Shervin Pishevar warns of monopolies

Shervin Pishevar is the former managing director at Sherpa Capital. He has been instrumental in nurturing talents of brilliant entrepreneurs. Through Sherpa Capital, he has invested in startups that have become leading companies in the world. He is today recognized as an early Uber investor. He played a significant role in the growth of this company into a unicorn. Pishevar has never shied to give his opinion on matters touching on investments. One of the areas that every investor looks at is economic growth in a country. If the economy is doing well, that means it can support a good idea. As a venture capitalist, Shervin Pishevar has come to understand a lot about the economy.

In February, Pishevar posted 50 messages via Twitter, indicating why he thought the country was not doing well economically. He touched on various matters such as the decline of the stock market as some of the indicators of a declining economy.

Shervin Pishevar also touched on other matters such as immigration, bitcoin, and gold. On the immigration, he indicated that the country would lose immigrant talent for failure to pass a bill that would have made it possible for immigrant talent to find space in the United States.

Shervin Pishevar went on to say that five monopolies in the United States will affect the economy of the country. The five monopolies have made sure that no other great idea has space to grow. They are using their might to buy every good idea from the Silicon Valley. The five monopolies are Facebook, Alphabet, Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon. He is warning against allowing these companies to control everything. They risk taking the economy down in case they encounter challenges. Shervin Pishevar fears that Uber could be the last great idea from Silicon Valley. He suggests that these companies should be split up.

Roberto Santiago Founder of Manaira Shopping Catapults Economic Development in Brazil

Paraiba is no longer cited for its beautiful sunsets and sandy beaches alone courtesy of Roberto Santiago. The 58 year old businessman and entrepreneur has placed the region on the map because of his business ventures. Roberto Santiago was born and raised in João Pessoa. He is the face of the state of Paraíba where he continues to meet the household consumption requirements. He is famous for investing in the shopping sector segment that flourishes even in the face of an economic crisis in Brazil. Driven by the need to fill the gap in the leisure and entertainment industry, Santiago, the business guru founded the popular Manaira Shopping mall in Paraiba. In 2015 alone over two million shoppers visited Manaira Shopping making it one of the most visited in the region. Santiago envisioned a center where members of a family could visit and have fun. Indeed, he has succeeded in giving the Brazilian shoppers just that.


The center is built near the north coast beaches. Santiago’s Manaira Shopping is one of the largest in the region occupying an area of seventy five thousand square meters. It houses twenty eight stores each with distinct features. His entrepreneurial vision of providing multiple services in a single space is reflected in the amenities offered in the center. It houses a college, concert hall and gymnasium meaning that it houses different kinds of people.


Manaira Shopping boasts of some of the best entertainment equipment in the region. These entertainment devices occupy eleven rooms in the building. The movie section is equipped with advanced machines for the benefit of customers. It has a VIP section for customers who are willing to pay more for a movie. The 3-dimension room is fitted with armchairs that ensure greater visibility. Additionally, the bowling tracks are modern and electronic to meet the needs of the young generation who visit the center. It also has over two hundred electronic game machines suitable for different ages and tastes. There are also ballrooms for hire, as well as exquisite food for visitors. Roberto Santiago is a visionary entrepreneur, and continues to promote economic development in the country.


Roberto Santiago’s idea of opening up a center like this one in the region has helped many people. The value of houses in the city has appreciated since the creation of Manaira Shopping. Additionally, other investment companies have shown interest in the region with others going ahead and opening up businesses. His business idea has also improved the lives of residents in the city through the creation of employment. Santiago also managed to provide for a variety of needs, which is his greatest achievement.


Doe Deere and Lime Crime

Little did Doe Deere know that her desire to find makeup as bright and vivacious as she would turn into one of the most well known cult makeup lines today. Deere started her company back in 2008 on eBay before most makeup retailers ever sold anything online. Deere launched her makeup online long before most other makeup lines and she was often told there was no way she’d be successful because her customers couldn’t try on the product and she’d never get anywhere. She believed in e-commerce and proved them wrong. Deere’s brand was one of the first to come up with the idea of using lipstick swatches on actual models so customers should see what the colors looked like on others with their skin tones online, as well as being one of the pioneers in creating a liquid to matte lipstick formula that’s long lasting and cruelty-free, as are all of Limecrime’s products.

When Deere started her business, she thought there were only a few others like herself looking for makeup in unusual and bright colors. The response to her line was almost more than she could keep up with in the beginning; with great word of mouth and feedback, customers waited with eager anticipation for each new launch. Doe Deere herself has said that the most important things to her and her business are keeping her “unicorns” happy, a term she uses to refer to her customers, whom she says are people that are aware that they are different than others and happily embrace it.

