is value first. Being technical in business consulting, our goal is to help with the three things you would do in any value proposition: increase revenue for our clients, decrease cost of services, and increase efficiencies.

Kristal: So can you give me an example where you’ve done all that for a company?

Scott: Yeah, we have helped streamline a couple of customer’s marketing sales departments and how they can work with their customers, how they market, and sell documentation. You know I don’t know if I can give a percentage of exactly or dollar amount -the savings, we’re still going through case studies. But essentially just increasing the effectiveness of the sales and marketing departments. One of our customers just didn’t have proper documentation processes and they didn’t have the proper CRM (Customer Relationship Management) where they knew how to find information about their clients, so we helped build a whole work flow stream of how t manage that process.

Scott: No, not right now.

Kristal: Okay because you’re still trying to build a relationship with your customers?

Scott: Yeah, and we have some enterprise clients that aren’t there yet, but I said I don’t want to kind of release all their names, but we have a lot of billion dollar giants in Seattle so you can assume who we are targeting.

Kristal: Oh, okay. So I’ve never heard of your company but you have-

Scott: Well enterprise customers I can say who we’re targeting would be the Expedia, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Starbucks, are kind of our enterprise-

Kristal: Okay.

Scott: -portfolio.

Kristal: Okay and for recruiting purposes? Recruiting is kind of a big thing here in Seattle. Is there a recruiter you go to?

Scott: For hiring for us?

Kristal: Yeah.

Scott: I’ve been in recruiting so we do have a customer that I’m starting to manage Recruiting Services for. I’m actually kind of in charge of our internal recruiting-

Kristal: Okay.

Scott: And then our CEO as well, David Thielen. We all kind of screen out, you know, based on our background folks that we want to hire.

Kristal: Okay. Do you go to a recruiting agency?

Scott: No, no.

Kristal: Okay.

Scott: Because I’ve worked at a recruiting agency and so has another partner in the company, so we leverage our knowledge, network, and everything for when we need-

Kristal: Okay.

Scott: -hiring.

Kristal: Okay. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Scott: No, it was a fun interview. We’re looking to work with anybody locally, I mean our desire is to work within the community here, build a good presence, and then expand to other areas. I’d say the smaller towns in America that don’t necessarily have the technical and business expertise like we do in Seattle or Silicon Valley.

REPORTED BY: J. Kristal Whyte
EDITED BY: Tiffany Alexander
PUBLISHED ON: 8/7/2016

Dan-Horan

SELF MADE: FROM SELLING HIMSELF SHORT TO BECOMING CEO

LEADERSHIP

Dan Horan, founder of the startup Employment Trust, has ventured out on his own after working at his brother’s established recruiting agency H10 Capital. Horan’s family comes from humble beginnings, yet a few of his brothers and sisters have managed to create successful businesses. Dan began his career in recruiting by working for his alpha male brother Sean Horan at Snow Dogs. Snow Dogs was an I.T. recruiting firm that was purchased by international recruiting firm Harvey Nash, headquartered in London.

After the buyout and the transfer of ownership, Horan helped his brother Sean build H10 Capital, a professional recruiting agency. After some time, Dan ventured off to begin his own startup. Dan funded his company after his brother bought him out of H10 Capital. Though Sean owned the majority of H10 Capital, Dan did own a “small piece,” and got a “small payout” which he used to start Employment Trust. Dan is well networked in the Seattle area and was “grandfathered” into Microsoft since basically its inception while working at Snow Dogs.

Seattle’s economic climate has changed with the tech boom, and more so with international mergers. Dan has demonstrated interest in acquiring talent and job seekers that other companies are looking for “you kind of have to be from the industry to know” he says.

Dan’s leadership approach is pragmatic; he focuses on team building, and is also a firm believer in protecting companies he has worked at. He has established his company, Employment Trust as a differentiator, both in the way job seekers look for jobs online, and by having a better “mouse trap,” according to Dan. He also wants to be a “little bit innovative”. Dan’s life is the typical life of the rich and famous yet liked to relax and watch “The Entourage”, he lives the high life, plays golf, has mingled with celebrities, and likes making beer toasts on yachts to the good life.

REPORTED BY: J. KRISTAL WHYTE
EDITED BY: JESSICA LAWLER
PUBLISHED ON 3/6/2016

 

ASK BRYAN

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BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 9/20/2017


THE BIGGEST AND BOLDEST INITIATIVE KRISTEN THIRY IS WORKING ON IN FINTECH

TECHNOLOGY


BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 8/24/2017


ASK A CEO

ENTERPRISE


BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 7/11/2017


PITCH PERFECT

ENTERPRISE


BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 5/10/2017


ON YOUR OWN AT FIRST

ENTERPRISE


BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 5/9/2017


THE ENTREPRENEURIAL TYPE FROM THE CORPORATE OFFICE | JOSEPH CALEV


BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 5/2/2017


INNOVATION AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY | KARTHIK MURTHY

Karthik Murthy Patent Attorney. Source: Murthypatentlaw.com
Karthik  Murthy
Source: Murthypatentlaw.com

BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 4/28/2017


Sponsored Article

ANAOH IS CURRENTLY ON THEIR SEED A FUNDING

TECHNOLOGY

Raja Kulasekran, owner of Expandme In.

Anaoh.com is a product lead and owned by Raja Kulasekran, a software engineer who studied at BITS in Pilani India. Anaoh is a product under the company Expandme In, link is www.expandme.in. The headquarters for Anaoh is to be in India, Bangalore. Anaoh is a movie crowd funding platform where users can post film projects and get funding in addition to asocial networking ability. Anaoh is an open platform where anyone in the world can upload a film project and get international funding from two sources such as the Simple Investment Plan or Mutual Fund Scheme.

Anaoh.com
Anaoh.com

Raja has identified a few of following problems in the current film industry in America: the corporate ladder isn’t easy; it’s difficult for an assistant director to become a director. It can also take years to find a producer, since there is little structure in the industry. Once a producer is found, it can also be difficult to find film distributors, and even theatres for the distribution of the movie. Finding investors can be difficult as well, the amount of investors in the film industry is a minimum amount compared to other investment projects across various industries and source of investment money can be controversial. (such as black money vs. white money according to an online thread black money is unaccounted money and white money is accounted money.*⁷). Unless the movie is a hit based on ticket sales, there is no return on investment. Investing in a film can also be a gamble, there is often no way to determine whether the movie will be a hit, equaling financial success, or a monetary loss. According to the MPAA, US and Canadian box office sales went as high as $11.1 Billion dollars in 2015, up from $10.4 the year before . The expected hit Allegiant, sequel to the popular young adult movie Divergant, had an estimated budget of $110 million, but only brought in a domestic total of $66.18 million and an additional $113 million internationally. The low return has even affected the plans and budget for future films in the series, proving that even a ‘sure thing’ can fail.

Regarding Anoah’s financing platform, there is a Simple Investment Plan, or Mutual fund scheme allotted for each movie. Anyone can invest and be part of the Anaoh network. Your money is secured through a legal investment and it becomes operated by a third party within Anaoh. Movie quality is measured through recommendations, thus to get better quality movies, users should get social recommendations on the platform.

The following are added features and solutions of Anaoh:

∙International crowd of music Industry; a Cross platform director, language, actor, actress.

∙If you have $3.14 US dollars, you can become a movie producer.

∙If you build the movie successfully, then it will be a designated production company
entire movie Industry directory at one place and it avoids obtaining a brokerage.

∙Auditing process in movie production and delivery; job listing for movie industry.

∙Anaoh operate as a movie producer for your movie or you can get one person for supporting the director.

∙Promoting online, DVD and other screening process other than theatre, because of the minimum number of theatres.

∙Do auditions across the world.

∙Have Anaoh movie awards.

∙Helps small budget movies.

∙Anaoh has the ability to produce a maximum of 10 movies during the same time. Film underground includes articles about how difficult it is to find the right producer , while Mynette Louie if indiewire.com compares finding the right producer to finding the right spouse.

FAQ:

∙Statistics: How many movies produced per year?

• IMDB lists 226,385 films released between January 1st 2016 and December 31st 2016.

• As of March 19th 2017, 64,881 films have been released since January 1st.

∙What are the pitfalls in movie production?

• A few examples are weak story, undercooked scripts, bad sound, and poor casting choices. ⁸

∙What happens if a movie fails?

If a movie fails then Anaoh will repay 50% of the amount or it will reinvest in another process (film project).

∙Is Anaoh patented Or what’s the expectation of this business?

The Idea is not yet patented. Anaoh is looking forward to getting support from the Movie Industry. Also, Anaoh is looking forward to getting support from the Finance / Bank Industry to bring Mutual Fund scheme / SIP concept into the picture.

For additional inquiries and investment opportunities contact Raja at: one@expandme.in. Add Anaoh to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/k.raja.kulasekaran. For investment inquiries contact Raja at +1 646 641 6220.

