People have different stories regarding their life towards establishing successful business ventures. It is essential to understand how specific individuals have used the expertise and knowledge acquired to succeed in life. He is an accomplished investment individual that has been changing the world of financial investment to incorporate technological change. Randal Nardone is the co-founder and director of Fortress Investment Group LLC. Having graduated with a degree in Arts/Science from the University of Connecticut and subsequently a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Boston University, Randal Nardone embarked on a mission to establish a leading investment company that would bring change in asset development and management.
Before establishing Fortress Investment Group LLC in 1998, Randal Nardone worked in different managerial positions at BlackRock Financial and UBS. Here, he performed to his best and gained investment knowledge that played a key role in the establishment of his own company. Fortress Investment Group LLC focuses on investment management with the key area being on private equity investment. The company is headquartered in New York City in the United States of America. Since its inception, the company has grown in asset management to an approximate $40.9 billion of assets under its management as per the end of March this year. As such, credibility and efficiency have been the core values that have made the company to reach greater levels in its performance. Through its good leadership structures, the company manages assets on behalf of over 1700 institutions across the world.
The company focuses on hiring of professional employees who have maintained good company principles and values. As such, it has over 900 asset managers that are spread across the entire US and other offices globally. Through the leadership of Randal Nardone, the company has developed tools for assessing operations and strategic challenges that may hinder their success. Through this, they are able to monitor and come up with solution affecting different types of investments. He is a member of the board of directors and as such, he engages in corporate mergers and acquisitions to ensure optimum structuring and execution of a given investment plan. Many people have appreciated Randal Nardone and recently, Forbes named him at number 557 richest people in the world. In addition, he has a net worth value of over $1.8 billion thus making him an influential figure in the investment field. As such, he has built a legacy that is being emulated by upcoming investment personalities and business people.
The OSI Group is arguably among the most extensive food suppliers globally having employed over 20,000 workers in their 65 facilities across 17 nations. The food company has immigrant roots and has risen from humble beginnings to become a global player in the food business. The founder, Otto Kolschowsky was a German immigrant from Chicago, IL. Only two years after entering the States, in 1909, Kolschowsky started a butcher shop and small retail market for meat to serve his immigrant community. By the end of the World War I, Kolschowsky had marvelously grown his business into a wholesale entity. Kolschowsky rebranded his business to Otto & Sons in 1928.
In a critical development, Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s establishment in 1955 in Des Plaines, IL. Beforehand, Ray had agreed with Harry and Arthur, sons of Kolschowsky to be the primary supplier of fresh ground beef to the franchise. In the next two decades, the Otto & Sons firm had transitioned from a regional supplier to the current global corporation, OSI Industries. The relationship and partnership between the McDonald’s and the OSI were symbiotic, which propagated their mutual growth and development. In the following years, the adoption of technology, in particular, the flash freezing created new opportunities for cost reduction and product expansion for both the industries. The company traded as Otto & Sons until 1975.
The transition to a global supplier saw changes to Otto & Son management with Sheldon Lavin joining the entity as a partner in 1975. In response to the astonishing growth of the McDonald’s, OSI started expanding through opening facilities in various regions, including West Jordan, Utah. The McDonald’s and OSI made a joint venture to enter the international market getting into Germany in 1978 and Spain in 1980. With the growth phase resulting from this transition, OSI industries automatically became among the largest firms in the US and were ranked number 58 in the 2016 Forbes list of most significant, privately owned companies with sales of over $6.1 billion.
The current position of OSI Group as among the vital global food providers is built on a series of well-informed joint ventures and expansions in areas such as in Mexico, Brazil, Hungary, Austria and Poland among other regions. Over the past decade, OSI Group has continued to grow and set industry standards with excellent products like pizza, sausage and hamburger patties. Prospectively, the firm will witness continued growth especially in the newly found market in Europe and Asia. The OSI Group history entails superior client relations, early recognition and adoption of growth opportunities and technological innovation and it is the history that is attributed to the company’s overall success.
Alex Pall of the Chainsmokers Band Opens Up on their Music Journey and the Future.
Music has a way of bringing people together. Different races, backgrounds, and continents find themselves connecting through love for certain music or a musician. The inception of the band, Chainsmokers is a reflection of what music can do. In their different activities, miles apart, Alex Pall and his partner Andrew Taggart were drawn together for their love of music.