Limecrime stands out amongst its competitors as their colors are difficult to duplicate, and her brand continues to delight and amaze her unicorns. Deere has some of the best, brightest, and most unusual shades out there, and she still manages to keep the prices fairly affordable without sacrificing quality. Although other brands are starting to add more ranges, and unique colors, Limecrime has the market cornered with variety, price, and their customer loyalty. Her business is transparent, and the company takes their customer relationships seriously.

Doe Deere could not predict how big her products would become, because, as she so aptly puts it, she was just a girl who had her own ideas about who she wanted to be and what she wanted to look like. So she created Limecrime and in the process created a brand that many of those out in the world who feel they don’t fit in, or have been told they are too bright and colorful can come and feel they are amongst friends. Doe can relate, and I’m sure she would say, “Welcome to your new family Unicorns.” If she continues as she has these last few years, her only worry will be how to keep up with demand!

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David Osio Has Long Used His Investing Success To Give Back to The Global Community


In the investing industry, David Osio has become one of the prominent names in the business, as he has become one of the wealthiest men out of South America today. Over the course of his career, he has been steadily building up his business and wealth, and he actively directs Davos Financial towards new growth today. David is also well known for his amazing contributions to good causes around the glove, as he actively donates and contributes to charities and organizations that work to better the global community. Better than that, David even advocates others to follow in his footsteps, as it is not the size of the contribution that matters, rather the number of people willing to contribute. For David, and many other successful people, giving back is part of the process of being successful. Not to mention it builds a strong reputation.


David’s company, Davos Financial, actively tries to help their clients succeed with their goals, and they are always on the lookout for new ways to help their clients. This is why they recently put out a new mobile application to help there clients even further, by helping them make informed decisions while they are out and about and looking for potential investments. Making informed decisions is a big deal in investing, as one always needs to be looking towards the future to see what’s coming. That’s why the new mobile tool shows each client prospected costs, gains, losses, and everything else related to a specific property, so they know what they are getting into ahead of time.


Today, David’s methods and advice is long sought after, as anyone’s would be with such a high level of success. Throughout the decades he has been in the business, he has very few mistakes on his portfolio, and he is not one to take big risks. Instead of looking for risky investments that may pay big, David is more occupied trying to give back to the community, and he actively donates and contributes to worthwhile causes around the globe. He has further plans for philanthropy as well, which will come along with the spreading of his business to new locations.

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The Davos Financial Group, Its New App and David Osio

The Davos Real Estate Group recently introduced its mobile real estate app, the “Davos CAP Calculator.” By using this app, customers and investors can estimate the return on various real estate properties to help in determining the value of possible investments.


The Davos Real Estate Group is part of the overall investment complex of companies that form the Davos Financial Group which is a leader in Latin American investment circles. For the past two decades, the Davos Financial Group has offered financial advice to clients by offering a detailed investment strategy that is tailored to the needs of each individual client.


This concept has worked very well with excellent results and along with the ethic of the highest service and concern for customers, the Davos Financial Group has gained the highest of expectations and results.


David Osio is the founder and the Executive Director of the Davos Financial Group and has guided the company for the last 20 years. He has an extensive background in not only obtaining excellent results for clients but a rich academic background in the investment field as well.


He has studied at IESA Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración in Venezuela which specializes in Masters level financial analysis. He has also studied at the New York Institute of Finance where his specialty was in Banking and in the Shares Portfolio Management program.


Osio also has an extensive in the legal areas of banking along with a long standing experience in managerial positions in the Private Baking Division of Latino International Bank.


He made the move to establish the Davos Financial Group in 1993, and the decision has been a good one, not only for the growth of the company but clients as well. Over the years of tenure of the Davos Financial Group, Osio has been able to consistently increase revenue, while at the same time increase the portfolios of customers in a secure manner as careful scrutiny and observation serves to an unusual level of customer service for each client.


In order to provide the best possible opportunity for investors, Osio has put a program in place that analyzes a very thorough financial analysis of a client’s resources and investment objectives. Diversification of investments is important, but the application of the various tools used to evaluate investments from the beginning and throughout the investment campaign are key.


The new real estate app is another step in the direction of the utilization of digital tools to provide the best of the available tools in this regard. David Osio and his team at the Davos Financial group pledge to continue this excellent service and results for their clients.