Sources
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BY: Kristal Whyte
EDITED BY: Jessica Lawler
PUBLISHED ON: 3/22/2017


EXCLUSIVE FIRESIDE CHAT WITH LEE BRILLHART FROM TEQLAA

TECHNOLOGY

Lee Brillhart, The COO of Teqlaa

BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 2/27/2017


INTERVIEW WITH COMOTION LABS

TECHNOLOGY

Startup Hall at The University of Washington. Source: startuphall.org

Nathan Daum from CoMotion Labs
Nathan Daum from CoMotion Labs

REPORTED BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 2/18/2017


WEALTHMEUNLIMITEDExpressVoice

ModDrop Reignites Torchlight Modding Community

The mod sharing platform ModDrop today announced the acquisition of the premier Torchlight modding community site, runicgamesfansite.com (RGF). The site boasts over 20 million mods downloaded and hosts more than 3,200 community uploads.

“This is an excellent community and we’re really excited to have the staff at (RGF) join the ModDrop team,” says Skylar Kreisher, founder CEO of ModDrop. “The Torchlight modding scene remains very active and we hope to further energize the community by empowering mod developers with ModDrop’s robust publishing tools.”

RGF started hosting mods for Torchlight in 2009 and expanded to include Torchlight 2 mods in 2012. Today RGF is home to the only complete collection of Torchlight mods on the internet. This brings a steady flow of new visitors to the site, which in turn encourages mod developers to continue producing great content. However, the dramatic rise in the use of ad-blocker has made it difficult for small communities like RFS to stay afloat. “Over the past several years I’ve seen a lot of game communities disappear and I didn’t want the same thing to happen to us. I’m glad that ModDrop is stepping up and offering to save sites like RGF. To put it simply, if ModDrop hadn’t appeared, you almost certainly would have lost nearly every Torchlight mod remaining on the internet,” explains founder and former owner of RGF, Chase Webb.

Developed by Runic Games Inc., Torchlight and Torchlight 2 have received high praise among gamers, with “Very Positive” and “Overwhelmingly Positive” reviews by Steam users. Built by former Blizzard employees as spiritual successors to the early Diablo games, the Torchlight games offered fans refined hack and slash gameplay in the action RPG drought between Diablo 2 and 3. Even today as Diablo 3 reigns king of the genre, the Torchlight games offer a unique and compelling experience, thanks in no small part to the thousands of diverse mods that players can use to customize their games. Finding and installing these mods is now easier than ever with the help of the ModDrop platform.

“ModDrop is about making mods accessible to everyone,” explains Kreisher. “We want gamers to experience the joy of playing and sharing mods, not the frustration of file management. We knew the user experience had to be as simple and intuitive as the technology was powerful if we wanted ModDrop to make an impact.” Today ModDrop supports over a dozen games, including popular titles like Minecraft, Witcher 3, Fallout 4 and Skyrim SE. Webb believes ModDrop will amplify community engagement by making it easier than ever to find and install mods. “It’s the kind of utility that fans have wanted for years, and we were simply unable to provide. Now with ModDrop, players can download and install mods from our (RGF) site with a single click.”

About ModDrop

ModDrop is a mod sharing platform designed to enable gamers to easily find, manage and share mods for popular PC games. With a focus on user experience, ModDrop offers robust modding solutions with simple intuitive controls that anyone can use. Launched in 2015, ModDrop has expanded to support 13 games. ModDrop is owned and operated by Olympus Games Inc., a game service company based in Seattle, Washington, United States.

About Runic Games, Inc.

Runic Games is a developer of PC and console entertainment software, designing games that focus on quality, approachability, and fun. Runic Games is staffed by a team with experienced members, including leads on “Diablo,” “Diablo II,” “Diablo II: Lord of Destruction,” “Hellgate: London,” “Fate” and “Mythos.” Torchlight won the GDC Award for Best Debut in 2009, and Torchlight II was a finalist for DICE Award’s Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year, 2013. Runic Games, a subsidiary of Perfect World Co., Ltd., is located in Seattle, Washington, United States.

PR Contact: Skylar Kreisher
PUBLISHED ON: 1/28/2017


MATTHEW WERTER TALKS ABOUT THE UPS AND DOWNS OF LAW AND BUSINESS

LEADERSHIP/PODCAST

Sole practitioner of Emerald City Estate Law, PLLC.

https://soundcloud.com/user-240370148/matthew-werter-talks-about-the-ups-and-downs-of-law-and-business

BY: Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 1/24/2017


THIS BILLIONAIRE MADE IT TO THE ‘BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB’

LEADERSHIP

Phil Maloof an owner of the PALM’S Casino Resort. Source: cigaraficionado.com

Not many people are billionaires, and there are many billionaires that are not in the limelight. Among the well-known billionaires are Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates. What they have in common, besides their large fortunes, is that they’re married.

BY: Kristal Whyte
EDITED BY: Caitlyn Schmidt
PUBLISHED ON: 1/18/2017


MEET AUSTIN NOWAKOWSKI A PROMISING LAWYER FOR ENTREPRENEURS

LEADERSHIP/PODCAST

BY: Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 1/12/2017


AN INTERVIEW WITH TYRA BANKS BEAUTY BRAND PARTNER

LEADERSHIP

Source: Sandra Torgerson-Gould / Facebook

WEALTHMEUNLIMITED.COM interviewed Sandra Torgerson-Gould, a business partner of Tyra Banks, about Banks’ cosmetic beauty product line. According to Torgerson-Gould, Banks wanted to start a make-up company for years, and decided to launch this line during her years within the modeling industry.

INTERVIEW WITH DAVID SAYED VICE PRESIDENT OF BRIGHTCOVE

TECHNOLOGY/PODCAST

BY: Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 1/2/2017


WHAT IS SEATTLE ANGEL CONFERENCE?

Source: www.seattleangelconference.com

INVESTING


ALLIANCE OF ANGELS; HOW TO PITCH TO INVESTORS

 

Source: Facebook/Alliance of Angels

INVESTING

 


tupl

TUPL A STARTUP THAT PROVIDES INNOVATIVE INTERNATIONAL TECH SOLUTIONS

Technology

 


BY: Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 12/5/2016



Finances

PAYING OFF STUDENT DEBT

GOODS

When attending University, most students are unable to pay the costs out of pocket. Since tuition has raised drastically within the last two decades, many students turned to government loans as a way to fund their education. Many of the top universities, such as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, come with hefty price tags, averaging around 60% per year. For students who come from wealthy families, receiving financial aid is not an option granted to them if parents are unwilling to foot the bill. So how do students pay off this exponentially large debt after graduation?

Find Employment
Most grads that come out of the top university don’t have any difficulty finding employment. That is perhaps why they attended top-brand schools to begin with. Most recent graduates are able to take the income that they use in these positions to pay off loans in monthly payments. When one position is not enough to make payments and still afford daily necessities, such as rent, food, and transportation, they seek addition ways to earn money. This is typically in the form of a part-time job. This is perhaps one of the easiest ways to pay off student loans.

Frugal Living
Many students find that living below their means is the best way to put money towards paying off student debt. Joe Mihalic, a Harvard graduate, was able to pay off his $90,000 in loans in a matter of four years by living below his means. Mihalic said that financial freedom was critical to pursuing his life goals and dreams. Therefore, it was necessary to pay off his student loans as quickly as possible. Many other former students like him found ways to save money by living with roommates, which cut down on the cost of rent. They also eat cheaply by making affordable meals with cheap ingredients.

Make A Plan
Having a plan is the best way to tackle a problem. For debt, that is the 3 to 5 year plan. Some students have been able to devise a plan on their own through careful planning. Other’s have taken to meeting a financial counselor who set up a plan for them. This plan is comprised of knowing exactly how much you will be paying each month in order to pay off the loan within 5 years.

Create A Fund
Creating a fund, even when you don’t have to pay the loans at that very moment, is what many college students have done. This is where students deposit several to a few hundred dollars into an savings account that can be used to make automatic payments. It’s money that gets set aside and is not touched. Some students set these savings accounts up before even graduating college, giving them more time to set aside money. Starting before college also gives you time to prepare for upcoming bills in case of emergency, such as being unable to find employment or losing employment.

Source: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/college-finance/repay-college-loans-fast-1.aspx

BY: Michelle Chmielewski
PUBLISHED ON: 12/5/2016
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Los Crudos Band

A DOPE PUNK MUSIC BAND AND A SYNOPSIS OF THE CHICAGO MUSIC INDUSTRY

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Los Crudos existed from 1991 to 1998. Being all Latinos, they paved the way for later Spanish-speaking punk bands in the USA and helped to increase the presence of Latinos in the predominantly white punk subculture.

Crudos mastermind front man Martin Sorrondeguy tended to focus a leftist political criticism towards issues affecting Latin America and the Latino community, such as U.S. imperialism , racism , xenophobia , and economic inequality. Los Crudos have been described as “one of ’90s punk’s truly great bands” and “one of the greatest hardcore bands…ever.” Paul Kennedy additionally describes them as “very popular in both the ‘crusty’ and straight edge scenes in North America.”

Their lyrics were almost always sung in Spanish; the song We’re That Spic Band” (written in response to an audience member calling them a “spic band) is the sole exception. Los Crudos’ lyrics were explicitly political, addressing issues such as class, police brutality, homophobia, and California ballot propositions directed against immigrants. At concerts, singer Martin ‘Crudo’ would often speak at length about the songs’ meanings between songs, partly as a way of getting around the language barrier (audiences weren’t always happy about this). Their music was loud, fast, and energetic with songs built around three chords or fewer. “We’re That Spic Band” and “Asesinos” (about “the disappearances of radical youth during military dictatorships in Latin America”) have both been described as their most well-known song.

