Stream Cares is a new philanthropic organization within Dallas-based direct energy seller Stream Energy. Stream Energy was founded in 2005 by Pierre Koshakji and Rob Snyder. Born of the deregulation of the energy market in Texas, Stream offered an alternative choice in gas and electric services. Since then the company has risen to become major competitor with energy service in seven states. It has also expanded to include mobile service and home security on a national level. Its direct-selling model and use of contractors sets it apart, but so does its corporate philanthropy.
Stream Energy is part of the new wave of business that make charity a part of the business model. Something that as normal to associates as weekly meetings and memos. Through Stream Cares contractors are able to facilitate their philanthropy through company means. The organization works with charities that Stream is involved with, organizes events, allocates funds, and focuses on company incentives. One subject that Stream Energy is passionate about is homelessness. Contractors and members of Stream Cares track increases in homelessness, and work with organizations like the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity to fight back. Most recently Stream has partnered with Hope Supply Company to outreach to homeless children.
Stream worked with the charity tofund Splash for Hope. The invent covered the entrance and meal cost of over 1,000 homeless children at a Dallas waterpark. Stream has been working with Hope for over four years in their attempts to help children. Associates of Stream go out of their way to volunteer for charity events, send aid to local communities in the wake of disasters, and do what they can to increase the quality of life in Dallas. The company wants to give back, and by making that giving company policy it does it well.
Equities First Holdings was founded in 2002 by Al Christy Jr, yet was started in 2004. Equities First Holdings helps clients with their finical situations, such as businesses involving finances or improving finances, as well as event trade stocks. Equities First Holdings has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Thailand, Australia, China, and more which gives them a wide international presence. They also have a satellite office in New York. Equities First Holdings is known for offering companies in need financial solutions and lending money services to businesses and investors. Equities First Holdings has completed more than 700 transactions.
Adam Milstein is a businessman and philanthropist who, along with his wife, Gila, created the Adam and Gila Milstein Foundation.
Since moving to the U.S. with his wife in 1981, Milstein has worked diligently to bridge the gap between Jews in the U.S. and the ones living in Israel.
He was born in Haifa, Israel in 1948. After serving in the Israeli Defense Forces and graduating with a degree in business management, he and his family moved to the U.S.
Adam Milstein wants Jewish people to be fully aware of their roots. He says although they have a painful history, it should not be ignored. The horrors that were perpetrated againstJews in WWII has left a stain that can never be erased.
“The tragedies of the past should serve as lessons for the future,” according to Milstein. He says that “never again” is merely a slogan, unless people do what they need to prevent such horrors from happening again.
To delve more into thehorrifying past of the Holocaust, Milstein, his wife and a delegation toured the Nazi death camps. The viewed mass graves and other landmarks where Jews died by the thousands at the hands of Nazi firing squads.
It is estimated that at least 2.4 million Jews were murdered in the Rumbula Forest. The memorial marks the area where so many met their fate.
Milstein says when it comes to these atrocities, people can learn about the past and the future. “Many simply cannot grasp that the anti-semetism displayed toward the Jews cannot happen again. It can.”
According to Adam Milstein, you can draw parallels of what happened in WWII to things going on around the world right now. Adam Milstein stresses that Israel must be protected at all costs. “We had no protection during WWII and the results were terrible. We must make sure that never again really means never again.”
Dr. Mark Mckenna wanted to be a doctor when he grew up. He had admired his father, a doctor with his own practice, while growing up and when he found out the living his father made helping people his path was set. He ended up at Tulane University where he would attain his medical degree in 2000. But he had some changes of heart along the way.
He learned at Tulane that the medical profession didn’t work the way it used to. Doctors were paid much less than they used to be and finding a job wasn’t going to be as easy as he thought it was going to be. While still at Tulane he realized he was going to need to diversify in order to make his financial dreams come true. He raised some investment funds by moonlighting at a prison giving inmates check-ups and began Mckenna Venture Investing to build a real estate portfolio. During this process he found the world of real estate a rewarding and challenging one, and he kept his real estate portfolio going after graduation and while he worked at his father’s practice.
But after 5 years of working as a doctor at his father’s practice, Dr. Mark Mckenna decided to leave medicine for the more profitable and personally rewarding world of real estate. He invested in the New Orleans area and made a good living for himself, attaining a portfolio worth of about $5 million, with a yearly cash flow of around half a million a year.
When Hurricane Katrina hit the area in 2005 his situation changed. Most of properties had been flooded underwater, leaving his portfolio value reduced by millions. Dr. Mark Mckenna decided not to cut his losses and run from a difficult rebuild, though: He stayed in the area and helped rebuild damaged properties.
Divesting from real estate right before the big market crash, Dr. Mark Mckenna went into medical investing. His current project is a Botox home delivery appcalled OVME. This ordering process can save both the patient and doctor a lot of time and needless effort.
