In a 50-Tweet Storm, Shervin Pishevar Shares Unsettling Economic Thoughts

On February 5, 2018, tech investor Shervin Pishevar began a tweet storm on Twitter that business-focused media outlets have called everything from exceptional to bizarre. Always an attention catcher, Pishevar opened his 50-tweet spree with a bold shot.

“Some thoughts on financial storms I seeing brewing ahead. I expect (sic) 6000 point drop in aggregate in (sic) months ahead,” he stated. Over a 21-hour period, Pishevar detailed his position.

Troubling Financial Tools

Importantly, Pishevar negatively criticized multiple aspects of the American investing arena. He warned that volatility indexes exist only to allow risk-taking loopholes like those that lead to the previous decade’s recession. And he seemed particularly dubious of exchange-traded funds and managed-future funds.

Silicon Valley’s Actual Location

For a decade, Shervin Pishevar has cried to anyone who would listen that, though a region called Silicon Valley sits within the United States, the nation does not hold the tech capital and its innovative industry within its boundaries. “As I’ve said before,” Pishevar wrote, “Silicon Valley is it (sic) longer a physical place but an idea that’s gone viral.” He next called entrepreneurship a movement without borders.

Wrongheaded Immigration Policy

Born in Iran, Pishevar is a naturalized U.S. citizen, and he criticized the current presidential administration’s immigration stance. “But while we build walls (sic) physical and culture (sic) to keep out immigrant talent (sic) that talent doesn’t need to come here anymore.”

China’s Rising Profile

To show America’s slipping grasp on world leadership, Shervin Pishevar tweeted a link to news coverage of a Chinese construction accomplishment. In January, a team of 1,500 workers required only one night to build a new train station. “Meanwhile, our infrastructure is in tatters, decrypt (sic) and decaying,” he tweeted.

A Top-Heavy Industry

An igniting force for Uber and Airbnb, Pishevar bemoaned practices of the five tech companies he calls Modern Ma Bells, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and Facebook.

Of their power to exclude competing startups, Pishevar said, “Small acquisitions are silent assassinations.”

If U.S. tech, investing and government leaders listen to Shervin Pishevar and change their nation’s path, it could enjoy improved economic stability.

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Mike Baur: Giving Swiss Start-Ups The Tools They Need To Succeed

Swiss entrepreneur Mike Baur is the co-founder and executive chairman of Switzerland’s top private new business incubator, Swiss Startup Factory. Baur helped start the company in 2015 when at age 39 he retired after spending 20 years in the banking industry. He also started the boutique strategic advisory for wealthy individuals and families called Think Reload. Mike Baur’s work is legendary in Switzerland. At age 19 he began his banking career as a commercial apprentice with UBS. His natural aptitude for finance and the training his two MBAs provided led Baur to quickly move up through the ranks. When he retired, he was on the board of a major Swiss bank.

 

Rather than take his considerable fortune and new found freedom and go enjoy all the pleasures the world had to offer, Mike Baur decided instead that he wanted to help as many young Swiss entrepreneurs as possible to be successful. In addition to founding and running Swiss Startup Factory, Baur also works with a number of other organizations helping Swiss entrepreneurs developed the skills and connect to investors and other entrepreneurs so their businesses will do well and grow. He also invests in Swiss digital start-ups to give them the resources they need to succeed.

 

Raised in the Freiburg region of Switzerland, Mike Baur always wanted a career in banking and finance. He earned MBAs from the University of Berne and the University of Rochester New York at a very young age and began his banking career. Now a husband and father of two, Mike Baur runs a business in the heart of Zurich, Switzerland designed to make other people rich. The idea for Swiss Startup Factory developed because as an investor he found the people behind many of the companies he thought had potential lacked the training, expertise, knowledge and connections they needed for their companies to flourish.

 

His solution was to create a ‘boot camp’ for young entrepreneurs combined with a business execution platform designed to help the best start-ups. Mike Baur wanted to give them more than just coaching modules. He puts them through a rigorous execution driven experience that prepares them for the often rough and tumble business world. While the Swiss government already offered startup incubators, Swiss Startup Factory is decidedly different. It is more intense and filled with real world business challenges the owners and staff of the start-ups are taught to overcome

Larkin and Lacey: With Arpaio Justice Was Not Served

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio does not have the best national reputation. A recent article published on the Phoenix New Times’ website discusses some of the controversy surrounding Arpaio.