The band’s first shows were in Pilsen, the Latino neighborhood in Chicago where the band members lived, and many of their lyrics were first sung there. Sorrondeguy has said that, “One of the main reasons for singing in Spanish was to communicate directly with kids in our neighborhood. In Pilsen, the band also worked closely with community agencies such as Project Vida, an AIDS prevention organization, and Project Hablo, a domestic violence support group.

Los Crudos incorporated DIY ethics into every aspect of the band’s existence, including promoting and booking shows, recording music, touring, and silk-screening T-shirts. They toured Mexico (in 1994), South America, Europe, and Japan, as well as touring the US many times. The band’s recordings were released on independent record labels such as Flat Earth Records, Ebullition Records, and Sorrondeguy’s label Lengua Armada Discos.

Los Crudos played its last shows in October 1998,in the neighborhood which they started in, Pilsen. After the band’s breakup, Martin ‘Crudo’ Sorrondeguy became the vocalist for Limp Wrist, as well as releasing a documentary about Chicano and Latino punk (Beyond The Screams: A U.S. Latino Hardcore Punk Documentary). He has also been in the bands Harto and Tragatelo. Guitarist Jose now plays in the Chicago punk band I Attack. Drummer Ebro became the vocalist for Chicago band Punch in the Face.

The band played an unannounced reunion show in June 2006 at Southkore (America’s first and largest Latino punk festival), in Chicago’s Little Village. The festival attracted more than 400 fans. They also played 2008’s Chaos in Tejas festival in Austin, Texas.

This 2016 Crudos reunion will be one for the records for sure in the Latino punk scene. And with The disappointing election of Donald Trump as U.S. President for the next 4 years. What better reason and time for an energetic, shouting, fist in the air Crudos Show!

God Bless America…

-Thorr

BY: Thorr Viernes
PUBLISHED ON: 12/5/2016
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IMPROVING YOUR CAREER THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

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When it comes to improving your career LinkedIn is an essential tool that you should be utilizing.  It is one of the only social media sites that is entirely for the purpose of career goals. If you don’t have any experience using LinkedIn, or simply have an account that you never check up on—it’s time to reconsider.
Why LinkedIn?

1. Networking.
Networking is a huge advantage to career advancers, as it helps you meet and connect with people you wouldn’t normally get to.  You can find people that you know by proxy—someone that may have previously worked at your company and moved on, a friend of one of your bosses.  If you meet people at business events or during working hours, you can add them on.  The best career opportunities typically come from knowing someone on the inside.  It might make the difference between getting that interview or having your resume thrown in the trash.

2. Credentials.
Many employers like to check up on a potential employee before hiring.  With the age of all types of social media – Twitter, Facebook, etc. – this usually isn’t hard to do.  But these websites don’t give a good overview of a person professionally.  On LinkedIn, potential employers can look at your profile and get direct evidence of where you worked—either through resumes, links to published works, connection with bosses, etc.  Another great part of LinkedIn is that people can endorse you for skills that you have.  If an employer sees that you’ve been endorsed numerously for your abilities, they are going to believe it.

3. Stay Aware.
If you aren’t out in your industry constantly attending events, networking, and learning all the new technology, chances are you will get stale in your position.  However, LinkedIn offers a way to stay connected without having to leave the office.  You can join “groups” on LinkedIn based on what your career and interests are.  These groups will share relevant information, like articles and news stories, and promote classes and workshops.  They will also keep you aware of what industry events are important enough to actually attend.
Other Options
LinkedIn is not your only choice when it comes to advancing your career on social media—though it is one of the most popular.  If you aren’t sure if using LinkedIn is for you, or simply want to hit every social media platform the hardest, then here are some others to consider.

1. Glassdoor.
This is a job and recruiting site.  It’s aim is less towards making connections, and more towards finding the position that is right for you.  Job seekers will create resumes and search for jobs, but companies and recruiters also have pages and search for prospective employees.  One of the best benefits of Glassdoor is being able to see all the reviews employees have left for a company.  You can get an honest perspective before taking a job invitation.

2. Facebook.
That’s right, Facebook can be for business, too.  In fact, if you work in a freelance position, or in a smaller business industry, Facebook is one of the first things people will turn to when finding out more about you—besides a personal website.  The problem is that LinkedIn doesn’t really attract some job seekers and businesses, mostly blue-collar industries, non-professionals, and hourly workers.  If you were a carpenter, LinkedIn just wouldn’t provide you the same benefits as a platform like Facebook.  Facebook tends to be more personal and image-driven.  It allows people to connect together on a unique level that is based on location.

3. Indeed.
Like Glassdoor, Indeed is more focused on the idea of job-seekers finding jobs and employers finding employees.  It is a platform where these two types of users can connect.  You can create a profile on Indeed that goes through your experience, achievements, accomplishments, etc.  You can even upload a resume and cover letter.  Then, you can search jobs and easily apply.  However, you can also make your resume publicly visible, allowing recruiters to find you.  Again, LinkedIn is more information based, while Indeed has the idea of trying to help people find jobs.

BY: Michelle Chmielewski
PUBLISHED ON: 11/8/2016
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THE BEST PLACES TO MAKE A WEBSITE ACCORDING TO REVIEWS

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Having an effective, attractive website is key to many modern business strategies. Especially for startups and small businesses, an affordable and easily maintainable website platform is important to success. Below are the top three website builders according to user review opinions and input.

1. Wix
Wix allows users to build professional, interactive websites. A big plus is that you don’t need to know how to code in order to create your desired design. This is made possible by the hundreds of templates available, user-friendly builder, and industry-specific tools. Wix also makes a point of constantly making updates and adding new features that cater to niche user needs. Some users say that the websites created by Wix are not responsive for mobile devices; however, options are available to customize a mobile-specific version of the layout. The service has the option to sign up for free or upgrade to one of their premium plans, which range from $5 per month to $25 per month.

2. Weebly
This builder is known for its ease of use. Weebly offers stylish designs optimized for mobile and tablet use, widgets in the editor, and drag and drop capabilities to add forms, text, and images. It includes blog-friendly features, pre-designed templates, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), e-commerce features, and visitor statistics. Users also have the option to employ HTML/CSS to customize their website design. Weebly even has an app store where you can find many add-ons such as forums and live chat. One downside users noticed is that there is no built-in business email account system. Pricing ranges from free to $49 per month.

3. Squarespace
A website builder that has recently gained a lot of hype, Squarespace, has been praised for its flexible, powerful editing platform and visually stunning design options. It provides aesthetically pleasing, designer-quality website looks optimized for use with images and graphics. Widgets, e-commerce and blogging functions, SEO, visitor analytics, and unlimited storage space are included on the platform. All of the templates available are mobile responsive and have extensive customization options; however, users report that when using a smartphone, the design may look slightly different in order for the layout to fit well on the screen. Squarespace also has a unique function that lets you edit content live, eliminating the need to alternate between the manager and preview modes and improving the ease and speed of maintenance. Price options start at $12 per month for websites and $26 per month for online stores.

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BY: Caitlyn Schmidt
PUBLISHED ON: 11/6/2016



Socrata

SOCRATA IS NOT AN ORDINARY DATA VISUALIZATION COMPANY

Technology

Socrata, formerly Blist sells web data visualization publishing services, tech services, and apps, as well as educational classes on those services Socrata sells. According to their website: Socrata’s mission is to “Unleash the Power of Government Data to Improve Society,” by allowing for “unprecedented data access.” The company is headquartered in the international district of Seattle, WA, but also has offices in Washington DC and the UK. The company has some employees that work long hours with Socrata’s constituents. Socrata works with City, County, State, and Federal Governments as well as nonprofits, and international organizations.

Current software and digital trends organizations and companies around the world are making their data open and available online for people to access and use. Socrata’s target market is government entities, nonprofits, and international organizations. Some data sets include: government budget, public safety, business, neighborhoods, and graduation rates, among others. Socrata facilitates the process of adding new data sets and data visualization. Moreover, Socrata is an Amazon partner who uses its Open Data Web Services to share and analyze data.

Through Socrata, governments are able to use their existing public data to improve society. In addition, Socrata continuously adds new product offerings; they design products and work with customers. The Socrata Seattle office atmosphere is serious yet lively.

Chris Metcalf has recent graduate cheer tempered with a benevolent attitude, he is Director of Developer Experience at Socrata. He told WEALTHMEUNLIMITED.com that they don’t have public corruption data sets. However, international corruption data is available through Transparency International, the World Bank Group, and other organizations.

Socrata’s equity funding companies include: Open View, Frazier Technology Ventures, Morgenthaler Ventures, Sapphire Ventures.

BY: J. Kristal Whyte
EDITED BY: Jessica Lawler
PUBLISHED ON: 11/6/2016


Discharge

DISCHARGE BANNED IN CANADA

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Discharge are a very influential British punk rock band which formed in 1977 with the original line up of Terry ‘Tez’ Roberts on vocals, Tony ‘Bones’ Roberts on guitar, Roy ‘Rainy’ Wainwright on guitar, Nigel Bamford on bass and Akko on drums. Shortly after Nigel Bamford left the group, and Rainy moved to bass. This line up sounded much more like the Sex Pistols, but only recorded one demo. The line up and the sound changed in 1979. It became: Kelvin ‘Cal’ Morris on vocals, Bones on guitar, Rainy on bass and Tez on drums, which many consider to be the “classic” Discharge line up.

