Don’t tell Bob Reina “no.” That has be what the millions of customers that are Talk Fusion users must be thinking as they hear the story of his career. America Online told him that he could not send a video clip to a friend through email. It wasn’t that the company was trying to stifle his progress. At that time he was not an entrepreneur. His foot was planted in the field of law enforcement, and he just wanted to see if this could be done. Many years later, Talk Fusion customers are sending video emails and doing much more with the Bob Reina software.
I believe I admire Reina because he had so many things against him, but he pushed on. He was not a technology major in college. That was obviously strike one for someone that would someday form a technology company. Reina had already been told that the thing that he was working on what not something that could be done. That was strike two. He could have lost all of his money trying to prove someone wrong after they had already told him he was fighting a losing battle. Then, on top of all of this, he was competing in an industry were video communication software already had dominant players with more money to spend. Video conferencing is done by major companies like Apple and Cisco.
He had all of these strikes against him, and I think that Bob Reina could have easily struck out completely. He stayed the course though. He was rooted in the belief that he was doing something that needed to be done. Bob was certain that he was not the only one that had this dilemma. Reina wanted to do something about it, and he would not rest until the Talk Fusion brand was developed.
Right now it seems like something that was simple, but there had to be a lot of hard days. Bob had to spend a lot of time proving himself to those that did not believe in the beginning. This would really inspire me as an entrepreneur.
The Huffington Post recently did an article about Portia Kersten. She is the CFO of Skout. Kersten gave a little bit of information about her background. Kersten grew up in a poor family, and they did not have a television. Since that was the case, her imagination was fueled by books. Kersten’s family always focused on individuals that beat the odds. Some of Kersten’s favorite people were Portia from Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant Of Venice’ and Charles Dickens. Kersten learned much from her previous job experience in companies such as GE. Kersten learned the importance of following best practice, and she also was able to find ways to choose patterns that lead to success.
Kersten is able to maintain balance in her work and life by placing one foot in front of the other. Kersten tries to focus on things that are of the highest priority and she finds efficiency in all things. Kersten loves to give advice to young women who would like to one day become a CFO as well. She encourages them to always question the status quo and never let anyone define who they are.
Kristen is the CFO of Skout. Skout is a very well-known application, and it is the largest global platform for meeting new people. There are millions of people who choose to use Skout to find a local date, or they may even choose to use Skout to meet up with individuals in different countries. Skout is an application that can be easily downloaded both on android and on iPhones. Skout has a number of different helpful options. An individual can schedule a meeting with someone that they want to get to know, or they can use the app just to chat. Skout has been successful for many years, and they had their humble beginning in 2007.
Skout is an application that is very simple to use, and it allows individuals to connect with other singles that are interested in getting out and doing things that are fun. Skout is an application that has found much success, and Portia Kersten is an individual that has contributed much to this application’s success.
George Soros is a political activist and retired financier. He has written and lectured widely on topics ranging from the former Soviet Union to the current Syrian refugee crisis and is worth roughly 25 billion dollars. In recent years, he has financed a number of political causes and can be described as leaning towards the left ideologically on Forbes.
George Soros was born in communist Hungary in 1930; his family fled the invading Nazis and settled in England, where Soros eventually attended the London School of Economics. Ultimately, he immigrated to the United States where he became a naturalized citizen. He currently resides in the New York state and is married with five children.
George Soros amassed enormous wealth – both for his investors and himself – by running a highly successful hedge fund. His fortune is self-made, and to this day his opinions on international finance are valued and respected. In particular, his views about the causes and long-term effects of the financial collapse of 2008 are considered insightful. In recent decades, he has moved out of finance and focused his energy more on politics and writing.
Starting in 1979, when he began supporting efforts to end Apartheid in South Africa on http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1997/02/the-capitalist-threat/376773/, Soros has been an extremely effective political activist and philanthropist. He has supported a number of liberal causes in the United States, including the current political campaign of Hillary Clinton, and various initiatives around the world that promote personal freedoms and liberties for ordinary people.
Philosophy and World View
George Soros on politico has stated, to effect, that his enormous wealth gives him the opportunity to take stands on issues he cares about, and to back them with both his words and wallet. He feels that with financial success comes an obligation to give back to the larger community. As someone who has experienced life in totalitarian regimes firsthand, he is passionate about advocating for liberal democracy in general.
He is against xenophobia and intolerance as evidenced by his recent criticism of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s views on immigration and the Muslim faith. He supports globalization and does not believe in militarism or the supremacy of any one nation.