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Eric Lefkofsky – A Great Man

Eric Lefkofsky is a self-made American entrepreneur. Eric was born on September 2nd, 1969 and grew up in Southfield Michigan. He is the CEO and co-founder of Tempus and chairman of the popular coupon app known as Groupon. Throughout his life Eric has triumphed in the business world by starting and growing several businesses, such as InnerWorkings and Echo Global Logistics – both companies have become successful in the stock market. Currently Residing in Glencoe, IL, this self-made entrepreneur is married and has 3 children.
Lefkofsky attended and graduated from The University Of Michigan with honors in 1991. After graduation, Lefkofsky continued at The University Of Michigan Law School and received his Juris Doctor in 1993. Shortly after graduation, Eric and his college friend, Brad Keywell, borrowed money from relatives in order to purchase an apparel company in Madison, Wisconsin. As Eric’s success continued to grow, in 2003 he found himself working for Halo and Starbelly – both of which had multiple lawsuits against them after they faced bankruptcy. After Starbelly, Eric started InnerWorkings which aided companies by providing print procurement services to initiate solid year to year growth.
During his lifetime Eric Lefkofsky has donated millions of dollars towards cancer research. In his efforts to help find a cure for cancer, Lefkofsky started Tempus which has created a smarter approach to finding a cure for cancer. The program analyzes patient’s genetic codes to make a more personalized and precise form of medicine. Through this electronic program, physicians are able to give their patients the best possible treatment.
In 2006, Eric and his wife Liz began a charity known as the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. The foundation was created by the Eric Lefkofsky to ensure access to quality education, expand cultural initiatives, improve fundamental human rights, and propel innovative medical research. The foundation’s sole purpose is to focus on the well-being of others – and the foundation does just that.
Not only has Eric donated money but Eric also donates a lot of his time. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Lefkofsky also serves on the board of directors at The Art Insitute of Chicago as well as the board of directors of The Museum of Science and Industry. Last but not least Lefkofsky also serves as a member of the board of World Business Chicago.
One of Lefkofsky’s main focuses is how technology affects business. He has also started his teaching career at multiple schools in the Chicago area including DePaul’s University and Northwestern University. Lefkofsky is currently teaching at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he teaches a class on entrepreneurship and building a technology-based business. Along with teaching, Eric has also written a book called Accelerated Disruption based on his teachings of a technology based business.

Read more about Eric Lefkofsky in the Chicago Tribune.

Andy Wirth is A Man Who Can Get Things Done & Squaw Valley Progress is Proof

Squaw Valley Resort has been working on their latest expansion plans for a while now and recently the plan cleared yet another major hurdle on its way to becoming reality. The planning commission of Placer County recently approved the proposal in a very civil meeting that provided Squaw Valley with a unanimous thumbs up. Read more: Andy Wirth | Powder Magazine

Now with the expansion plans moving this fall to the county board of supervisors for final approval, one of Lake Tahoe’s oldest and most popular ski destinations will soon be able to provide guests with a higher level of service and luxury than ever before.

According to Bloomberg, Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth is pleased at the progress that the expansion plans are making to say the least. In a recent interview he stated that he was happy with how civil and cooperative all sides are being on the matter and that he wants his company to be at the forefront of solving some of the key issues which are in question about not only the expansion of squaw valley but of other projects which have been proposed in the area for the near future.

This isn’t the first time that  Andy Wirth has been in the midst of a carefully balanced business situation. He is a very prominent figure in both economic and environment scenes in the Lake Tahoe area and a major contributor to community improvement efforts.

He is cofounder of the ironman charity team and organization called Wounded Warrior Support to assist special operations military personnel who have been injured in duty rebuild their lives. He founded the organization and started to devote significant time to it and other community efforts after a near fatal sky diving accident gave him a new perspective.

The merger of Alpine Meadows into Squaw Valley and the new Base to Base gondola system which is part of the resorts expansion has brought a new level of enjoyment to a Lake Tahoe institution and helped to craft it into one of the most premier destinations in the world for mountain fun in both winter and summer.

The expansion plan getting approved by the planning commission with no resistance just goes to show that Andy Wirth is a man who not only cares about business but his community and can get things done which benefit both.

Marc Sparks and Lynne Spiora Launch Spark Tank

I want to tell you about a highly successful and compassionate man from Texas, who has managed to build a business empire from scratch and fund charitable projects throughout the state that have impacted many lives in a positive way.

I am speaking of Marc Sparks, the Dallas based businessman behind the innovative new project for social entrepreneurs: Spark Tank. Before I tell you about Spark Tank, allow me to tell you a little bit more about its founder. Learn more about Marc Sparks:

You can find out all about his life in the riveting how-to guide to starting a business that he wrote in 2014. “They Can’t Eat You: My Unorthodox Path to Outrageous Success” contains many gems and offers sound advice on how to succeed in the business world.

Today Marc Sparks oversees a vast and diverse business empire. However, his success has never made him forget those less fortunate. Marc Sparks, a compassionate man motivated by an unbreakable Faith in God has undertaken a multitude of charitable projects with the help of Lynne Spiora.