The band pioneered a heavy, distorted, and grinding guitar–driven sound and anti–melodic shouted or screamed vocals with on a focus on anarchist and pacifist themes and frequent mention of nuclear war.

Although the members of Discharge wont be coming back to Canada anytime soon, they do look forward to coming back into the states in the near future, New album End Of Days is out and available world wide.

WRITTEN AND EDITED BY: Thorr Viernes
PUBLISHED ON: 10/26/2016
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PLACES FOR COWORKING IN THE NORTHWEST

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Having an effective, attractive website is key to many modern business strategies. Especially for startups and small businesses, an affordable and easily maintainable website platform is important to success. Below are the top three website builders according to user review opinions and input.

1. Wix
Wix allows users to build professional, interactive websites. A big plus is that you don’t need to know how to code in order to create your desired design. This is made possible by the hundreds of templates available, user-friendly builder, and industry-specific tools. Wix also makes a point of constantly making updates and adding new features that cater to niche user needs. Some users say that the websites created by Wix are not responsive for mobile devices; however, options are available to customize a mobile-specific version of the layout. The service has the option to sign up for free or upgrade to one of their premium plans, which range from $5 per month to $25 per month.

2. Weebly
This builder is known for its ease of use. Weebly offers stylish designs optimized for mobile and tablet use, widgets in the editor, and drag and drop capabilities to add forms, text, and images. It includes blog-friendly features, pre-designed templates, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), e-commerce features, and visitor statistics. Users also have the option to employ HTML/CSS to customize their website design. Weebly even has an app store where you can find many add-ons such as forums and live chat. One downside users noticed is that there is no built-in business email account system. Pricing ranges from free to $49 per month.

3. Squarespace
A website builder that has recently gained a lot of hype, Squarespace, has been praised for its flexible, powerful editing platform and visually stunning design options. It provides aesthetically pleasing, designer-quality website looks optimized for use with images and graphics. Widgets, e-commerce and blogging functions, SEO, visitor analytics, and unlimited storage space are included on the platform. All of the templates available are mobile responsive and have extensive customization options; however, users report that when using a smartphone, the design may look slightly different in order for the layout to fit well on the screen. Squarespace also has a unique function that lets you edit content live, eliminating the need to alternate between the manager and preview modes and improving the ease and speed of maintenance. Price options start at $12 per month for websites and $26 per month for online stores.

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BY: Caitlyn Schmidt
PUBLISHED ON: 11/6/2016


Fountain-pens

FOUNTAIN PENS FOR BETTER PENMANSHIP

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Penmanship is not merely a skill but you should have better pens to improve your penmanship. A person’s handwriting depends on the selection of his pen as well. Penmanship is a great deal in the present day and a person’s handwriting can have an effect on his image especially if he is a businessman or a student.There are a lot of pens obtainable from the shops these days and can find one for every writing occasion and style. Fountain pens can be used for every writing occasion and if much preferred amid people around the globe. A fountain pen may formulate your writing look a bit better and it stands as a useful choice for people who inescapably have problem with handwriting.

Better Writing Tool
Keep in mind to use fountain pens for better penmanship since it can help you to solve your writing issues to some extent. A lot of people used to find trouble with their handwriting and they used to look for healthier solution as well. One of the effective means to flee away from handwriting issues is finding suitable and right pens for your writing purposes. The tool that you use of writing purposes has to be engaging and fitting for you. Fountain pens come as a better writing tool for any sort of people and their any type writing functions. Hence, if you really wish to improve your handwriting style, ensure to find the best pen in the field like fountain pens.

Get Some Practice
Obviously, computer keyboards and mobile touch screens have destroyed a lot of people handwriting skills. A number of schools, colleges and universities use up fewer time on cursive handwriting at the moment. Modern generation is more and more depended on keyboards to communicate. Thus, it’s clear that a good number of people aren’t getting a sufficient amount of practice writing things out by hand. The decline in penmanship is actually our own problem but there are an amazing amount of people wish to improve their handwriting. With a fountain pen, the right paper and some practice can help you to make your penmanship better.

Make a Big Difference
A fountain pen can make a big difference in a person’s handwriting. Remember that buying a fancy pen won’t transform your penmanship and it needs a pen that is apt for your writing style. Your picking of pen can make a big difference if your hand has gotten out of form. Fountain pen has variety of pens to choose from and the LAMY Studio pen is a well-liked fountain pen amid people around the world on account of its rubberized grip and considerable weight. The performance of a fountain pen is exceptional and also offers convenience and familiarity to the users. Hence, it is a suitable option for any kind of writing purposes.

Better Writing Experience
Fountain pens can assist to get better your handwriting and presents you a better writing experience that you can formulate with a writing device. With some kind of pens, people may take a long time to get used to it but fountain pens doesn’t take long time to get into the habit of writing. Therefore, you can take pleasure in a writing experience greater to what can be had with the majority of ballpoint and roller ball pens. Another huge benefit of fountain pens is that it will guarantee that the pen is in most favorable writing shape. The writers are required to give more force to get ink when they use some kind of pens but no force is needed to get ink onto the page when you use fountain pens.

Quality Writing
Those struggling to write efficiently should keep away from the pens that cause their handwriting to get worse in appearance. With a lot of pen, the writers are requisite to give more pressure on the tip to get the ink to run and it can have harmful effects in writing. The ink in a fountain pen flows freely and offers quality writing experience to the writers. The quality fountain pens are balanced and the user need not give any extra push to get ink to write. The weight of the pen alone is enough to make a balanced writing for the writers. A fountain pen makes your writing flexible and generates your writing more clear.

Efficiency
Writing with a fountain pen is a rewarding experience because the writer can get back what he expects from his writing especially the penmanship. When you aim to buy a pen, ensure to go for fountain pen for a gratifying writing experience. Fountain pens are around from many years and efficiency of the pen is the same as in the beginning. Hence, it’s not only a fun option but also effective choice to improve your efficiency in penmanship. There are plenty of nib styles of fountain pens and it presents diverse feels and styles when you write in a paper. Fountain pens used to provide many colors of inks in a bottle. So, millions of people prefer the fountain pen as it is better in the field pen making industry due to its efficiency and variety of choices that assist writers appreciably.

Smoothest writing
Another main reason to go for fountain pens is that it has the smoothest writing and the extensive color variety of inks. You can make your writing a smoothest one by means of fountain pen. Picking a pen depends on different thing such as color of the ink, feel of the point or nib on paper, weight of the pen, brand etc. You have to give importance on how your writing may appear to others looking at your work when choosing a pen. Don’t think that the most expensive pens are the best options that aid to improve you penmanship. Fountain pens are likable for signatures on documents, note taking and for many other writing tasks due to the comfort it offers to the writer.

WRITTEN AND EDITED BY: Karen R. Robinson
PUBLISHED ON: 10/23/2016
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THE IMPORTANCE OF AN ORGANIZED WORKSPACE

CAREERS

If you’ve ever before used the excuse of being messy or unorganized, now is the time to make some changes.  It’s been proven time and again that the positives to being organized in the workplace far outweigh the negatives—because there are no negatives.  This can be as simple as making sure everything has a spot on your desk, or as complex as making sure each team member under you has a specified role and placement.  If you make the change to be more organized, you are guaranteed to see the drastic differences.

Better Impressions
If you work in a business atmosphere that includes customers, or any non-company people, entering the business, then you need to put them first.  Clients want to feel comfortable being in your building.  Clean, organized workspaces will ease their minds.  They feel like you have a system in place and know what you are doing.  Clutter could make a client feel like you aren’t only unorganized with objects, but with your business as well.  They may start to second guess if they should be using your business.

Improved Efficiency
An organized workplace gives employees the space they need to be more productive.  It also reduces stress and saves time when it comes to searching for things that are misplaced or hidden underneath other objects.  If you have structure, employees will naturally fit within that structure.  In turn, they will be able to accomplish more, and you will get a better return on investment.

Safer Environment
Safety should always be a priority, but sometimes can be forgotten in a more “dull” work environment, like an office.  However, a dusty and unclean office can potentially cause you or employees to get sick, meaning efficiency goes down.  Employees can also get sick if food items are left behind, causing mold to grow.  With things cluttered and left sitting around, people are more likely to trip and get hurt.  Not to mention if a customer trips, you could potentially be liable.

Boosted Morale
Having a clean and organized workspace shows that you are proud of the space and what you do in that space.  In turn, employees can be proud of where they work.  Workers who can take pride in their working environment are more inclined to be organized themselves, having an overall boost in morale.  Working environments can potentially see a very positive change.

WRITTEN AND EDITED BY: MICHELLE CHMIELEWSKI
​PUBLISHED ON: 10/23/2016
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VALUABLE RESUME TIPS

CAREERS

You’ve found the job of your dreams, but how do you get it? They always say first impressions are key, and your resume needs to convey your knowledge and personality as if you were there in-person.

Some applicants find they have so much they want to include that they end up cluttering the page with text. Remember that the hiring manager or representative is probably looking at a lot of them, so you want to help them find what they are looking for quickly. Capital letters can be taxing to read, so stick with bolded text or a subtle change in font size or type to help the sections of your resume stand out.