“The Enduring Sins of Joe Arpaio: Newspapermen Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Speak Out in Response to Donald Trump’s Pardon of America’s Worst Sheriff” is a compelling piece discussing a lot of the controversy surrounding Arpaio. It turns out that being awarded the moniker “America’s Worst Sheriff”, was not that far off from the truth. No matter Arpaio’s original intention, he will go down as one of the most terrible law enforcement officials in the United States.

While Arpaio has a lot of enemies, he also has one very powerful friend. In fact, President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon Arpaio for one of his many crimes shows just how far his political reach is. Arpaio spent over 25 years in his office and he learned quite a few tricks when it came to politics. In fact, the Phoenix new Times creators Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are not at all surprised at Arpaio’s political acumen. They’ve seen him play up to the media and other politicians for years, there was no doubt in their minds that he would find a way to get out of serving any jail time for his recent transgression.

The actual transgression that Arpaio needed a pardon for was a charge of contempt of court. This was because Arpaio had not adhered to a previous ruling in the class action lawsuit Melendres V. Arpaio. This case was initially brought against the Maricopa County Police Department and Arpaio because of their attempts to increase deportation of illegal immigrants by stereotyping citizens.

This led to unlawful stops and harassment of US citizens based solely on the way that they looked. Arpaio was ordered to immediately cease the practice of stereotyping and begin reporting to a court monitor to make sure that he had adjusted the behavior of the department. Arpaio failed to do this, earning him a charge of contempt.

Larkin and Lacey are no stranger to Arpaio’s antics. They had their own run-in with him on October 18, 2007, when they were arrested in their homes and jailed for something they published in their paper.

While Arpaio originally believed that he had just cause to arrest the men, he did not and was in direct violation of their human rights. In response to this, after Larkin and Lacey were released they turned around and sued Maricopa County. The journalist won their case and received 3.75 million.

While Larkin and Lacey did not have their rights violated for very long, it was still a huge moment in their lives. They decided that they wanted to use the money they won to give back to others that had suffered at the hands of Arpaio.

With the money, they started the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. This fund is directly aimed at helping migrants in Arizona. It continues to be a beacon, during times when it feels as though justice has not been served.

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Lacey & Larkin Still Fighting To Protect First Amendment

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin won’t soon forgot the behavior of disgraced former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio. Under the orders of Arpaio, the Maricopa County Selective Enforcement Unit sent Lacey and Larkin out of their homes and in handcuffs over releasing the details of an investigation. The two had done an article for the Phoenix New Times on the grand-jury probe.

Arpaio’s actions were done in response to coverage the New Times had provided for years. The publication exposed Arpaio and his department for egregious offenses that seemed to be swept under the rug. One of the many lawsuits brought on by Arpaio’s actions was due to the shackling of an expectant mother during a childbirth. Prisoners in Arpaio’s jails committed suicide at an alarming rate. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/

When Arpaio realized his orders to arrest Lacey and Larkin was a gross violation of the First Amendment, a press conference was held within 24 hours to announce the journalists had been freed and the case was closed. Five years later, Maricopa County paid $3.75 million to the journalists as a result of a settlement. Lacey and Larkin used the money to create the Frontera Fund. The mission of the fund is to protect and uphold the rights of migrants and immigrants.

Back in November, Arpaio lost his position as sheriff after being denied a seventh term by voters. He was then found guilty of criminal contempt. President Donald Trump wasted little time ignoring the misdeeds and pardoned Arpaio. This saved the former sheriff from a potential prison sentence.

All the way back in 1972, Lacey and Larkin teamed up to create the Phoenix New Times. It was created to counter extreme conservative media coverage. Lacey served as the executive editor, while Larkin worked on the advertising. The outlet went from a campus weekly to the nation’s top alternate newspaper. The New Times grew at such a rate that it was able to buy Westword, which was the news-and-arts weekly out of Denver. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

Village Voice Media Holdings had gained a reputation for providing investigative coverage. This was in large part due to the commitment of Lacey and Larkin to protect the First Amendment.