An ethical culture in an organization is a necessity. This is because it can prevent the rising cases of whistleblowing. With that said, whistleblowing comes in when a firm lacks accountability for its values. Through whistleblowing, an organization is warned against failing to deliver excellent services to its clients or employees. Ideally, a whistleblowing system reflects a person’s commitment to creating a ‘’speak up’’ tradition to protect consumers and workers from being manipulated by service providers. Sahm Adrangi is one successful whistleblower who has mastered his game. He understands how different companies operate irrespective of their specialization.
Sahm Adrangi is a successful financial investor. He went to the Penn State University and joined Merrill Lynch for his first career practice. While there, he served as a financial analyst. Even though he was a junior employee, he delivered to the expectations of the employers. Dedication defines Adrangi’s career. He later moved to Longacre Fund Management where he also served as an analyst. Under his leadership, the firm accrued huge profits. He was asked to serve for three more years.
From Longacre Fund, Adrangi delved into private practice. He left a lucrative chance at Wall Street to try something new in personal businesses. That is why he established Kerrisdale Capital Management. This is an investment management firm that initiates research and investment ideas on different companies. The company has been actively exposing companies indulging in fraud since its establishment. For instance, recently, under the guidance of Sahm Adrangi, it highlighted the case of QuinStreet Inc.
Being an online investment companywith a significant number of shares in the industry people are tempted to invest their shares in this firm. The stock prices of the firm have quadrupled suddenly. Investors have been flocking into the database with the hope of putting their money in the business. But, Sahm Adrangi noticed that one client generates the money referred to. This means that sufficient proof can not back the firm’s claims. Adrangi has issued a report with negated feedback to prevent investors from putting their money into the business.
David Kalik has always been good at math. Fortunately, those math skills lead him to amass a fortune of $2.5 billion. But David Kalik has never been too good at school. In fact, he didn’t even graduate high school. His story is remarkable.
David leveraged his Atlanta real estate to put himself $10 million in debt to start a company called GreenSky Credit. He fended off investors for years choosing to run the company on his own merit. And investors were chomping at the bit to throw money at his idea. Finally, he relinquished part of his budding company for more than $500 million.
He still owns more than 50% of GreenSky Credit. Revenues for 2017 topped $250 million while projections put the company at $500 million in 2018. It’s a good time to be David Kalik.
The revolutionary idea that launched his massive company is quite simple. Essentially, he developed an app for contractors. He rightly saw contractors as the conduit to homeowners. And homeowners are a lucrative demographic. They are all searching to upgrade their homes in order to create their dream houses.
Contractors took GreenSky Credit’s app to the homeowners themselves. The app provides all sorts of financial products that allow the homeowner to secure a home improvement loan. This allows the homeowner to hold onto some of their cash. That cash could then be used to perform more upgrades.
This flow of credit means that contractors are getting more work. The contractors are so happy that they share 6% of the loan amount with GreenSky Credit. Then the brilliance of GreenSky Credit’s business model really kicks in.
The financial services tech company then takes the loan to a bank. The bank funds the home improvement project while sharing 1% of their balance sheets with GreenSky Credit at the end of the year.
David Kalik figured out a way to own nothing but the transaction without assuming any risk. The bank assumes all the risk of default while the contractors own the equipment and perform the work. David and his company simply profit off of both sides of the equation.
Having been born in Florida at Fort Lauderdale, Robert Deignan went for his studies at Purdue University. It was through a football scholarship that made him attend the university. He pursued Organizational Leadership degree from the University. He started venturing into the entrepreneurial business where he co-founded Fanklin, Inc. He is the leading of ATS Digital services company where he is the CEO and co-founder.
It was in an interview whenRobert Diegnan talked about how he came up with ATS Digital Service Company. He talked of how the idea came from another company that he was working for. Before they started the company, together with his partners used to work with Anti-Malware Software Company. They used to have many problems before their software could be installed on the user’s machines. The used to have software strategics where they allowed the user to use their software freely and if they became happy about it, then they could thereafter purchase it when the 15 days free trial was over.
It was in 2009 when there was a problem to get Anti-malware to become installed in user’s machine, they had to put their phone number at the end of download page and they could communicate with the users so that they can figure out in case there was a problem. It was through the conversations with the users who were trying to download the software, and they came to realize that the Malware products who were the bad guys were the ones blocking the software installations of their Anti-malware products. They had to look for a solution where they approached one of their in-house technical agents to remotely connect with the user’s machine and aim at removing the blocking Malware of their program installations.
It is by the strategy they used that brought success and the customers became happy where they gained consumer trust. It is where they came up with an idea of charging a fee for remote service efficacy. When it came a time to move out of the company, together with their partners utilized the opportunity in remote connection technologiesand could be helpful to consumers and also a better opportunity in business perspective.