Dick DeVos is the son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. He and his family reside in Michigan where he worked as the CEO for Amway and even tried his hand at politics in 2006 when he ran for Governor of his state.
The DeVos family is known, like other incredibly wealthy families in the country, to be a large contributor to causes important to his family. Along side his wife, Betsy, he runs the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. He and his family have been key pioneers in education reform through their foundation by showing support for many schools. They are also fond of religious charities that give to Christian schools, youth groups, and parochial schools. One of their biggest grantees is Focus on the Family. They are also big donors for conservative policy groups like AEI, Heritage Foundation, and Freedomworks.
DeVos follows in his fathers footsteps, Richard DeVos also donated to schools, conservative movements, and other conservative charities. He’s not alone in this family tradition though, his brothers are also heavily involved in both business and charities. Dan DeVos is the CEO of DP Fox Ventures, a diversified-management business located in Grand Rapids, and serves as a chairman for Orlando Magic as well as a majority owner of the Grand Rapids Griffins. He and his wife Pamella DeVos are hefty contributors to Acton, The Heritage Foundation, and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
Glad to see the Grand Rapids area make another “best of” list! Thank you all for your role in making our city great.
Doug DeVos is currently serving as the president of Amway, he took over for Dick in 2002. He and his wife Maria run the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation that aids youth and families in the Grand Rapids area through school-outreach programs, the Student Advancement Foundation, Safe Haven Ministries, and the Gerald R. Ford Foundation. Just like the rest of the family, Doug and Maria are stout conservatives and have donated to Acton, AEI, Heritage, Mackinac, and The National Organization for Marriage.
He details a variety of methods used within his own company to increase the satisfaction of employees. The two most notable takeaways there are the introduction of a company newsletter, and the employment of a system of goals and rewards in order to incentivize achievement.
The rewards system encourages productivity and helps workers feel acknowledged for a job well done. Meanwhile the company newsletter keeps everybody in the loop, increasing a sense of cooperation and unity while decreasing the chances that employees will become frustrated by lack of information.
Status Labs is an interesting testing ground for these sorts of initiatives. Because it is firm that does most of it’s work primarily online it maintains a relatively small staff in one or two centralized locations. This means feedback is quick and management can work with employees on a one to one basis.
Fisher’s company is an online reputation manager. Their clients are both individuals, private businesses, and public organizations. They help their clients to combat undeserved negative press online by teaching them to take advantage of all possible avenues to get their own message into the public eye. This offers them a chance to rebuff online criticism and change the negative nature of a conversation.
As an example, if a company’s CEO or upper management is involved in some sort of scandal, either personal or professional it becomes a topic of note online. Even if that individual was fired, if the attention gained was large enough, every online search could open up pages and pages of negative opinions, burying the good name of an otherwise reputable company in bad PR. Status Labs trains companies and individuals to take a more active role in getting their own positive message out online.
I have used a lot of QNET products and I am a bit of a fan of their stance on corporate governance and care for the society and the environment. The products are great but when I support QNET, I feel like I’m also supporting the number of causes this company has attached itself to. This is why it was a matter of pride when I found out that for showing its support to the rehabilitation of victims of the recent Chennai flood, QNET recently contributed a generous Rs. 75 lacs to the Tamil Nadu CM’s Relief Fund. The ecommerce company made this donation under its CSR initiative in which it undertakes a number of causes that are beneficial to India in general.
As a person living in the country, I have friends and relatives who were affected by Chennai floods and to see one company come out and show such support is heartening, to say the least. The theme of the IIFA Utsavam was “Be1forChennai” and there couldn’t be a theme more apt for QNET to make this donation for flood victims. The event included Telangana’s Minister for Taxes and Cinematography Mr. T Srinivas and the donation was forwarded in his presence.
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For people like me who live in India, IIFA is a big deal and the IIFA Utsavam is an award ceremony where talents from the South Indian films are honored for their great work in the industry. By making Chennai flood relief their theme this year, the IIFA Utsavam also ensured that many other people would come forward with generous donations and help the victims of the recent flood that devastated many families, hampered business, led to massive infrastructure losses, and ruined property. The “RYTHM” philosophy of QNET, also called “Raise Yourself To Help Mankind” chimed perfectly with this event. I first came across QNET through a friend and the company is a leading one in Asia. A lot of lifestyle products are offered by them and they have an ecommerce platform through which people can use these products. The distribution of their products is spread across 100 nations. Globally, they have 25 agencies and offices, and over 50 stocklists. This is excluding the local franchisees they have in various countries. In UAE, they have three different locations where they operate from, with their offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Mussafah (logistics hub). The CSR initiative of the company has worked with various NGOs to bring joy to the society’s underprivileged people.