Alex Pall describes his journey to Interview magazine from his college days when he did DJ gigs to the future they are building. He describes the duo passion for music as intense. The first time they meet they found themselves in deep conversation for a couple of hours. They felt they had more to learn from each when it came to their music. They were looking into a combination of indie, some pop, a bit of dance and hip-hop as their identity music.
Co-operation has been the secret ingredient for their success
One aspect that Alex is happy about apart their love for music is that they both share the same values. They input a lot of time when it comes to the music, and he muses that before the interview they were from a group photoshoot. They have been writing their own songs and one can feel the rawness of the emotions. When they use the aid of songwriters, their contribution is compulsory.
The future of the duo is evident. Alex Pall is more confident since their social media feedback is from different continents. Secondly, they have collaborated with a fellow musician, Halley and the jam ‘’Closer’‘ was received well. They have already done more than three successful tours and the music festival they are planning on is already sold out three months to the actual date.
The sky is not the limit
But with such trends, Pall further expounds that they are still pushing an extra mile. The fans and their label are already asking for an album. He says they are not to drop one until they have a combination of great jams which complement each other. Lastly Pall believes that they are happy that they have been able to penetrate in the above thirty years crowd. His parting short is they are only pushing for new boundaries.
Unlike other similarly-founded companies like Uber, Stripe and Credit Karma, GreenSky Credit, which was founded by David Zalik, is seeking public funding and support much more quickly than other Silicon Valley start-ups. Filing for an IPO that could garner between $1 billion and $5 billion, the company is potentially seeking a route that others have previously put off as long as possible.
GreenSky Credit offers financial assistance for home improvement projects in the form of loans that are actually held by banking partners such as SunTrust and Fifth Third. GreenSky Credits, while at lower risk due to this type of arrangement, still profits due to the banks’ willingness to pay the company for the relationships with clients it can bring to them.
Those looking to apply for a loan with GreenSky Credit can have an answer almost instantly by filling out a form on the company’s mobile app. GreenSky Credit’s system and ease-of-use has been noted by bank founders as being simple and “frictionless.”
The company managed to avoid the need for public funding for nearly a decade due to Zalik’s willingness to use his own Atlanta property as collateral to arrange for his own debt that has since paid off plentifully. In doing so, he managed to maintain nearly all majority ownership of the company, which could potentially change if an IPO is decided on for the company.
GreenSky has also managed to survive recent turmoil for other lending companies relatively untouched. LendingClub, which is another company that offers similar services, has seen falls of 86% since its public debut. Another company, OnDeck, has fallen 82%. This is all due to the fact that LendingClub admits to having given loans to investors that did not match certain criteria they had set in place initially. This took place in 2016 and the companies are still feeling the fallout.
The fate of GreenSky is still unknown should Zalik choose to move forward with an IPO, however there is still a chance he could decide to maintain the privately-funded status of his company for another few years until the need for public funding increases again.
Managing a to-do list can be as much work as the tasks it includes, but Upwork has some great tips to keep a to-do list flowing. Upwork was established in 2015 and works to pair clients and freelance workers in a remote environment. They are the top business pairing freelancers with work, which earn more than one billion annually on the site.
A to-do list should always be near you, so you can write everything down that comes across your mind. Thinking of to-dos is a timewaster. Upwork suggests that you jot them down quickly and get back to work, so you can focus on one thing at a time.
Prepare the night before. Your mornings are the most energetic time to work, therefore a to-do list should be done before your day starts.
When you jot down your tasks or preparing the night before, time should be considered. How much time do you need to complete the task? Also, when should you start this task?
Priorities are important to utilize your maximum energy for the task. If your task is high-priority, it should be accomplished as soon as possible. Lable your tasks based on what priority level they have.
Are your tasks making you procrastinate or creating overwhelm? These tasks should be reevaluated or delegated. If you keep avoiding a task, you should ask yourself if you really need to do it, or see if someone else can take the task from you. This will lessen overwhelm and help you stay on track with what is important.
Group your similar tasks together in a batch. Sending out emails, doing paperwork and making phone calls one right after another can help you speed through your list and move on to other things.
How is your energy throughout the day? If it is lower at 3 pm, set this time aside to get things done that take less effort. Your lower priority items or tasks that take less mind power fit in best when you have less energy.
Upwork suggests a to-do list tool for you to stay organized and focused. It is easy to stay on track when you have notifications from an app or calendar during the day.