The end of 2012 saw Lacey and Larkin sell Village Voice Media Holdings. The company had maintained roughly nine million print readers monthly. A whopping 56 million monthly readers were online. On top of that success, it also earned a Pulitzer Prize.

How Bob Reina Simplifies Video Emailing

If you haven’t heard of Talk Fusion, it is a business predicated on providing video email marketing and video conferencing products to a wide array of business customers. Founded in 2007, Talk Fusion is the brainchild of former police officer Bob Reina, who saw a potential market for video emails that would revolutionize the way businesses shared information. What are video emails? Basically, they are video files that can be integrated into standard emails without having to create a separate file attachment. The business idea, which has now become an industry standard, grew from a personal frustration when Reina was unable to send a video-integrated email to family members. This same frustration prompted Reina to reach out to IT professionals in hopes of finding a solution; these efforts not only paid off, they became the foundation for a tremendously successful business. Learn more: https://homebusinessmag.com/author/bob-reina/

 

Of course, as with any business, Talk Fusion needed to establish a client base, which is precisely where network marketing comes into the picture. If you unfamiliar with the network marketing business model, in essence, it is direct sales; it is a network of people selling a particular product, while simultaneously growing a business. This marketing platform proved to be a success for Talk Fusion, which is now marketed in over 140 countries through the company’s independent associates. In a PR Newswire article, Reina cites network marketing as a viable solution for growing Talk Fusion, because it is word of mouth advertising; it places people who are passionate about the product, and brand, together to generate real interest, which in turn, produces new customers.

 

How is Talk Fusion’s network marketing different from other network marketing businesses? Commission; Reina believes in not only rewarding his top performers but rewarding them expeditiously. He utilizes instant pay, a payment platform that allows associates to immediately receive a commission for the sales that they generate. Comparatively speaking, most network marketing businesses process commission payment weekly, or in some cases, monthly.

 

So, what’s next for Talk Fusion and Bob Reina? Well, he plans on capitalizing on his success in the video email and video conferencingspace by adding a mobile app; the mobile app is intended to provide customers with the option of sending video emails from a handheld device instead of a laptop or desktop computer, and of course, he has his eyes set on other innovations that will help streamline business communication.

 

LGBTQ Support Group In Arizona Helps Undocumented Workers

A nonprofit group that calls itself Trans Queer Pueblo is an innovative organization working to make the world a better, more welcoming and safer place for migrants and undocumented worker who identify themselves as LGBTQ. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/about/ and http://james-larkin.com/

The goal of the organization is to empower LGBTQ people so that they can “define their own paths,” and also make their voices heard. Trans Queer Pueblo embraces diversity, cultivates leadership and creates what it calls “support cycles” within communities.

A major component of Trans Queer Pueblo is health care. It sets a goal of offering free health care to 100 people who are undocumented and identify as LGBTQ. The group also holds forums that conduct health advocacy sessions within communities.

Yet another outstanding effort by Trans Queer Pueblo is its letter writing campaign. Members write letters of support for LGBTQ migrants being held in detention for a variety of reasons. To date, Trans Queer Pueblo is extremely proud that its letter-writing campaigns have produced real results, freeing 15 people from migration detention. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co

The excellent work being done by this group recently attracted the attention of the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund which has infused Trans Queer Pueblo with critical monetary support.

The Larkin and Lacey Fund draws upon $3.7 million that was obtained in a decidedly unique way – by suing Maricopa County law enforcement officials for illegal police arrests of two journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.

It was October of 2007 when armed deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department descended upon the homes of Larkin and Lacey. The media partners were nabbed and carted away to jail cells in the dead of night. The summary incarcerations were ordered by out-of-control lawman Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The arrests of newsmen Larkin and Lacey was a blatant and egregious violation of the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which guarantees freedom of the press.

Arresting two Arizona journalists for doing nothing more than publishing stories critical of Arpaio’s treatment of undocumented workers outraged both the public and courts alike. A U.S. Court of Appeals awarded Larkin and Lacey $3.7 million in damages – and the rest is history.