15 years ago they took a ramshackle homeless shelter and turned it into a $3 million facility, feeding more than 200 people a day. Given their compassion and commitment to service pay wants to enable others to carry out philanthropic projects.

Their new venture Spark Tank, seeks to empower social entrepreneurs through grant funding and nonprofit management oversight. Applicants must apply before July, 15 and be ready to give a 10 minute presentation concerning their projects before a panel in August. Marc and Lynne are seeking dynamic, creative, passionate, compassionate, hard-working individuals dedicated to making the world a better place. Read more: Marc Sparks – Dallas, Texas, United States, Timber Creek Capital  and  Marc Sparks – Profile – Disqus

Applicants must be a 501c3 organization with a minimum of two years history. Human services, animal services, and the arts are all eligible to apply. National charities, United Way charities, political action committees (PACs) and faith based initiatives ARE NOT eligible. Faith based initiatives for nonreligious purposes are eligible.

Brian Bonar’s Diversified Success in the Midst of Recession Recovery

Brian Bonar holds several positions as President, Treasurer, Secretary, Director, Chairman, CEO and CFO of a professional employment organization (PEO) services company called Trucept (a.k.a. TREP) Inc. Read more on this at: Brian Bonar Receives Professional Networking Community’s Highest Honor

This means that they trek the records of the insurances and taxes as well as directing the work activities during the day. For a fee, the provide services such as recruitment coaching, employees training, payroll taxes and unemployment and insurance claims management.

Brian Bonar has been involved with several other similar companies, including the founding of American Management Services LLC and serving as the Director of the business solution company, Dalrada Financial Corporation for 20 years.

TREP assists employees through three other companies that it controls, STASI (Smart Track Automated Services Inc.), Smart Trek Service Solutions Corp and Smart Trek Services Inc., which is also subsidized by STASI.

Dr. Bonar has helped TREP to expand its services to include assistance with HR (human resource) management and especially to include companies that offer diversified financial services such as healthcare staffing and drug testing – and

Dr. Bonar’s role with TREP now is to oversee the company overall as its head and to ensure that it’s general reputation is maintained. His ways of expanding their clients has helped to ensure that their assets remain secure and his ways of increasing their openness to new sets of clients have ensured that TREP is a very difficult company to beat in the competition.

Dr. Bonar can be considered to be a role model not just among the employees in his companies but also to other potential entrepreneurs who aspire to work in the financial field.

Dr. Bonar’s passion for what he does shows through not only the expansions that have occurred under his leadership but also his willingness to provide his own and pass on his ways of business coaching to his own employees.

Another thing that makes someone like Dr. Bonar so remarkable is that he has managed to become extremely successful during the time of recovery from the Great Recession, when it is still considered to be quite difficult to become successful. He has followed the current trend of diversification within businesses and combined it with ensuring that his employees are on the same page with his business coaching techniques.

No one can replace Dr. Bonar but his coaching techniques are showing the hope that it will be easy to pass on to business owners and entrepreneurs for generations to come.

Coriant – World-Class on the World Stage

High bandwidth on-demand applications being used by both corporations and consumers are producing never-before-seen growth in data traffic and in turn placing extraordinary demands on the underlying transportation networks.

Coriant works with business enterprises, service providers and data center (cloud) operators to give them the tools and the expertise they need to maximize their existing systems to not only meet ever increasing bandwidth needs but to adjust to ever changing end-user needs as well. Their products are being utilized by the biggest and most demanding networks (Tier 1) in the world and include networking applications such as long-haul transport, data center interconnect and mobile backhaul.

One of Coriant’s key people is Shaygan Kheradpir, an experienced leader with extensive business, industry and operational experience. Kheradpir’s leadership and expertise will play a vital role within the company as demand for applications (data intensive and end-user) opens up expanded and unexplored market opportunities, such as long haul, 100G and over, transport deployments, data center build-outs and upgrades to mobile backhaul required by the transition to 4G and 5G.

In a press release from Cordiant, Kheradpir states that what attracted him to the company was its comprehensive portfolio of networking solutions, technological innovations, global presence and their growing customer base which includes top tier system operators, cloud service providers as well as large corporate enterprises. Kheradpir also acknowledged that as the market intensifies, the importance for a completely new level of innovation and efficiency will be imperative for success and that Coriant is uniquely positioned to provide network operations and designs which will enable their customers to meet these new challenges with network solutions fully optimized to ensure the best possible programmability, agility and automation.

Coriant is indeed ideally situated to meet these industry challenges with its expertise in optical transport and IP along with a portfolio full of industry-leading multi-layer end-to-end solutions.  As the company itself says, “World-class service and support with global reach and local expertise.”

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