Whitney Wolfe is an extraordinary businesswoman, honored with the prestigious 30 Under 30 distinction from Forbes magazine in 2017 and named in Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, she is best known as Chief Executive Officer and founder of Bumble. Born in 1989, this American entrepreneur recently wed husband Michael Herd (oil heir and restaurateur) in spectacular fashion in southern Italy. See more of Whitney Wolfe at Business Insider.
For those of you who have not yet heard of its amazing success, Bumble is a unique dating app that was created with the wants and needs of women in mind. After a match is created by two individuals the woman is required to initiate the first contact if she wants to get to know the man. If the woman chooses not to send a message after the match is made, it simply disappears. With over 35 million users in 160 countries, Bumble has been an incredible success.
Whitney Wolfe had a strong desire to create a dating site that empowered women, and she has done precisely that. After struggling in her own personal life with sexual harassment, stalking, and threats Wolfe is keenly aware of how empowering the woman making the first move to get to know someone better can be. As co-founder of Tinder (with which she is no longer associated) Whitney Wolfe wanted to create a site that operated under a different vibe than the traditional dating app. Bumble banned the extremely popular shirtless mirror selfie from profile pictures and works diligently to ensure that no unsolicited photography is sent to women through their app.
Whitney Wolfe has also launched spin-off sites from Bumble to capitalize on the market of individuals who are seeking platonic and professional networking connections. In addition to these ventures, Wolfe was just added as a non-voting member to the Imagine Entertainment board of directors. Imagine Entertainment is the brainchild of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Started in 1986 this American film and TV production company states that they feel Whitney Wolfe will create a broadened dimension to their company as an original thinker and visionary with fresh perspective. Read more: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/whitney-wolfe
Sahm Adrangi founded Kerrisdale Capital nine years ago and they handle approximately 180 million dollars. Kerssidale is in the business of short selling. They began this in 2010 when they started posting their research. They decided to move in this direction because of all of the short sales that were occurring in fake Chinese businesses. This is also why Sahm Adrangi has steered Kerrsidale towards mostly US businesses.
Kerssidale Capital does research on these short sales and offers their findings through many different mediums such as on their website, through Seeking Alpha, on their Twitter page, and on programs on CNBC or Bloomberg. Kerrsisdale also has an email subscription service and those who are interested in the research can receive it through email after subscribing.
Recently, Kerrsidale Capital and Sahm Adrangi have been working on short sales and ad fraud. Ad fraud is defined as fake news that is represented through online advertisement that generates fake clicks and traffics for companies to generate revenue. This means that the advertisement that companies are paying websites to display are not being shown to actual customers. The only traffic that visits these sites and sees the advertisements that are being paid for are other computers and bots. These fake websites do not contain any content; they are filled with advertisements that no one sees.
The more and more this occurs, the less and less companies will be willing to pay for ads, and this hurts the publishers and others who are actually displaying ads on their websites. There are also instances when real customers are visiting websites and clicking and viewing videos and ads and fraud is still happening. Behind these videos and ads are more videos and ads that are not being seen by anyone.
Sahm Adrangi believes this is a real problem, but it can be corrected. He says that the clicks and views that advertisers pay for can be looked at more carefully. By dissecting who, or what, is watching the videos and adds or clicking on them, there can be transparency in the world of online content and media.
The CEO of a successful financial company who gets the company going by taking a “boostrapping” approach is someone who is sure to get the attention of market watchers. This is especially true when the company, in this case Greensky Credit, enjoys unprecedented success before the CEO finally decides to file for an IPO. In this case, the CEO is Atlanta-based real estate billionaire David Zalik, and right now Zalik is considering putting forth an IPO at a company valuation of $5 billion, to raise $1 billion. That’s a lot of money for a home improvement loan startup that launched back in 2007. According to a recent article in Forbes Magazine, however, these are indeed the moves Zalik is making, and if all goes well, Greensky Credit will be looking very good to investors in the near future.
Making Its Own Rules
Greensky Credit is getting a lot of attention these days for the unusual way that Zalik has built this highly successful financial technology company. Unlike other companies of this type, Zalik has always worked closely with banks, and right now the company gets a 1 percent share of the company’s yearly loan value back from the banks in exchange for its work in arranging and servicing loans. Right now, the client roster for this successful startup includes a long list of affluent borrowers, and the company is looking very stable.
Zalik ran the Greensky Credit for many years using his own “bootstrapped” funds, and he didn’t take any outside cash until 2014. By keeping things going this way, he avoided the danger that hit many startups of blowing through their $30 million funding by spending it on frivolous non-essentials. For Zalik, keeping a company lean and mean is the key to long-term success, which is why today many market watchers are very bullish on this attention getting financial success story.
In February, Uber investor and Investment company founder Shervin Pishevar went on a 21-hour tweetstorm that some called bizarre and others found prescient. In that time, Pishevar ran through predictions of a plummeting stock market and declining Silicon Valley, predicted the infrastructure of the United States would continue to disintegrate and argued that tech giants would strangle startups.
Known for his strong opinions, frequently expressed, it was no surprise that he wasn’t shy about sharing them, but the intensity and content of them surprised some people.
Pishevar predicted a 6,000-point drop in the market and a continuing decline for the value of bitcoin that would be matched by a surge of interest in gold again. However, he also said that bitcoin would stabilize and start to rise slowly again over a two-year period.