There are different ways to approach what to put at the top of your resume (under your name and contact information). Students or those with less experience in their field will want to focus on education, while those with more experience will want to put their work history at the top. Think about what you’re applying for: does the position align with your education or work experience? If you don’t have a lot of experience, highlight tasks and projects you’ve performed to fill up the page.

Also consider your timeline of work. If you’re a current or recent graduate, GPA and honors history are useful. However, if you graduated a long time ago, employers are going to be more interested in what you’ve been up to recently; stick to job awards and events, as well as any volunteering experience you may have.

Hobbies and special skills are also something you want to include, both to play up your value for the job as well as show that you are a well-rounded individual. You may have skills that would suit working in a craft store as well as being a computer programmer, so think about which set the employer is going to be looking for. You can even include keywords from the job description.

Finally, proofread everything. Nothing is more embarrassing or frustrating than sending out your resume and realizing you swapped two digits of your own phone number. Have a friend review to make sure all of the information is correct, up to date, and comprehensible.

The job market can be tough, but a good resume can help you get a foot into the door of the career you’ve always wanted.

WRITTEN AND EDITED BY: JESSICA LAWLER
PUBLISHED ON: 10/13/2016

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BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 8/24/2017


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Anaoh.com is a product lead and owned by Raja Kulasekran, a software engineer who studied at BITS in Pilani India. Anaoh is a product under the company Expandme In, link is www.expandme.in. The headquarters for Anaoh is to be in India, Bangalore. Anaoh is a movie crowd funding platform where users can post film projects and get funding in addition to asocial networking ability. Anaoh is an open platform where anyone in the world can upload a film project and get international funding from two sources such as the Simple Investment Plan or Mutual Fund Scheme.

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Raja has identified a few of following problems in the current film industry in America: the corporate ladder isn’t easy; it’s difficult for an assistant director to become a director. It can also take years to find a producer, since there is little structure in the industry. Once a producer is found, it can also be difficult to find film distributors, and even theatres for the distribution of the movie. Finding investors can be difficult as well, the amount of investors in the film industry is a minimum amount compared to other investment projects across various industries and source of investment money can be controversial. (such as black money vs. white money according to an online thread black money is unaccounted money and white money is accounted money.*⁷). Unless the movie is a hit based on ticket sales, there is no return on investment. Investing in a film can also be a gamble, there is often no way to determine whether the movie will be a hit, equaling financial success, or a monetary loss. According to the MPAA, US and Canadian box office sales went as high as $11.1 Billion dollars in 2015, up from $10.4 the year before . The expected hit Allegiant, sequel to the popular young adult movie Divergant, had an estimated budget of $110 million, but only brought in a domestic total of $66.18 million and an additional $113 million internationally. The low return has even affected the plans and budget for future films in the series, proving that even a ‘sure thing’ can fail.

Regarding Anoah’s financing platform, there is a Simple Investment Plan, or Mutual fund scheme allotted for each movie. Anyone can invest and be part of the Anaoh network. Your money is secured through a legal investment and it becomes operated by a third party within Anaoh. Movie quality is measured through recommendations, thus to get better quality movies, users should get social recommendations on the platform.

The following are added features and solutions of Anaoh:

∙International crowd of music Industry; a Cross platform director, language, actor, actress.

∙If you have $3.14 US dollars, you can become a movie producer.

∙If you build the movie successfully, then it will be a designated production company
entire movie Industry directory at one place and it avoids obtaining a brokerage.

∙Auditing process in movie production and delivery; job listing for movie industry.

∙Anaoh operate as a movie producer for your movie or you can get one person for supporting the director.

∙Promoting online, DVD and other screening process other than theatre, because of the minimum number of theatres.

∙Do auditions across the world.

∙Have Anaoh movie awards.

∙Helps small budget movies.

∙Anaoh has the ability to produce a maximum of 10 movies during the same time. Film underground includes articles about how difficult it is to find the right producer , while Mynette Louie if indiewire.com compares finding the right producer to finding the right spouse.

FAQ:

∙Statistics: How many movies produced per year?

• IMDB lists 226,385 films released between January 1st 2016 and December 31st 2016.

• As of March 19th 2017, 64,881 films have been released since January 1st.

∙What are the pitfalls in movie production?

• A few examples are weak story, undercooked scripts, bad sound, and poor casting choices. ⁸

∙What happens if a movie fails?

If a movie fails then Anaoh will repay 50% of the amount or it will reinvest in another process (film project).

∙Is Anaoh patented Or what’s the expectation of this business?

The Idea is not yet patented. Anaoh is looking forward to getting support from the Movie Industry. Also, Anaoh is looking forward to getting support from the Finance / Bank Industry to bring Mutual Fund scheme / SIP concept into the picture.

For additional inquiries and investment opportunities contact Raja at: one@expandme.in. Add Anaoh to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/k.raja.kulasekaran. For investment inquiries contact Raja at +1 646 641 6220.

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BY: Kristal Whyte
EDITED BY: Jessica Lawler
PUBLISHED ON: 3/22/2017


EXCLUSIVE FIRESIDE CHAT WITH LEE BRILLHART FROM TEQLAA

TECHNOLOGY

Lee Brillhart, The COO of Teqlaa

BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 2/27/2017


INTERVIEW WITH COMOTION LABS

TECHNOLOGY

Startup Hall at The University of Washington. Source: startuphall.org

Nathan Daum from CoMotion Labs
Nathan Daum from CoMotion Labs

REPORTED BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 2/18/2017


TECHNOLOGY

DATA IS THE NEW GOLD RUSH

It feels like it was just yesterday when we interviewed with the Canadian company, Plotly, a platform used to create stunning graphs. This time, we interviewed with another company that provides graphing tools, Tableau. Its business intelligence software is designed to see and understand data.

Adam
Tableau is a publicly traded company headquartered in Seattle, WA. The new CEO, Adam Selipsky, was with Amazon and was a contributor to its success since its inception. Currently, the big players such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are seemingly going all in acquiring cloud data centers. With Selipsky’s insight and leadership, Tableau is poised for success.

Tableau began as a research project in Stanford
University. A couple of people got together and the company was incorporated in late 2003. By 2004, Tableau was selling, since one of the founders’ goals was to have a viable product right off the bat. Tableau has been through several rounds of investing.

“For Tableau, it’s not just about delivering projects, it’s about taking feedback from clients and responding to client needs—and to enable and deliver innovation at the same time,” explains Senior Manager, Rory Abbazio. He also says that data should be intuitive and aesthetically pleasing.

With Tableau, users can get data from multiple sources such as Spark, Hadoop, and Oracle; it also supports applications such as Salesforce and Google Analytics. Tableau also has a feature to use your own data.

Tableau is used in various industries because everything is consolidated into one platform—all the traditional BI tools. It’s used in sales, marketing, finance, utilities, and the medical device industry. It can fit onto any department.

“Tableau changes with your business,” says Dustin Cabral, a Consultant at Tableau. Cabral advocates to start small, think big, and achieve quick wins. He preaches to show value right away. If you have Tableau, Cabral says, “you’ll probably end up depending on it. Using your own data goes a long way.”

REPORTED BY: J. Kristal Whyte
EDITED BY: Caitlyn Schmidt
PUBLISHED ON: 10/1/2016

TECHNOLOGY

NUANCE IS THE BIG COMPANY YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF

Nuance is a public trading company that first began as a technology company developing and selling both scanning software and hardware. The company was doing exceedingly well and buying out other companies.

Like other big brand companies, Nuance demonstrates commitment in providing assistance to people with disabilities with technology-specific products, such as, Dragon a voice recognition software. Furthermore, according to Nuance’s website, “Thousands of individuals and corporations use the software to prevent or treat repetitive strain injury, or simply to become more productive.”

Nuance also offers other technology such as integrated services for cars, TVs, mobile phones, and IOT devices. In addition, Nuance provides applications for physicians, added Stephen Laverty from Nuance, a technology manager from Massachusetts, with whom I interviewed. One other Nuance staff member also participated in this interview.

Kristal: You guys are doing a lot of things.

Stephen: Yeah, lots of stuff.

Kristal: Where is your company based out of?

Stephen: The headquarters is in Massachusetts. We also have very large R&D offices in Germany, Belgium, Montreal, San Francisco, and one here [in Seattle], actually, across the street.

Kristal: So, you guys are an LLC?

Stephen: No—large corporation.

Kristal: Is it under Nuance, or another—

Stephen: Yeah, Nuance.

Kristal: When did the company start?

Stephen: Well, it’s a little hard to track down.

Nuance staff: Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s had a complicated history.

Stephen: We were on a pace of doing six to eight acquisitions a year for about a decade.

Kristal: Under Nuance, or another—

Stephen: Yeah, under Nuance. So, we are NUAN on the NYSE.

Kristal: I’ve never heard of you guys.

Nuance staff: (Chuckles) I guess it’s the company you’ve never heard of. We do have like 1,400 employees.

Kristal: It’s a big company I’ve never heard of, yeah.

Stephen: Yeah, we do have 1,400 employees worldwide. It really starts—I think the company history really starts with [inventor] Ray Kurzweil and making reading machines for the blind in the early 80’s, and it just sort of transitioned from there. We got together with an imaging company as well. We do desktop products, copier products that are ours. We merged with some other larger players in the space, but lots of small acquisitions too.