William Saito is an entrepreneur who is of Japanese-American descent. He previously worked as the former cybersecurity expert for the Japanese and he was also a strategic advisor. William Saito started a venture in computer security while he was still a student in junior high school. While in the university in 1991, he developed his firm as I/O Software. The company was able to innovate many new technologies such as the development of a display in Japanese characters which was written in English.
William Saito also developed a software which recognized fingerprints and he sold it to Sony. In 2000 a partnership was formed between Microsoft and I/O to adapt and get new ideas to advance the Microsoft Windows. Later William Saito decided to sell the I/O Software business to Microsoft where he sold it with all its assets. After he sold the company he moved and went to settle in Japan where he ventured in other startups which were all software based. During the World Economic Forum, he earned the title of a Young Global Leader.
At one time William Saito worked as the cybersecurity advisor to a Prime Minister. He had previously been the advisor to the Cabinet Office and also had advised the Ministry of Economy. William Saito went on a trip with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Silicon Valley where he met with leaders of major technology firms. Due to his renowned skills and innovativeness William Saito was appointed to work as the strategic advisor of the Japan Airlines.
William Saito has written several books which expand more on the world of technology. He explains how the internet was slow in the 1980s compared to today. William Saito was a board member of The Japan Times and he has also had the opportunity to serve as an advisor to companies such as Hakuhodo and Fast Retailing. William Saito was also at one time appointed to provide IT support to the National Diet Committee after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster happened.
He has also been given the role to serve as a member of the technical team working to ensure that the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics did not experience technical hitches. He also served as an advisor in several high profiled government organisations such as The Ministry of Trade and Economy.
There are four central types of intellectual property: copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Governmental bodies all over the world grant these types of intellectual property to people who have invented something. For instance, if patent rights had not been granted to the creators of the hugely successful My Pillow, another company could have successfully created a successful My Pillow themselves. These protections are designed to protect everything from products, services, processes, catchphrases, secret recipes, songs, and more.
The granting of intellectual property rights is likely something that will continue into the foreseeable future. One related battle going on at the moment is the competition of various technology companies to be granted IP rights, according to Kamil Idris, to have exclusive right to build drones that respond to human body languages. Many of the companies engaged in this war do not presently even have the technology to make such drones. However, it is still a great investment because in the future it could be worth billions of dollars to them.
One extremely important IP body under the EU umbrella is the Patent Court. If one wants to be successful at all in the European commerce world, they must obtain patents for their products here. In particular, the Patent Court’s European Patent Office handles these matters. However, this protection only covers Europe. Entrepreneurs outside of Europe can relatively easily get and mimic the technology of patent protected products inside Europe if a European entrepreneur only has rights by these means. This is specifically why the EU also formed the Unified Patent Court.
Also protecting the IP rights of the international community is the World Intellectual Property Organization. This UN-based agency works to coordinate IP rights between 191 member countries. This body is an international watchdog watching for worldwide infractions of IP violations on a continual basis.
Igor was born in Curitiba, Brazil in the year 1947, October 4th. Igor Cornelsen graduated from Parana Federal University with a degree in Engineering. The only school in Parana state that was offering Engineering course during that period. After completion of Engineering, Igor decided to study Economics in the same Institution. Igor Cornelsen after graduation in the year 1970 started his vocation journey as a banker. A career which was more suitable for engineers during his time due to their ability to do calculations of compounded rates. This was the error when computers and calculators were not in use.
His typical day starts very early in the morning in Brazil, Sao Paulo, when the markets are about to begin in Europe. He likes to study the international economic news while adapting to his business portfolio. Igor explains further that he prefers to acquire information directly from the source (Reuters), Instead of getting from other investors. Reuter’s report is genuine, and they are not biased. Igor can provide solutions and guidance to his investors using his four decades of working experience in finance institutions.
Igor became well known for his skills and knowledge and was later promoted to become a board member of Multibanco in the year 1974. Cornelsen left the organization in such greener pastures soon after it was sold to Bank of America in the year 1978. He later joined the Libra Bank, which marked his career point of interest. This was the first time he was paid in US Dollars, which opened a new opportunity for him to invest. He worked there for several years before moving with his co-workers to London Merchant Investment firm.
Igor Cornelsen worked for the firm until the year 1995 when he left to establish his own company. Igor Firm offered similar service as London Merchant organization. Igor business idea came as a result of the vast knowledge and skills he acquired over the years working for different investment firms. Igor advice to new entrepreneurs is that they should do thorough research and read a lot of information about what is trending in the market.