Now the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is able to support organizations like Trans Queer Pueblo and many other such groups that work tirelessly to advocate for undocumented, Latino and Hispanic people living in Arizona and across the United States.

Roberto Santiago Brought New Life to Brazil with Manaira Mall

The Manaira Mall was a huge change over the malls that people had seen in Brazil in the past. Roberto Santiago designed the mall so it would be that way. He wanted to make the mall an attraction on its own and that’s part of what made it possible for him to continue growing the mall. He knew there would be positive things that were associated with the mall and he also knew these things would take time to build. Roberto Santiago made every effort he could to bring new stores to the mall while still keeping it as traditional as possible since it was a part of Brazil. Roberto Santiago knew there would be a lot of positive outcomes from the Manaira Mall but he also knew it would take some time to get the mall where he wanted it to be. He was prepared to put all of the hard work it would take to get to that point.

 

For nearly 30 years, Roberto Santiago worked on the mall. He built it up, he started new shops and he even made new contracts with people who would join his mall. He decided to restructure it and make it something that would be a destination instead of just a stop to a destination. Roberto Santiago knew his mall was going to be the best it could be if he was able to provide all of the answers for businesses that wanted to come to his mall.

 

While he was working toward making the mall better, he added things like the expo center. He had to work hard to add it and often questioned where he should put it. As the expo center began to take shape, it was clear the roof addition was the best choice. Roberto Santiago knew to put it on the roof. Doing that was what created all of the positive outcomes from the expo center. Many people had never seen anything like it and most wanted a chance to enjoy it. That’s the reason they came to the mall and chose to shop there. If they were shopping for things at the mall, they would be able to just visit the expo center.

 

From concerts to events and everything in between, the expo center provided a place for people to enjoy traditional Brazilian expos. Now, Roberto Santiago is building a hotel that is a part of the shopping center. It is the first time he has built a hotel, but as a developer, he feels it will be a great addition to the shopping center. He also knows it will be a great way for him to start working on expanding the brand that is part of the shopping center.

 

Michael Lacey, the Best Mathematics Educator in America

It is no surprise that Michael Lacey has received the title for the best mathematician educator in the United States. Since an early age, he had an in-depth knowledge of mathematics which enabled him to teach those around him.

Michael was determined to ensure that his friends had the same understanding as he did and thus applied a lot of zeal to tutor them. Michael earned his degree in mathematics from the University of Texas, Austin and after five years he completed his Ph.D. in the same field at the University of Illinois. Read more: Michael Lacey | Mathalliance

Under the supervision of Walter Phillips, he solved the problems related to the law of iterated logarithm of empirical characteristics in his thesis on Banach spaces. Michael Lacey work encompassed on probability, Harmonica analysis, and Ergodic theory. While holding position at the Louisiana State University and in collaboration with Walter Philips he was able to prof the central limit theory.

He has also held a job at the Indiana University where he received the national science fellowship. While at the university he took an interest in Bilinear Hilbert transformations.

On the topic of conjecture, he combined his efforts with Alberto Calderon and Christoph which earned them a Salem Prize. He has since worked as a professor at Georgia Institute of technology as a professor while receiving various fellowships.

During his career, Michael has been a recipient of various awards and recognition. He has received a fellowship from multiple institutes outside the country. The Georgia state university awarded him with the NSF-ADVANCED mentoring award in 2012.

He has also addressed the international congress of mathematicians held in Berlin, Germany, 1998. Michael Lacey greatness has transcended into teaching hundreds of students and getting in the thick of research and mentoring students.

Mathematics has always had a negative response due to the negative misconception that one has to undergo through hours of memorizing hard formulas. However, most of the students taught by professor Lacey have changed their stance because of the laid-back manner and the humor he incorporates in the subject.

This trait of combining his knowledge in complex issues and humor has made him become the effective educator he has become. His reviews by students are enough evidence to stake his position as the best educator in the country.

The Top Notch Firm: Madison Street Capital

Madison Street Capital is a renowned banking firm in Chicago, Illinois. It offers professional advice to businesses around the globe. The firm also assists the organizations to access credit services, make decisions concerning investments, and to perform transactions which are complex.