In the last few seconds of the interview, other big company players such as AT&T and IBM were briefly discussed; they, too, serve similar markets. Lastly, Stephen pointed out his company’s other product offerings, apps, T9, and Swype.

REPORTED BY: J. Kristal Whyte
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR: Caitlyn Schmidt
PUBLISHED ON: 8/7/2016

QUANTOPIAN IS WALLSTREET ON A PLATFORM

TECHNOLOGY

 

This startup is based in Boston and it has already raised $22 million in investments. Quantopian is funded by a few financial companies principally Bessemer Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, and Spark Capital says Karen Rubin. She is the vice president of Quantopian and she has a strong background in building software. Her interview was short and answered a few questions to pepper their company’s article.

The startup is a “crowd-sourced quantitative investment firm” where coders called ‘quants’ are provided with everything they need to research, develop, test, and trade their investment algorithms on their platform. Basically their ‘quants’ work just like Wall Street traders.

Furthermore, its business model allows coders to license their algorithm to this startup. Quants get paid by Quantopian too, although the payout is performance based, Quantopian ‘cherry-picks’ the best says Rubin. Quantopian is free to use she adds, while basic services are free members also have access to premium data. One of the large data sources is from Morningstar boasts Karen.

This startup already had members from around the world using their services. Quantopian is currently only traded on US equities right now, and soon they will trade on US futures according to their website. Quantopian invests money in the strategies and the developers get profits.

Lastly, the startup gives away prizes to the best performing algorithms, the ones that generate a return on investment according to the company’s guidelines. It also allows members to trade with their own money. The company provides a few perks to participants such as access to their company events, to their workshops, and access to participate on their forum. This startup is based in Boston and it has already raised $22 million in investments. Quantopian is funded by a few financial companies principally Bessemer Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, and Spark Capital says Karin Ruben. She is the vice president of Quantopian and she has a strong background in building software. Her interview was short and answered a few questions to pepper their company’s article.

The startup is a “crowd-sourced quantitative investment firm” where coders called ‘quants’ are provided with everything they need to research, develop, test, and trade their investment algorithms on their platform. Basically their ‘quants’ work just like Wall Street traders.

Furthermore, its business model allows coders to license their algorithm to this startup. Quants get paid by Quantopian too, although the payout is performance based, Quantopian ‘cherry-picks’ the best says Rubin. Quantopian is free to use she adds, while basic services are free members also have access to premium data. One of the large data sources is from Morningstar boasts Karen.

This startup already had members from around the world using their services. Quantopian is currently only traded on US equities right now, and soon they will trade on US futures according to their website. Quantopian invests money in the strategies and the developers get profits.

Lastly, the startup gives away prizes to the best performing algorithms, the ones that generate a return on investment according to the company’s guidelines. It also allows members to trade with their own money. The company provides a few perks to participants such as access to their company events, to their workshops, and access to participate in their forum.

REPORTED BY: J. Kristal Whyte
EDITED BY: Tiffany Alexander
PUBLISEHD ON: 7/6/2016

AMAZON’S ECHO ALSO KNOWN AS ALEXA

TECHNOLOGY

Alexa
Paul Cutsinger is an engineer at Amazon. He’s previously worked at notable companies such as Microsoft and Disney. At Amazon Paul works on The Amazon Echo, or ‘Alexa’, and actively engages in frequent ‘hackathons’. These ‘hackathons’ are competition based events where developers and other participants can contribute to the Echo’s programming. In this excerpted interview, Paul talks about what the device, the hackathons and what happens after the competitions as well as the Alexa fund.

Kristal: Tell me more about the product that you’re here for today.

Cutsinger: Yeah. So, it’s the Amazon Alexa which is built into an Echo, a speaker. [The Echo is] like 10 inches tall and it fills up the room with sound and you play things like Pandora Music or Spotify. You can also ask it questions, like what is the weather, what time to set alarms, those kinds of things. But the coolest part is the developers can add their own stuff, and so that’s why we’re at hackathons, so the developers can come in and build their own experiences with it.

Kristal: Okay and can you talk about the instances where you have [invited] on board the folks that win at these hackathon events to work at your company?

Cutsinger: An example of that is Angel Hacks. Angel Hacks is a series of nine hackathons throughout the United States. At the end of the series, [Amazon will] bring people into their own incubator, and go through the whole process of developing their business model. So that’s pretty exciting, and then Amazon, that’s through Angel Hacks, and then Amazon has the Alexa fund which is hundred million dollar fund to invest in companies that are furthering the advancement of voice user experiences. So, it’s a lot in there too.

REPORTED BY: J. KRISTAL WHYTE
EDITED BY: JESSICA LAWLER
PUBLISHED ON 5/22/2016

Big Fish Games

PAUL THELEN CEO OF BIG FISH GAMES KNOWS HOW TO PICK THEM 

TECHNOLOGY

Big Fish Games, the online gaming and gambling company, was acquired by Churchill Down Incorporated (CDI) in December 2014 for $885 million. CDI was the first to purchase Big Fish when it was a privately held company, previous to the buy-out it was funded by private investments. Big Fish is now a publicly traded company that produces games for mobile and PC. In the past four years Big Fish Games has dramatically changed. Previous to the merger, the company didn’t create much media buzz and relied on word of mouth marketing whereas now it reaches out to customers on various platforms.

CDI is a conglomerate that started with one business, “Churchill Downs, in Louisville, KY”, which specialized in horse racing and betting. CDI owns casinos, video poker business, and other businesses related to its gaming and betting operations, making the online gaming and gambling company a perfect fit for acquisitions.

Big Fish was founded in 2002 by Paul Thelen, who is still the current CEO. Platform distribution sites for its games are on Amazon, Android, iTunes, and the Microsoft store. Themes for the games vary, but tend to stick to the themes found in blockbuster movies as well as science fiction and fantasy.

In interviewing with two Big Fish employees they both stressed pain points, this year was “a record year” said Don Smith a digital warehousing and business intelligence specialist. The Company’s current focus is “on marketing and making the games better”, in addition to the financials said David Darden Director of business intelligence engineering.

REPORTED BY: J. KRISTAL WHYTE
EDITED BY: JESSICA LAWLER
PUBLISHED ON 4/5/2016

ASK A CEO

ENTERPRISE


BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 7/11/2017


PITCH PERFECT

ENTERPRISE


BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 5/10/2017


ON YOUR OWN AT FIRST

ENTERPRISE


BY: J. Kristal Whyte
PUBLISHED ON: 5/9/2017

WEALTHMEUNLIMITEDExpressVoice

HOW IT WORKS

 

 

Get in touch and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.  We look forward to hearing from you!

George-Hoffman

Technology

BREAKTHROUGH DISCOVERY IN THIS BIOTECH COMPANY

Network Immunology Inc. is a privately held pre-clinical stage biotechnology company. It has pioneered in the field of immunology through its research and development. Network Immunology was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada but has “collaborators at several North American Universities” as stated on their website. According to Network Immunology Co-founder George Hoffmann, whom I had a chance to interview through Skype.

I began the interview by asking George about Dr. Geoffrey Hoffman for clarification since there are individuals who work at this biotech company with the same names. “Geoffrey is our Chief Scientist,” Hoffman explained, “he is the one who really developed this framework -this network.” Hoffman went on to explain that Geoffrey, too a founder of the company who worked with Danish immunologist and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Niels Jerne, created the “network theory of the immune system.” Geoffrey’s research in this area were closely connected to his colleague’s, Dr. Jerne, who “was the first one to realize that just as the brain is a network of neurons the neural network with memory that the immune system is also a network of cells and antibodies. An immune network that also has memory and the ability to learn from experience as a network.”

Sometimes discoveries are done when going against the current, just like airplanes flying against the wind. I wanted to know more about the scientist behind the company, what prompted him to continue his research when the majority of scientist were focused on other scientific hypes. Geoffrey began his research in network framework in the 90’s according to Hoffman, when “practically the whole field of immunology where all of the immunologists in the field just about left.” While other immunologists distanced themselves, “Geoffrey stayed -he just knew it was the truth” said Hoffman. Geoffrey continued his research and it eventually lead to a breakthrough.

Well into our interview I asked about the solutions Network Immunology offered to treat diseases. I asked him to tell me about his company’s technology, Hoffman replied “what we have now is a substantial amount of data now -a substantial amount of results for transplantation technology.” A prospect Hoffman is excited about. “But really it’s much more than that.” Hoffman continued. “Transplantation has been the platform through which we’ve been demonstrating the shifting of an immune system from one stable steady state to another stable steady state.” Stable bodies and stable states were used interchangeably, visit their website to learn more about this science networkimmunology(dot)com.

His response nudged me to ask him another question to delve into his company’s solutions. I asked him about stable bodies, what if one is not stable? To which Hoffman explained that “in cases where someone’s immune system is […] malfunctioning in terms of […] an auto-immune condition” that is already known and expected, they can “perturb that system in a subtle way to be able to perturb it towards a stable state.” Hoffman warns “that research is also ongoing” and there’s potential technology “to actually take an immune system that is not fully functioning properly [such as] in the case of autoimmunity diabetes, for example, to perturb it to a place where it is a new state collectively,” effectively taking “the whole immune system to a well functioning state.”