In the second part of ‘The future of collaborative data’ the panel answered questions from Amanda Coulombe of NGP VAN on how the advantages over the republicans can be protected and expanded upon. The CTO of NGP VAN stated that only the continuation of investments into expertise and talent will expand the program and keep it from crumbling and it involves the people that know how to use the software interpret and apply them to the volunteers that will act accordingly. Also included are the cost of training and campaign startup that will ensue. That department finds a way to capitalise on the opportunities out there while encouraging innovation of data gurus and the institutions dedicated to this like DNC and America Votes.
Matt Saniie thought it would be wise to encourage the growth of background data that connects the top order of the campaign to the volunteers action on the ground. It is also vital solution to problems.
Amanda Coulombe of NGP VAN gave another question asking the panel of the most exciting innovations in the branch of politics. Matt Saniie was first to go on noting that the tools that improve leg work quality were on the rise and since the last cycle in 2014 there has been an agenda to keep improving this tools.
Kassia Devorsey was particularly excited about the technological innovations coming up that can identify progressive communities in remote locations that have been underrepresented. She highlighted that some remote areas will have a community waiting heard but the voting platforms are not as available to them as they are in urban areas.
Josh Hendler was excited by the tools that power volunteer army, utilizing the efforts for strategic goal. Tools like Slack have managed to harness the legwork of volunteers for specific types of campaign and was highly important in the recent cycle and could prove pivotal in the future.
The CTO of NGP VAN stated a high prospect for mobile canvassing in the future switching to a mobile form of awareness.
Success is hard earned. It is through sacrificing and dedication that one gets to get to the top. However, as much as people emphasize on hard work, other traits are required in the field. Here are some secrets on how to be a good entrepreneur;
Set Clear Goals
You cannot be successful when you do not know what you are working to achieve. It is true that when you do not know where you headed, any path along your way leads you to your destination. To avoid being indecisive, it is important that you set clear goals of what you are pursuing as well as a time limit.
After your set goals, formulate a plan to evaluate them and follow them to the latter.
Stay Focused on Your Vision
As an entrepreneur, it is okay to have very many ideas. Some people fall for this and divert to work on other ideas that seem more profitable than their business. The undivided attention and jumping from one venture to another never ends well.
Concentrate on your primary goal and ensure it is successful after which you can move on to the next idea.
Be Self-disciplined and Committed
Entrepreneurship needs discipline. There is no one to put you back on track if you trip. You need the discipline to complete tasks on time and observe the working hours. Many people have a weakness of being loyal to themselves because they are used to only excel under pressure.
You also have to be committed to finding better ways to run your business.
Creativity and Innovation
Every firm has strategies that they use to increase their sales and improve their performance. Sometimes, there may not be any named, predicted solutions to solve the issue at hand. Such times call for you to think and come up with a better solution despite the pressure.
The above pointers will help you improve your business if well applied. Jose Hawilla is an example of an individual who has been employing the mechanisms and is among the most prestigious investors in Brazil. You can visit his about.me page
Mike Baur is one of the successful entrepreneurs who got a degree in business from the University of Bern and Rochester University. Baur co-founded Swiss Start-up factory. He is the managing partner of the Swiss Start-up factory. Baur had worked in the banking industry for over 20 years before leaving to pursue entrepreneurial ambitions. He provided advisory services to wealthy men and women during his tenure at UBS bank. Baur advised them on identifying profitable investment opportunities. He achieved a coveted status in the Swiss banking industry. He accomplished this despite his young age. Mike Baur has always been ambitious and hard working. Clariden Leu Chief Executive Officer noticed his incredible performance and appointed him to become the regional manager of the bank’s Zurich region. The CEO went ahead to recruit many former UBS employees to increase investment for Clariden Leu.
Mike’s departure from the banking industry
Baur left his banking career to focus on his entrepreneurial ambitions. He believes in the “big cat syndrome.” The syndrome was also the reason he thought it was his time to quit and pursue entrepreneurship. Mike Baur says that the syndrome makes executives in the banking sector to have misconceptions about being aware of, and control over, everything happening around them. The syndrome causes managers prone to the effects of economic changes that lead them to financial problems. With this realization, he purposed to pursue his dreams despite his confession that he loved working in the banking industry.
Baur’s Entrepreneurial Establishment
Mike Baur faced many challenges that new entrants experience in the technology field. Baur was resilient and persistent. He overcame these challenges to establish Swiss Startup Factory. He attributes his stint in the banking industry as one of the critical places where he honed the managerial skills that helped him manage Swiss Start-up factory efficiently. Swiss Start-up factory provides investors with advice on strategies for successful entrepreneurial decisions. Swiss Start-up factory partnered with CTI Invest in early 2016. Mike Baur became the deputy managing director after the partnership.
Baur also mentors, guides, and coaches entrepreneurs to achieve success. Mike Baur’s hard work and achievements inspire many across the globe. Mike tells employees not to rely on their monthly salaries. He encourages them to work hard and take risks. He urges them to purpose to become their bosses one day. Mike Baur explains to people to believe in the beauty of their dreams.