Additionally, Madison Street Capital provides valuation and merger consultation services to companies. The firm has offices in three continents; Africa, Asia, and North America.

Professional Team

The expert team of the Madison Street capital is equipped with outstanding skills, extensive relationships, and knowledge. The professional team organizes capital and finance structure to fit the requirements of each client. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/16/08/r8401008/madison-street-capital-announced-as-finalist-for-the-15th-annual-m-a-ad

They use their experience to make precise recommendations for easy analysis made by the customers. Quality services provided by the Madison Street professionals make Madison Street Capital Firm the premiere banking investment firm in the world.

About Madison Street Capital

In 2014, Madison Street Capital offered advisory services to the Vital Care Industries Firm located in Illinois. With Madison Street Capital’s assistance, Vital Care Industries managed to obtain a lender meeting and a commercial loan. Read more: Madison Street Capital | INC and Madison Street Capitals Impressive Path to Top Notch Reputation | GC Report

According to the Chief Executive Officer of the firm, the company’s supplies increased, which was a great achievement since the company had been producing sterile medical supplies since the year 1984.

The co-founder of Madison street capital is known as Anthony Marsala. In 2015, National Association of the Certified Analysts and Valuators gave him the 40 Under Forty Award. It was an honorary award for his impressive achievement in valuations, mergers, and other endeavors involving banking. Currently, Anthony Marsala is the chief operating officer at Madison Street Capital with over 14 years of experience in the banking industry.

In 2016, Madison Street Capital was named as the winner of the Restructuring Deal of the Year in the M&A Advisor Award. The admirable financial deals were the contributing factors to the Madison Street Capital appearance in the top list. Its industrial merger services, worth less than 100 million dollars, were other features that made Madison Street Capital more outstanding than other companies hence scooping the top position.

In 2017, Madison Capital was in competition with over 300 firms for the Turnaround Award. Eventually, due to its fine transactions of less than 25 million dollars in 2016, it managed to win the award. The firm received several praises from the president of M&A Advisor Awards at the Palm Beach Hotel.

Madison Street Capital advised the DCG Software Value firm on efficient methods of making merger transactions in 2017. Since then, DCG Software Value offers analysis and software support services that bring higher returns.

Madison Street Capital is also well known for its charitable donations. For instance, in 2011, it donated funds to the Eastern the Mid-western United States to solve damages caused by severe weather.

 

Some Of The Lessons Vijay Eswaran Has Learned In The Network Marketing Industry

Nowadays, in order to get ahead you need to network. No one knows this better than businessman Vijay Eswaran. Through the power of networking, he went from driving a cab early in his career to now having a $550 million fortune.

He says that through the use of network marketing he changed his life as well as those of the thousands of people have sold the products and services of his company, QI Group, to improve their lives. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: http://www.qigroup.com/2013/11/vijay-eswaran-makes-ceo-of-the-year/

Vijay Eswaran outlined some of the key strategies he has used for success. The first bit of advice, which took him several years himself to overcome, was that having a stable nine-to-five job is not the only path to success. It was during his the years he was earning his Master’s degree that Eswaran learned about network marketing.

Eswaran jumped into the industry and even once he started a regular job he maintained a side job in this industry. It wasn’t long before he noted he was actually making more money from his side gig than he was from his “real” job. He learned that being traditionally employed is not all it’s cracked up to be and there were far more opportunities available to him in network marketing. Read more: Vijay Eswaran | Professional Profile – LinkedIn

In the beginning of his experience in the multi-level marketing industry, Eswaran says that he found it too unreliable and unsustainable when he was working for another company in the industry. He had to let the team he was heading up know that he would have to close up shop. Rather than be discouraged by this the thousand people that made up his team asked him to start his own company.

It was at this point that he learned he didn’t want to succeed just for himself but also for everyone that was working for him. Through this experience, he learned that service to others is paramount and a key ingredient to your own success.

A daily habit that Eswaran practices is an hour of quiet every morning. While being silent he has the opportunity to think about how he’s going to be successful that day. He also uses the time to meditate and get away from the distractions of life.