The company’s mission statement as posted on their website “is to contribute to the alleviation of suffering through the discovery and early stage development of novel medications.” It continues “we are maintaining and strengthening our position as world leader in the research and development of immuno-therapeautics based on immune network theory.” The best way to reach George Hoffman, the Co-founder and Director is through email or by phone. His email address is George@networkimmunologyinc.com and his phone number is (778)847-7521. This company is currently seeking investments between $1 million to $4 million.

REPORTED BY: J. KRISTAL WHYTE
EDITED BY: JESSICA LAWLER
PUBLISHED ON 2/13/2016


Source: YouTube, interview with Brandon Knapik

Technology

MAKING IT IN THE FILM INDUSTRY

 

REPORTED BY: J. KRISTAL WHYTE
PUBLISHED ON 2/23/2016

 

 

 


Source: YouTube, interview with Brittany Bitar

Technology

CHECK OUT BRITTANY’S NONPROFIT!

 

REPORTED BY: J. KRISTAL WHYTE
PUBLISHED ON 1/23/2016


Source: YouTube, interview with Phillip Broussard

Technology

THIS STARTUP HAS INVESTORS WATERING AT THE MOUTH 

 

REPORTED BY: J. KRISTAL WHYTE
PUBLISHED ON 1/14/2016

Technology

SELF-FINANCED STARTUPS ARE STILL IN VOGUE

 

Chris Ihler went from working at Amazon as a financial analyst to working at his own laser cutting startup. As a financial analyst, Ihler and his three person team made Amazon “tons of money”, according to Ihler who says they “made them probably 2.5 million while [they] were there.” He and his team did so by pioneering in a specific process that at that time no one was using. Ihler adds that it was an exploratory program to find out if the payment process worked.

Ihler says that when his contract was up at Amazon he wanted to get into laser cutting. Chris said he himself “spent a lot of time learning about digital manufacturing and the [mini] maker movement,” and had insight into what type of company he wanted to create and where he wanted “to be in five years from now,” or “when the trend really picks up.” I asked Chris how he saw this trend, and he replied that typically “manufacturing is all in China,” and that “manufacturing is becoming so technology driven that it’s making tools easier” both to access and to make and that “high quality manufacturing [is now] closer to home.” Ihler adds that since the tools are getting cheaper and more automated, it makes sense to bring back manufacturing.

Although, he says that the trend is “not happening for all manufacturing, but for certain styles of manufacturing.” Ihler had market trend insights when working at Amazon “by learning about Amazon’s business, the way that it’s organized, general manufacturing and how trends are moving.” From the beginning days of his startup, Rise, one of his big projects was to make an installation for a Nike store with his laser cutter. His laser cutter works on various materials such as wood, glass, and metal.

His startup is self-financed and doesn’t have VC funds nor angel investments he said on our in-person interview, I followed up with Chris a few days ago to ask about current investments and didn’t hear back from him. Startups with third party investments generally derive from VC’s, angel investments, or corporate investments. Rise is operated by Chris and his twin brother Corey Ihler.

REPORTED BY: J. KRISTAL WHYTE
EDITED BY: JESSICA LAWLER
PUBLISHED ON 1/10/2016


Source: eventbrite.com

Leadership

6 TIPS FROM SUCCESSFUL STARTUP CEO’S

 

What do successful CEO’s and entrepreneurs do to successfully grow with a company?

Whether you’re the CEO of profit or a nonprofit, or just an aspiring CEO, the following tips and skills will help anyone in a leadership position to effectively direct a company. Today’s business executives are much like Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey, they must embody many of the character’s traits as they spearhead a journey through the unknown.

Here are some of the top tips from successful startup CEO’s:

1. Be Persistent

Even while being fully funded, it may take years before a product goes to market “in a meaningful way” says Liz Pearce CEO of startup Liquid Planner. She also says that solving problems requires a different approach because you can’t describe what the solution is going to look like and it’s not a linear process.

2. Be Strategic

Keela Robinson, CEO of Urbanspoon, advises to emulate others you perceive as being strategic. She strongly suggests thinking outside of the market to answer the question: “What’s your market size and share? What are your competitors doing? What are the potentially disruptive technologies or businesses that are out there?”

3. Manage a Company Like a Financial Portfolio

Pearce says to invest in your company through protective buffering for the business, but at the same time “you want to be successful in getting people to use the thing” she says. Furthermore, Pearce believes the categories of investments include infrastructure, operations, and security, and that “depending on your risk tolerance you might invest more or less in anyone of those areas.”

4. Look Through Different Lenses

Robinson finds taking different perspectives in order to find solutions for problems helpful, and tries to get outsiders’ opinions on burning topics.

5. Know Your Customer

Pearce stresses to compete with competitors, pick up the methods from the competition, but at the same time she says to always listen to the customer and have a deep understanding of your customer’s biggest problems.

6. Talk About Issues

Robinson recommends scheduling time with a group of people outside of the office that you can connect with at least every few months. By having a different rotation of people who like to talk about work and to talk about issues that they’re tackling and to exchange ideas, she says, you’ll receive a new perspective that’s not about operated by in-office politics.

REPORTED BY: J. KRISTAL WHYTE
EDITED BY: JESSICA LAWLER
PUBLISHED ON 12/18/2015


Technology

ARDUINO CONTINUES ITS LEGACY

Source: YouTube, interview with Monica Simone Houston

 

REPORTED BY: J. KRISTAL WHYTE
PUBLISHED ON 1/10/2016

 

 

Technology

A PICTURE WORTH A THOUSAND DOLLARS

Adobe was founded by two former Xerox employees, John Warnock and Charles Geschke. Warnock and Geschke developed a programming language, Post Script, that Xerox turned down “when Xerox declined to bring the technology to [the] market” 1 the pair ventured off and made their own company. Adobe makes most of their sales through diverse software applications for companies such as Macintosh, Unix, and Windows. Adobe Photoshop is one of the company’s most successful applications. Photoshop’s “open architecture” helped lead to its success 2 it is a “platform for both Adobe and third parties to build on to extend application functionality.” 3 The Adobe Photoshop application is the McLaren sportscar of applications in terms of affordability, performance, and engineering (see their models:  http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-7935133-12213491-1436949863000). Years later Adobe has added new applications primarily through acquisitions of other companies.

Adobe is an international public corporation with its headquarters in San Jose, California. Adobe develops printing, publishing, and graphics. Adobe has recently acquired Digital Analytix “in a bid to further the analytics capabilites of [Adobe’s] marketing cloud” 4  Adobe currently has “13,000 employees” according to Chris Prosser, an engineer at Adobe who oversees “5.3 million active users.” Prosser is doing research on data analysis, particularly on consumers and conversion rates, including machine learning, which makes the acquisition of Digital Analytix a fortuitous one. Prosser believes this new acquisition will help Adobe’s core value, which is “helping creative people be more creative.”

Adobe is an international public corporation with its headquarters in San Jose, California. Adobe develops printing, publishing, and graphics. Adobe has recently acquired Digital Analytix “in a bid to further the analytics capabilites of [Adobe’s] marketing cloud” 4  Adobe currently has “13,000 employees” according to Chris Prosser, an engineer at Adobe who oversees “5.3 million active users.” Prosser is doing research on data analysis, particularly on consumers and conversion rates, including machine learning, which makes the acquisition of Digital Analytix a fortuitous one. Prosser believes this new acquisition will help Adobe’s core value, which is “helping creative people be more creative.”

1) Britannica.com
2) Britannica.com
3) Adobe.com                                                                                                   4) Adobe To Bolster Marketing Cloud Analytics With Digital Analytix Acquisition, cmo.com.au
5) Blogs.adobe.com
6 & 7) Jacob Kastrenakes, Adobe is Telling People To Stop Using Flash, Theverge.com
8) Lastpass.com

 

REPORTED BY: J. KRISTAL WHYTE
EDITED BY: JESSICA LAWLER
PUBLISHED ON 12/4/2015

 

 

 

Source: youtube.com

Technology

THE WATSON SHIP

Will IBM’s supercomputer, dubbed ‘Watson’ generate revenue or end up in the shipyard? Watson, in a nutshell is two in one a computer with integrated software. “The Watson software is powered by an IBM Power 7 server” 1 and it provides services to industries across the board, anywhere from startups to established companies in several fields. But for all of Watson’s leading edge software, it is not a smooth operating device. “According to The Journal, early Watson testers like Citigroup, University of Texas and WellPoint have struggled to make Watson work right.” 2 However, despite current problems, the computer can learn as it goes 3 and is trainable, presenting opportunity for improvement.

Watson’s first days started on the television game show Jeopardy. Behind the Watson Jeopardy Challenge was Dr. David Ferrucci 4 “In 2007, Dr. Ferrucci took on the Jeopardy Challenge -tasked to create a computer system that [could] rival human champions at the game of Jeopardy” 5 and on February 14th, 2011 Watson “beat the highest ranked Jeopardy champions of all time” 6.

Currently, a lot of the services offered by Watson are extensions of the ‘Jeopardy Watson’. However, according to Max Kauffman, a Natural Language Processing Specialist from IBM, said they’ve come a long way since Jeopardy. Watson may have won $1 million 7 at the Jeopardy challenge, but can it generate profit outside of the game show arena? So far it hasn’t generated enough to get it out of its current slump, but “IBM is looking to find new markets” even after a few quarters of declining revenue 8.