While he felt that Silicon Valley had lost its preeminent place in the tech landscape and that location was less important in contemporary entrepreneurship, he also predicted that any startups would have a tough time competing against giants like Google, Microsoft and Facebook. Shervin Pishevar compared them the phone company monopoly before its government breakup and predicted that it might be a long time before any companies like Airbnb or Uber would make their mark again in the years ahead.
Pishevar also said that the failure of the United States to move quickly or think long-term about infrastructure would be its undoing. He cited the example of a train station in China that was built in just nine hours. Pishevar said he believed that only a few U.S. companies, such as SpaceX, would thrive.
Was he correct? A couple of days after Shervin Pishevar made his predictions, Dow Jones plummeted over 1,000 points. As for the rest of his predictions, their accuracy remains to be seen. However, it is worth nothing that Pishevar savvy in predicting trends has made him a success in business so far.
Mina Ebrahimi is a shining example of an individual. For one thing, she is an entrepreneur. Therefore, she is independent. She is also doing the type of job she is passionate about. Another good thing about her success is that she is very organized. She does not drag her feet when it comes to her work. At the same time, she makes sure that she takes care of herself before she tries to take on the next assignment. For one thing, it is easy to lose balance as an entrepreneur. This is something that Mina Ebrahimi has learned to avoid when it comes to her work.
Mina has gotten her start working at her family’s bakery called Seven Corners. While she was working at Seven Corners, she has started up her own business called Saint Germain Cafe. One thing she has done was take a hands on approach to business. She has stepped outside of her comfort zone in order to meet with her clients and make sure that she is using her skills at customer service. One of the best things about her business is that she is heavily involved with her business. Therefore, she is working with others as well.
Mina Ebrahimi is also a philanthropist and animal lover. She does everything she can to make sure that people are having positive experiences. She is also a woman who has a great vision. She had a vision for turning her business into a full service company. She has also started a veterinarian intervention program. She is not only one of the most passionate workers of her generation but also one of the most influential in her generation. For one thing, she is always looking for ways that she can help someone. At the same time, she is also very discerning.
Louis Chenevert has a long history with the company United Technologies Corporation. His role at the company dates all the way back to 2008 when he became President & Chief Executive Officer. In 2010, Louis Chenevert rose to become Chairman. He held these positions up until 2014 when he retired. Those roles combined with his work at Pratt & Whitney and General Motors prior to United Technologies Corporation, made him an extremely valuable person on the staff. His experience had a massive impact on the company. The website Ideamensch conducted an interview with Louis Chenevert to learn more about his career.
The interview beings with Louis Chenevert discussing how they wanted to change the industry with a 30-year product cycle. He lists several decisions the company made along the way. The key to United Technologies Corporation’s success was giving the teams all the resources they needed and hold constant reviews to make sure objectives were being meet. Louis Chenevert cites the rapid growth of technology as the trend that excites him the most. It opens up new possibilities for the company.
During the next several questions, Ideamensch has Louis Chenevert reflect on several aspects of his carrer. In response to the question of the worst job he ever had, he claims it was his original job at the GM plant. However, Louis Chenevert says it was also a great learning experience. He learned the power of having people performing in efficient ways. If he could start over, he make sure the people align with the company’s goals. It is a waste of resources to deal with someone not on the same page with the team.
Louis Chenevert has made a successful career for himself. The way he focuses on the picture and structures work teams has been a great asset to his company. He believes in always facing forward and not letting anything get in the way. Know the plan and having the people follow you is key. United Technologies Corporation grew a lot under his leadership and his influence continues to leave a lasting impact.
The Forex market is a great place to build a career. It is both exciting and lucrative, particularly when you know when to buy and sell currencies. The Forex market is open 24 hours each day for five working days, which translate to mean that jobs are readily available. Most of these jobs require knowledge and understanding of regulations guiding financial accounts and transactions.
Below are three major career areas in the Forex market;
- Forex Analyst:
A Forex market analyst works for Forex brokerage and is responsible for writing daily market commentary relating to the Forex market and the political and economic issues that influence currency values. The Forex market analyst must be able to research and come up with high-quality content and must keep up with the pace of the market.
- Forex Account Managers:
Perhaps you have been trading in Forex for a few years and have been successful so far, learning all the tricks of the trade. Then, you have what it takes to pursue a career as a professional Forex Account Manager. A professional Forex manager makes buy and sell decisions for hedge funds, mutual funds, banks, and central banks that deal in forex trading. This position is high stakes as Forex account managers will be responsible for a large amount of money. Their reputation will be based on how they handle the funds entrusted to them.
- Forex industry regulator:
In order to prevent fraud in the forex industry, regulatory bodies hire professionals to act as regulators. These regulators can be found in numerous countries and they operate in both public and the private sector.
Right from a tender age, Jordan Lindsey knew he was destined to be an entrepreneur He had the burning urge to create something that was going to change the world for good. Although he was born and grew up in New York, he relocated to San Francisco.
Jordan Lindsey is veteran algo trader and the founder of JCL capital. He has tremendous experience in the financial services and in the technology industry. He taught himself programming and he is a systems architecture designer.
He attended Mount Angel Seminary and Saint Joseph’s College. He has lived in several places, a few are Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Mexico.