Human Rights has been a main topic for the past several hundred years. From slavery to dictatorship, there has always been the battle for universal human rights. Among human rights’ issues is the issue of the fact that Nicki Minaj has agreed to sing for the President’s family in Angola despite his history of brutality against the people.
To stop Nicki Minaj from violating certain human rights issues, the Human Rights Foundation sent an open letter to Nicki Minaj that explained to her that playing for the President of Angola was against moral principles. This open letter stated that Unitel Communications, the company that is funding her trip, is the company that is controlled by the Angolan President. This particular President has been declared by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Organization to be a dictator.
The leader of this organization is Thor Halvorssen who is not only a human rights advocate, but is also a prominent film producer. His New York City-based headquarters was founded in 2005, after a family tragedy that inspire him to start up this beneficial human rights campaign. Mr. Halvorssen’s fight for human rights started long ago in 1989 when he was an organizer that campaigned against the South African Apartheid. Ever since the founding of the Human Rights Foundation, his opinions have been popular to publish in notable newspapers and magazines. Some of his opinions have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, The Economist, The Washington Post, as well as GQ.
Thor Halvorssen’s tie to human rights dates back through many family members that inspired him to choose this path. His goal is to help those that otherwise do not have a voice in oppressive countries such as Angola. Mr. Halvorssen’s dismay and protest against Nicki Minaj’s trip to Angola is a repeated event that happened with pop-star, Mariah Carey. Mariah Carey, much like Nicki Minaj, accepted the offer twice to sing for oppressive rulers for a substantial amount of money. Though she apologized for her offenses, she repeated the action more than once. The Human Rights Foundation is currently protesting against Nicki Minaj’s actions as Angola is a known country that has rigged elections that have elected the same leader for several years. With Nicki Minaj agreeing to sing for the family, this violates any human rights mission that the United States has to stop oppressive leaders in power.
The telecommunications company, Coriant, was founded as an independent company in 2013. Coriant is a corporate-leading supplier of driving metro-to-core transport solutions. The company has headquarters in Munich, Naperville, Germany and USA serving customers worldwide. Shaygan Kheradpir runs Coriant as CEO with Robert Leggett as Chairman and PatDipietro as Vice-chairman. Coriant specializes in products involving, Intelligent Network, Management, Integrated Optical Planning Solutions and Packet Optical Transport Solutions. In addition, the company’s products also deal with MSPP Solutions, Edge Routing Solutions, Cross-Connect/TDM Solutions, Optical LAN and Broadband Access. All of the technology used in the company originates from Siemens Optical Networks (NSN ON), Tellabs and Sycamore Networks. The merging of these three companies under Coriant was done by Marlin Equity Partners.
Before the appearance of Coriant, Marlin Equity Partners had invested in the three companies Coriant currently manages as one large company. These three companies, Tellabs, Sycamore Networks and Siemens Optical Networks, were suffering financial losses. Negotiations with Tellabs resulted in Marlin purchasing the firm for $891 million. Sycamore Networks was next invested in for $18.75 million by the company and finally, Nokia Siemens Networks sold optical business to Marlin Equity Partners as well. With the joining of all three of these companies under Coriant, the business is better prepared for handling potential issues and has over 3000 employees working in the industry.
Coriant’s New CEO Shaygan Kheradpir
Shaygan Kheradpir was born in London, however, he grew up in Iran. Mr. Kheradpir moved to the United states to attend Cornell University to earn his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree in electrical engineering. His first job was at GTE Laboratories in 1987 where he worked in network routing, management and control. Eventually, Shaygan became chief information officer at GTE Industry and gained a reputation for delivering new products on schedule. During 200, GTE collaborated and joined with Bell Alantic forming Verizon Communications. Shaygan Kheradpir began serving as president of Verizon’s e-business section later becoming the first CIO/CTO of the company.
Kheradpir expanded Verizon’s range of telecommunications services along with the automation of operations. He continued to show his expertise when Shaygan joined Barclays in January 2011 as the Chief Operating Officer of Global Retail and Business Bank. Shaygan Kheradpir was later promoted in March 2013 as Chief Operations and Technology Officer. Kheradpir joined Coriant, the private equity firm, where later on September 28, 2013 he was appointed CEO taking over from Pat Dipietro who took the position of vice-chairman.