Watson’s ‘partners’ are startups and companies that sign agreements with IBM to access Watson technologies. According to a Watson Ecosystem representative, businesses pay no upfront fees but are subject to revenue sharing. Watson service agreements vary in length, but once a partner, developers have access to other resources in Watson’s ecosystem. A few such resources available include access to capital funds of $100 million, access to a Watson expert, Watson’s API’s, and IBM’s Blue Mix tools to facilitate developing applications said Ecosystem rep. Developers in essence can train a Watson of their own, according to Kauffman.

The Watson computer is named after former IBM President, Thomas J. Watson Sr. 9 whose tenure at IBM saw the company become “a significant firm in computing history.” *1 Thomas J. Watson Sr. served 10 years at the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company before it became International Business Machines, or IBM in 1924.” *2 As for Watson the man, he went from a widely alleged big crook to being a big business leader after the case was seemingly dropped, *3 he had a small flaw in the beginning of his career. IBM is headquartered in Armonk, New York and has over 200 international offices.

 

1) IBM To Demonstrate Watson Technology For The Future of Healthcare, www.press.org
2) Joe Panettieri, IBM Watson: Real Wizardry or Empty Oz?, www.afternines.com
3) IBM’s Watson Becomes Customer Service Agent, www.mycustomer.com
4,5,6) The Alan Turing Centenary Conference, curation.cs.manchester.ac.uk
7) Joe Panettieri, IBM Watson: Real Wizardry or Empty Oz?, www.afternines.com
8) Elizabeth Weise, IBM’s Watson coming to San Francisco, www.usatoday.com
9) The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Encyclopedia Britannica, www.britannica.com
*1, *2) J.K. Petersen, “Thomas J. Watson Sr.”, The Telecommunications Illustrated Dictionary Second Edition
*3) The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica, www.britannica.com

 

REPORTED BY: J. KRISTAL WHYTE
EDITED BY: JESSICA LAWLER
PUBLISHED ON 11/16/2015

 

RECRUITERS, THE JOB MARKET, AND REVIEWS

CAREERS

The Glassdoor company provides tools and resources for recruiters. A few big Northwest employers that partner with Glassdoor are Amazon, Expedia, and Alaska Airlines. They have candidates in every industry; however, their highest job searches are in retail and technology.

Before they buy something new, 81% of consumers look at reviews, says Brittany Shehi, an Enterprise Account Executive at Glassdoor. People look at different resources before making a purchase, she adds. Her job forecast: unemployment is low. But the make or break deal comes down to economic viability. Candidates go to better paying jobs, and thus, cost per hire is going up because hiring quality applicants drives up costs. Glassdoor says they’re the fastest growing job site. Glassdoor offers a few services to candidates such as reviews and pay rate scale. Furthermore, job searchers want to know what it’s like working at a company.

People use the same channels from job marketing, but Shehi believes using the same channel becomes ineffective. Job seekers want the best jobs. Glassdoor helps candidates through the job seeking process. Glassdoor provides advertising to applicants, and the company adds new tools for job advertisers. Companies can brand themselves—give potential candidates the experience of working for the company by providing a different look and feel for their profile. Glassdoor provides analytics about candidates, demographics, and locations, and it also tracks job search histories when candidates are doing research.

Glassdoor partners with their clients, and clients apply programs to increase involvement on Glassdoor such as providing employees with mugs that encourage participation or engage people to write about what it’s like to work at the company to share the experience. Glassdoor even provides a ‘Best Places to Work’ list for job seekers. Candidates are better from Glassdoor because they are a better fit for recruiters, says Shehi.

Liana Antanovich, managing director at a Kirkland consulting company called Copernici, reflects on the job market, pointing out that there were a lot of layoffs in 2008 and 2009. Many companies develop their models to sell to bigger firms, she notes, which are knowledgeable and experienced. Big firms squeeze the top and the middle and higher younger candidates because it looks better in the books, says Antanovich. Copernici works primarily with technology companies, including Microsoft and other undisclosed clients.

REPORTED BY: J. Kristal Whyte
EDITED BY: Caitlyn Schmidt
PUBLISHED ON: 8/25/2106

MAKING BANK FEELS GOOD BUT THE MIDAS TOUCH IS BETTER; AN INTERVIEW WITH A TOP EMPLOYER

CAREERS 

Ray Rasmussen is a top level executive at The Spur Group, a privately owned company, or as the company puts it he is the Managing Principal. In 2003 this company, The Spur Group, was formed when several companies banded together including Ray’s. Although he ran and owned a consulting business within the company along with his friend Chris, they’re target market is the tech industry. Eventually their consulting firm got bought out two times, and the last company that purchased the consulting company happened to have international reach. Ray and Chris purchased their business back on August 2013, and moved The Spur Group to a new location in Redmond. By sheer numbers for a company with 92 consultants, currently, and with a number such as $4.21 million in sales revenue it does exceedingly well.

Ray’s business focuses on the revenue side of consulting, basically they help businesses figure out their go-to-market strategy. His consulting company tends to serve the tech industry, specifically big tech companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, VMWare, and Citrix. Reputable companies command exceptional professionals to deliver results. Employees tend to be more productive in conducive work environments, The Spur Group provides several incentives to keep employees inspired and satisfied. In this edited interview with J. Kristal Whyte CEO of Wealthmeunlimited, Ray Rasmussen talks about team building, their mentor program, and the perks of working at The Spur Group.

Kristal: How does your company do team building?

Ray: I think there are several things. One of them is that our teams form span really most often just a period of weeks, so you have to be really good at it and a couple things that you do to build teams is to make sure that everybody knows what their position is.

I’ve been told that it’s a lot like professional sports to work here because you have to really perform really well on your own position. But you have to think more broadly about the whole team, how it’s playing together, what the overall impact is of what you’re doing, and so it’s probably got some other things like that too. Like if our clients are not happy they boo, but so it’s kind of high pressure. It’s a pretty effective way to get people to very rapidly be high performance, they know what to do. There’s a list of things that’s pretty strong on what they have to do and they understand, you know, the characteristics of the successful teams.

Kristal: Okay, and it sounds like you kind of have a mentor program too?

Ray: Yes, there’s a mentor program. The mentor program is really important because the job is really hard. The clients that we work for are very demanding, and so you know for someone who is relatively new it’s fairly scary. So, the mentor meets with them everyday and the purpose of that conversation is to give them, you know, help them [give] them guidance, give them resources, so they can do their job.

Kristal: Tell me about working here, you know, what kind of talent do you want to attract to your company?

Ray: You know, it’s really interesting you ask that. I think that’s one of the things that are really unique. Like we look. There are nine attributes we look for in all of our people and you have to be good at these nine things. Things such as communication, and organization, and analytics, and people acumen, and visual acuity, and I’m not going to get all nine. But you get the sense of it. There’s a long list of those, but then I look for people with fairly different talent.

Ray then gets into the perks of working at The Spur Group.

Ray: I mean the perks are many, you get free health care, we give you a cell phone, you can eat anything you find in the kitchen, and let me see we have a dollar for dollar match on your 401K up to 4%.

The Spur Group has a low turnover rate, says Ray, but he thinks that’s because of “the other people around them”.

REPORTED AND EDITED BY: J. KRISTAL WHYTE
PUBLISHED ON 4/15/2016

DOING BUSINESS, Q&A WITH A UNION REPRESENTATIVE

CAREERS

Freelancers Union is an organization that represents independent workers across the country. It offers services such as insurance, political counseling, and training to individuals who want a freelance business. Members of this nonprofit benefit from networking events, job boards, a forum to discuss freelance issues, discounts from vendors, and tax guidance.

In February 2015, Freelancers Union launched Spark, a program that offers monthly entrepreneurship workshops in several cities across the country. Spark events attract diverse professionals, anywhere from saxophonists to lawyers to CPA’s. In fact, Willis Allen has even had an astronaut entrepreneur.

Allen is a freelancer who teaches at Spark. Moreover, his class also encompasses the American business culture. I interviewed Allen, and in this edited interview he discusses market trends as well as services his organization offers.

Kristal: And what are On Demand Market Places?

Allen: So On Demand Market Places refer to this new emerging
paradigm that encompasses companies like Lyft, Uber, Task Rabbit, and Thumb Tack, where people are basically selling their services as needed, and they’re connected through third party market places to the clients that need them.

Kristal: Can you emphasize more on that?

Allen: So I mean, for example Task Rabbit is kind of like a classifieds for everyday things, you know. It could be organizing your garage, doing –gardening, yard work, personal assistance, or administrative stuff; there’s about thirty or forty different categories that you can work in. So a person will come to the market place and post their task in whatever algorithm that market place has, to connect it to members within the market place, connect to independent contractors and establish their own rate. As people need work, the system doles it out to them.

Kristal: Are there apps that people go to?

Allen: As I mentioned, some of the more prominent ones are  Lyft, Uber and Task Rabbit. Airbnb falls into that, but for every one I can name, there are probably a dozen more that are out there. I try to keep a comprehensive list, but it grows and grows every single day, and every time I ask another person what they’ve heard of, its just more and more services, so it’s definitely a field that’s ballooning, and I see this in correlation with the move -the economic move- of people in the free lance position, which is being employed traditionally.

Kristal: And how much are the classes?

Allen: Classes are free for anybody.

REPORTED BY: J. KRISTAL WHYTE
EDITED BY: JEFFREY CLAYTON
PUBLISHED ON 7/18/2016

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